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Which is my best option? Philly Post-Baccs

Discussion in 'Postbaccalaureate Programs' started by Rp747414, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Rp747414

    Rp747414 2+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    Hi everyone! So after weeks of anxiously waiting...I have found out that I have been accepted to UPenns Pre-Health post-bacc AND was just invited to interview for Jeffersons Pre-Professional post-bacc...still waiting to hear from Temple's BCMS program.

    I have read many things on UPenns program, but not so much on Temple's or Jeffersons (if anyone could help me out that would be great!) I am just looking for advice as to which option may be best for me.

    I am definitely interested in exploring linkages, so the options at UPenn appeal to me as well as the reputation it has in general, but what I have read about their lackluster advising, high tuition and the fact that it will probably take me more than a year to complete (due to changes in the MCAT, biochemistry is now required/highly recommended to do well) is steering me away from it.

    I got a very good feel from Jefferson's program when I attended their open house and felt as though the faculty truly cares about the success of each student, but because it is a new program, I haven't heard many personal experiences. Also, right now they only have 1 linkage so I don't know if I would be selling myself short by choosing Jeff over Penn.

    As for Temple, I am definitely interested in the conditional matriculation into their medical school but again-I haven't heard input from other students so any help is greatly appreciated!

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  3. robflanker

    robflanker 7+ Year Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    If they changed the MCAT.... (which they did)..... it will affect all post-bacs and the time to complete them, not just everyone will have to do biochem/ psychology (i think) on top of what they did already.... So all post-bacs are going to get longer to complete... not just Penn's....

    And the linkage thing is a waste of time at most programs apart from the truly top tier
  4. Rp747414

    Rp747414 2+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    So from what I've gathered is that biochemistry/psychology courses are not required for entry to medical school, just to do well on the MCAT...psychology shouldn't be an issue as it was a major part of my undergrad. One of the things that attracts me to Jefferson vs. UPenn is that Jefferson has changed the chemistry curriculum to include topics in biochem, rather than having us take the addition course.

    But as for linkages...I was under the impression that as long as you matched the required pre-reqs for some of the schools (ex. 3.5 ugrad/3.5 postbac/30 MCAT), you were eligible to link to that particular medical school-is this wrong?
  5. robflanker

    robflanker 7+ Year Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Sounds like u need to do some reading on the pros and cons, and logistics of linkage
  6. SeverusSnape

    SeverusSnape 2+ Year Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    Honestly, usually a waste of time at the top-tier programs as well. Much more difficult to get accepted via linkage than schools would have you believe.
  7. jl lin

    jl lin 7+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2009
    Temple seems like a great deal--if you get in--and if you meet the requirements for MS entrance after PB completion (>/= 3.5 in program and >/=30 MCAT). Very limited seats; so the jump to get over is entrance to one of their 2 pre-med programs in the first place. Getting a seat thereafter seems like it's totally on the individual and perhaps the essential nature of the program.
  8. SpaceDoctor8

    SpaceDoctor8 2+ Year Member

    May 8, 2014
    Bump. Any one have more info on Jefferson? Currently leaning towards UPenn start in summer but considering applying to Jefferson for fall...

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