Just want to float an idea out for feedback.
Am I right in thinking that most students entering college intent on pre-med never apply to med school and that most who do apply are not accepted?
If so, that’s a pretty high attrition rate for a group that probably consists of pretty bright kids to begin with. Maybe 75%.
And is it the case that GPA + MCAT scores are more important than what undergrad college a medical school applicant attends?
So here’s my thought. Why not apply out of high school direct admit to a physician’s assistant program? This would guarantee that the student would work in the field they’re interested unless s/he fails to keep up their grades. There would be no big med school debt required, and instead they would get 6 years of financial aid if they qualify.There would be no anxiety about acceptance into med school, followed by the despair of “What do I do now?” If they aren’t accepted, as appears to be the case with most applicants. Starting salaries are very good for PAs, typically 6 figures or so I’m told.
But s/he really wants to be a doctor, not a PA! I get it. So, why not apply to med school in senior year even though on the PA track. I assume nothing would prevent that. I assume most of the bio, chem, and other science classes require for med school would be part of a PA curriculum or could be taken as electives. I may be wrong on my assumptions.