Boston University 7 Year Medical Program

<p>Hey guys. So recently, I was looking into BU's 7 year accelerated medical program. I've wanted to be a doctor for almost my entire life, so I figured that this program would be a good fit for me. I decided to do more research about it, but I found many people saying that you should stay away from these types of programs because they "take away from the college experience" and that you won't get to do as many things as you would if you went the regular undergrad route. Is this true? I was really enthusiastic about this program at first, especially because it gave students an entire summer to study abroad - which has always been my dream - but now I'm not so sure. Advice?</p>

<p>If you have the drive to work hard, and you truly enjoy medicine, you will be fine. I think since you seem to have your goal in mind, you should go for it.</p>

<p>But that’s just it. I’ve always loved science, but music has also been a really big part of my life. I’ve been in choir since elementary school, and I’d like to continue that into college. But I heard that these 7-year programs are so intensive that they don’t let you have as many electives. I’m not sure how it works at BU, but I don’t want this to keep me from pursuing my other interests.</p>

<p>i completely disagree, the program takes off the stress of medical school applications and you dont need to get some insane mcat score you maybe dont even have to take the mcats. This leaves you much more time to explore your interests and do the things you enjoy. anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know what they are talking about or is bitter that they werent accepted into a program. some people complain that you have to maintain a good GPA and my response is if you can’t maintain a good GPA in undergrad, you’re never making it to med school to begin with</p>

<p>In these 7 year programs students are usually bringing in 25 or 30 AP credits so that takes some of the pressure off the 7 year schedule. I would just try to not take more I than one other science and lab at the same time you take Orgo. Some also try not to take science courses in the summers to give themselves a mental break. </p>

<p>If this is an MCAT program taking abbreviated science courses in the summer might detract fro ones’ relevant MCAT testing session performance.</p>

<p>People in BU SMED only have 8 required science courses, a language requirement of 4 classes, one writing seminar, then usually five divisional studies requirement classes, and a minor requirement. At 4 classes per semester for 6 semesters, you can have your 3rd year be all electives if you want and you can minor in music too.</p>

<p>BU doesn’t take AP credit for SMEDs except Calc for the MCS divisional studies requirement and for class prerequisites. AP only gives you “advanced standing” not actual credits towards graduation. </p>

<p>The program is way more relaxed and gives more time than regular premeds. A 3.2 GPA requirement and no resume-building is much easier than what everyone else goes through.</p>

<p>How competitive is it to get INTO the program? All the direct med programs have ridiculously low acceptance rates and BU is a top 30 med school so…</p>

<p>If you have the classic good scores (2250+) and classic med experiences (volunteering, shadowing, research), you’ll have very good chances of getting in pending your interview goes reasonably well. If I were to characterize difficulty, it’s a little less than ivy league level and around ~JHU/Northwestern/WUSTL level.</p>

<p>My grades and scores are really good, so that’s not what I’m really concerned about. But what if I only have volunteering? (Though albeit, a lot of it. 100+ hours at two hospitals total). I wasn’t accepted to any research programs and barred from applying to several because of my age (I’m a year younger than everyone in my grade), and I had no time for shadowing at the hospitals I volunteered at.</p>

<p>As long as you can talk about meaningful experiences you had at the hospitals, you should be fine.</p>

<p>When you say you have “really good” scores, what do you mean?</p>

<p>Is it ok to take SAT II in December for BU’s 7yr BAMD program admission ?</p>

<p>I believe the deadline is Nov. 15 so December might be too late. </p>

<p>Does anyone know if we could take SAT II’s (only chem for me) in November? Can I send in my score maybe a week or two after the application deadline?</p>

<p>It says November SAT is ok. Please check with admin office to confirm.</p>

<p>How strongly do they prefer a foreign language subject test?</p>

<p>I have been told that “Highly recommended” means HIGHLY…whether that precludes an extraordinary applicant in the midst of many is ???(who knows)</p>

<p>I called them to ask if foreign language was absolutely necessary and they said that it is only needed to test out of the introductory spanish course, which means that it doesn’t have much of an impact on admission (you can take the test after admission)</p>

<p>So if you apply for this BU 7 year BS/MD program and are not one of those 20-25 students selected, can you still attend BU or you are totally rejected by BU?</p>

<p>You can still attend BU if you aren’t selected for the BS/MD program, for sure! Many qualified applicants try for BS/MD programs, and I believe all programs recognize that these strong applicants would be an asset to their undergraduate class, BS/MD or no.</p>

Do you know how much emphasis admissions for this program places on SAT Chemistry? I received a 660 on this exam, but everything else I have is very strong