Advising - Post-Bac Pre-Med

Individualized Support

The Post-Bac Pre-Med Program is small (approximately 30-35 students) which enables the staff and faculty to provide individualized support to students. 

In addition, physicians from the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville area are available to offer their expertise and insights through talks about various medical specialties and one-on-one shadowing.

Students are encouraged to contribute to a collaborative learning environment where they study together and help one another as they move through this intensive academic experience. Additional support is provided by their professors, teaching assistants, and program staff members.

Program Staff

Susan Salko, M.S., Program Director
Susan Salko brings over 20 years of experience advising pre-medical students at premier institutions across the country as well as three years of experience serving as a member of a medical school admissions committee. As Program Director, she provides both admissions workshops and one-on-one advising to students as they prepare for the medical school admissions process. In addition, she assists with glide year planning and continually supports students beyond graduation as they move towards their goal of becoming a physician. Susan also oversees the admissions committee for the Post-Bac Pre-Medical Program and develops resources to augment students’ academic and professional experiences within the program.

Jillian Golaszewski, M.A., Academic Advisor
Jillian Golaszewski has spent the past nine years working in graduate and medical school admissions. After reading thousands of medical school applications, she uses her admissions perspective to work individually with post-bac pre-medical students to prepare their best application portfolio for the medical school admissions process. Jillian acts as the point person for prospective students, serves on the admissions committee for the Post-Bac Pre-Medical Program, facilitates course registration for current students, and offers any other academic and professional support that students might need to be successful in the program and the medical school admissions process.

Robert E. Burnett, Ph.D., Academic Director
Dr. Burnett has been a professor of chemistry and an enthusiastic adviser to pre-medical students for more than 35 years. In addition, he has held senior research leadership positions in both academic and pharmaceutical organizations. For the Post-Bac Pre-Med Program, Dr. Burnett serves as a member of the admissions committee and works closely with students on the academic components of the program from matriculation through completion and application to medical school.  He also teaches organic lecture and laboratory courses specifically for students in the program. Learn about Dr. Burnett's formula for great teaching.

Robert D. Powers, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Director
A professor in the University of Virginia Departments of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Powers has spent more than 25 years in academic practice.  He sees patients and teaches in the Emergency Department, inpatient internal medicine wards, palliative care, and outpatient adult clinics. As part of the Post-Bac Pre-Med Program, Dr. Powers serves on the admissions committee and contributes to program administration and student advising.  In addition, Dr. Powers teaches a seminar on the structure, function, financing, and challenges of the American health care system.  He also supervises and coordinates clinical orientation and shadowing experiences for students, enabling them to get direct exposure to patient care and medical practice.