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Penn pre-med

anon311anon311 Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
Does anyone know anything about penn pre-med in terms of reputation, competitiveness, etc.?

I know Penn doesn't have a VAC, which is kind of strange considering most schools do (I'm an emt). I hope that's not a sign that there aren't kids there who are into medicine.

edit: Just to clarify, I do know that pre-med is not a major at Penn, but my quetsions still apply.
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  • krtrumpet182krtrumpet182 Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    I am a freshman Pre-Med at Penn. Penn's Pre-Med program is excellent. My major is Bioengineering, which has requirements that satisfy above and beyond most Pre-Med requirements. Pre-Med is a big thing here at Penn. Lots of kids come in saying they're Pre-Med, but many change their mind after a few years. Lots of competition to get the highest grades/GPAs. The advising dept. also has specific Pre-Med advisors, which is very nice.
  • anon311anon311 Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    Pre-med at a lot of schools has a reputation of being overly cut-throat (i.e. spilling ink on someone elses notes on purpose, or some similar horror story). Is there any of that, or are pre-med students cooperative?

    I read through some similar threads in the old Penn CC archives and I was impressed by Penn's med school acceptance rate (someone said 83%, that sounds really high). Another poster mentioned that one should have a good science GPA, as well as a good overall GPA (makes sense). I'm interested in psychology - would these classes count as "science" classes, or no? In other words, if I don't do well in a few bio 101 or chem 101 type classes or whatever it is they are, will I have to take other more difficult science classes to raise my "sicence" GPA?

    In general, how hard is it to get into a, say, top-50 med school from penn? What sort of GPA is needed, how many people do it, etc.?

  • kkl230kkl230 Registered User Posts: 427 Member
    Some premed courses don't grade on a curve. For my chemistry class, you get what you deserved. It's a set point system where you earn points through exams, HW, etc.

    Everyone in the class can get As if they earn enough points.

    I don't go to Penn, but I know some schools do it. Maybe penn does too.
  • PennstergoPennstergo Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    According to WSJ, it appears that many Penn pre-meds are accepted into Penn Med School, which is one of the top med schools.

  • mcortex88mcortex88 Registered User Posts: 336 Member
    i read the PDF but i still don't get it....could someone explain this "feeder" system to me?? i dun understand, lol
  • anon311anon311 Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
  • luckycharms44luckycharms44 Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    my teachers daughter is pre-med at Penn n it has opened alot of doors she said...shes constantly talking about how her daughter has formed a relationship with her profs and her classmates in class n how she has learned alot of non course related info for the medical profession...the only draw back she says is her daughters social life has taken a nose dive because of the amount of work and competition but that was expected she said
  • interested123interested123 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    penn premed - especially bio 101 in the fall term, is cutthroat and intense (not to the point of sabotage). and from what i hear, chem and orgo chem are even worse.
  • anon311anon311 Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    anyone else?
  • shortymxpx17shortymxpx17 Registered User Posts: 295 Junior Member
    im gonna be premed and i expect it to be cutthroat and work intensive and that it will all be worth it when i get into either harvard or penn's med school... but i will hopefully be placing out of a few nasty intro classes (math 104....)
  • snipanlolsnipanlol Registered User Posts: 538 Member
    A friend of mine actually threw his Orgo 2 book in the fire place and lit it. Suffice to say he didn't particularly like that class.
  • afanafan Registered User Posts: 1,686 Senior Member
    One very nice aspect of Penn premed is that the hospital and medical school are in the middle of campus. At most other universities the undergrads are nowhere near the medical complex. So Penn undergrads have more access to the medical faculty, research and volunteer opportunities, etc.

    Premed is hard anywhere, and Penn students are known for their intense pre-professional career focus. If you are very worried about this, remember, these premed students will be your classmates in medical school, and your colleagues in practice. Either learn to deal with this type of person, or rethink medicine as a career.
  • kkl230kkl230 Registered User Posts: 427 Member
    good point afan
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