What is the KGI Postbac Premedical Certificate (PPC) Program?
At Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, the PPC is a nine-month academic enrichment program that helps students gain a competitive edge for admission to medical school through a rigorous graduate interdisciplinary curriculum of applied life science courses. Students also have the option to complete a master’s degree during the glide year when applying to medical schools.
The PPC program is highly customized to meet the needs of each student. With just three mandatory courses (medical diagnostics, medical devices, and premedical professional development), students take a highly personalized schedule of classes to become competitive. After completing the certificate, students may apply to AMCAS or AACOMAS and/or pursue employment opportunities in the life sciences industry.
Co-Curricular Learning Experiences in the PPC Program
The following is a list of some of the activities and opportunities available to PPC students:
On-campus MCAT Review course
Field trips to local and regional medical schools
Meet with professionals from various medical specialties
Simulated individual interviews, group interviews, and multi-mini interviews (MMI)
Guest speakers from various medical schools
Networking opportunities with KGI alumni
Clinical and shadowing opportunities
Authorship of Orphan Drug Designation (FDA approved)
Health and wellness educator for The Claremont Colleges
Medical scribe at nearby clinics in underserved communities
Writing and editing with Frontline Medical Communications
Local community programs such as Coffee Talk with senior citizens, K-12 tutoring, and Diabetes Free Riverside Project
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.
Here at KGI, 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! Our 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 KGI PPC 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 postbac programs and special master’s 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 healthcare system.
Last year’s cohort created many memories during our trip to eight 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 also gain a tremendous amount of personal and developmental value from the program’s:
individual financial planning
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?