Students that are seeking live one-on-one advisor to advisee interactions and a strong peer support environment will positively enjoy our small cohort. The navigation process in the pre-health environment can appear as daunting and overwhelming. With access to nine pre-health professional advisors from the Biological Sciences Student Affairs (BSSA) in addition to their primary postbacc. advisor, our students will receive comprehensive personalized guidance and time-lined information applicable to their individual progress. These counselors are experts in the core curriculum and they have a solid foundation to provide advice for competitive candidacy for health professions programs. Prior to the creation of this program, the BSSA office has provided advising to UCI’s postbaccalaureate population for many years. Our philosophy to pre-health advising is collaborative advising. It is important to us that we that establish a trusting and respectful relationship with our students. Students are monitored closely on their academic progress by their primary postbacc. advisor. Our students are “in the know” of their academic standing and continuously work their advisor to create aspirational milestones applicable to their current standing.
Health Profession Development Seminar (exclusive to The UCI Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program students) – A unique class designed solely for this program. The goals of the Professional Development Seminar is to encourage active team base learning in a supportive environment, while receiving unique guidance and resources to prepare them for the application process. Meetings will include group learning on how to write and revise personal statements, details of the application process, tips on how to prepare for interviews, mock interviews, career and goal advising, opportunities to exercise presentation skills, and complimented by a variety of visiting guest speakers (admissions representatives, practicing physicians/health care providers, and upperclassmen medical-in-training peers). Through these meetings students will have the opportunity to learn and engage in team discussions about health care; current medical policy, science in medicine, and community health. All sessions are designed to help prepare and strengthen a student’s readiness for a well-rounded application to a health profession of their choice.
Free peer tutoring is available for basic science course, biological sciences core classes, variable upper division biological sciences electives, as well as general and organic chemistry. All tutors are academically strong students that have taken and excelled in these courses. Tutoring sessions include practice worksheets, and midterm and final review sessions, literature that references the exact same lectures the students are enrolled. Peer tutors attend all the same sessions as their students and create study material based on their prior experience in the course and current professors lectures.
The postbaccalaureate curriculum is designed to help students meet admission requirements while simultaneously preparing them entrance exams such as the MCAT, which is required for admission into allopathic or osteopathic medical programs. High achieving students are eligible to receive a $1000 test prep scholarship.
UC Irvine is a proud innovative research leading institution. Students have access to over 230 research opportunities with faculty from the Ayala School of Biological Sciences and UCI School of Medicine. Every quarter, we have about 1,000 students engaged in research. Our students work with distinguished faculty on cutting edge scientific projects in state of the art facilities. Though research is not part of the program’s curriculum structure, high achieving postbaccalaureate students are encouraged to take advantage of the unique research opportunities on campus during their second year or post completion of the program.