Dear Prospective Student,
Thank you for your interest in the University of Virginia Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical (PBPM) Program.
Completing all the pre-medical requirements in a 12-month period is a challenging experience for any student, so we stand ready to guide students through this rigorous but exciting first step on their journey toward becoming a physician. Our small cohort size ensures that students receive close, personal attention throughout their post-baccalaureate year and beyond.
As a post bac student, support includes our Academic Director Charlie Grisham, the program's biochemistry professor, who has decades of experience teaching students and preparing them for the academic rigors of medical school, our Medical Advisor Dr. Robert Powers, a practicing physician with extensive clinical and medical education experience, and our Academic Advisor Jillian Golaszewski, who provides administrative, academic, and advising support to Post Bac students. As the full-time Program Director with decades of experience helping pre-meds succeed in the application process to medical school, I am available to inform, support, and advise students during the program and throughout the application process.
Our rigorous selection process results in a bright and ambitious cohort of post-bac pre-med students who are committed to serving their communities. The program facilitates opportunities for students to participate in an array of volunteer and shadowing experiences in the University's academic medical center and the Charlottesville community. The UVA Health System is a level-one trauma center and serves as a tertiary care hospital for central and southwest Virginia. Students are provided with special ID badges that allow them access to the School of Medicine's Health Sciences Library, and facilitate their exposure to the activities of a busy teaching hospital.
Fun is on the menu too, with social activities, team building exercises, and celebratory events each semester to keep students engaged in the program, and with one another. 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 a range of University services, including athletic facilities, libraries, and sports and entertainment events.
Our team enjoys helping students achieve their goal of becoming a physician in a program that supports its students academically, professionally and personally in order to be competitive for medical school. We look forward to receiving your application!
Susan Salko, Program Director