Welcome

Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the University of Virginia Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program (PBPM).

Completing all the pre-medical requirements in a 12-month period is a challenging experience for any student so we stand ready to guide you through what is a rigorous but exciting first step on your journey to becoming a physician. Our small class size ensures that you receive close, personal attention throughout your post-baccalaureate year and beyond. Your support includes our Academic Director Bob Burnett, an organic chemistry professor with four decades of experience teaching and preparing students for the academic rigors of medical school, and our Medical Director Bob Powers, who is a practicing physician with extensive clinical and medical education experience as well as board-certification in both emergency and internal medicine. 

As the full-time Program Director with nearly 20 years of experience helping pre-meds prepare for and succeed in the application process to medical school, I will be available to inform and support you throughout the program and the application process. Fun is on the menu too, with a variety of social activities, team building exercises, and celebratory events each semester to keep students engaged in the program, and with one another.

In addition, our students are provided with special ID badges that give them access to the School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Library, and enables them to participate in an array of volunteer and shadowing experiences in the University’s academic medical center. The UVA Health System is a level-one trauma center and serves as a tertiary care hospital for central and southwest Virginia. Exposure to the activities of a busy teaching hospital will help prepare you for the clinical training you will receive as a medical student. Our rigorous selection process results in a bright and ambitious community of post-bac pre-med students who are committed to serving their communities through the practice of medicine.

We also encourage our students to maintain balance in their lives by making time for exercise and other activities. Enrollment in the University of Virginia’s PBPM Program includes access to the full range of University services in historic Charlottesville, including athletic facilities, libraries, and sports and entertainment events.

Our team looks forward to helping you achieve your goal of becoming a physician in a program that supports, academically prepares, and provides you opportunities to gain the clinical experience you need to be competitive for medical school. We look forward to receiving your application!

Susan Salko, Program Director
434.982.5288
postbac@virginia.edu