CST Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program


[Instrumental] The Temple University Pre-Health Post-Bacc Program offers a clear, structured pathway with goals and objectives, for individuals entering professional school. We offer two tracks in our program, one for the career changer and the other for the academic enhancer. The career changer has no science background, or very little. The academic enhancer has a scientific background, but needs to improve their profile. Our unique program offers one on one advising, with a full time learning skill specialist, to provide guidance in our program and also also for your future success. Medicine has always been my passion. I began working as a radiation therapist for two years. I was always interacting with different residents and physicians and it was just such a great atmosphere for learning that I knew that I wanted a little more for myself. I worked at Bryn Mawr rehabilitation hospital on the traumatic brain injury unit for two years. I learned a lot at Bryn Mawr rehab about working with patients and having that relationship with patients but I really wanted to further my education. So I went to look for a post-bacc program to help me get to that final goal of going to medical school. I’ve been taking anatomy and physiology as a guest student. I met with one of their general academic advisors about making a backup plan in case I didn’t get into any of the post-bacc’s I was looking at. and she was like “Oh, you know Temple has a post-bacc program.” While an undergrad, I wasn’t able to get all the science prerequisites that I needed for medical school and the CST post-bacc program was a fit for me. I knew that Temple offered a very rigorous program, not unlike what I would probably experience in medical school. The full course load, as well as the M-CAT prep that is built into the curriculum I knew that it would be a very good preparation for me. It had all the course work I wanted, it’s a great environment and everyone wanted that same goal to succeed, so it was great being surrounded by faculty who wanted you to succeed as well as your classmates who wanted you to succeed. We weren’t doing undergrad classes with like 300 freshman taking general chemistry, it was just our cohort. Here, my class size was only 19 and my professors were super determined to get us into medical school, so- It made it really easy for me to drop into someone’s office and ask a quick question. The faculty was amazing, clearly so invested in making sure we got what we needed. We have exams on Monday evening from seven to nine pm. Doctor Rarig, who teaches organic chemistry, he’ll call us in on a Saturday for a review session. Now, we’re going to be studying on that Saturday anyway, but he’s taking time out of his schedule to come in and just make sure we are where we need to be. Everything that we’re learning in our classes is relevant to the M-CAT. We’ve also had the opportunity to have M-CAT prep classes. to study skills and techniques of how to approach the actual test. My teachers would go through our Kaplan M-CAT books, and then find topics in there that were relevant to their class and then incorporate it into their lectures, so that by the time I was actually going through my M-CAT books and studying for the test, a lot of it was really familiar. I was able to get all the classes I need in one year, so that was a huge selling point for me. One year was an intense course load, but I got through it and I feel ready to take on the pace and course load of med school. I joined the Marine Core, where I served as a Platoon Commander and a communications officer. Given that my background is in the military, my hope is to practice emergency medicine in the military. I never have been apart of something that was so focused toward a professional dream. So hopefully, I’m working my way up that ladder and will be able to live that dream someday.

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