If students wish to accelerate their enrollment in medical school and forgo the glide year, there are options to do so via “linkage” arrangements with select medical schools.

Linkage is not for everyone. Some students may prefer to attend non-participating schools or take advantage of opportunities in the glide year. Others may have personal reasons for applying through the traditional medical school application process. However, for students for whom linkage is right, a number of outstanding medical schools offer linkage to eligible Hopkins postbacs.

Students who are interested in a linkage program must discuss it with their advisers, because the decision to pursue linkage can be complex. Additionally, students have the chance to speak directly with the schools’ admissions team and current students to make the most informed decision. 

Participating Schools

*George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is discontinuing all external post-bac linkages effective this summer.  We continue to have a good relationship with GW and they value our students, and this is not a reflection of how they feel about our program or post-bacs in general.  Medical schools are regularly reviewing their recruitment strategies, and it is appropriate that they make decisions that are best aligned with their needs.  For students who are interested in GW, it remains a great option for the regular application cycle and is in the top 5 most applied to schools for Hopkins students.

Admission Requirements

These schools have agreed to give special opportunities to Hopkins postbac students for enrolling directly after finishing the requirements of the postbac program. To be eligible for admission, students must:

  • Complete all premedical requirements by the end of the spring semester (unless otherwise noted)
  • Take the MCAT by a specified date in the spring and receive specified minimum score (if required)
  • Maintain a very strong academic record, including a specified minimum GPA (if required)
  • Be selected to interview
  • Be admitted by the school’s admissions committee

Students may not apply to more than one school, and if admitted they will be expected to attend and not apply elsewhere.