Support and Advising
The Brandeis University community encourages and empowers students to reach their academic goals. Our small cohort of students receives support through all aspects of the post-baccalaureate premedical program and the application process for health professions schools, including:
As a result of our small cohorts, advising is supportive and readily available, from the departments, the post-bac program manager, and the director of health professions advising. Through this supportive advising structure, students receive easy access to advising appointments, information sessions, application support, a committee letter to support their applications to health professions/medical programs, and support after completion of the post-bac program. Students with disabilities access specific support and accommodations through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Health Professions Experience
In addition to taking courses, post-bac students are strongly encouraged to gain relevant experience through the wealth of world-class medical resources that the Boston area has to offer. Post-baccalaureate premedical students volunteer at local hospitals, clinics, and social service agencies in Boston, Waltham and surrounding communities. Some of the sites have included Brigham & Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
We have also recently partnered with YourStory International, a non-profit organization that was founded by one of our post-bac alums, Kevin Lombardi. There is an active chapter on campus, and Kevin has made leadership positions available to post-bac students. YourStory has focused its efforts in Haiti where they work to provide sustainable resources related to better access to consistent healthcare, public health initiatives, and small business opportunities.
Post-Baccalaureate Clinical Seminar
Our year-long clinical seminar for post-bac students only, led by a physician, meets six times each semester in the first year and features guest speakers from a variety of healthcare practices.
Highly-Structured Support for the Application Process
In the process of applying to health professions schools, students work closely with the Post-Bac Program Advisor. All students are interviewed by the Board of Pre-Medical Advisors, and a composite letter of recommendation is prepared for each applicant. In addition, workshops are offered throughout the year on the application process, personal essay writing, and interviewing.
Composite Letter of Recommendation
Each post-baccalaureate premedical student receives a composite letter of recommendation, in which a summary is written regarding his/her candidacy to health professions schools. All individual recommendations are included and the complete packet is sent to the schools that the student designates. Many health professions schools prefer composite letters of recommendation to individual letters.