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Are you a Non-Traditional Student?. Med school. ?. ?. ?. TIME OFF. NON-TRADITIONAL. COLLEGE. Tarik Asmerom , MS1 Robert Bonacci , MS1. Non-traditional Paths to Medical School. Definition: Any student who does not go straight to medical school after graduating from college

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Are you a Non-Traditional Student?

Med school

?

?

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TIME OFF

NON-TRADITIONAL

COLLEGE

facts about the non traditional student

Definition: Any student who does not go straight to medical school after graduating from college

    • Usually takes at least one year off
  • Growing percentage of students entering medical school have taken one or more years off before matriculation
  • The 2011 Perelman School of Medicine entering first year class:
    • 60% are non-traditional students
    • Average age at matriculation is 23 (Range: 21-30)
Facts about the Non-Traditional Student
why take time off

Pursue a passion

Improve credentials for application

Change career to medicine

Mature and grow as a person

Why take time off?
what can i do before applying to medical school a few examples

Research

    • NIHhttp://www.training.nih.gov/student/pre-irta/previewpostbac.asp
  • Travel/ Global Experiences
    • Unite for Sight http://www.uniteforsight.org
  • Community Service Work in the US
    • Teach for America http://teachforamerica.org
  • Other Types of Employment
  • Academic Enhancement
    • Post baccalaureate program
    • Another degree
What can I do before applying to medical school?A few examples:
what should i keep in mind while taking time off before medical school

Get letters of recommendation:

    • Stay in touch with professors to ensure they have submitted (or are in the process of submitting) their letters for you
    • Get recommendations from Post Baccalaureate program, graduate degree professors/administrators, supervisor/research advisor after graduation
  • Describe worthwhile experiences after graduation in your application
  • Be aware of deadlines:
    • Take MCAT on time
    • Apply early in the application season
What should I keep in mind while taking time off before medical school?
are there programs which can help me become a competitive medical school applicant

Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Programs assist students prepare for medical school after having received their bachelor’s degrees

  • 19% of 2011 entering class completed Post-Bac programs
  • Types of Post-Bac programs:
    • Changing career to medicine
    • Completing science requirements
    • Enhancing academic record
  • Post Baccalaureate Website:
    • http//services.aamc.org/postbac/
Are there programs which can help me become a competitive medical school applicant?
in addition to the post bac programs are there others

Graduate degree programs might be another alternative.

    • Make sure the degree program has biomedical science courses, because admissions committees want to see if you can handle a lot of these types of subjects
    • MPH might also be a path, but first discuss this type of degree with your pre-health advisor and/or medical school admissions directors, because it’s important that you can demonstrate your facility with biomedical science.
    • Attempt to earn as many A’s and B’s as possible!
In addition to the Post Bac programs are there others?
time off during medical school

Research

    • For competitive specialties
    • School funded grants
    • National grants
    • Mentor funded
  • Additional Degrees
  • International Clinical Experiences
  • Personal Time – Leave of Absence
Time off during Medical School
questions

Contact Us:

Tarik Asmerom: tarika@upenn.edu

Robert Bonacci: rbonacci@upenn.edu

Questions?