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Future Pre-Med Student; Need Helping Deciding Where To Go; Too Many Options

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Replies to: Future Pre-Med Student; Need Helping Deciding Where To Go; Too Many Options

  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Registered User Posts: 5,440 Senior Member
    Look at the MCG Facebook page, you will see the schools that the students attended. UGA is definitely predominant there, and there is now a MCG school in Athens as well.
  • infiniteevo12infiniteevo12 Registered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    I am definitely starting to like the idea of going to uga and turning down my offer to emory. But I was just wondering when it comes to going to medical school, will going to a state school still make me competitive enough to go more well known schools like Emory, UNC, Duke medical, compared to schools like GRU medical.
  • artloversplusartloversplus Registered User Posts: 8,431 Senior Member
    As long as your Gpa and Mcat are high, UGA is as good as Emory
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,082 Forum Champion
    edited January 2015
    Med schools won't consider Emory to be "better" than UGa.

    What will make you "competitive" is YOUR grades and MCAT, not any school's name.
  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Registered User Posts: 16,184 Senior Member
    ^This is absolutely true based on D's experience. I do not have any others.
  • 2prepMom2prepMom Registered User Posts: 1,140 Senior Member
    I serve as an occasional part-time admissions interviewer for several med schools (however, I am here as a parent), and I heartily reaffirm that the school does not matter as far as I have seen. Many stellar applicants come from state flagships, liberal arts colleges and research universities alike. It is all about the applicant, not the school.

    Good pre-med advising should suggest research, volunteer and shadowing experiences. Major does not matter. Dual or difficult majors do not matter. If your school doesn't have good pre-med advising, find materials online from other schools (JHU, Amherst) and look at med school websites.

    The computer programs that analyze AMCAS applications to decide to offer interviews use GPA (BCMP), GPA (other) and MCAT. There is "holistic" consideration of distance travelled, challenges overcome. Interviews matter A LOT (basically can I see you taking care of my mother?), as do essays and fit with the specific medical school.

    The only situation to be somewhat wary of is going to a very small college close to home, without substantial experience of other cultures/geographic areas. This could limit an applicant, due to lack of exposure to diversity, so if you find yourself in such a school make sure to do study abroad/travel programs to counterweigh that.

    Otherwise go where you will be happy and where you can afford it. Major in what you love. Get a good GPA, MCAT, research experience, volunteer and shadowing experience. Like to help other people and show it. If you are not admitted first cycle, do not give up, try again after strengthening needed parts of the application.
  • NerdyparentNerdyparent Registered User Posts: 863 Member
    In a nutshell: go somewhere undergrad that is inexpensive and where you can get a good GPA.
  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Registered User Posts: 16,184 Senior Member
    Flip the coin if you have no personal preference. The personal preference is the ONLY criteria that is important at this point.. Forget about Med. School, too early to think about it.
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