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General Tips for Acceptance Into BS/MD Programs

bluewindbluewind Registered User Posts: 384 Member
edited June 2009 in Multiple Degree Programs
So to get in, you generally need to be ranked well enough (top 10%), need stellar SAT (at least 700 on each section) or ACT (at least 32), and have decent extra-curriculars and recommendations. So it is really that important to be #1 in class, and what specific ecs are needed to stand out for med school programs. (Volunteering? EMT? Future Doctors of America?)
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Replies to: General Tips for Acceptance Into BS/MD Programs

  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Registered User Posts: 16,184 Senior Member
    I would say, more be top 2%, ACT=33+ with everything else for some less known BS/MD. For the top ones, who knows, maybe luck is the most important thing, connections?
  • blackbelt22blackbelt22 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    Right so, you're on the right track so far.

    From my experience, it seems that BS/MD programs are generally looking for medical related extracurriculars. This means volunteering is a MUST. Shadowing is very helpful as well. Some schools look for the kinds of medical research you've done, while other schools are looking for more unique things: one kid I met served on president Obama's health advisory board when he was running for office, another person wrote and published a children's book on Celiac's disease. It may be hard to come up with some random, unique things at this stage, but if you (in order of my perceived importance): find research opportunities, organize community medical events, shadow doctors, help in medical community events, or volunteer in hospitals this summer. If you do many (~3+) of these things, you should be in pretty good shape for your applications.

    Grades are not to be overlooked many of these programs look for kids with very high grades and class ranks. Though top 10% with 700+ SAT scores is acceptable, it won't get you into the highest tier med programs (Rice/Baylor, HPME, REMS, etc.). I would shoot for about 2250 total SAT score and attempt to break into the top 3% if thats possible.

    Luck plays a HUGE factor in these programs. I've heard of people (and have personally experienced) getting rejected from lower tier schools only to get into the top programs. Apply to as many programs as you feel comfortable applying to without reducing application quality.

    Finally, consider University of Pittsburgh guarantee program. It is oft overlooked and is probably one of the (if not THE) best med school that offers a guarantee program.

    Good luck!
  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Registered User Posts: 16,184 Senior Member
    The programs that I am familiar paid much more attention to stats than EC's.
  • Colleges00701Colleges00701 - Posts: 1,790 Senior Member
    any programs accepting transfers?
  • bluewindbluewind Registered User Posts: 384 Member
    i have read that you had to be a high school student to apply
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