Medical School Application Workshop

Course Code: PBSV.800

Start: Spring 2024

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In this 10-week workshop we guide you through each step of the personal and complex medical school application process, demystifying the medical school application process, timeline, and costs. When you’ve clarified your own goals, you will be able to identify the best medical school for you and know how to best position yourself as a successful, holistic applicant.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate your personal rationale for a career in medicine and how you are suited for it.
  • Understand the medical school application process, associated costs, and finance options
  • Demonstrate understanding of general medical school prerequisites.
  • Identify medical schools that are a good fit for you and the specific medical school admissions requirements.
  • Produce outstanding primary application essays that explain personal motivations and strengths for training in medicine.
  • Complete a competitive medical school application. Complete a competitive medical school application.
  • Complete a competitive medical school application.


  • The holistic medical school applicant: who you are and what you want
  • Choosing the right medical school
  • The structure and process of applying to medical schools
  • Finances: application and interview costs
  • Presenting yourself successfully as an applicant
  • How to request letters of recommendation
  • Preparing a personal statement (describing significant personal experiences, gap year considerations, crafting a personal statement)
  • Preparing secondary applications
  • Interview techniques (recording reviews and feedback)
  • Final application review

Recommended Course Sequence

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