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Premed Program Prepares Individuals for Careers in Medicine

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Photo courtesy of Jenna Hartman

The Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program prepares individuals to apply to health professional schools, including medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy school, as well as to physical therapy and physician assistant graduate programs.  Postbaccalaureate students take science and math classes on campus while engaging in clinical and research experiences both on and off campus.  The postbaccalaureate program also features seminars and workshops on the application process, which cover everything from how to write a personal statement to how to have a successful interview. Elspeth Clark, first year medical student at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, notes that, “The postbaccalaureate program not only ensured that I was prepared for the rigor of medical school, but also helped me navigate the tangle of deadlines and paperwork that plagues anyone interested in applying to medical school.”  Elspeth also says, “The faculty at AU are generous with their time and extraordinarily supportive.”

Jenna Hartman just completed the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program and is currently applying to medical school.  In addition to her classes, Jenna also works part-time as a medical scribe at Sibley Memorial Hospital down the road from the American University campus.  Medical scribes accompany physicians in the emergency department as they diagnose and treat patients.  Scribes are responsible for accurately recording patient information and test results.  Because of their close relationship with the physician, scribes frequently have the opportunity to learn to read X-rays, analyze test results, and much more.  Many students have said that being a medical scribe gave them great insight into the medical profession and helped them on their path to medical school.