The Post Bac program is a one year or two year course of study that
who have an undergraduate degree in any field to take the required
courses for application
to medical school, veterinary school, or any number of other
professions. One-year students attend a summer session where they do
of chemistry and one semester of introductory biology. The next
year students take two more semesters of chemistry, two semesters of
physiology, biochemistry, other biology electives, and calculus. During
the Field Work Term (January-February) students can volunteer with
local organizations, do internships at Southwestern Vermont Medical
Center, work with faculty on current research or do internships
anywhere in the country or abroad.
The summer chemistry and biology classes are just Post Bac students while the other classes are integrated with Bennington undergraduates. Our classes stress cooperative approaches to learning and a hands on approach to doing science. Our Post Bac students have great success getting into medical school and many comment that our problem solving approach helps them understand the material they learn in medical school.
In the past few years our students have attended the
As part of our program we try to insure that students get experience in the medical/hospital setting. Our agreement with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center enables students to volunteer in the Emergency Room and shadow doctors both in the hospital and in their private practices. During our Field Work Term (usually from the Christmas holiday until the end of Ferbuary) students have another opportunity to do internships. Students can choose to work in a lab setting or do medical volunteer work in another area of the country or outside the country. This year we have had students go to Guatemala, China, and Thailand for Field Work Term experiences. Other students work with Bennington faculty on research topics. Some chemical topics students have worked on are: Photophysical and biological properties of gold(I) compounds and Luminescent Rhenium Compounds.
Medical School Advising
We work with students from the beginning of the
to develop lists of their choices for medical school. Advising sessions
discuss the application process, the MCAT, and the interview
A Premed committee reference letter is written for each student who
completes the program. This is kept on file along with other reference
letters for the application process. As a member of the National
Association of Advisors
for the Health Professions I have access to the latest information and
advice for students about the Medical School Admissions process.