Postbaccalaureate Program

Jared Wagner
To be here each of us has had to overcome obstacles that may have caused others to quit. We are resilient, persistent, and courageous.

Jared Wagner
Postbacc Class of 2014-2015

The UC Davis School of Medicine Postbaccalaureate Program is a one-year program designed to help educationally and/or socio-economically disadvantaged students become more competitive applicants to medical school. We accept first-time applicants to medical school and reapplicants. The year-long program has two major components: the academic year and MCAT preparation. During the summer, students prepare for the MCAT by developing test-taking strategies and study skills. During the academic year, students enroll full-time in upper division biological science courses on the UC Davis undergraduate campus. We provide continued learning skills support throughout the academic year and meet weekly to discuss current issues related to health care disparities. In addition to these activities, we also provide guidance on the medical school application and interview process through a series of workshops and individual appointments. We accept an average of 20 students per cohort.

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Student Commitment

Students are expected to commit full-time to this program. The three major components of the program include the academic year, summer MCAT preparation, and the medical school application process.

  • Academic Curriculum
    During the fall, winter and spring quarters, students enroll full-time at UC Davis in rigorous upper-division science coursework. Attention is placed on addressing weaknesses in a student's preparatory background and in demonstrating success in a challenging academic environment. Each participant, in close consultation with program advisors, selects the course load. Additionally, throughout the academic year students continue to attend seminars on health care issues.
  • MCAT Preparation
    Beginning in late-June, this nine-week session consists of interactive instruction in learning skills and an intensive MCAT review course in preparation for the September MCAT. Learning skills workshops address verbal reasoning, time and stress management, note taking, studying, and test taking. Outside of class, students study in small groups and also take turns teaching each other concepts.

Jared Wagner
I feel like I have the advising and support that I need to be successful when I apply again.

Kristin Coleman-Woodson
Postbacc Class 2013-2014

  • Medical school application process
    From the beginning of the program we work closely with students to prepare AMCAS medical school applications. The program includes developing personal statements, experience descriptions, school selection, and preparing for interviews. In addition to workshops, individual advising is provided throughout the application process. A detailed letter of recommendation is provided for each student who completes the program successfully.

Three pathways

Students are placed into a tailored pathway that is based on MCAT preparation need with the guidance of the Program Director and Coordinator. Track A1 begins with MCAT Preparation and is followed by the academic year. Track A2 begins with the academic year and is followed by MCAT preparation. Track B has no MCAT preparation; only the academic year.


The A1 students receive complimentary housing during the summer MCAT preparation component of the program, and are responsible for finding housing for the academic year. The A2 and B students must secure their own housing during the duration of the program.


This program does not award a degree or certificate upon completion, making financial aid options limited. The cost of the postbaccalaureate year involves UC Davis undergraduate tuition and living expenses ( Participants will need to work out the details of their financial circumstances with the Financial Aid Office on the UC Davis Main Campus prior to beginning the program. Program participants are encouraged to apply for the FAFSA for optimal financial aid at

It offered the mentorship I lacked, the camaraderie of a small cohort and the academic and emotional support I needed to be a successful student. As a result, I excelled in school was accepted into several medical schools.

Adelaida Magallanes
Postbacc Class 2009-2010

To be eligible for the program you must:

  • Be a resident of California
  • Be considered an educationally and/or socio-economically disadvantaged* student, and show evidence of a commitment to practice in a medically underserved community;
  • Have completed (or will complete before the program begins) an undergraduate degree (or higher) from an accredited American college or university;
  • Have completed all or most (minus one or two courses) of the basic prerequisite coursework for medical school;
  • Have an undergraduate GPA average of 2.7;
  • AB-540 students are eligible to apply

Please note: our definition of socio-economically disadvantaged corresponds with that suggested by AMCAS: from an early age, you resided in a low-income community or experienced enduring family and/or societal hardship that significantly compromised your educational opportunities.


One application FREE is shared by five UC medical school postbaccalaureate programs through the UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium. The online application opens in the month of January. The UC Davis Postbaccalaureate Program will begin considering applications in January and will utilize a rolling admission policy, so it is to your advantage to apply early. The final deadline is posted on the application website and all documents must be received by that deadline (not postmarked). Deadlines for other UC postbaccalaureate programs may vary; you are responsible for determining the application period and deadline for each program.

UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium (application website)

I have learned so much about myself, developed new study habits, and gained confidence in my abilities.

Sean Johnson
Postbacc Class 2014-2015

Application components

  • Online application
  • All official college transcripts
  • Two essays
  • Personal Statement (2500 char.)
  • Postbaccalaureate Essay (2500 char.)
  • Optional: Significant research experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One from a science professor
  • One from a community service experience
  • One from a professor or employer of choice

If you have questions regarding the UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium, please contact:

UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium

Jose Morfin, M.D.
Faculty Director, Postbaccalaureate Program
Associate Professor of Medicine


Elio Gutierrez Elio Gutierrez
Postbaccalaureate Program Coordinator



Mary R. Saint-Cyr Mary Rose Saint-Cyr
UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium Coordinator