Since announcing the launch of the new Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program in December 2017, the first cohort from Spring 2018 is wrapping up coursework and will soon be taking the MCAT exam.
According to Dr. Ulrike Schultz, Director of the Postbaccalaureate program, the Postbaccalaureate Premed program is off to a strong start.
“The individual attention from faculty teaching in the program, as well as the personal advising we are able to give each student in the program enables them to be academically successful,” she explained. “I am meeting individually with each of our students frequently during the semester, as well as during postbaccalaureate seminars. During these seminars we talk about the admission process to medical and dental schools, writing personal statements, admission test preparation, and many other topics that help our students to prepare for the admission to medical, dental and health profession schools.”
The Loras postbac premedical program is designed for people who have completed a bachelor’s degree but do not have the prerequisite courses needed to apply to one of the following professional schools: medicine, optometry, dentistry, podiatry, physical therapy, physician assistant, or veterinary medicine.
As part of the curriculum the students are getting hands-on training to get a better feel for what they can expect in both medical school and in professional settings.
“We were able to set up several shadowing experiences for each of our students with medical groups, hospitals and individual physicians and dentists here in Dubuque and surrounding areas, and we are grateful for their cooperation,” Schultz said. “These shadowing opportunities are a highlight for our students and reinforce their enthusiasm for the medical field.”
The first cohort is made up of students from across the country, coming from Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, New York and Washington. With those different locations come varied backgrounds, with students having earned degrees in philosophy, business, economics/finance, music and psychology.
The second postbac cohort begins in May, with a handful of students already set to take part. The upcoming group is also made up of a variety of students, coming from South Dakota, Georgia, West Virginia, and California. While spots are filling up and new inquiries are coming in daily, Loras is still accepting applications for the Summer 2019 cohort.