So here's the dilemma. Say you get accepted into a really prestigious combined medical program such as HPME at Northwestern, but also get accepted to a prestigious school without the combined medical program, such as MIT or HYP. Where do you go?
My own thoughts:
If you are good enough to get into a combined medical program as a high schooler, then you are probably going to end up at a presitigious medical school regardless of which college you go to. For that reason, it is better to go to the school that fits your needs and will provide you with a fantastic education.
The only drawback is that it will be an arduous process getting into med school. MCATs, extracurriculars, GPA, it's almost like high school all over again, except at an extremely higher level. What a drag right? That means you may not be accepted into the BEST med school, but you will probably do well, assuming you have tried your hardest to do well in college, both inside and outside the classroom.
So if one decides to take the combined medical program route, you get accepted into their med school immediately, assuming you have a good GPA and MCAT scores, for some programs. One will probably still have extracurriculars, but will not have to apply to med school.
The drawbacks are obvious. One, you're basically locked into the combined medical program for 7+ years. Two, you may not get the ideal undergraduate and med school experience you wanted.
I don't know what to do. Honestly, I think I should just apply to regular universities and those with the program. Then I'll decide for myself which one is better based on whether or not the schools i get accepted to give me plenty of opportunities at research and internships and etc., but nonetheless I would like to hear from the general public.