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New Program Helps Future Med School Students Prepare, Indicates Success

May 31, 2018 - 10:27 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A unique program to help students get into medical school is opening its doors in St. Louis in August. This new master's degree program is preparing students to pass the MCAT or medical college admission test.  

Dr. Ken Dobbins is chancellor of Ponce Health Sciences University, set to open in the Globe Building in downtown St. Louis with capacity for 50 students. He says the school, created by St. Louis native Dr. David Lenihan, is based in Puerto Rico. This will be the first campus on the mainland. Dobbins says they'll offer a master's in medical sciences

“When they come into the university, they will get a laptop with all the lectures digitized, and all the library materials they need, and then they’ll go through that instead of sitting in a lecture listening,” he says.

Dobbins says the program allows students to get hands on learning in the classroom and uses what it's called predictive analytics.

“So that we know when a student doesn’t understand a certain concept. We remediate immediately so that we can tell with great accuracy whether or not they’re going to be able to go to med school. Maybe they need to go to pharmacy school or dental school instead,” he says.

For those who go to medical school, the Ponce method can predict how well they'll perform. Dr. Dobbins says last year's Ponce grads did better on medical boards than students who went straight from college to medical school    

Ponce is set to open August 1st.