Student Testimonials

At the University of Vermont, each of our Post-Baccalaureate Premedical students has a unique story to tell.  What will your story be?

I chose UVM’s Post Bac PreMed program because of the access to the medical center and ability to network with experienced medical professionals. It’s my goal to become a Physician Assistant with a joint degree in global medicine. Through the connections made at UVM, I have great opportunities to work with health organizations in Uganda before applying to PA school.
-Heather C., Currently Enrolled

The program is an awesome, collaborative environment. The education you get is thorough and really prepares you for the MCAT/DAT. Teachers even teach test taking tricks for standardized exams during their lectures! The location of Burlington VT also gives you opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities in your free time! Some of my highlights are the fact that the teachers were ALWAYS available for extra help and the friends I made were ALWAYS willing to help / provide study companionship. In fact, my PBPM peers all had inspiring stories and motivated to work harder and do better. The education really prepared me for standardized tests and filled any gaps that I had in the fundamental sciences. Plus, the city of Burlington and UVM really offer a wide variety of extracurriculars from yoga to outdoor sports to pre-dental clubs to shadowing. Whatever you need to do to make yourself a more competitive applicant, you can do it at UVM.
-Saloni M., 2017 Post-Baccalaureate Graduate

I loved UVM’s flexibility. Other schools I looked at had very rigid curriculums and timetables for knocking out your premedical requirements which didn’t fit my needs. UVM was much more flexible in helping me decide on a curriculum that met my individual needs as an applicant.

Quite simply, this program will get you where you need to go. When I joined this program, my needs were different than those of many of my classmates. The advising team took the time to help me figure out what I needed to do to become a competitive applicant and set me on the path to accomplish the necessary milestones. I did my research before coming to UVM and very few other schools offered the same flexibility as UVM.
-Zachary O., 2017 Post-Baccalaureate Graduate

The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program at UVM was exactly what I was looking for: intensive, and comprehensive with proven results.

I chose UVM PBPM because I was looking for a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program that was well established and geared towards giving their students the skills necessary to get into competitive medical programs and excel once there. The faculty at UVM were dedicated to my success and the cohort was a mix of diverse individuals all motivated to pursue a career in medicine. I was able to complete all of my science prerequisites for PA school in one year. The program prepared me for the rigorous schedule and intensive learning of PA school by giving me a solid foundation in the sciences. Now that I am currently in PA school, I can say that I am grateful for the UVM PBPM program for setting me up to succeed!
-Hadley W., 2018 Post-Baccalaureate Graduate

I chose UVM for a few reasons. First, the program offered a flexible format where I could take all of the required courses in the time frame that made the most sense for me. I took 1.5 years, but some colleagues took 2 or more years, and some finished in 1 year. I was also able to arrange the courses in an order that felt best for me, and I had time to take a few higher-level courses to build on the basic prerequisites.

Second, its location is incredible! I wanted to make sure that even though I was entering a rigorous academic program, I would be living in a place where my free time could be well spent. UVM’s proximity to mountains, lakes, and rivers meant that there were ample opportunities to take breaks and de-stress in nature. Burlington is also a great place to live as a young student/professional: there are like-minded people and tons of bars/restaurants to explore local, fresh, healthy food. While geographic location may not be a priority for most people exploring academic programs, I am so glad I chose to consider this because I think the work-life balance is what helped me be so successful in the program.

Once enrolled, I was pleased to discover that while UVM is a large, public university, the environment is one where professors are approachable and invested in their students’ success. I built great relationships with most of my professors through approaching them after class and in office hours. The Post-Bacc student community was also extremely supportive. We sat together in classes, studied together, and spent time exploring Vermont in our free time.

Another incredible and very unique thing about UVM is that the undergraduate college, medical school, research labs, and hospital are all on the same campus. This meant that I could study in the medical library after class and be at work in the Emergency Department or in the research lab in a matter of minutes (and without going out into the snow)! There are tons of employment, research and volunteer opportunities at the hospital, and they love having Post-Baccs. 
-Anna S., 2019 Post-Baccalaureate Graduate

I chose UVM’s PBPM program because I love the state of Vermont. I wanted to take my pre-requisite courses in a location where I could enjoy my academic as well as my free time. Vermont and UVM filled that requirement nicely.

The best and most helpful part of the program for me was one and the same, the relationships I developed with the other PBPM students. Taking all of your pre-reqs at the same time can be a little daunting, but having a strong group of peers makes the difficulty a challenge to enjoy.
-Nick K., 2019 Post-Baccalaureate Graduate

For me, the most helpful part of the program is the community built by my cohort. I could have taken all of these credits at a community college but the social and study support in the program has been a huge help to me. I chose UVM instead of the other programs I got into because I was able to complete all classes in one year.
-Layla A., 2019 Post-Baccalaureate Graduate

Choosing UVM’s PBPM program over other PBPM programs was not a difficult decision for me. I grew up in Vermont, so already had a strong connection to the state. UVM’s PBPM program allows students to personalize their schedules to best fit their needs, something that has been very helpful to me given my academic and professional background. UVM’s PBPM has a strong history of success, and the staff has an eagerness to help their students succeed. This, in addition to the Larner COM linkage, was a big draw for me. Having the UVM Medical Center right on campus helped influence my decision, and has proven to be extremely valuable. Burlington is also a fantastic place to live while studying, a year-round city that offers many opportunities for both work and fun.

The best and most helpful part of the program for me has been the guidance and support from both the other PBPM students and the PBPM staff. Students in the program come from hugely diverse backgrounds, with a large variety of experiences. Getting to know these students and hearing their different perspectives have helped me determine my own application timeline, course schedule, and employment choices. Everyone is extremely supportive of each other, something that has made the entire process much easier.
– Trevor M., 2019 Post-Baccalaureate Graduate

“I want to thank you again for everything you have done for me to help me get here. From your thoughtful advisement throughout my time in UVM’s Post-Bac program (and also your trust in me when I forged my own way with physics) to your integral letter of recommendation for my application, you have played a vital and immeasurable role in my path to the veterinary profession. I cannot express my gratitude enough.”
– Emily B., 2017 Post-Baccalaureate Graduate

“The Post-Bac program has provided me with the ability to complete my courses quickly and efficiently along with the opportunity to work and acquire patient care experience in UVM medical center’s operating rooms. The numerous linkage agreements provide alumna with a competitive advantage by guaranteeing interviews for those who excel in the program. ”
– Tal T., 2017 Post-Baccalaureate Graduate

“Advising was always accessible and helpful during the Post-Bac program. Advising assisted me with everything from course planning and engagement in extracurricular activities to navigating the entire application process. I feel very prepared and confident with my medical school applications thanks to the valuable support from Jen and Trish.”
– Rachel V., 2017 Post-Baccalaureate Graduate

“The best part of my UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program experience was the sense of community with other post-bac students. I spent numerous hours in the library with fellow post-bacs’ who eventually became some of my best friends. The program also provided the structure and support that I needed to successfully complete my pre-med requirements including, regular check-ins with my advisors, patient care experiences, and Medical School interview practice.”
– Christina S., 2017 Post-Baccalaureate Graduate

“The UVM Post-Bac faculty were completely dedicated to our success during the program and provided the extra attention and support to help me and my fellow post-bacs get accepted into medical school.”
– Evan L. UVM Medical School, Class of 2021

“UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program is unparalleled because of the multitude of opportunities for research and patient care right on your doorstep. Having a hospital on campus is incredibly rare to find, and I was able to be a part of more patient care experiences because I could walk right to the hospital from any of my classes.”
– Joy B, 2016 Post-Baccalaureate Alumna
Entered into UVM’s Larner College of Medicine

“I recently was accepted to the UVM Larner College of Medicine after completing the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program at UVM. The courses I took through the program provided me with the knowledge I needed to prepare me for success on the MCAT and applying to medical school. I benefited from excellent professors and guidance from my advisor.”
– Jared B, 2015 Post-Baccalaureate Alumnus
Entered into UVM’s Larner College of Medicine

“When comparing the UVM Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Vet program to other programs, UVM stood out. Living in Burlington was wonderful and I benefited from a small peer group, flexible schedule, supportive faculty, and unique research projects.  I also was able to take advantage of the Summer CREAM program caring for Holstein cows on a working Farm.  I found the Animal Sciences Department to be a valuable resource.  I was recently accepted to Cornell University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.”
– Artemis S, 2016 Post-Baccalaureate Alumna (Pre-Vet)

“Anyone can do this. I am not particularly gifted but I put in the work to understand it. If you are committed and can take one bite at a time, recognize this is a decade-long journey and enjoy it.”
– Major Doug P, MD, 2012 Post-Baccalaureate Alumnus

Are you a Post-Baccalaureate Premedical grad who would like to share a story with us? Contact us here.