Gap Year and Post-Bacc Programs

Gap Year and Post-Bacc Programs

Health Related Opportunities after Wheaton College

The term “post-bacc” essentially refers to experiences one pursues after a bachelor’s degree. In the pre-health professions environment, post-bacc often refers to specific post-bacc programs one may pursue to assist in gaining admission to a professional school program (medical, dental, physical therapy school, etc.). These programs are academically based and provide a curriculum that aims to prepare or enhance one’s readiness for graduate health programs. There are essentially two types of programs in this category: career-changer and academic-enhancing programs.

Another post-bacc opportunity available to students is participating in a formal “Gap Year” program or pursuing an internship (clinical, research) or an international service trip through an organization.

Gap Year and Post-Bacc Programs (PDF) for Students interested in Health Related-Endeavors.

AAMC Post-Bacc Information Page

AAMC Seven Benefits of a Post-Bacc Program

AAMC Post-Bacc Program List

Lawndale Community Health Center

Details for LCHC internships and summer programs can be found HERE. Internships at Lawndale are a great foundation for anyone interested in understanding the social determinants of health in an urban underserved setting. Applicants of color, those from marginalized backgrounds, and bilingual English/Spanish-speakers are encouraged to apply.

Opportunity: Global Citizenship Fellowship

Community Engagement Fellows work with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Global Citizenship Fellowship in the following locations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The Fellowship is a highly-selective, full-time, two-year program that prepares diverse, committed, and globally-minded individuals for effective leadership in public service.

By helping to establish UNICEF’s domestic imprint, the Fellows exemplify the concept of the “global citizen” as someone who understands global interconnectedness, respects and values diversity, has the ability to challenge injustice and inequalities, and takes action in a way that is personally meaningful. Fellows aim to inspire their communities to take action for the world’s children by engaging local groups and cultivating awareness through community outreach, partnership development, and grassroots program implementation for our domestic initiatives: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, UNICEF Kid Power, UNICEF High School clubs and Campus Initiatives, the End Trafficking project, UNICEF Next Generation, Congressional Action Teams, and other community mobilization activities. Email questions to here