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***Official Thread for BSMD Applicants 2018***


Replies to: ***Official Thread for BSMD Applicants 2018***

  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 915 Member
    @ttv2018 Here is the response to all your 3 questions. It is going to differ from school to school and program to program. From preparation point of view, suggest do the following.
    1. Prepare a resume / CV with every thing and keep it handy.
    2. Have an excel sheet with all your activities / clubs , awards, what ever. Sort them in the order of priority / significance and keep the list to 8-15 items.
    Activity Type Grade Year Total Hours "Hours/
    Week" "Weeks/
    Year" "From
    mm/yy" "To
    mm/yy" If held only during school break Org Role / Position Description
    3. Have your essay / prompts related to why medicine, why this school and why this program etc.,

    Some schools / programs, will take only Common App and may not be any thing extra. But majority of them will have supplemental app and that will have list of additional questions and sections and sub sections etc.,
    So you can cut and paste and edit depending on what each appl, supp app expects. Some programs will ask you to list every thing in one question / section. Some school will ask specific question just to list medical related activities and another question for community service,

    For none you need any documentation or letter from the org for volunteer hours. Of course you will send test scores and school grade etc
  • caballerocaballero Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    @ REOSpeedwagon,
    University of Pitt has 8 years direct dentistry program , it accepted about 50 students each year . Check up the pitt gap program
    Click on dentsl link . The requirement is not as high medinice .
  • TTV2018TTV2018 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
  • 8thgradekid8thgradekid Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Some programs say something along the lines of "applicants must meet the initial eligibility requirements of earning the highest grade point average available in their high school" -does that mean one must get an A+ in every class or will an A be acceptable too?
  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 915 Member
    @8thgradekid Unfortunately UPitt does not change that line for years and it confuses any one who are logical!
    Fortunately it does not mean you need to have 4.0 GPA or A+ in every class. They do invite students who are not near perfect to apply for BS/MD secondary app. My D who had 3.92 got the invite to apply. But being very competitive top tier program, nothing went beyond that point in her case.
  • TTV2018TTV2018 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    @GoldenRock : I have a question regarding documenting Physician Shadowing in the Common App. My daughter recently filled out the 10 slots for activities, with very limited space available for documentation. Is the Shadowing part of EC also supposed to be included there? She hasn't progressed beyond the initial part of common app yet (haven't done any supplementals). Is it important to include Shadowing in the CA 10 slots or is there a better place for it in BS MD suppl apps usually? Thank you for your time.
  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 915 Member
    @ttv2018 If your D feels the 10 activities she filled is more critical then leave as it is. Most of the colleges once you select the program (with in Common App), may have additional questions where you can provide that info. Some of them will expect to complete supplemental application (outside of Common App) and you may have place to mention shadowing. But there are few programs it may not have any other place to mention like Brown PLME. So there you need to make the call how you want to communicate since it is more relevant. Some time, make the call, though the activity heading may say Community Service, just add a bullet about shadowing.
  • Gjessi2020Gjessi2020 Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    Any one can send me list of BD/MD colleges we can target updated one ?
  • Mango39Mango39 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Hello Everyone:

    What is the probability that I can get into direct BS/MD Program and which programs should i apply?

    GPA: 4.6 Weighted 3.5 Unweighted
    ACT: 34

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  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 915 Member
    @Mango39 Unless you try you may not know. You have equal chance though the unweighted gpa is not that good. Since Texas has few programs which are only for TX resident students make sure to apply them. Also apply for different tier programs both mid and low if you are so sure about medicine. Focus on what you can control at this point. So forget gpa and scores. Take time on your essays / prompts and interviews.
  • Mango39Mango39 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Thank you very much GoldenRock, which mid or/ low tier colleges you recommend?
  • Empire007Empire007 Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member


    Take out University of Rochester, Case Western, University of Pittsburgh, Brown, Northwestern and Baylor/Rice and you are left with mid and low tier. That link also gives a brief description of requirements to match with your stats. This is a very simplified list and many more factors go into receiving admission even from the lower tier schools, but if you are looking for a good place to start this may help. Also if I were you, I would stay away from programs at universities that are 'for profit'.

  • Mango39Mango39 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Thank You Empire007.
  • rk2017rk2017 Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    edited September 13
    In fact these two have consistent presence on these popular world wide followed lists published over the last 7 years, whereas some other names quoted were either on and off or never been on the list. Both are private institutions if that is what is being alluded by "for profit".
    Agreed they may charge a few thousands more compared to some state schools (for in state students), but have amazingly low student-faculty ratios and facilities. That should more than compensate for higher prices they charge, as long as cost is not a forbidding factor. In fact following the past posts from previous years, came across kids who opted to go to these schools, despite getting into their own in state guaranteed programs and top schools for traditional programs.
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