Postbaccalaureate Program

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 summer program and the academic year. 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.




Program Components

The summer 9-week MCAT preparation component begins in mid-June. The academic year begins in mid-September and ends in mid-June.

I. Study Skills and MCAT Prep Curriculum

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. On the premise that teaching makes us more active learners, participants make frequent classroom presentations. The focus of this work is to increase the student's potential for academic success in the upcoming academic year. In addition, students participate in weekly seminars on health care issues, to improve their awareness of current and enduring concerns, and to improve their interviewing skills.

II. Application Process

From the beginning of the program we work closely with students on the AMCAS and secondary applications. The program includes working closely with students on developing personal statements, experience descriptions, school selection, secondary questions and preparing for interviews. In addition to workshops, individual advising is provided throughout the application process. A detailed committee letter of recommendation is provided for each student who complete s the program successfully.

The application can be found on the UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium website:

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. It is expected that students will maintain a 3.5 or better GPA in their selected courses. Additionally, throughout the academic year students continue to attend seminars on health care issues.



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 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.



Some costs are associated with participation in the program, therefore participants must carefully assess their financial situation. Room, board and educational expenses are covered for the summer session. All students are expected to sustain expenses incurred over the fall, winter and spring quarters. 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. If you want to receive financial aid for the academic year it is imperative that you submit a FAFSA before March 2 at



Application materials are available for both first-time and reapplicants at . One application is being used by all five UC medical school postbaccalaureate programs. 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. All application materials must be submitted to the following address:

UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium
UC Davis School of Medicine
4610 X Street, Suite 3104
Sacramento, CA 95817



If you have questions regarding the UC Davis Postabccalaureate Program, please contact:

Elio Gutierrez 
Postbaccalaureate Program Coordinator
(916) 734-1886


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

Mary Rose Saint-Cyr
UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium
(916) 734-4084



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

(530) 754-6033