Students are required to take two semesters of problem-based Clinical Inquiry (IQ) coursework.
In IQ courses, small groups of students will meet and discuss a patient case that was introduced to them in the previous class. Students will be expected to research the case prior to class and come prepared to discuss concepts introduced in the case, both in general and specific to the patient. These courses will help students solidify pre-med coursework into a clinically meaningful knowledge base and enhance basic science knowledge with select bioethics and public health topics. Students will grow personally and professionally by refining teamwork and personal reflection skills.
All students must also complete, or have previously completed, the undergraduate courses in the natural, mathematical, and social sciences that are generally required for medical school consideration.
Students may have completed some of these required courses prior to the start of this program and thus the students would be eligible for exemption from taking these courses for the certificate. Depending on course grades, students, with approval of the program director, may waive the required courses. Students may also elect to retake these courses for reference and/or to improve their undergraduate GPA.
In consultation with the program director, students will develop the best program of study for their needs. Typically, if a student has already taken the medical school prerequisites, but needs to improve their overall undergraduate GPA, taking upper level undergraduate courses would show more rigor compared to retaking lower level courses. With successful grades, a student’s undergraduate GPA will also improve.
Students may take additional elective coursework across the university with program director and instructor approval. Although science and math classes will be the primary focus for most students, some students may also seek to take graduate coursework to demonstrate academic rigor. Further, some students may also elect to take other courses based on interests or a desire to improve technical skills (such as writing or language skills).
The Post-baccalaureate Readiness Instruction for bioMedical Education Program is designed to bolster the candidacy of highly motivated students interested in careers in medicine.