Accelerated Med School Programs

<p>I am a junior in high school and I was wondering about my chances about getting into any accelerated med schools programs. I am looking at schools that provide a fast track to med school, and schools that follow the general 4 years of undergrad and 4 years of medical school but RESERVE you a seat in medical school before hand. I am not the best student, but I am very determined and passionate about medicine. Also if any of you could recommend some programs to me that would be great! :) </p>

<p>Stats:
-Cum gpa weighted: 3.88
-took ap biology, ap us history, ap enviromental science, ib french and ib psychology
-Most of my grades are A's and B's but I am poor in math and have a C average for my soph and junior year.
-ACT: 30 (may go higher)</p>

<p>Extracurriculars:
-Volunteered at hospitals for two years
-Clinical work at a private practice
-On the schools tennis team for three years
-Played piano for 4 years</p>

<p>I think your C average for your math classes might prevent you from getting into an accelerated medical school programs. Medicine is a very math-heavy field, you know.</p>

<p>Otherwise, your extracurriculars look very nice (especially the hospital/clinical work).</p>

<p>Not quite sure that medicine is that heavy in math, more so in science.</p>

<p>You should definitely try though, and keep in mind: even if you don't get into an accelerated med program, the regular route is perfectly fine! :)</p>

<p>Thank you for your feedback! Regular routes are fine for me as well, but I am just looking at options that take out the need to apply to medical school because I know the process is very grueling (my sister is doing it now!). I know my math credits are pretty low, and that's why I am leaning towards programs that are less accelerated, such as 7-8 years.</p>

<p>Accelerated medical school programs are even more competitive than going the regular route. xD</p>

<p>You won't need as much math in medicine (though you should have a decent knowledge of calculus by the time you graduate from college). You'll be focusing on more natural sciences instead (biology, chemistry, and some minor physics).</p>

<p>I'm applying to many programs right now; however, I have already been rejected by two of the five I applied to, convincing me that I probably don't have much hope. I will probably just go the regular route.</p>

<p>I think that your GPA and standardized scores will considerably limit your ability to be accepted into the more competitive programs ie UPitt, HPME, Rice/Baylor, but if you bring up your grades and test scores for this year, and maybe get some research experience in addition to your clinical experience you may have a shot at VCU or UK caliber programs. If any thing though, (sorry for being redundant) there is nothing wrong with going the regular route (I probably will be after being rejected from HPME).</p>

<p>So are 8 year med programs out of the question? And my gpa/test scores may go up, this is just what I have right now</p>

<p>Anything is possible, just go ahead and try!</p>

<p>If you you want to see what it takes to get into these programs, look at all the stats of the people applying this year on the other threads in this forum. Applicants with SAT of 2300+, ACT of 35, and GPA of 4.0 UW are not even getting interviews at mid tier combined programs.</p>

<p>Yet, people with 2180 and 3.8 UW can get an interview (as one student from my school got HPME interview with those stats.) She had significant ECs, so you have a chance.</p>

<p>Yeah I was just wondering, because I would really love to get into one. I am not looking for schools that are even prestigious or anything, I just wanted to think about my chances so I can start planning.</p>

<p>I was rejected from GWU and Case with a 2320, 3.9 UW, volunteer EMT and hospital work, shadowing, local and overseas tutoring experience, etc. they are very competitive even with good stats and ECs, but you might have a chance at the drexel and AMC programs if you can pull up your ACT score and hopefully GPA too. A 30 might get you weeded out very fast just because so many applicants have higher scores, so those numbers really count</p>

<p>Yeah, I am planning on less competitive ones such as drexel. Also, for most schools you can pick whether you want to send in your ACT or SAT score right? And around what ACT score should I shoot for (that is reasonable)?</p>

<p>^^
"lalooji" got rejected from Drexel/Drexel with no interview with this:</p>

<p>" 2280, 35, 4.5/3.98, BBall team captain 3 years, lot of EC, ER volunteering 100hrs, shadowing and research on Atheltic injuries and treatment."</p>

<p>okay, well then does anyone know any programs that may be a BA/MD or just early assurance?</p>

<p>Seems weird he got rejected with stats that high, mine are similar and I got 5 interviews of the 7 that replied so far. Maybe his essays or letters had something they didn't like.</p>

<p>Yes, it is going to remain a mystery for me (even though I am trying to move on and forget about the whole thing) why I got rejected from almost all places. Only reason I can think of is that they all thought "what is this guy doing in a basketball court if he wants to be a doctor". It is one thing to have a well rounded resume but I think "every" activity in the resume has to be a relevant to the career choice. I dont think my essays are bad and the teachers recommendations were really good - at least the ones I saw. Or may be because I am doing SAT II Chem only in my senior year (I didnt even qualify to apply to BU because of this). I honestly believed I did have everything but it doesnt matter - they have to think so.</p>

<p>both GPA + ACT/SAT have to be high, higher than current. Aslo, keep in mind that it is easier to get to specific Med. School regular route (given that you have great stats and other requirements are take care of) than to bs/md that has this specific Med. School (which was the case with my own D. who is currently at Med. School which is part of bs/md that D. was originally rejected pre-interview). D. got accepted to 3 bs/md programs at state schools and at the end applied out to few additional Med. Schools. She was accepted to few more places and had awesom choices.<br>
Lots of it also depend on your state of residency. Some states have more bs/md programs at state schools and give preference to their own residents.
Good luck!</p>