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Best PreMed Programs

esahopeful95esahopeful95 Registered User Posts: 748 Member
edited July 2013 in Pre-Med Topics
What are the best undergraduate PreMed programs that will better prepare me for admission to medical schools such as Harvard, Duke, and the University of Pennsylvania? No one has really answered this question yet and I really want some input and if possible any websites that give more info. Thanks in advanced.
-Future Cardiologist
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  • TheStonedPandasTheStonedPandas Registered User Posts: 842 Member
    Wash U St. Louis has an *unbelievable* pre-med program. I was going to apply there if I didn't get into Penn.
  • atreeyumatreeyum Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    sakky: very insightful, thank you!
  • TheStonedPandasTheStonedPandas Registered User Posts: 842 Member
    Would you say the same thing about Penn as you would about Princeton, sakky?
  • sakkysakky - Posts: 14,759 Senior Member
    Penn? About the same as Princeton, although I don't think the grade inflation at Penn is nearly as widespread as at Princeton - and grade inflation is exactly what you want. Just keep in mind that if med-school adcoms want high grades, then that's what you are going to have to give them.
  • sternie85sternie85 Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    what would u say about cornell sakky?
  • keskul368keskul368 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Your a baby still, take it easy, get through your first year of high school---Have FUN!
    you still have so much time to be looking into this, and ratings, standards,---ALL change every year keep abreast but don't stress yet!!!
  • julietjuliet Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    Is Harvard the same as Princeton? In your opinion is Princeton's pre-med program easier than Wash U? Is it true that grading at borth Ivy's is A, B, or F? Thanks,
  • Ali WahabAli Wahab Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    "So you would think that med-schools admissions committees would know this too and compensate accordingly (by demanding higher grades from Princeton premeds relative to MIT premeds, and by simply admitting a lower percentage of Princeton premeds than MIT premeds)." Sakky

    Medical schools do compensate for students GPA based on the difficulty of the colleges they are attending. For example, most medical schools add .3 to Cornell University applicants. And almost 90% of the Cornell students with a 3.4/4.3 GPA are accepted to med schools. But i do agree that it is not easy to get a 3.4 in Cornell.
  • MediterraneanMediterranean Registered User Posts: 260 Junior Member
    Which university do you guys think a 4.3 GPA, 1550 SAT scorer is suitable for and will succeed at for Pre-Med?
  • cornellkhojacornellkhoja Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    To the response with the mention of Cornell,

    where did you hear the .3 given to Cornell Applicants?
  • Private_JokerPrivate_Joker Registered User Posts: 812 Member
    Does pre-meds from top liberal art colleges, such as Swarthmore, Wellesley, etc., have better chances of being accepted into med school?

    Reading many of the posts at CC, it seems this is true. Liberal art colleges have no or few grad students and are small in numbers, leaving a lot of opportunities for undergrads. Undergrads will have more opportunities in doing quality research in labs with their OWN professors, working as colleagues. More student-teacher interaction inside and outside the classroom. Assumingly, there will be no or few TA's teaching since most lac's require all profs to teachs and since there are no grad students to serve as TA's. So, better quality teaching(an ideal assumption). In addition, better advising will be given because of the small student-body.
  • kbpekbpe Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    For example, the premed programs at Johns Hopkins, MIT, Berkeley, and, yes, WUSL really aren't that good when you truly think about it. And I say that for one reason. The reality is that all of these schools are well known for harsh and rough grading, and that sort of thing absolutely kills you when it comes to med-school admission.
    hrmm.. i don't know how accurate this is, but my jhu alumnus interviewer told me that med schools recognise the universities known for grade deflations. he said that a 3.0 in jhu would be regarded as equal in value to, say, a 3.5 in harvard. i hope he's right! he did make all the med schools he applied to, after all...
  • sakkysakky - Posts: 14,759 Senior Member
    So then, Ali Wahab and kbpa, if it's really true that med-schools go around compensating premeds for the difficulty of their school, then why is it that MIT premeds who get admitted to med-school have an average gpa of 3.7/4? I don't think anybody here would dispute that MIT is an extremely difficult school, and yet med-schools still demand a very high GPA from the MIT premeds anyway. Why is that? It's either one of 3 options. #1 - MIT is actually a very easy school (I wonder if anybody is going to dare to advocate this option). #2 - MIT is a difficult school, but the premed adcoms don't know that (and yet we all know it, so if we know it, why wouldn't the adcom know it?). Or #3 - there really isn't much grade compensation for attending a difficult school.

    But, anyway, here's the data, and I leave it up to y'all to come up with an explanation. If med-school adcoms really do compensate people for attending difficult schools, then why are they demanding such high grades from MIT premeds?

    http://web.mit.edu/career/www/infostats/preprof.html
  • norcalguynorcalguy Registered User Posts: 7,548 Senior Member
    Or perhaps MIT isn't a great premed school.
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