In 1985, CAHCMP launched a unique program, in cooperation with one of the consortium medical schools, the Chicago Medical School (CMS) at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, to strengthen the qualifications of college graduates who had not been successful previously in gaining admission to medical school. The major objectives of the Post Baccalaureate Program (PB) are to implement effective strategies and activities that will:
1. facilitate admission consideration of previously unsuccessful CAHMCP health professional applicants; and
2. enhance retention or readmission potential of those underrepresented in the health professions who are facing dismissal or who have been dismissed from professional schools.
Both objectives will be met through CAHMCP's provision of individualized support, reinforcement activities, and formal “pre-admission” programs conducted at CAHMCP's IIT facilities, Rosalind Franklin University, Rush Medical College and other medical schools affiliated with the PB program. This program effort, the Post Baccalaureate Program, specific to unsuccessful candidates, will operate essentially in three forms:
PB-I: Post-Baccalaureate health career aspirants with minimal or no
basic science coursework,
PB-II: Unsuccessful health or medical career applicants,
PB-III: Pre-matriculation coursework at the medical school level.
An individually-structured plan will be configured to enable each participant to demonstrate his/her capability to perform consistently above peer level, as determined by academic performance at Rosalind Franklin University. Students completing pre-requisite work or retaking basic science courses are selected for Staff Internships during which emphasis is placed on self-diagnosis/assessment of the academic, financial, and/or personal problems that interrupted their pursuit of a health career or impeded their acceptance into medical school. Based on this assessment, a combination of the following activities are pursued: additional course work, individual study projects, research experience, community projects, pre-course study, partner/group participation and MCAT self-study.
Rosalind Franklin University is our chief resource to pre-matriculation and re-matriculation students. More specifically, these students are allowed to enroll in the school's most rigorous first-year medical school courses in order to gain admission consideration, readmission consideration, or to determine the success of remediation efforts. CAHMCP participants may also enroll in a Summer Pharmacology course at Rush Medical College for credit. All other courses and auditing opportunities are implemented through the resources of Northwestern University, Loyola University, and the University of Illinois medical schools. A typical pre-matriculation student is an unsuccessful medical school applicant and college graduate who majored in biology or chemistry at a large, public university. Such students must have met all course requirements for admission, but have modest overall GPA's or borderline MCAT scores that render them uncompetitive for direct admission to medical school. Since so many of these students have been in the CAHMCP pipeline since high school or even as Young Scientist Program participants, we know that they have the intellect and motivation to be successful in medical school. They simply need the extra boost and opportunity that our PB program provides.
In order to enhance retention rates and facilitate re-admission, the PB component has established an Academic Progression program that will provide resources for students who encounter academic or personal problems and need help coping with the prospect of academic failure. The format calls for the inter-institutional sharing of resources to provide support services for students who are underrepresented in health professions in order to insure on-time graduation and reduce attrition.
AP-I: Med students who are currently experiencing academic difficulty.
AP-II: Med students who are at the point of dismissal or who have been
The typical Academic Progression participant is a non-CAHMCP student currently enrolled in a medical school who came to CAHMCP by referral from a fellow CAHMCP student or through a professor or student affairs administrator at his/her school. The participant is recognized as someone in need of the support services that CAHMCP provides in order to improve the prospect of continuing study at or of being admitted to medical school. It is our hope to marshal the resources of all eight Illinois medical schools to adopt approaches to address this problem of underachievement.
Post Baccalaureate Colloquium in the Basic Medical Sciences (CBMS) is
a natural progression of the Post-Baccalaureate Program to an even more
specialized teaching/learning program service. Three distinguishing aspects
of the CBMS are (a) self-teaching program (b) integrated modular instruction
and (c) teaching/learning grand rounds. There is no doubt regarding the
correlation between the quality of teaching and flexibility that allows
for attention to students with special needs for mastery success. We intend
to maximize both and provide integrated teaching/learning wherein basic
science disciplines are related to each other and learned in the context
of 'real-world' situations at the mastery level.
Thorough conceptual comprehension of these topics is essential
to successfully complete the course of medical professional study. Some
are able to master these topics without assistance, but most benefit from
disciplined self-study programs, supplemental instruction, group review,
or more in depth and individual attention in order to fully grasp these
concepts. Through the Workshop and Start-Up Tutorials, the Post Baccalaureate
Colloquium in the Basic Medical Sciences intends to offer that extra help
needed to better prepare each student for the rigorous academic expectations
of a required, credit-bearing academic course.