PSU accelerated med program

<p>my chances of getting in: psu accelerated med program!!! </p>

<p>Will anyone in the program or someone knowledgeable about it, let me know of my realistic chance of getting into the Penn State 6/7 year med program?</p>

<p>I am currently a high school junior. My rank is 19/188. It should be number 12 or 13 by the end of this year. I am in the IB diploma program too. My gpa will be a 3.66, and 4.1ish weighted. I haven't taken the SATs but lets say I get a 2200 out of 2400 on it. (1450+ M/CR). and say that I get a over a 700 on each subject test (chemistry, biology, and math). Also on the website, they are going to consider writing sections as well for the incoming class of 2009. </p>

<p>I am volunteering at a hospital all summer long, I will be the senior class president, I was a Relay for Life committee member in 9th grade, Relay co-exec leader last year, and have my own team this year. I am in Blue/Gold (community service), Project Night Night (community service) , Relay for Life, Yearbook, Newspaper, Kick Butts Generation (anti-tobacco), National Honor Society (junior representative), a high school peace group, and I played soccer for three years, volleyball for two years. </p>

<p>Realistically what are my chances of getting in? I really want to prove that despite my not so high gpa of a 3.66, that I can still excel in the program! I live in Delaware, and really want to get into this program! Please let me know, I'm going to be applying this fall.</p>

<p>No one replied so far and it's probably because no one has any idea what your chances are. You obviously still have to take the SAT and even if you get your 2200, it still is a toss up whether or not you will be accepted. Obviously try the best you can and work really hard to bring your GPA up if this is the program you really want to go to. It's a tough program but if you work hard and salvage your GPA, get a high SAT score, and do well at interviews - you should have a good shot.</p>

<p>no offense, and i don't mean to be rude, but your GPA is kinda low.</p>

<p>Almost all of the people I met when i went for my interview earlier this year had GPAs over 4.3, and most were around my GPA level (4.47).</p>

<p>Also, I didn't see any medically related extracurricular activities in your list. And no, hospital volunteering doesn't count as one really, because EVERYONE does it. You should probably go find a hospital where you can do some job shadowing, or find a community run clinic where you can help them with a research project (it is often easy to help them with secretarial work on state funded research ventures).</p>

<p>IF you boost your GPA by about .3 and beef up your medical related ECs, then I think you'll have a decent chance. Right now, your resume looks like someone who would apply for basic undergrad to a school like UCBerkely or USoCal or maybe even Northwestern. There is no demonstrated interest in medicine. Instead, you are spread across the board with your ECs and, even though your have a lot, there's nothing to say that you have an interest in medicine to the point that you aren't going to change your mind and decide to go to some other grad school instead of med school.</p>

<p>btw, i'm not just speaking out of my a$$ here. I got accepted into the Union/Albany LIM program, so i kinda know what they are looking for.</p>

<p>Best of luck!!</p>

<p>The PSU program (imo) gives a heavy preference to academics. I believed I received an interview this year because I had a 1600 (currently they only look at math and verbal, but this will change after my year) on the SAT, 800/800/790 on BioE/Math2/Chem, and a 4.86 GPA.</p>

<p>Seriously, if you have strong academics, they will go crazy over you. I certainly do have an interest in medicine, but the only medical-related ECs that I have done are hospital volunteering (which is nothing) and shadowing a doctor for 2 weeks.</p>

<p>So, my advice is to improve your academics a *****load, otherwise do more activities (or even both =D).</p>

<p>Hopefully I get in.</p>

<p>My GPA will be a 3.81 at the end of this year.</p>

<p>if not psu, then what other programs do i have a chance at? I'm thinking maybe the 7 or 8 year ones since they accept a few more.</p>

<p>here's a website that has a list of most of the combined (bs/md) programs on it. It is the one that I used to find the schools I applied to:</p>

<p>BA/MD</a> Programs - U.S. School Listing - Medical School Help</p>

<p>some of the programs have residency requirements (eg. "must be a resident of NJ), so you might not be able to apply. </p>

<p>It isn't easier to get into the 7 or 8 year programs just because there are more of them. In fact, more people want to go to a 7 or 8 year program because the want the "whole undergrad experience". </p>

<p>It also does not help where you apply (there's not place where you have better chances of getting in just because you think that it is a place that noone will apply because it is in the middle of nowhere). People are hunting for the combined programs, and they will go ANYWHERE.</p>

<p>the best advice I can give you it to apply to a LOT of schools and sow as many seeds as possible. I applied to 8 combined med schools and got 4 interviews and 4 straight up rejections. Of the 4 interviews, I have gotten into 1 school, and I am still waiting to hear from the other 3.</p>

<p>have fun!</p>

<p>SAT counts a lot...I say aim for a 2300+ for you.</p>

<p>Definitely apply to a lot of programs; if you're simply looking to get into any, apply to lots of 'low/mid' tiered schools. I regret applying to mainly the top ones (vandy, case, rice, hpme) that are impossible for kids like me to get in. I should have applied to VCU, of them. So out of like 11 I applied I secured 3 interviews and one acceptance so far. All others were rejections.</p>

<p>Check out the link below, it's aamc's 'official' list of all thirty six 7/8 year programs
Curriculum</a> Directories</p>

<p>Several programs my son applied to required applicants to be in the top 1-2% of the class with an unweighted GPA of 3.95. Go to the specific program's website and look for requirements. They are much higher than for the school itself.</p>