By Noah Kutzy
Despite being the oldest and largest program of its kind in the United States and having a placement rate of up to 90 percent in American medical schools, the Columbia University Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program continues to pursue new ways to enhance the support services and opportunities it offers to students in order to help all Columbia Postbacs succeed in their premedical and prehealth pursuits. This includes adding more academic advisors and glide year advisors, expanding mentoring and coaching programs, adding new linkage programs to an already robust roster, and forming new graduate program agreements; all of which continue the program’s unparalleled level of commitment to premedical and prehealth students.
“We are constantly seeking ways to support and provide for our students as they pursue their careers in the medical field,” Senior Associate Dean for the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program Victoria Rosner said, “I feel that the recent additions we’ve made establish the depth of our commitment to our students and their success.”
Specialized Advising for Medical School Application
The program recently added Assistant Dean of Students Glenn Novarr as a specialized advisor helping prepare students for medical school interviews and connecting them with ideal Glide Year opportunities such as clinical and research work, academic degree programs, and international fellowships. His addition to an advising team staffed by the senior associate dean and four dedicated, academic advisors means the Postbac Premed Program now has an even greater ability to help students meet their intellectual and career goals.
A Growing List of Opportunities
Beginning this spring, Postbac students have the opportunity to apply for the Combined Postbac Premed-MS in Human Nutrition Program, offered in partnership with the Institute for Human Nutrition at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, or the Mailman School of Public Health Accelerated MPH Program. These programs, along with the Combined Postbac Premed-MS Bioethics Program help students enrich and diversify their premedical education prior to enrolling in medical school.
The new combined master’s programs come on the heels of new linkage agreements with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (the only dental linkage program in the nation), Weill Cornell Medical College, and New York University School of Medicine. Along with the Program’s ten additional linkage agreements, they enable qualified Postbac Premed students with a strong interest in one linkage school to accelerate the application process and potentially matriculate in that school in the academic year upon completion of the orgo/bio year, forgoing the Glide Year.
As these and other additions and enhancements show, the Columbia University Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program’s dedication to its students’ success has never been greater.