Testimonials from Our Graduates

Our graduates have matriculated at several excellent medical schools:

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Columbia University Duke University
Eastern Virginia Medical School Emory University Georgetown University
George Washington University Johns Hopkins University Medical College of Georgia
New York University Northwestern University Ohio State University
Penn State University Tufts University Tulane University
University of Arizona University of Chicago University of Maryland
University of Missouri University of North Carolina University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California University of Virginia University of Washington
University of Wisconsin Virginia Commonwealth University Wake Forest University
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Jasmin Kamruddin

African & African American Studies and Political Science, Stanford University 
2019 Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, 2019-2020
Tufts University School of Medicine

"The program served as a valuable time in my premedical education, more than I would have thought. I appreciated the forward advising received from day one that demystified the application process and gave so much more detail than I was used to with undergraduate premedical advising. I also appreciated the community UVA PBPM fosters. My peers were my lifeline through a stressful year and continue to be through the application process; we've cheered each other on and been there for each other when we feel stressed. That is not something you get everywhere, and I was grateful to have had it here."

Elizabeth Oliver

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Texas A & M University
2011 Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program
2018-2019 McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

"This program far exceeded any expectations I could have set! The educational opportunities are endless with material that prepares you for the MCAT and future, professors who care, and resources to ensure you succeed. Susan, Jillian, and Dr. Powers were (and continue to be) invaluable resources who have provided guidance, support, and reassurance during and after the program, and following their advice helped me achieve my goals. I could not be happier with my decision to attend and my time in the UVA PBPM program, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to pursue medicine through a non-traditional route!"

Vanessa Ramirez de Arellano

B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Duke University, 2012
Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, 2017-2018
University of Texas- Southwestern Medical School

“The PBPM program was structured in such a way that I was able to accomplish everything in a small window of time. From the sequence of courses, to personal statement deadlines and MCAT prep, there was always structure to ensure I stayed on track and accomplished everything I needed for medical school in one year.”

Steve Quam

B.A. in English, Oberlin College, 2014
Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, 2017-2018
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

“I really appreciated the community that the UVA post bacc program fostered–it was a great group of people to learn with and be supported by, and I anticipate that many of those friendships will continue even as we scatter across the country to different medical schools. I also learned a ton at UVA and had a lot of fun doing it. It is definitely a lot, but I really enjoyed the professors that we had and found the education experience very rewarding.”

Cooper Barber

B.S. in Aeronautics, University of North Dakota, 2007
Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, 2016-2017
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

“As a true career changer, the UVa Postbac program provided me with a structured introduction and professional guidance towards the world of medical school acceptance. The staff was utterly committed to my success and ensured I was prepared to the best of my abilities in order to apply for and ultimately get accepted into a number of quality Medical Schools.”

Macy Early

B.A. in Economics, University of Virginia, 2016
Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, 2016-2017
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“UVA PBPM combined rigor with support, from supportive scientific faculty to supportive clinical and volunteering experiences to supportive advising assistance. I believed I could trust the system and received specialized guidance and feedback from professors and mentors. My application process was holistically supported by individuals who were invested and knowledgeable. Frankly, I don’t know how I would have prepared for and applied to medical school as a traditional pre-med!”

Zev Gurman

B.A. in Russian & Eastern European Cultural Studies, Pomona College, 2011
Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, 2016-2017
University of Virginia School of Medicine

“I chose UVA over other similar programs because of the people and the location. Basic science classes, especially pre-med prerequisite courses, are highly standardized in content, so that was not a consideration. Instead, I chose to go where the vibe was the most cooperative and laid back; where the administrative staff and faculty were most interested in their students as people. I also found that the courses were exceptionally well taught and prepared me very well for the MCAT. In the end, I really didn’t need to do too much extra studying because we had covered everything so thoroughly in class. This is largely due to an incredible group of professors! I still feel that I made the right decision!”

Michelle Nanni

B.A. in Communications and Biology & Society, Cornell University, 2013
Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, 2016-2017
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

“The UVA PBPM experience was fantastic because we had a small group of students with excellent professors and advising. We received outstanding support from the faculty/staff and there was always opportunity for providing feedback and making adjustments to meet student needs. It was great to be a part of such a welcoming and inclusive community of peers pursuing a passion for medicine.”

Diana Wise

B.A. in Neuroscience & Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College, 2015
Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, 2016-2017
Stanford University School of Medicine

“I really appreciated the size of the program and the relationships I made with my peers. It was inspiring to me to have driven and supportive people going through the same thing and with similar goals. It made difficult and rigorous courses very doable. I also greatly appreciated the medical school application and MCAT support from the program staff. I felt that I applied to the right schools for me and had a lot of knowledge and practice going into interviews which definitely helped lead to a successful application process.”

John Morrissey

B.A. in International Relations, Stanford University, 2015
Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, 2015-2016
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

“Though the academic program was rigorous, we had many resources available to us during the entire process. For students struggling in class, extra help was always available and the small class settings were ideal for advisors and professors to get to know you on a personal level. Outside the classroom, all members of the class were linked with volunteering and shadowing opportunities within the UVa Health System or the surrounding Charlottesville area that matched their individual interests. During the actual application process itself, we received valuable guidance in navigating AMCAS and secondary applications, as well as extensive interview preparation, including mock interviews.”


* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

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