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Baylor Pre-Med Vs. UMIAMI Pre-med

javapoet1javapoet1 4 replies3 threads New Member
All,

I am from Ohio. OOS for both of these colleges. Deciding between UMIAMI Pre-Med (PRISM Honors in Biology) Vs Baylor Pre-Med (Biology Major). My end goal is to go to MD after 4 years.

1. Cost - I got a 50% scholarship and remaining will be paid by my parents. I’m mostly worried about other areas than the cost for now,
2. GPA - Which is the best university for scoring better grades. Grade inflation vs deflation?
3. Since MD admission is also required student involvement in Research, Clinical Shadowing, hospital volunteering, which one will be best for this?
4. Which college is sending more students to medical college? I see in ADCOMS data that both are sending around 330 students YoY but I am not sure what is the total avg. a number of people from these universities apply.
5). Professors - Which one can really add value and prepare the student to handle MCAT and easy to approach with.

I really appreciate your comments since that will help me to choose the right one to accomplish my dream of becoming a physician.
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  • thumper1thumper1 77957 replies3488 threads Senior Member
    Both of these colleges are fine schools for students who thin’ premed is in their undergrad plan.

    I suggest you look at the other qualities of these schools...location, cost, opportunities for fun and recreation.

    The premed things will be available at both schools.

    @WayOutWestMom
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  • oldlawoldlaw 317 replies14 threads Member
    May well be time to start the thread
    "Easy schools for pre-med" because that's what everyone is really asking in these numerous threads.
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10878 replies231 threads Senior Member
    edited April 6
    3. Since MD admission is also required student involvement in Research, Clinical Shadowing, hospital volunteering,..

    Correction:

    for an MD application, you need ECs in:

    -- clinical experience (does not need to be in a hospital setting)
    --physician shadowing (in several fields, but must include primary care shadowing)
    --community service with disadvantaged
    --leadership roles in your activities.

    Research his NOT required, but is a nice add-on to a med school application.
    (Research is highly over-valued in importance by high school students hoping to go to medical school.)
    4. Which college is sending more students to medical college? I see in ADCOMS data that both are sending around 330 students YoY but I am not sure what is the total avg. a number of people from these universities apply.

    You're reading the AAMC data incorrectly.
    https://www.aamc.org/system/files/2019-11/2019_FACTS_Table_A-2.pdf

    The number in this table doesn't show how many were ACCEPTED to medical school, only how many APPLIED. Nor does the table show how many started as pre-med freshman year but didn't make to the point actually applying. So basically it's not useful if you're trying to decide which is the easier/better for pre-med.

    If the costs are about the same--pick the college that offers the better social fit.

    edited April 6
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  • coolguy40coolguy40 2881 replies8 threads Senior Member
    The ticket to medical school is top grades and MCAT scores. Medical schools don't give a rat's but about research because most universities don't even offer it for undergraduates. It really doesn't matter where you go. Your grades and scores will do the talking.

    Keep in mind that half the smart kids coming out of high school ALL want to be doctors. Almost none of them actually go to medical school. It's not for everyone...even if you're a genius. As kids mature, they find hidden passions they didn't know about. The average college student changes their major three times. Go with an open mind.
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  • thumper1thumper1 77957 replies3488 threads Senior Member
    Actually...your grades and MCAT score will get you maybe to the door of medical school in terms of applying....but your interview will get you through the door!
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  • oldlawoldlaw 317 replies14 threads Member
    But as WOW shows, it takes more than gpa/mcat to get to the door-quite a few things actually.
    And while research is not emphasized, it can be a very nice addition to the rest of a medical school application.
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  • LTmomof2LTmomof2 182 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @javapoet1
    My D is a first semester junior health science major/pre-med at Baylor. If you have specific questions about their program please PM me, I am happy to answer.
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  • Hamster4562Hamster4562 4 replies2 threads New Member
    I had to make the same decision last year. Those were my top two schools and although they are somewhat equivalent in terms of academics and research opportunities. The decision comes down to campus, location, and preferences. I visited both and liked both campuses, but Miami felt more like home. So i ended up deciding miami and getting into the prism program following that. The prism program is a really good opportunity not offered at many other schools, so that should play a role in your decision.
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  • javapoet1javapoet1 4 replies3 threads New Member
    Thanks, everyone for your response. This helps us to get more insight into our decision making.
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  • fp2028fp2028 16 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I've visited both Baylor and UMiami campuses. Baylor, to me, seems a stronger choice for premed ambitions but if finances or other factors lean you to one of them, then go for it. Both are pretty nice about aid but of course not as cheap as public schools. Go where your heart tells you.
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