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huge problem!

jkwon182jkwon182 Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
edited January 2008 in High School Student Topics
Today, I know that getting into medical school is getting harder.

People generally major in biology/chemistry/premed to prepare them for the MCATs and med school. However, if they aren't accepted into a medical school, they really don't have jobs that they can get into.

I have been accepted into the Rutgers Pharmacy School.
I was wondering if it was a smarter idea to go into the pharmacy school, take the MCATs and transfer into a medical school?

Or should I go to a better ranked school, such as georgetown/NYU, take bio/premed and try to get into medical school this way?
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Replies to: huge problem!

  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Registered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    Problem isn't Rutgers' rank. Problem is that Health Science majors are the ONLY major which has particular trouble getting into medical school. English, Economics, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering all do equally well. Pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy -- these are the ones that will give you trouble.
  • jashbelajashbela Registered User Posts: 281 Junior Member
    why not stick to pharmacy?
  • jkwon182jkwon182 Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    I want to be a physiatrist. So it is harder to get into med school if I go into the pharmacy field?
    I was just thinking that this was an alternative where even if i don't get into med school I could still become a pharmacist.
  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Registered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    Major in bio or some other liberal arts. If MD programs don't play out, go for OT or PT.
  • jkwon182jkwon182 Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    does anyone know the actual percentages of med school applicants that get in?
  • BigredmedBigredmed Registered User Posts: 3,751 Senior Member
    AAMC: FACTS Table 1: U.S. Medical School Applications and Matriculants by School, State of Legal Residence, and Sex

    State by state break down for each school in 2007

    Totals: 42,315 total applicants, 17,759 matriculants (acceptances is a little bit harder to nail down because it would include those people who deferred their admission or chose for one reason or another to turn down their admission)

    17759/42315 = 41.9%

    By all accounts, the group seeking admission for Fall 2008 is even larger, expanding faster than the number of available spots is expanding.

    As for your specific problem. It's my opinion that if medical school is what you really want, you should not go to pharm school. It will not be a benefit in admissions and more than likely will hurt you. While I do know two individuals at my medical school who have their PharmD's they both had compelling reasons for leaving pharmacy for a career as a physician. Both had also been practicing pharmacists for several years.
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