Which way?

<p>PSedrishMD, i am curious...</p>

<p>as a practicing physician, which route would you suggest in pursuing a career in medicine: the 6-8-year ba/md route, the 6-8-year bs/md route, or the traditional 8-year route and why? </p>

<p>also, assume that you were hiring another doctor to work in your private practice: which candidate (of the different routes) would you be most attracted by and why?</p>

<p>I think the answer depends on the candidate and the circumstances. The combined pgms are great for young people who have a very solid commitment to medicine early on. However, I think it's rare for anyone to truly know what they want to do for the rest of their lives before they've even been away from home. I am sure that testing that commitment and assessing whether the candidate possesses the maturity to understand it and then to achieve it are the major tasks for admission officers.
Now, whom would I hire. I would say that the route thru which they got their degree would be very, very unimportant to me. My first interest would be their level of compassion and their ability to relate to patients. My second focus would be where they did their residency and fellowship. Thirdly I would consider where they went to med school and maybe that level of assessment would give some deference to their med school program.</p>

<p>Hello Dr. PSedrishMD </p>

<p>I have a son who is in RPI/Albany Medical College 7 years program. Can you tell me how is Albany Medical school?</p>

<p>Thanks</p>