Ok, so on the depressing side of life I apllied this year and got no interviews. However, i'm still very much committed to medicine and I've been looking at how best to improve my application and do something decently interesting in the next year or two (i'm thinking of taking a year off to improve my app then apply again for 2009). By far the weakest point of my application is my undergrad GPA (3.26 overall, 3.14 science) So i'm looking at either postbac classes or a masters program. I decided to pursue the latter option and i've boiled it down to a few really good candidates. A Masters in Human nutrition through the Columbia medical school. Or a program through Mount Sinai medical school called the PREP-Med program (Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program in Medicine). My current roomate is enrolled in the former program at columbia thus i have a pretty good idea of what it's like but i have little or no information about the PREP-Med program. THUS i turn to student doctor forums: Does anyone out there on the wide wide internet have experience in the PREP-Med program at MSSM? What is it like? how difficult/rigorous are the courses? Good research opportunities? Clinical interaction? how involved could i be in patient care and clinical interaction? Alternatively if there are people out there who have had really good experiences in other SMP programs I'm really interested to hear about them. How challenging are the courses? are they interesting? are they designed to prepare you for medical school or do they take you on a different track? thanks you premed and medical students.