UPenn Post Bacc Program

Discussion in 'Postbaccalaureate Programs' started by premedw, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. CJK421

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    Penn Pre-Health Post-Bacc 2016-2017
     
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    I read on here that 8 cus are needed for ssp certification but some ppl said they didn't need the certificate. Do most ppl go to the program and just take the classes they need and get out?
     
  3. aspiringdoc34

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    If you want the committee letter, 8 CUs is required, otherwise you're free to do whatever you choose.. there's probably a mix of people that go all the way to those that apply as they're taking classes and get in to med school
     
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    Just heard back today, and I got in!!! :soexcited: Sent in my decision form!!
     
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    Does anyone here have permission to accept my request to the Facebook group? I was admitted for Fall 2017, but decided to defer to Spring 2018.
     
  6. rainforest3321

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    Hi @ADoc2Bee , I am new to this site so I don't know how to PM...
    but I was wondering how you were able to defer your acceptance? Is there a way to do it on the online portal or do you email them?
     
  7. ADoc2Bee

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    Sorry I'm just seeing this! But yes, just email them and tell them you want to defer admission! They were super quick to respond!
     
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    Hi! Is there anyone who hasn't heard back yet? I applied on July 1st (the deadline) and my application says ready to review. A bit nervous because classes start relatively soon.
     
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    For everyone starting next week, congrats and good luck! And continued good luck to everyone currently at Penn!

    Anyone who's a new Core student can PM me for advice about how to best take advantage of the program (tl;dr version: ace 1st yr bio and physics, survive gen chem and/or orgo). But I have 2 suggestions which should be of help to everyone:

    1) You are at a dedicated postbacc program, with all the advantages and disadvantages that come with it. I know the CW on SDN is generally not favorable to official programs, DIY being preferred. The disadvantages of Penn's program ($$$$) are a sunk cost now, so be sure to take advantage of all the opportunities Penn and being in Philly offers (opportunities for research, volunteering and advanced coursework; massive health care environment).

    2A) For those who haven't applied to medical school before, on the one hand don't stress over every little thing: no single test, lab, or even class will doom you. You don't get into medical school in one single leap: it's a decathalon! That being said...

    2B) ...On the other hand, don't be complacent during the first year. In retrospect, my first year at Penn was a very amorphous time: I was taking classes and doing activities, but medical school seemed a long way off. After the first year, however, things start coming together very quickly: you have to plan for MCAT prep, complete all classwork and EC activities; select the schools you want to apply to, get letters of recommendation. That June 1st application start date can arrive faster than you know: the deadline for requesting a committee letter is the beginning of March, so no later than the beginning of January you need to get your LoRs in order. So starting next Monday, be working to make progress on all fronts, and be sure to review and assess where you are after each week/month/semester.

    Looking forward to hearing how everyone does. You'll all be great! :)
     
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    Thank you! What did you get involved in during your time as a PB here? There is honestly so much that it seems a bit overwhelming at this point.
     
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    Just heard back that I got an interview!
    Could those who interviewed share some details around what kind of questions they were asked? How did you prepare, etc.

    I applied for Summer 2018.
     
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    I had a phone interview with them and it lasted a solid 30 minutes. I was the first person interviewed he said, so the interview was paced a little awkwardly, but it must've gone well as I was just accepted to their core program.

    Mostly, I was asked why UPENN, especially since I am OOS for them. I was also asked questions regarding my motivations for pursuing medicine, why I wanted to change careers, and what I felt were the most important attributes of physicians. It was a fairly easy interview, they didn't have any "trick" questions, or anything really difficult. If you reflect beforehand about why you want to be a part of their program, I think you should be good.
     
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    Thank you! How long did it take to get a decision after you interviewed?
    Just to double check, OOS means out of state? I'm an international student :)
     
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    Yes, OOS is out of state. It took around 5 weeks to hear back after the interview. Good luck!
     
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    Hi! So i was just recently offered an interview and I didn't know if anyone had any tips or sample questions that they had been asked. Also, does anyone know what the chances of getting in after being interviewed are? I have heard they are fairly high and it seems that way from reading a little bit of the group. Thanks :)
     
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    Just wanted to pass out a fair warning to prospective students (as I wish I had this perspective prior to applying to this program).

    Biology classes are more reasonable/fair in the LPS Post-bacc program (and are taught by actual Penn professors), but Chemistry professors will actively make a point to drive down grades. They pride themselves on keeping the average exam scores in the 50-60% range and then have full autonomy to manipulate a curve to fit a bell curve. However, they cap the number of A's given out to no more than 8-9% of the class, such that the average grade comes out to roughly a 2.3-2.5 GPA. One former professor (I should mention that post bacc professors are mostly non-Penn professors and often aren't even full time or established professors at smaller schools) was effectively fired in the middle of the Fall 2017 semester, however at that point, she started to enact her revenge on students. It was extremely unprofessional and spoke volumes to her character; for example, when asked for more transparency, she even made a point to threaten the entire class by email that she was instituting 0 curve whatsoever - which ultimately would've failed 40 or so students, as the average grade was a high 50%. The Canvas site - with files and grade calculations and distributions - was wiped and hidden almost immediately following the completion of the course. That's not to say that the professor was specifically hiding the evidence, but it sure was convenient and fishy.

    Furthermore, topics that were heavily emphasized across multiple lectures were never once tested on midterms or the final. On the other hand, 50% of the final exam was based on topics that were discussed for fewer than 30 minutes in aggregate over the semester or entirely unmentioned until a review session a few days prior to the final exam. In addition, there were no practice exams or practice materials provided in the latter half of the semester, and previous exams were not returned until the next exam was already taken. Even if you end up being one of the 7 students in a class of 80 to get a 4.0 GPA, it's unlikely that you would have obtained much knowledge to carry over to future classes and the MCAT; to get an A, you will have obtained roughly a 70% raw score and received feedback more on your ability to guess answers on new concepts rather than feedback on how clearly you were able to demonstrate mastery of the topics covered.

    Luckily for future students, she is no longer a part of this program, but other chemistry professors seem to share similar attitudes. However, it magnifies a system issue across the program and lack of concern for students. The program administration was completely lackadaisical about the issue, and when pressed hard by multiple students, finally instituted a "grand, sweeping" fix, which resulted in a grade boost of approximately 1% which either bumped people up by a third of a grade or nothing at all.

    Overall, the program is of little to no concern for the actual administrators at the University of Pennsylvania. Sure, you have the Ivy league name, but this program is essentially unaffiliated with the University and overall is an insult to the Ivy League brand. It's really not worth the time and money - just go somewhere else.
     
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    I interviewed last week! Have you heard back?
     
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    Hi! Do you mind sharing the turn around time to hear back for an interview! It's been about three weeks for me, and I'm nervous!
     
  19. CeramicLight

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    May I possibly interject to whomever has had the fortune to come upon this comment.
    GO TO MEREDITH COLLEGE'S POST-BAC PROGRAM.
     
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    I haven't heard either so we're in the same boat. Think positively!
     
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    Heard back a couple days ago, best of luck; hope you got one too!
     
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    I got my acceptance a few days ago!
     
  23. I'll be submitting an application to the specialized studies program in early April if I don't get into med school this cycle. Does anyone know how many people actually get into Perelman through the linkage program?
     
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    In specialized studies none, that linkage is only for the core studies program and it's (at most) one person yearly if I recall. Only medical schools you can link into are PCOM and Rutgers.
     
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    Ahh my interview is coming up soon! Any tips?
     
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    Hello everyone!

    I recently applied for Upenn's Core Studies prgram for the summer semester. My application wasn't ready for review until april 6th because my offical SAT scores were missing. I was just wondering how long it typically takes to hear back for an interview? I am applying for a fresh start and to enhance a GPA of a 2.5. I have gained a ton of working experience in the dental field since graduating and I have a recommendation letter from an alum of UPenn's dental school. I'm hoping this increases my chances of being accepted.
     
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    Hello everyone!

    I recently applied for Upenn's Core Studies prgram for the summer semester. My application wasn't ready for review until april 6th because my offical SAT scores were missing. I was just wondering how long it typically takes to hear back for an interview? I am applying for a fresh start and to enhance a GPA of a 2.5. I have gained a ton of working experience in the dental field since graduating and I have a recommendation letter from an alum of UPenn's dental school. I'm hoping this increases my chances of being accepted.

    #1799
     
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    Hey does anyone know the turn over time for when we should expect an email to set up an interview? I applied for summer 2018 core studies and I’m a little nervous.
     
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    Accepted into the Specialized Studies program for this fall! To answer the above question, my interviewer told me after my interview that I would hear in about three weeks. This was last Thursday, and I actually got an acceptance email this morning. So stoked! Anyone else on here in my cohort?
     
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    Super last minute but accepted a couple of weeks ago and just settled in to the area. Also very fast, it took about a week and I sent in my application of the last day.
     
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    How cutthroat is the specialized science program? The poster on the first page states that it is not, but that was 9 years ago. The poster also says that the program is not curved so its possible everyone gets an A, can anyone confirm?
     

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