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


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

  • Engineer80Engineer80 Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
    @Empire07 - "Take It on the Run"?
  • Empire007Empire007 Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    @Engineer80 - "Can't fight this Feeling"
  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 891 Member
    @rc2017 First congratulations on your decision to join NU HPME program and second thank you so much for your detailed post in the 2017 results thread with your stats and reflection.

    As I was reading your post, my initial feel was you would have got acceptance from UPitt GAP since you have done so much of research in UPitt for 4 years for a HS student. Once I reached the programs accepted and rejected, settled with the reality, this BS/MD program admission is so unpredictable. Even with your level of accomplishments, only 1 program got clicked out of the 5 applied and UPitt did not give admission.

    That is why when any one asks me to chance them, I keep telling them it is futile to try. Just do your best and apply and take a chance.

    Interestingly in 2016 cycle 1 student who got in to top tiers program and UPenn similar to your situation, choose to go with UPenn LSM. Just remembered when I read your post. Worth to note you did let go Duke with full ride.

    You are accomplished student and will do well in NU HPME. GL.

    Just to help other students, what was the reasoning in your situation for not applied to U of Rochester BS/MD program?
  • IndivisibleIndivisible Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    By the way, I heard that GWU and St. Bonaventure/GWU are not guaranteed, and after looking at both of their websites, I can confirm that both schools have committees that determine whether or not you matriculate to GWU Medical School (and I can't seem to find any set-in-stone requirements anywhere, like a GPA or MCAT requirement). Can anyone confirm this?
  • JayShayyJayShayy Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Anyone know if I can still get into a program like REMS or Pitt GAP if I don;t have God level stats like @rc2017? I have a 4.30 weighted GPA, 1550 SAT, tons of APs, over 250 hours volunteering in hospitals, about 250 more hours community service. I am also vice president of a major school club, a member of student council, and I work on the board of directors for a community service organization.
  • Empire007Empire007 Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member

    like @GoldenRock wrote in post #94:

    "That is why when any one asks me to chance them, I keep telling them it is futile to try. Just do your best and apply and take a chance"

    and I wrote in post #79:

    "quite honestly this whole process is a crapshoot, you have stats that are very competitive for many programs, but then again none of us know what the program directors are really looking for.".

    No one can predict whether you could get in to any program. What limited amount you wrote in terms of stats are competitive. Go look thru previous years results threads and you will get a good idea of what it often takes to get accepted. You named two ultra competitive top tier programs, if BSMD is something you really want make sure to apply to mid tier programs as well.
  • Empire007Empire007 Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    edited June 30
    @Indivisible click link below, looks like from 2016. But call them to confirm if these are still the provisional requirements

  • IndivisibleIndivisible Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    @Empire007 Thanks for the link! This doesn't look encouraging at all; I'm more worried about GWU though. Do some program members not matriculate?
  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 891 Member
    @Indivisible That is possible. Some times due to not meeting expectations and some times students change their plan in college. There are posts in last cycle that UH students did not matriculate to MD schools for not meeting program requirements.

    The link above for SBU is reasonable and mostly all schools will have similar expectations. Still it is better than going thru regular admission in terms of efforts and stress for some students.
  • IndivisibleIndivisible Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    @GoldenRock My bad, I was wondering if there were people who met these expected standards and still did not matriculate. Considering that almost no non-BSMD St. Bonaventure students make it to medical school, I would much rather prefer going elsewhere. Thank you for answering my question though!
  • mouse2mouse2 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    edited July 3
    Should I make my personal statement for the Common App different from the essays I'll write in the BS/MD apps? My CA personal statement atm is essentially a narrative of an interaction I had at a retirement home with a resident with Alzheimer's Disease that inspired me to pursue medicine.

    I've heard elsewhere on CC that it's not necessary to make your personal statement about medicine, but is it dis/advantageous to do so? For me, I think I would have trouble thinking of a more powerful experience in my life than the one at the retirement home.

    What about making the personal statement more narrative and having my BS/MD essays talk more about myself and how my research links to it?
  • PinkCloverPinkClover Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Here is my message to all you applicants (I posted this in another forum, if this seems familiar) :

    As I can see through all the CC posts about BSMD applicants, everyone wants to fit this perfect mold to get accepted. They do a bunch of hours of hospital work and get perfect scores on all these standardized tests. But that's not what you really need. Through my personal experience, I've seen that it is just as important to show outside interests as it is to show interest in the medical field. During interview sessions I noticed that many of the other interviewees were stressed and it was obvious they were forcing smiles and acted rather awkward. My point is that applicants should be themselves. Even though I had very few hours of hospital work and not-so perfect test scores, I was accepted to the RICE/ BAYLOR program (which is where I will be attending). I just showed the admissions committee my idiosyncrasies versus trying to act like a perfect student. In fact, more of my application comprised of my flaws that I admitted versus my successes. Bottom line is that future BSMD applicants should not be super concerned about these CC posts and just mold themselves the way they are and also have their application reflect it. Let's be honest. Would the admissions council want a bunch of cookie cutter models or would they want to fill their class with interesting and dynamic individuals?
  • PinkCloverPinkClover Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    edited July 6
    Also, have a little fun too
  • Stephen_GStephen_G Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hi, I just got my AP scores for my freshmen year, in which I was taking 3 AP classes AP BIO, AP Human Geography, and AP Computer Science Principles(which is the first year for that AP). My scores though we're all 4s and no 5s l, is that anything I should worry about, I know I can't do anything now, but will that be a real hiccup in my applications or will it make me something special, if anyone could reply that would be great, and thankyou
  • sauce123sauce123 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    @Stephen_G yeah bro you're done!

    I'm kidding. Don't worry about AP scores as much. GPA and standardized testing are way more important. 4s and 5s are really good scores. Those won't "make" or "break" your admission chances.
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