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Penn M&T (Biomedical Science) or Penn Vagleos LSM for Premed

bloodstrike11bloodstrike11 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
I am an international student looking to do med school in the US. I am looking to apply to a Penn dual degree program and I was wondering which program will give me the best chances applying to med school?

Replies to: Penn M&T (Biomedical Science) or Penn Vagleos LSM for Premed

  • Penn95Penn95 Registered User Posts: 1,609 Senior Member
    edited June 19
    @bloodstrike11 getting into a top medical school in the US is very difficult to begin with, but it is even more difficult for international students, since US med schools tend to have rigid quotas on the number of non-US students they accept. For med school the main things you need to have is a really good GPA, strong MCAT scores and also good research experience helps a lot. As an international student your GPA and scores need to be near perfect to have a good chance at a top US med school. Both M&T and LSM are truly amazing and unique programs but they are also extremely rigorous so keep that in mind given your pre-med plans. Out of the two I would probably suggest LSM. Biology is probably a bit easier than most engineering degrees so you have a higher chance of a better GPA. LSM is also about half the size of M&T so there is even more individualized attention. Also LSM is super good with providing its students with life sciences summer research positions which could further bolster your med school application.
    Also Penn in general is very good at providing its undergrads with top research opportunities, since the med school is right on campus and it is one of the very best in the country and Penn undergrads have great access to research opportunities there.

    Hope this answers your questions.
  • ViolaMom12ViolaMom12 Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    You seem very well informed. What do you think of Vagelos Molecular Life Science Program? Is that totally impossible to get into? Is that good for pre-Med? Thanks.
  • Penn95Penn95 Registered User Posts: 1,609 Senior Member
    edited June 20
    @ViolaMom12 it is definitely hard to get into, as is the case with any Penn dual degree/coordinated program it is substantially harder to get into than the rest of Penn, but impossible is too strong a word imo haha. i knew a lot of MLS kids who were pre-med during my time at Penn (graduated within the last 5 years). MLS is for sure super super rigorous.
  • HyperTurboHyperTurbo Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    edited July 13
    For MLS vs LSM:
    You can handily do Pre-Med from either (MLS slightly more geared towards it i guess because of the submatriculation aspect) but if you are NOT considering business then do MLS. LSM is only for people interested in possibly doing/ combining both and it might be harder to fit in all those premed requirements.

    M&T kids rarely go down pre-med route and i'd think its very hard to fit in the premed requirements on top of your engineering+business dual degree courses.
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