Extended 1:1 Career Advising/Counseling

Course Code: PBSV.804
Instructor: Grant Hartzog, UC Santa Cruz Professor, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology

Cost: $450

  • Start: Oct. 6, 2023
  • End: Dec. 8, 2023
  • Day: Fridays or by appointment
  • Time: 5–6 p.m. (PT)

Enroll in Career Advising


These conversations are not one-size-fits-all. In online-live meetings of 30 to 60 minutes, a career counselor will assess student interest in medical school, associated specialities, needed training, timelines, career arcs and outcomes, and help set expectations regarding family-work balance, salary, and career growth. Some students need support to complete essays for the initial medical school applications, others need help identifying financing or targeting their second applications to particular schools, and still others need help building out career goals, identifying the challenges, and creating a workable plan to be successful in the industry. The goal of this action-oriented course is to chart out your own journey so you are effective, prepared, and able to succeed.

This course, co-created by the UCSC Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology department, is taught via UCSC Silicon Valley Extension to support postbaccalaureate students in successfully launching their premed studies. Enrollment is exclusively available to students accepted into the premed postbaccalaureate program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and remedy medical school application deficiencies.
  • Produce compelling, targeted essays for secondary medical school applications.
  • Demonstrate competence in the interview styles used at their top choice of medical schools.
  • Articulate how personal life experiences have prepared them for a career in medicine.
This course may be repeated

A complement to the postbacc program’s group career counseling, students are invited to repeat this course as needed.

Recommended Course Sequence

For students who aim to apply to medical school in 2024, please note when courses will be taught.