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***Official Thread for BSMD Applicants 2018***

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Replies to: ***Official Thread for BSMD Applicants 2018***

  • tripledouble2000tripledouble2000 Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    @atx789 I think, if you are 100% sure that you want to practice medicine as your career, you should definitely apply to some bsmd programs no matter your chances. As for chances, I would say your academic qualifications are pretty decent, but keep in mind that most bsmd applicants will have a near perfect GPA with SAT scores of 1550 and above, and even in that pool, <5% are accepted into a bsmd program. What really matters then is your ECs and other achievements. I can clearly see that you have a focus in medicine, but nearly everyone wanting to go into medicine, bsmd or traditional pre-med, volunteers at hospitals and clinics for upwards of 100+ hours, so I would not count on hospital volunteering to be your strongest EC. Also, NSLC happens to be a for-profit non-university affiliated organization that runs programs nation wide. They do not choose students based on merit so basically anyone who pays $3000 can attend it. Colleges know this, and unfortunately this may not give you the kind of academic respect/prestige you hope to get from attending it. Nevertheless, it certainly is a good opportunity to learn more about the medical field and gain exposure in different areas of it. I think overall, you are definitely a "good enough" applicant to be considered for a position in a bsmd program (you are competitive), but I would suggest you work on your ECs a bit more, and try to do something out of the ordinary. That said, I still think you should definitely apply to bsmd programs if you really want to go into medicine! :)
  • atx789atx789 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
  • tripledouble2000tripledouble2000 Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    @atx789 A little more advice: I'm guessing (from your screen name) that you are from Texas (so am I, I'm from Austin), so I would suggest you apply to a lot of instate bsmd programs since you likely won't be competing against applicants from all over the country and the world. Rice/Baylor takes applicants from all over the US I think, but there are a lot that are reserved only for Texas residents such as FAME (UTSA), UMSI (Texas Tech), and Baylor/Baylor.
  • atx789atx789 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    @tripledouble2000 I am also from Austin! And I think I'm applying to UMSI, Baylor, Penn state, Drexel/drexel, Rochester, Northwestern, Temple, and UAB.
  • tripledouble2000tripledouble2000 Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    @atx789 that's super cool that you're from Austin too! I'm applying to a lot of the same ones that you are including UMSI, Drexel, Rochester, Northwestern, and UAB. But I am applying to PLME, FAME, and WUSTL USP instead of Baylor, Penn State, and Temple.
  • atx789atx789 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    edited June 9
    @tripledouble2000 That's cool! I can't seem to find the website for UTSA FAME though...
  • tripledouble2000tripledouble2000 Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    @atx789 I just checked and it appears that you are right. Do you think they have discontinued the program?
  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 892 Member
  • atx789atx789 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    edited June 9
    I guess it was discontinued bc UTSA is not on the complete list of bs md programs for 2017 either
  • atx789atx789 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    https://www.premedhq.com/2011/07/list-of-bamd-programs.html it looks like UTSA is not on this list either so I guess it was discontinued
  • atx789atx789 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    https://www.premedhq.com/2011/07/list-of-bamd-programs.html it looks like UTSA is not on this list either so I guess it was discontinued
  • IndivisibleIndivisible Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I talked to the FAME program director, and she confirmed that UT FAME has been cancelled.
  • tripledouble2000tripledouble2000 Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    Yes, @Indivisible thanks for clarifying. I sent Tracy Lopez (FAME director) an email on Sunday asking about FAME and she replied yesterday saying it has been suspended. It's a real bummer, I was really counting on applying there.
  • IndivisibleIndivisible Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Does anyone know what's going to happen to the other Texas BSMD Programs, like Texas Tech and UH?
  • tripledouble2000tripledouble2000 Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    @Indivisible Both of their websites are still up so I think they are continuing this year. I think it was just UTSA that decided to stop FAME.
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