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Guidance For BA/MD Programs


Replies to: Guidance For BA/MD Programs

  • awesomesaucenessawesomesauceness - Posts: 196 Junior Member
    LOL *** why IS this thread featured.
    Okay, just FYI, it IS possible to get in with a 3.65 GPA. Its difficult, but its possible. I did it with a lower GPA. Were the chances good? No. Doesnt make it impossible.

    Yeah, BS/MD programs are crazy competitive, and the GPA isnt goign to help. But you can still do it, and its worth a try.
  • 311710rvmt311710rvmt Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    I would like to second the comment that four years of undergraduate won't hurt you, so don't worry too much about getting into a BS/MD. It seems combined med programs are slowly being eliminated or the number of seats offered is being reduced. Partly, it's because medical schools are becoming more competitive, so they don't feel like they need to entice outstanding applicants with early admission. As they become more competitive, there also begin to be questions about the fairness of allowing these programs to exist (high competition tends to make non-BS/MD students demand all candidates be placed on an equal footing, and question that one can make decisions about who should go to medical school based on high school performance only). This means more competition for fewer seats!

    Of course, there are exceptions, to the very competitive nature of BS/MD programs. NEOUCOM (U. of Akron, Ohio) is a six year medical program that isn't very hard to get into. It is great if you want to be a primary care physician, but bad if you plan on being a medical specialist. I have heard of other combined med programs that are geared more towards finding students who want to be family doctors. Of course, this hinges on whether or not you really want to go to medical school. Medicine isn't the holy grail of professions, and perhaps there is something else you would rather do.
  • golfblackholegolfblackhole Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    There are many programs where the UG schools are boosted by more reputable/more competitive medical programs (Brown, GWU to name a few).
  • texaspgtexaspg Super Moderator Posts: 16,597 Super Moderator
    What is your State and what State BS/MD programs are available to you?
  • DasSuiGenerisDasSuiGeneris Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    You don't go to TJHSST by any chance, do you?
  • smorgasbordsmorgasbord Registered User Posts: 1,803 Senior Member
    ^That's what I was thinking...
  • md88jd98md88jd98 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    My niece attended that school. 15 of her classmates ended up at MIT. There are no AP classes etc. She received funding for HS research. Now a freshmen in med sch. Chanced upon ranking - USNWR #1 in the Nation!
    GPA 3.65 if at TJHSST is a different matter.
  • DiagnosticianDiagnostician - Posts: 148 Junior Member
    IF you higher your GPA, then you should be fine.
  • agnijayagnijay Registered User Posts: 271 Junior Member
    Do BS/MD programs care at ALL about Weighted GPA? So, if your UW is terrible and your W is dece, does it help to compensate?
  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Registered User Posts: 16,184 Senior Member
    Usually UG's strip down GPA to UW and consider rigor of classes in combo with GPA. Also, they are aware of some HS's. Do not forget that bs/md is part of UG.
  • RaycmrRaycmr Registered User Posts: 302 Member
    I was premed and had good grades but was one of the 80% that didn't get into a medical school. However, my D is in her 2nd year of a 8 yr BA/MD program. She picked it over an ivy!

    It is the way to go since she will not have to go for 2 dozen medical school interviews and not 200-300 hours of study for MCATs.

    The most important thing is the 80 kids in the college program stick together despite some being upper classmen. There is no cut throat competion since everyone works together like a sports team. When I went to school it was every man (or woman) for himself regarding grades in labs, recommendations, extra points etc. With my D she just has to maintain a 3.5 gpa. so she will have more of a college experience than beating her brains out in the ivy league. The ones graduating medical school give their apartments to the freshman entering Med school and it is like a big fraternity.

    Finally, if you really feel in your heart you want to be a doctor be focused and get through it now! You will be 30 or 31 when you hang your shingle so why delay your journey finding yourself.
  • RaycmrRaycmr Registered User Posts: 302 Member
    Where did you get in? I really like to see how everybody made out since these combined programs are more on the level than than many ivy admissions.
  • grofkrgrofkr Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Please advice if i should even apply to any direct BA/MD program. Brown/BU/Drexel/umkc?

    Here are my stat
    GRADE: 102.06 / 92 unweighted
    SAT - retaking - 700/700/600 read/math/writting
    13 AP classes
    10th Grade - Comp Sci A: 3, Human Geography: 4, Phyology:3, World History:3
    11th Grade - ChemistryII:4, Physics:3, US History:4, English:4
    12th Grade - Calculus BS, Biology II, Statistics, English, Government.

    AP Scholar With Honor Award
    National Honor Society
    National Youth Leadership Medical Forum
    Children Hospital Service Award
    Medical Center Outstanding Performance
    1st Degree Black Belt

    Volunteer and other activity
    Shadow Dr /Orthopedics/ 40hrs
    Summer Research at Univ Natural Science
    Hospital volunteer - trama center, -100hrs.
    health camp
    Public Library
  • neoevolutionneoevolution Registered User Posts: 374 Member
    You could be a competitive applicant, but your SAT would need to be significantly higher.
  • grofkrgrofkr Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Thx much. Since i am running out of time to apply should i even apply to any program, or should i not bohter, and go pre med route.
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