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Post Bac Description 10-11

Post Bac Description 10-11

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The UCSF School of Medicine offers a comprehensive, structured post baccalaureate program designed forindividuals who have been unsuccessful in gaining admission to medical school
who have completed therequired undergraduate course work, but feel they need more background before initiating the medical schoolapplication process. We are especially interested in individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds orunderserved communities.The UCSF program is designed to help individuals increase their chances of gaining admission to medicalschool by offering intensive MCAT review, assistance with medical school application preparation, sciencecourses at San Francisco State University, seminars on health care issues in underserved communities, andacademic skills workshops. The program begins in June 2011 and is 11 months in duration. It will be limited to15-17 individuals in 2011-2012. 
To be eligible for this program, applicants must:
be considered disadvantaged
or be from an underserved communitybe a legal resident of Californiahave completed an undergraduate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or universityhave a minimum overall GPA of 2.93 or higher; minimum 2.75 GPA in the sciences
* A disadvantaged individual is one who, from an early age, resided in a low-income community or experienced enduring family, societal, or other hardship that significantly compromised educational opportunities. An underserved communityis a geographic location or an identified population that is determined medically underserved based upon U.S. Censusdata.
First-time applicants must:
submit their SAT scores and an official copy of their MCAT scores if they have already taken the examenter all of your courses on 
 have completed at least
of the following science courses:One year of Biology with laboratoryOne year of Physics with laboratoryOne year of Chemistry with laboratoryOne year of Organic Chemistry with laboratorysubmit their post baccalaureate application by early April 2010. Exact deadlines TBD.
Reapplicants must:
have been previously unsuccessful in gaining admission to medical school in the U.S.have a minimum combined MCAT score of 18submit a copy of their prior medical school application (AMCAS) with MCAT scores and calculated GPAsubmit their post baccalaureate application by:Priority Deadline:
Early May 2011(deadline TBD)
Final Deadline:
Mid May 2011 (Deadline TBD)
 PLEASE NOTE: YOUR APPLICATION WILL RECEIVE FIRST CONSIDERATION IF RECEIVED BY OUR PRIORITY DEADLINE OF EARLY MAY 2011. Because of the UCSF admissions cycle, many spots for the 10-11 post baccalaureate program may be filled by the final deadline date of mid may 2011. Therefore for fullconsideration of your application, please submit your application and supporting materials by the prioritydeadline date.
All students are encouraged to have completed undergraduate courses in:
Mathematics (to Calculus), Upper division Biological Science, Humanities,
English Composition
The admissions committee of the UCSF School of Medicine Post Baccalaureate Program is committed to practicing fair and impartial
review of each applicant’s file in accordance with the stated criteria for post baccalaureate eligibility and admissions and
in accordancewith the UC non-discrimination policy.
The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on thebasis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related),ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The Universityalso prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs andactivities.
The summer componentBegins June 20, 2011
The summer component will include intensive MCAT instruction to reinforce the knowledgeand skills needed to achieve a high score. Structured practice tests and review sessions willsupplement the core instruction component. Participants are expected to take the MCATexamination in mid-August to early September.A learning skills specialist will test and evaluate program participants. Workshops will beoffered to enhance skills in test taking techniques, critical thinking, time management, and emotionalwell-being.Participants will receive individual attention in preparing their medical school applicationsand personal statements. The program coordinators will help the participants assemble theirapplications to ensure that all relevant information regarding background and experience is included.In addition, assistance in selecting appropriate schools for application will be provided.
The fall component
The fall component will include a continuation of medical school application preparation andinterviewing techniques. Mock interviews will be conducted and videotaped for participantevaluation and feedback.Participants will have an opportunity to establish a more competitive academic record bytaking science courses at San Francisco State University. Each participant is expected to take at least 9
units during the fall semester. Participants will be advised by an advisor as to the appropriate
courses needed to enhance their academic profiles. Participants’ progress in science courses will be
monitored, and they will be expected to achieve a minimum 3.5 GPA.Seminars on health care issues in underserved communities will be held and a colloquium willbe held during the fall component.
The spring component
Each participant is expected to take at least 9 units during the spring semester. Participantswill be advised by an advisor as to the appropriate courses needed to enhance their academic
profiles. Participants’ progress in science courses will be monitored, and they will be expected to
achieve a minimum 3.5 GPA.Seminars on health care issues will continue during the spring component, as well as monthlycolloquia. A special commencement celebration will be held upon completion of the program.
MCAT Preparation:
a) MCAT science and verbal reasoning preparation coursesb) Test taking strategies & skills workshopsc) MCAT review sessionsd) MCAT practice tests
Skills Workshops:
Learning style assessmentb)
Time management & organizationc)
Emotional Well Beingd)
Cultural sensitivity
Medical School Application Workshops:
Demystifying the application process (including extracurricular activities, asking for letters ofrecommendation)b)
How to prepare an application personal statementc)
Interviewing techniques (includes video-taped practice interviews)
Colloquium, Seminars:
A colloquium will be held throughout the program and will serve as a forum for small groupresearch projects and presentations.b)
Weekly seminars will be held on health care issues and medical student life.
Participants will be required to complete a California Postbaccalaureate Consortium application(which can be found at the website:
), a UCSF Post Baccalaureatesecondary application and an admissions application for San Francisco State University (SFSU). Thelatter two documents are to be completed once applicants have received an acceptance from ourprogram. Students will receive special enrollment status at SFSU as part of our program.Our goal is to provide participants with a comprehensive and structured program. Participants willreceive financial support in the following way:Housing will be provided for participants for the first seven weeks of the summer portion ofthe program at the University of San Francisco.Participants will receive a modest stipend during the summer portion of the program in orderto assist with meal and incidental expenses.Participants will be responsible for the following:Enrolling and paying tuition for fall and spring at UC Berkeley Extension.* This will enablestudents to attend classes and qualify for federal financial aid and student health services atUCSF.Completing and submitting relevant federal financial aid applications (FAFSAhttp://www.fafsa.ed.gov). It is recommended that you submit this financial aid application atthe same time you submit your post baccalaureate application. Be sure to have the financialaid report sent to
, code #
.Finding and providing their own housing for fall and spring semesters.

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