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  • Re: 2017-18 Medical School Applicants and Their Parents


    Calc AB and Calc BC are AP classes and aren't offered by colleges.

    Do you mean Calc 1 and Calc 2?

    Most medical schools do not require 2 semesters of calculus, but there several research-focused medical schools that do. If your son envisions himself as applying to one these research intensive schoosl someday, he will need to take Calc 1 & Calc 2. Your son should check the admission requirements of his in-state public med schools and any other medical school he thinks he would be interested in attending to see what coursework/competences they require in applicants.

    Your son should also check the course/co-req requirements for his major. Chem majors, for example are often required to take 2-3 semesters of calculus plus differential equations in order to fulfill graduation requirements.

    Whether he takes 1 or 2 semesters of calc, he does need a semester of stats or biostats. His statistics class should be one offered through the math dept and not, say, the business dept. (Stats for business majors and stats for science majors cover different topics and methods.)
  • Re: Off-campus living - rent, car, utilities?


    Rents vary a great deal depending in the distance from campus and how luxe the apartment complex is.

    Here's a link to UNM's off-campus housing office: https://och.unm.edu

    ABQ apartment guide: https://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/New-Mexico/University-of-New-Mexico/

    The closest area immediately around campus tend to be the most expensive since that's in the highest demand. Studios rent @ $500-$650/month. 3 bedroom, 2 bath houses rent for about $1200-$1800/month plus utilities.

    Areas within walking/biking distance of campus--Nob Hill, University Heights, Silver Hill, Spruce Park, Netherwood Park, North Campus, Summit Hills, Altura Park/Altura Addition, Summit Park, McDuffie-Twin Parks, Southeast Heights, Sycamore.

    There are several apartment complexes near Indian School/University that cater to UNM students and run hourly shuttle buses to campus. Decent apartments with nice amenities including a pool, clubhouse, exercise room. Area near apartments is commercial/industrial/medical offices.

    Apartments farther aways from campus run the gamut--from $500/month 1 bedroom to $3000/month 1 bedroom. I hear the Westside has nicer apartments at lower rents than the NE Heights, but you're a good 30+ minutes from campus by car, longer via public transit. Parking on/near the UNM campus is awful.

    Utilities in NM are low, both electricity & gas. (NM is a major natural gas producer.) Exact cost will also depend if whether the apartment/house has refrigerated air conditioning or evaporative cooling. Swamp coolers cost much less than than AC to run--about 1/3 the cost in summers. My guess is gas & electric will be under $75/month for 1-2 bedroom apartment. (Gas & electric for my house are seldom more than $150/month)

    Snow--usually not much. An inch or so several times during the winter, but the snow mostly melts by mid-afternoon and is completely gone within a couple of days. Every few years, ABQ will get a big snow storm that dumps a foot or more of snow in a single day. DH and both my Ds commuted/commute by bike 12 months/year with maybe a dozen days/year when the weather won't permit due to snow or (more common) heavy rain.

    I lived in ABQ for almost 15 years before I bought a snow shovel.

    No one uses snow tires in ABQ. Ever.
  • Re: Health insurance for 26 year old

    If he's a legal resident of a medicaid expansion state and is attending college in the same state, he may be eligible for that program.

    In my state, full time students are eligible to enroll.
  • Re: 2017-18 Medical School Applicants and Their Parents

    Does the applicant know or have general idea what level of letter he/she has been given?

    Usually not because the process is confidential and the student waives their right to read the letter.

    Some committees at some schools will tell a student if the student is going to receive an unfavorable letter in advance of the process as a way of discouraging the student from going forward with their application.

    The usual categories are highly recommended, recommended, recommended with reservations, and not recommended. Letters in the latter two categories are pretty rare.

    And kal--although the FAQs may say they want a committee letter if available, I can assure you most schools will accept a ordinary LORs in lieu of the committee packet. I know several students who bypassed their school's committees and applied successfully (i.e. received interviews/acceptances) with individual LORs at schools that say they "require" committee letters. Including one of my kids.

    BTW, the MSPE (Medical Student Professional Evaluation)--aka Dean's Letter-- that med students use to apply to residency looks a lot like the health professions committee letter. The big difference is that the med student usually sits down with the Dean to review the letter's contents at the beginning of MS4 before the student submits to ERAS.
  • Re: 2017-18 Medical School Applicants and Their Parents

    RE: bypassing the committee.

    There are legitimate reasons to by pass the committee--including if a student is applying after a gap year (i.e. hasn't been a student on campus in the past year) or if a student has had problematic interactions with the health professions advising office in the past (it happens) or if the committee's process is chaotic/disorganized/late in sending out letters.

    One last reason that students bypass the committee process is that they are an otherwise reasonable candidate for med school but have lower than typical stats for students applying from their college. (Think GPA 3.4/3.5, MCAT 504 type student or students who have academic blemishes like Cs in one or more key pre-req classes.) Sometimes these students--who are potentially viable applicants at DO schools or less competitive in-state MD schools--may get less than supportive endorsements from the HP committee simply because they aren't stellar, sure-thing applicants. This is often just considered another part of the weeding process at competitive colleges, but it's a practice that can hurt some students and stymie their med school application cycle.

    According to at least SDN adcomm, bypassing the committee isn't always an app killing red flag if the applicant looks good otherwise.

    Adcomms prefer committee letters if one is available, but no medical school actually requires one.