SOM Post Baccalaureate Program

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SOM Post Baccalaureate Program

The UCSF School of Medicine offers a comprehensive, structured, 11 month, graduate certificate post baccalaureate program designed for individuals from disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds who have been unsuccessful in gaining admission to medical school or who have completed the required undergraduate courses but need to improve their academic profiles before initiating the medical school application process.

For the past 20 years, this UCSF program has helped more than 250 disadvantaged students improve their chances of gaining admission to medical school by offering:

  • Intensive MCAT review
  • Enrollment in upper-division science courses at UC Berkeley Extension
  • Participation in UCSF graduate seminars on healthcare issues in underserved communities
  • Assistance in preparing the medical school application
  • Participation in a Continuous Quality Improvement project
  • Participation in academic skills workshops

Success over 20 years:

The percentages above reflect where students attended medical school not where they were accepted; most students receive multiple acceptances. In addition, 16 alumni matriculated to other health professions schools.


In an effort to help our students offset the cost of tuition and cost-of-living expenses during the program, we are seeking funds for student scholarships.  By providing scholarships, we enrich our students’ experiences and enable them to continue pursuing their dreams.


Here is how your investment in our Post Baccalaureate Program makes a difference:

Since the 2014-15 academic year, 67 of 68 students received scholarships to participate in the post baccalaureate program. Sources of scholarship support include:

  • Grants from The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program
  • Grants from The California Wellness Foundation
  • Faustino and Martha Molina Bernadett Presidential Chair for Medical Education Scholarship  funds
  • Gifts from UCSF School of Medicine alumni
  • Gifts from Post Baccalaureate alumni and friends