For students who are struggling through their undergraduate work but still yearn to attend medical school, a postbaccalaureate program is typically the best chance to make an improvement. Enrolling in a master's program in science or a master's in public health are other options, admissions counselors say, but take longer and can be more expensive.
Ultimately, says Jeff Koetje, director of prehealth programs at Kaplan Test Prep, the best and least expensive route students can take is to be diligent as undergraduates. Though postbaccalaureate programs are effective, he says, they should only be considered a last resort. "They're a very expensive backup plan," he says. "It's a second chance. It's one you will pay for, but it is a second chance."
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