According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) searchable database, there are currently 178 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 eight students matriculated in the fall of 2010. We now have approximately 55 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 their “success rate,” or the percentage of students, after completion of the program, who have been admitted to at least one medical school. The percentage of alumni matriculated into medical school stands at a modest 70%, but that other 30% have proven to be equally successful. Those who chose other paths have successfully matriculated into dental schools, PhD programs, physician assistant programs, podiatric medicine, and full-time employment in the biotech/life science industry. This is, by far, the greatest strength of the program: 100% of students leave KGI with options!
These additional paths are what truly differentiate the PPC program from many other types of Post-Bac Programs and Special Masters Programs. With many pre-med 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 done a phenomenal job of bringing their talents and personalities to our community. Many friendships were forged that will extend far beyond students’ 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. Students love our program for the ALS 398 Course, which was designed exclusively to support students with their applications, the crucial MCAT prep course, and effective practice interviews. But they soon realize the personal and developmental value of individual financial planning, mentoring, connection to our strong KGI alumni network, and our overall collaborative culture.
I am delighted to work with so many future healthcare and life science professionals. Are you ready to go outside of your comfort zone?