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UMKC 6-year BS/MD Program

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Replies to: UMKC 6-year BS/MD Program

  • rummirummi Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    my bad, i mean 290 interviewed and 120 accepted...sorry about that!
  • papucuttapapucutta Registered User Posts: 244 Junior Member
    ....huge program...
  • neeleshneelesh Registered User Posts: 1,285 Senior Member
    i still think that this program is messed up. by the time you graduate, you will be in like 300k debt, which really suxs! otherwise, i would have applied to this program...
  • melodious04melodious04 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    you won't be in debt that much if you are in state (or have a lot of scholarships like me)
    ... honestly... most people are just filty rich and their parents are paying for all of it :) no joke....

    must be nice.

    And the class size is so big because a lot of people drop out by the way :/
    ... it's rough.

    ...with that.. I will continue w/ my studying marathon :D
  • papucuttapapucutta Registered User Posts: 244 Junior Member
    "because a lot of people drop out by the way"......wow, you say that so nonchalantly, but aren't you concerned? do you have the dropout statistic? why do so many drop out? i assume it's b/c they drop below the gpa requirement....is it because the grading system at umkc is so difficult or b/c ppl mess around too much or what?
  • melodious04melodious04 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    Well... it is before finals.. but right now I have a 3.93 (***just barely***)........so :)

    I think a lot of people drop out because they simply aren't used to studying in high school, or because UMKC simply isn't for them. A lot of people don't "drop out" but they have to extend because their GPA is too low (ie. failed a class). Extending means finishing in 7 (or 8) years instead of 6. Right now I **think** there are only 84 people in year 4... Usually about 20-25% leave someway or another.

    This is another reason why I feel that stats don't matter. I study my little butt off and I am doing just find, while others with insane scores are getting C's or lower. And I guess the classes are hard, in that they are definitely not like high school... I have friends who come from schools where apparently if you are in an Honors or AP class, pretty much the entire class gets an A. In college a C is average to above average..... so most people in the class will get them....... this shocked a lot of people.

    I can't speak from experience yet, because I have just started, but the advisors here are amazing. If you are struggling there are plenty of avenues you can take to get your GPA where it needs to be... contrary to what some people say, I don't feel like I am being weeded out (yet...).

    Ok I'm so going to studying now... 3 days left! :)
  • patelaksharpatelakshar Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    Hey...for those of you have already been interviewed as well as for those who will be interviewed...help the rest of us out by posting in the interview feedback section on StudentDocotor Network
  • kaj4167kaj4167 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I also applied for UMKC this year. I was wondering how much communication some of you have had with the SOM. My acceptance from the undergrad school came about a month ago, but I have not recieved word from the SOM. I'm from Missouri if it makes a difference. Some of my stats are:
    30 ACT
    1/569
    4.378/4.0 gpa, 4.0 unweighted
    5 AP Calc AB
    5 AP Stats
    Young Scientist Participant (8 weeks AD research)
    Lots of EC including Stuco Prez

    Thanks
  • docontherocdocontheroc Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    I too applied to umkc SOM and haven't heard a thing back from the undergrad or program. my stats are in the thread "help", could someone verify the timeline for admissions and interview decisions for both the undergrad and program?
  • patelaksharpatelakshar Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    I called up the Selection Committee and was told that they were have difficulty finding interviewers. Also, they were going though all the in-state applicants first, out-of-state applicants will probably be interviewed sometime january-february. Also, Interview invites will not be sent by mail: They will call you.

    ~akshar
  • docontherocdocontheroc Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    thanks, have any other programs besides tcnj(had phone interview yesterday) started interviewing?
  • slipper1234slipper1234 Registered User Posts: 9,084 Senior Member
    Quoted from another posting. This pretty much sums up what I am trying to say. I very much honor what Doctors do, I am just saying that a traditional track open the mind while enabling better residencies for those who care to go after those jobs.

    From: Advantages/Disadvantages to 7/8 year med programs


    I am a faculty member of one of the top-ranked medical schools and have served on the admissions committee at another top-ranked school.

    I think the major advantage for going to a combined program would be to short-track (6 or 7 yr programs), and thus save 1-2 years of your education and tuition. I think a very highly motivated and mature student could take advantage of the time saved, particularly if they were interested in a specialty of medicine that required very long training (e.g.,cardiac surgery). I don't see any advantage to an 8 year program other than than having the security of knowing you are in medical school.

    I agree with Slipper1234 that going to college for four years has its advantages, whether it be at an Ivy/top LAC or an honors program at a state university. You have the opportunity to explore other areas and may even find that medicine is not what you really want to do (Over the years, several of my classmates have left medicine to pursue other activities). You also can pursue some academic area in depth of your own choosing rather than take a prepackaged curriculum. To me, the freedom to develop one's intellectual interests is very special and should not be given up easily. Additionally, doing well in college enables you to get into one of the better medical schools, which in turn, enables you to get into more competitive residency programs. Many of the schools in the combined programs are not highly regarded and their graduates would not be highly-ranked by residency directors of the top programs unless they were the among the very top of their class. On the other hand, students from top medical schools (even below average students) get into excellent programs.

    I think my foregoing comments apply mostly if you are interested in competitive specialties and subspecialties. On the other hand, if your major goal is just to practice good medicine (particularly in primary care) then the prestige of the degree or residency training is not that critical. Most patients never ask where you went to med school or residency-they just want a competent, caring physician.

    Last, med schools look favorably upon applicants who may worked for 1-2 years after college or longer. They feel these students may be more mature and have real life experiences that give them a better perspective on medicine. Medical school/residency is a conveyor belt. Once you step on board, you will keep moving ahead and it is difficult to step off. It does not allow a lot of time for personal exploration or reflection, even though you will grow and be challenged during your training."
  • macantu17macantu17 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    have any out-of-state applicants been notified for interviews yet?
  • sar05sar05 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    I'm from Michigan and my interview call came about 2-3 weeks ago, and they set it up for January 6th
  • qwerty55qwerty55 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Interesting from website.....

    http://research.med.umkc.edu/education/default.html

    "* Non-resident fees apply to students who do not have or whose parents do not have Missouri state personal income tax liability. Out-of-state residents may be eligible for in-state classification for fee purposes if the student or dependent student’s parents have Missouri state personal income tax liability."

    and then.......................................................................................

    "Out-of-state residents applying to this program agree to the non-resident fee payment and other fees paid by resident students for a full six years or longer if individual circumstances require and agree not to apply for or otherwise claim entitlement to any UMKC non-resident scholarship."

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    but................................................

    Financial Aid

    "The UMKC School of Medicine each year offers students thousands of dollars in financial assistance from the many endowments and scholarships available to incoming first-year students and minority students."
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