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*** BS/MD Results For Class of 2017 ***

GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 892 Member
This thread is to post the stats and feedback/reflection from students / parents. Here is a sample on the format
This is a very nice post from last year's results thread. You can copy & paste & update with your details when you post. Thank you so much in advance to help future students / parents.


GPA: 4.0 (UW), 4.3778 (W)

Class Rank: 1/421

ACT: 35
Subscores: Science (36), English (35), Reading (35), Math (34), Writing (10)

SAT Subject Tests:
Chemistry: 770
Math 2: 770
U.S. History: 760

AP's (at time of application)
U.S. History - 5
Chemistry - 5
U.S. Gov - 5
Language & Composition - 5
Statistics - 5
Biology - 4

Senior AP's: Physics C Mechanics, Calc BC, Literature & Composition, Psychology

Teacher Recs: Really great, well-rounded letter from APUSH teacher. Didn't see my AP Chemistry teacher's rec but she is known for writing amazing ones. Sent an English teacher rec and counselor rec to the schools that required them, and I assume they were both pretty good. Sent a letter from the director of the soup kitchen I volunteered at to a few select programs that had the options.

State: MI
Gender: F
Ethnicity: White, Native American
Income: 100-150k
Hooks: Nothing really! I stood out a little because I didn't do a lot of research or academic ECs & focused a lot of my time on community service instead

Major ECs:
- Varsity Cross Country: captain
- Varsity Track & Field
- Key Club: co-founder, president
- Student Council: vice-president
- National Honors Society: secretary
- Paid AP Chemistry Tutor
- Orientation Leader
- Interact

Community Service:
- Local food warehouse - 180 hours
- Local homeless shelter - 300 hours
- Teacher of religious education at my church - 300 hours
- Volunteering through ECs - 150 hours
- Local nursing home - 100 hours
- Hospital - 50 hours

Medically related activities:
Physician Shadowing - 120 hours
Research in psychiatry department at Wayne State University - 60 hours

Applied to the following BS/MD Programs:
1) Brown PLME - rejected ED - rejected RD
2) Northwestern HPME - interview - ACCEPTED
3) Pitt GAP - interview - ACCEPTED
4) Case PPSP - interview - declined interview
5) University of Rochester REMS - interview - ACCEPTED
6) George Washington - rejected pre-interview
7) Boston University - interview - ACCEPTED
8) Penn State - interview - rejected
9) University of Cincinnati DAP - interview - ACCEPTED
10) Virginia Commonwealth GAP - interview - ACCEPTED
11) UCONN SPiM - rejected pre-interview
12) Wayne State University - interview - declined interview

Applied to the following undergraduate:
1) University of Michigan - accepted
2) Harvard - waitlisted
3) Dartmouth - waitlisted
4) Yale - rejected

DECISION: Northwestern HPME

Scholarship / Aid:

Reflection:
Where do I begin? This process was certainly a whirlwind!! I experienced so many mixed emotions throughout it and never in a million years would have dreamed that I would end up where I did.

My greatest advice, although cliche, is to be yourself and to take quality time to reflect and think introspectively. Dig deep, think carefully about why you're doing what you're doing (nobody enters this process willingly without a good reason) and go beyond the idea of a checklist of items that you must meet. Don't be afraid to be specific - it wasn't the hospital volunteering that impacted you but the patient you met in the lobby on the way in; it wasn't the complex chemicals that you worked with in the lab but the relationship you forged with your research mentor that influenced you. Tell the admissions people and interviewers that. Think carefully about what you love about yourself and how these can not only enable you to be a successful doctor but can enable you to LOVE medicine. Speak from the heart and everything will fall into place.

As far as interviews go (as I know that time is getting close!), have fun! The second I started treating my interviews as a conversation instead of an avenue of getting accepted into a medical program, everything changed drastically. Don't be afraid to laugh, ask questions that you truly care about, share a personal detail from your life here and there. Be a person to the interviewer and treat them as a person. They have seen you on paper and it's time to show them who you truly are!

Overall, I could not be more thankful for my experiences with the BS/MD programs. I met some of the most amazing people and learned so much about myself in the process.

Please don't hesitate to message me if you have any questions at all!!!
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  • bsmd2017_ILbsmd2017_IL Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hello everyone, I'm starting new thread BS/MD Results For High School Class Of 2017. I hope this everyone share your experiences here so that we'll will help each other... Happy to see you some of them in near future either at interviews (if at all I get one) or in BS/MD program (if at all I get acceptance).......

    BSMD2017_IL
  • bsmd2017_ILbsmd2017_IL Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hello everyone, I'm starting new thread BS/MD Results For High School Class Of 2017. I hope this everyone share your experiences here so that we'll will help each other... Happy to see you some of them in near future either at interviews (if at all I get one) or in BS/MD program (if at all I get acceptance).......

    BSMD2017_IL
  • bsmd2017_ILbsmd2017_IL Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hello everyone, I'm starting new thread BS/MD Results For High School Class Of 2017. I hope this everyone share your experiences here so that we'll will help each other... Happy to see you some of them in near future either at interviews (if at all I get one) or in BS/MD program (if at all I get acceptance).......

    BSMD2017_IL
  • bsmd2017_ILbsmd2017_IL Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hello everyone, I'm starting new thread BS/MD Results For High School Class Of 2017. I hope this everyone share your experiences here so that we'll will help each other... Happy to see you some of them in near future either at interviews (if at all I get one) or in BS/MD program (if at all I get acceptance).......

    BSMD2017_IL
  • bsmd2017_ILbsmd2017_IL Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hello everyone, I'm starting new thread BS/MD Results For High School Class Of 2017. I hope this everyone share your experiences here so that we'll will help each other... Happy to see you some of them in near future either at interviews (if at all I get one) or in BS/MD program (if at all I get acceptance).......

    BSMD2017_IL
  • devidushdevidush Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hi, I applied to Rensselaer and WashU for their BS/MD programs and am waiting for an interview call. Any idea when they will come out, or has anyone gotten a call?
  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 892 Member
    @devidush You should post and follow the thread to get any response. Yes, RPI folks got interviews. Wash, is too early for interview notification.

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/multiple-degree-programs/1879830-official-thread-for-2017-bsmd-applicants-p114.html
  • devidushdevidush Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Thanks. When will the FAU interview calls be out? I was accepted into FAU and Wilkes honors college but have not yet received any notification from their bs md program. The deadline for undergraduate acceptance was extended to February 17, so it might be too early as of now, but any idea when I can expect a decision?
  • orangefl2017orangefl2017 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    FAU already interviewed starting 3/9. Do you get invitation yet?
  • BS_MD2017BS_MD2017 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    @orangeflower7 did you interview at FAU?
  • orangefl2017orangefl2017 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Yes. I did interview at FAU last week. Did you also have interview there?
  • perrya17perrya17 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    I am reposting this from http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/multiple-degree-programs/1879830-official-thread-for-2017-bsmd-applicants-p174.html and adding a little more:

    Weighted GPA: 4.68/4 and 13.07/12

    Unweighted GPA: 4.00/4
    ACT: Math 35, Science 35, English 36, Reading 36, Writing 11: Cumulative 36

    SAT Subject Tests: Math II (800), Chemistry (800), US History (800)
    Class Rank: Unreported, but my best guess is top 5 out of 190

    AP Classes (8 total):
    Biology-5
    US History-5
    Chemistry-5
    English Language and Comp-5
    Physics C Mechanics and E/M-
    US Government-
    Modern European History-
    Calculus BC-

    Recommendations: Outside of my teacher recommendations (10th-grade Biology AP, 11th grade English Lang AP, APUSH) and my college counselor recommendation, I also got a recommendation from the Volunteer coordinator at the hospital I volunteered at that was quite good and I imagine helped quite a lot.

    State: Fl

    Gender: Male

    Ethnicity: White

    Hospital Activities:
    280 hours volunteering in a local hospital, 35 hours shadowing an anesthesiologist at another local hospital

    Other activities and positions (highlighting the most important ones):
    President of the Symphonic Band
    Varsity Football (1 year) and Varsity Crew (2 Years)
    President of school's Medical Society Club
    Student Council Member, School Spirit Subcommittee Chairman
    220 hours volunteering at a summer camp

    Research: none

    Awards (highlighting the most important ones):
    History Award (Top history student) 9th, 10th and 11th
    Science Award (Top science student) 10th and 11th
    UPENN Book Award 11th
    National Merit Finalist 12th
    Spanish Honors Society 11th

    7 and 8 Year Program Applications and Decisions:
    Pittsburg GAP: Not offered interview. rejected, offered full tuition
    George Washington Dual BA/MD-offered additional supplement, not offered interview, rejected
    Penn State/Jefferson BS/MD- offered interview, rejected
    Northwestern HPME-offered interview, rejected
    Temple University Pre-Med Health Scholars Program-offered interview, accepted with full tuition scholarship
    Boston University BA/MD-offered interview, accepted with Trustee Scholarship (full tuition)

    Regular undergraduate decisions:
    Georgetown, accepted
    Johns Hopkins, accepted
    UF, accepted
    University of Miami, accepted with 35K/year scholarship
    Vanderbilt, unknown as of the time of posting
    Emory, unknown as of the time of posting

    I will be attending BU's program in the fall and am quite happy about it.

    Thoughts about each of the programs I applied to:
    What I hoped to gain out of a combined medical program was the conditional acceptance into medical school. Acceptance rates for medical schools, even middle-of-the-road medical schools, are dropping like a rock as more and more highly qualified people apply to them. I do not see this trend reversing anytime soon, so I was looking for the programs with the best matriculation requirements and most highly ranked medical schools. BU and NU were the two standouts, being the oldest and most well respected, with great medical school rankings and easy matriculation requirements. The other two 7 year programs (GW and Penn State/Jefferson) also had extremely doable medical school matriculation requirements, which is why I applied. I applied to Pittsburgh's 8 year because the medical is very highly ranked (some rankings place it in the top 10) and the fact that it was 8 year did not dissuade me since I was more interested in the conditional guarantee. I was a little uneasy with Temple's program since it has volunteering and rec letter requirements for matriculation, but I applied anyway since it was the least selective program out of the 6 I was considering.

    Thoughts about the programs I didn't apply to:
    I ruled out some programs (UMKC and Virginia Commonwealth) simply because I did not think they had a strong enough medical school ranking for my liking, and because I would be more inclined to attend a regular undergraduate (like Johns Hopkins or UF) over those specific programs. I also ruled out some programs (such as Wash U and Case Western) because I thought their matriculation requirements were much too high and that it didn't really give me the guarantee I was looking for. Others, like Neomed, I did not even know about until browsing through the forums in the past couple of days. My recommendation would be to evaluate programs based upon medical school rankings, matriculation requirements, and the likelihood of receiving merit-based aid.

    Reflections:
    I applied to only 6 programs so that I could take my time on each of the applications and rewrite them multiple times if it was necessary. My biggest piece of advice is to always be interesting and come across interesting and well rounding. No matter how intelligent and driven people that apply to these programs are, that will not pay off if the reader or interviewer is bored with your essays or interview (my college counselor posed this question: Would your interviewer be interested enough in you as a person to want to have dinner with you?). My second piece of advice is to be well-rounded. For me, my two big passions were medicine and history. I talked extensively during all my interviews about history and the philosophy of history.

    Above all, make sure that a career in medicine is what you truly desire. Interviewers can smell people motivated more by their parents than by themselves a mile away, and this will tank any chances you have.

    Please message me with any questions anyone has. Good luck to all!
  • bunny101bunny101 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    GPA: 3.87 (UW), 4.19 (W)

    Class Rank: N/A

    ACT: 34
    Subscores: Science (32), English (34), Reading (32), Math (36),

    SAT Subject Tests: Didn’t take


    AP's (at time of application): Full IB diploma


    Teacher Recs: I think really good because I am very close to my teachers.
    State: MI
    Gender: F
    Ethnicity: Indian Asian

    Hooks: I think my ECs

    Major ECs:
    - Softball 9-12
    - Dancer for college team
    - Founder/ Community Outreach coordinator for volunteer club
    - President/Coach for local chapter of international organization that focuses on creative approaches to combat global issues
    - Choreographer for dance groups for multiple charity shows
    - HOSA/DECA
    -


    Community Service:
    ER volulnteering, lots of hours spent with my club with various organizations (special needs, low income areas, etc.)

    Medically related activities:
    Physician Shadowing - 40 hours
    Research in bioinformatics
    Surgical Observer in Indian Government Hospital

    Applied to the following Medical Programs:
    1) UMKC 6 Year BAMD- Interview, ACCEPTED
    2) NEOMED 6/7 Year BSMD- Interview, ACCEPTED
    3) Missouri Southern State 7 year BS/DO- Interview, ACCEPTED
    4) California Northstate 6 Year BSMD- Interview ACCEPTED
    5) Case western 8 year BSMD- rejected pre-interview
    6) WashU Med scholars- Rejected pre-interview
    7) Michigan State University Osteopathic Med Scholars(OMSP)- Interview, ACCEPTED
    8) St. Louis Med Scholars-ACCEPTED

    Applied to the following undergraduate:
    1) University of Michigan Ann Arbor– ACCEPTED
    2) Wayne State University- ACCEPTED
    3) Ohio State University- ACCEPTED

    DECISION: NEOMED! It was really hard to pick between UMKC, NEOMED, and OMSP but I decided on NEOMED because it is 7 years, has great financial aid, and is close to home


    Reflection: This process was really something. I knew that direct meds are unpredictable so I made sure to have a plan incase I did not get accepted to any. I spent my whole summer writing essays and participating in ECs to strengthen my resume. After receiving my first interview invitation, I focused my time on prepping for those and was able to learn from each interview. Personally, I feel my interviews were what made it for me because I was able to stand out using my background and activities, and able to use a lot of personal experience. I can honestly say that being yourself does make a difference. There were so many kids that had perfect stats and resumes that still didn't make it into these programs. Having a diverse background and leadership qualities helps you so much and I am glad I spent time developing my own personal skills before applying to these programs.
    I am happy with the overall outcome of the process and really thankful to have a lot of options before I made my final decision. If anyone has any questions, feel free to message me ☺

  • Mimic17Mimic17 Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    I got into NW HPME, announced on Sat Mar 18, 2017
  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 892 Member
    Important Note: This thread is to post only the Stats and Reflections. If you have any questions / follow ups on other's posts, please use the discussion thread of 2017.
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/multiple-degree-programs/1879830-official-thread-for-2017-bsmd-applicants.html#latest
    The reason for this guideline is to keep this thread simple with only few pages, so that any future students / parents to get an idea of BS/MD, can go thru this thread only with stats and not to go thru or search 200+ pages of the discussion thread. Thank for your understanding.
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