Originally posted by Trekkie963
BS/MD programs are exceptionally difficult to get in to. If you are a viable candidate for these programs, that means you are also a strong applicant for most undergraduate schools. Consider whether you would be jeopardizing the quality of your undergraduate experience just to get the guaranteed admission to a med school.
I turned down admission to BS/MD programs four years ago in order to go to Rice University (Rice/Baylor had been my top choice, but I did not get in). Now I am going through all the hell of the application process, but I can also say that I really gained a lot from my undergraduate experience. I am not sure I would have had the same opportunities at, say, Case Western or USC undergrad.
Also, as someone coming straight out of high school, it may seem like all med schools are created equal, or perhaps the highest ranked schools are the best. While I thought back then that Baylor was a better med school than USC, now I have decided that USC is a better school for me, even if it is ranked lower.
Going to a program that shortens your education by one-year is certainly appealing on the surface, but honestly, I would not have wanted to give up one year of my undergrad. I definitely could have graduated in three years anyways, but I would have lost one year of extracurricular experiences, partying with my friends, and expanding my horizons by taking courses outside of medicine (I took my first Art course this semester).
Just my two cents.