Post-baccalaureate Premedical Certificate Program (PPC)
According to Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) searchable database, there are currently 139 different programs classified as academic record-enhancers, programs designed to give aspiring students an opportunity to build upon their credentials to become more competitive for admission into medical school. Our inaugural class of 8 students matriculated in the fall of 2010. We now have approximately 50 students coming to KGI from around the world! The PPC program has quickly become a top destination for students looking to further their preparation for a career in medicine. The single most relevant statistic to all post-baccalaureate premedical programs is its "success rate"; the percentage of students after completion that have been admitted to at least one medical school. The percentage of alumni matriculated into medical school stands at a modest 71%,, but it's the 29% that have proven to be equally successful Those that chose another path have successfully matriculated into dental school, PhD programs, physician assistant, podiatric medicine, or full-time employment in biotech/life science industry. This is by far the greatest strength of the program: 100% of students leave KGI with options! The additional paths are what truly differentiate the PPC program from many other types of Post-Bacc Programs and Special Masters Programs. With many programs offering at best a guaranteed interview, what will you do if you aren't accepted even after completing a program?
Although co-curricular activities contribute to a significant portion of our program, students this year have really done a phenomenal job of bringing their talents and personalities to our community. Many friendships were made and will extend far beyond their time at KGI. After all, they will all be colleagues working together in the same health care system.
Last year's cohort created many memories during our trip to 8 medical schools, including a trip to Arizona to visit programs in the Grand Canyon State. Some of the reasons students love our program are: ALS 398 Course exclusively designed to support students with their application, MCAT prep course, practice interviews, personalized financial planning, mentoring, connection to our strong KGI alumni network, and overall collaborative culture.
I am delighted to work with so many future health care and life science professionals. Are you ready to go outside of your comfort zone?
Joon Kim, Ed.D
Administrative Director/ Instructor