It's not for me, but for a good friend of mine. He will graduate from college this May (non-science major, didn't take any premed courses), but after some twist in fate and his new interest in medicine, he REALLy wants to become a MD now. The problem is, his preparation is nil - he will have to attend post-bac premed program, take mcat, get lor's, etc. Now, are there better post-bac programs out there? is it better for him to apply to "name" schools like columbia (is it true that once u get accepted at columbia you're guaranteed a spot at a med school?), hopkins? or is it better for him to go to an easy program and get straight As? He's looking at columbia, penn state, and a few others. Also, what will be his ideal timeline? Are postbac's 1 or 2 yrs long? he's going to start studying for mcat this spring/summer for maybe 8/02 or 4/03 mcat. Can he apply to med school next year? (after the upcoming cycle), or is he better off applying in 2 yrs, for entrance in 3 yrs? thanks for any help! I'd love to help him in any way, he's a good guy... I wish I could give him one of my acceptances!!!