Chances for Top Post-Bacc Programs

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I studied Engineering (Operations Research) in undergraduate and have been working at a corporate firm for 2.5 years. I am looking to attend medical school and have done some research on options for non-trad applicants like me. It looks like you can either take pre-req courses at a state school or attend a formal post-bacc program. Among the post-bacc programs, there are ones with linkages as well. I am personally interested in doing the post-bacc program. I know it's costly and the curriculum can be tough but I prefer a structured program/schedule and based on the outcomes/reviews, it seems to be worth the cost (in the very very long term). My question is - what are my chances for getting into a top post-bacc program with linkages?

Below are some programs I'm interested in:
Johns Hopkins
Goucher
Scripps
Bryn Mawr
UVA
George Washington

Undergraduate degree in Operations Research at a Top 5 Public University
uGPA = 3.78
sGPA = 4.00 (I took Chem 1, Physics 1,2, Biology 1)
SAT = 680V 800M 740W
GRE = 160V 170M 4.5W
MCAT = N/A
No volunteering, research, clinical experiences.

I am also open to any suggestions on 1-year post-bacc programs with linkages!
OR any routes that I should consider other than a post-bacc programs (master's? SMP? DIY post-bacc??)

An IDEAL case would be applying to a post-bacc program for Fall 2018 and start med school in Fall 2019 without the glide year through the linkage. Is this too unrealistic? What about starting the post bacc program in Fall 2019 and starting med school in Fall 2020 through the linkage?

Thanks for your help!!!

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Your stats look really good! I applied to UVa, Goucher, and Bryn Mawr this application cycle, and was overall very successful during the application process. The only thing is that these "career changer" programs require that you not take more than 2-3 of your pre-req courses. It seems that you have quite a few. I would call their office and ask before you spend the money on applying (it's pretty pricey!)
 
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Your stats look really good! I applied to UVa, Goucher, and Bryn Mawr this application cycle, and was overall very successful during the application process. The only thing is that these "career changer" programs require that you not take more than 2-3 of your pre-req courses. It seems that you have quite a few. I would call their office and ask before you spend the money on applying (it's pretty pricey!)


Thanks for you reply!! I just realized that I actually didn't take Biology .. so I only took Chem 1 and Physics 1,2. And Chem 1 was an AP credit which I am not sure if the medical school accepts. I will definitely check with the post bacc programs. Do you have any thoughts on the timeline? I'm concerned about the lack of volunteer hours/clinical experiences. Should I work on that before applying for Fall 2019? What was your timeline like?
 

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Thanks for you reply!! I just realized that I actually didn't take Biology .. so I only took Chem 1 and Physics 1,2. And Chem 1 was an AP credit which I am not sure if the medical school accepts. I will definitely check with the post bacc programs. Do you have any thoughts on the timeline? I'm concerned about the lack of volunteer hours/clinical experiences. Should I work on that before applying for Fall 2019? What was your timeline like?

As far as timeline goes, apply as soon as possible!! They have a rolling admissions process which means students are already getting accepted to take these spots for the next year's class. The later you apply, the fewer spots available. I think it is important to have a good grasp on WHY you want to go into medicine. The admissions committee wants to know that you are making a well thought out decision. I think a lot of people have had experiences (either personal, volunteer, or job experience) in the healthcare field that helps them to make an informed decision. Hope it helps! I used a combination of volunteer, job, and personal experience! I definitely don't think you need all three, but you need to have a good reason for going into this program. Basically what @longhaul3 said... :)
 
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Your stats look really good! I applied to UVa, Goucher, and Bryn Mawr this application cycle, and was overall very successful during the application process. The only thing is that these "career changer" programs require that you not take more than 2-3 of your pre-req courses. It seems that you have quite a few. I would call their office and ask before you spend the money on applying (it's pretty pricey!)

I am thinking of applying to top post baccs and these are my stats:
Major: Psychology (B.A.)
Minor: Forensic Science
uGPA = 3.93
sGPA = n/a (Just took Intro to Chem)
SAT = 1900/2400
GRE = Haven't taken it yet but I feel like it might be as low as 305
MCAT = N/A

Experience:
-Shadowed psychologists in Wynns Family Psychology clinic for a semester
-Certified Nurse Aide I (Worked at Springmoor over the summer)
-Took a course on how to teach kids who are autistic (Meredith Autism Program)
-Looking to shadow a psychiatrist (in the process)
-Shadowed a internal medicine specialist
-Also, volunteered at a lot of hospitals when I was in high school
-Was part of CampMed hosted by Wake Forest and Lake Norman Regional Hospital
-Part of Career Pathfinders Project hosted by WakeMed

Research Experience:
-Family Affects Beliefs and Behavior lab that looks at racial dynamics in the school system (been part of this for 2 years now)

Narrative: Before I entered college, I wasn't sure if I liked the IDEA of being a doctor or if I really wanted to be a doctor. However, after my shadowing experiences and being a certified nurse aide, I have came upon the conclusion, that I want to be a psychiatrist. I can't see myself in any other field than the medical field. I really want to educate myself about mental health and be able to interact with children and maybe one day go back to my country to teach them about the importance of mental health.

I just wanted to know my chances of getting into a top post bacc program as I might have a really low GRE score.
 

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I am thinking of applying to top post baccs and these are my stats:
Major: Psychology (B.A.)
Minor: Forensic Science
uGPA = 3.93
sGPA = n/a (Just took Intro to Chem)
SAT = 1900/2400
GRE = Haven't taken it yet but I feel like it might be as low as 305
MCAT = N/A

Experience:
-Shadowed psychologists in Wynns Family Psychology clinic for a semester
-Certified Nurse Aide I (Worked at Springmoor over the summer)
-Took a course on how to teach kids who are autistic (Meredith Autism Program)
-Looking to shadow a psychiatrist (in the process)
-Shadowed a internal medicine specialist
-Also, volunteered at a lot of hospitals when I was in high school
-Was part of CampMed hosted by Wake Forest and Lake Norman Regional Hospital
-Part of Career Pathfinders Project hosted by WakeMed

Research Experience:
-Family Affects Beliefs and Behavior lab that looks at racial dynamics in the school system (been part of this for 2 years now)

Narrative: Before I entered college, I wasn't sure if I liked the IDEA of being a doctor or if I really wanted to be a doctor. However, after my shadowing experiences and being a certified nurse aide, I have came upon the conclusion, that I want to be a psychiatrist. I can't see myself in any other field than the medical field. I really want to educate myself about mental health and be able to interact with children and maybe one day go back to my country to teach them about the importance of mental health.

I just wanted to know my chances of getting into a top post bacc program as I might have a really low GRE score.
You don't need a GRE score to apply to these programs.
 
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