In preparation for medical school, post-baccalaureate students complete the required science coursework and share the many resources available at Johns Hopkins. Currently, the core requirements for most medical schools include two semesters each of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics, all with accompanying labs.
To complement the core curriculum, post-baccalaureate students also take Introduction to Clinical Medicine, a class designed for and taught exclusively to them by faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The aim of this course is to encourage post-bac students to make connections between what they learn in the core premedical courses with clinical applications in medicine. See the sidebar for student comments on this course.
In order to gain clinical and research experience, students enroll in Medical Tutorials with faculty members at the School of Medicine. Students may also take advanced level and elective courses, often at the Bloomberg School of Public Health or through the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, if their schedules permit and may participate in volunteer activities. Our MCAT preparation course, provided at no additional cost, is tailored to our students’ needs.
We also offer an optional opportunity for students to pursue scholarly projects in research, community engagement, leadership, health policy/advocacy, or an area of academic focus. Participating students will identify and research questions important to their own professional interests. In addition, students will explore the relationship between their professional goals and personal motivations, allowing them to grow as medical school candidates and future physicians.
The flexibility of the program and the vast array of offerings at Johns Hopkins allow us to customize each student’s program of study to complement his or her background. In turn, our students acquire the strongest possible preparation for medical school, taking into consideration their interests, completion of required science courses, relevant electives, and medical experience.
Because the curriculum is customized according to each student’s background, the timetable can vary. Students generally complete the program within 9 to 14 months, with 12 months the most common length of time. All students must be full-time.
Students wishing to take full advantage of the vast resources at Johns Hopkins, including enrolling in courses at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, can adapt their schedules to avail themselves of the enriching opportunities at the institution.
If you majored in a science-related field such as engineering and took some of the required courses and earned strong grades, you may be accommodated by taking advanced science courses and electives.
The individual course of study appropriate for each applicant will be discussed in detail during the interview process.