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Preparing for Medical School Admission

Your preparation for medical school admission begins during your first week at Bryn Mawr. Our step-by-step workshops explain the medical school admissions process, including the various requirements and expectations of different medical schools, and help you with the process of self-assessment that will lead to selecting schools to which you will apply. We offer practical workshops on preparing for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) as well as an in-house study course, which teaches you study and review strategies for the MCAT.

Jodi Domsky, the director of the postbac program, will personally advise you, as often as needed, in all phases and aspects of the medical school admissions process. These aspects may include how to prepare your medical school applications, how to write your personal statements, how to select schools, and interview preparation. The director also writes a comprehensive and personal premedical committee letter for each student. Our staff will assemble your completed letters of recommendation for electronic transmittal to your selected medical school(s).

Learning About Particular Medical Schools

Bryn Mawr offers the largest selection of conditional early-admission agreements with medical schools, and we were the first program to provide structured opportunities for students to visit these schools during the fall semester.

At each school, you will attend a group orientation meeting with the dean or director of admissions, talk with current students, including graduates of our program, tour the medical school and its affiliated hospital(s), and perhaps even observe a class. We provide contact information for our alumni at each school so you can follow up with any questions you may have after your visit.

Making the Most of Your Glide Year

If you are not going to medical school through the consortial process, we will assist you in your search for a medically related job in the “glide year” between the time you complete our program and enroll at medical school, provide letters of recommendation, and support your applications. Because our program is so well respected in the medical community, we regularly receive job leads and postings, including positions created with our students in mind. Recent graduates of our program also provide us with information and contacts about where they are working during their glide year, and even pass their jobs on as they enter medical school. These jobs are posted online. We can also help you create your own ideal job through networking with medical school faculty whose research or clinical specialization matches your specific interests.

For example, our students have recently worked as:

  • Program manager of a reproductive hormone study at the Center for Research in Reproduction and Women’s Health at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Research assistant for a study of genetic modifiers in cystic fibrosis at the University of North Carolina Medical School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Research assistant for a study of secondary radiation effects in survivors of Hodgkin's lymphoma in the radiation oncology department of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
  • Clinical research assistants for a variety of studies at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Public health interns at the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, New York City
  • Health-care research intern in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission at the Center for Infectious Disease Research, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Clinical coordinator of the pediatric obesity clinic at the University of California–San Francisco.
At Bryn Mawr, our faculty and our staff are committed to helping you realize your dream of a career in medicine.