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Just a quick note about my stats; I have an average uGPA (strong upward trend, 3.4) with poor sGPA (3.0) and MCAT score (22; 8PS, 8BS, 6VR). I am looking for a program that will continue to show my upward trend, and allow me time to nail the MCAT. I applied to several places thinking I wouldn’t get in anywhere, but I got into pretty much all of them. Now, I don’t know which program would be best for me, so I listed my top 3 programs with some pros and cons, and I would like some advice.

Regis University’s Masters of Biomedical Sciences is found on the AAMC’s postbac program list and requires only one year to complete. They have a rigorous, medical school-focused curriculum that emphasizes teamwork, and there is some research involved. The faculty and advisers seem to push students to have them do well so students can get into medical school. They do have MCAT prep and plenty of shadowing and volunteering opportunities. On the other hand, the program has no association with a medical school so I can’t take classes with medical students. It is relatively new which makes me worry about how medical schools will perceive it. I put the link to Regis’ program below for those who want to look at it.

Regis MBS: http://www.regis.edu/RC/Academics/D...duate-Programs/MS-in-Biomedical-Sciences.aspx

University of Minnesota’s Masters of Biological Sciences is a flexible, independent curriculum that will allow me to take a wide variety of health science classes (maybe 1 or 2 with medical students). The masters program is a difficult 30 credits involving a lot of research. I have talked with an adviser, and it seemed like he truly wanted me to succeed. He described two experiences where he had students go onto medical school. I would be right next to the medical school and their hospitals, so I have plenty of volunteering and shadowing opportunities. Lastly, it is very cheap for me. The negatives about this program is that it is traditional a professional program meant for employees to further their already established career. There is no official connection with the medical school. Also, there is no MCAT prep, but they will adjust my class schedule to give me plenty of time for studying. I am mainly worried about this program because it is not on the AAMC’s postbac list. Below is a link to the program’s website if you want to look.

UMN-MBS: http://cce.umn.edu/master-of-biological-sciences

Drexel University’s Masters of Medical Science is a classic SMP (I think) which is great, but from the information I read on SDN makes me hesitate about accepting into this program. I will only have one year of classes that appear to be difficult, and some of the classes are with medical students. I also like that I do research with a principal investigator for a potential publication. Admittedly though, I have little understanding of the MMS and IMS programs at Drexel. I am accepted into the MMS program, so what makes it different than the IMS program? I have contacted their office, but I haven’t gotten a reply. Hopefully I will hear back from them soon. I have read some pretty bad reviews on SDN mixed in with people saying that you get what you put into it. Any information or review on Drexel’s MMS program would be helpful! I would like to think I have done enough research on Drexel’s program, but I am still slightly confused. Here are the links I used to gather info on Drexel’s program:

MMS: https://www.drexelmed.edu/Home/Acad...BiomedSciencesProfStudies/MedicalScience.aspx

IMS: http://www.drexelmed.edu/Home/Acade...fStudies/InterdepartmentalMedicalScience.aspx

Advice or reviews on any of these programs would be excellent! Thank you for taking the time to help out a medical school hopeful!
 
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I have figured out the difference (or lack thereof) between MMS and IMS. It was not clear in my acceptance email that MMS is just the second year of IMS for the IMS students that didn't get accepted into medical school or are pursuing a MS. Anyway, reviews/advice on the IMS program or my other potential programs would be greatly appreciated!!
 

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Hey Eagles13! This is what they sent me regarding the MMS program, "The MMS program is a 2 year master’s granting degree. You would take Medical Biochemistry, Medical Physiology, Medical Cell Biology & Microanatomy, Medicine in Society, and Medical Neuroscience during your first year. You would take the required Medical Nutrition and Immunology courses during your required second year with the research component. If you obtain B’s or better during your first year, in addition to a certain MCAT score, you will be granted a guaranteed interview with not only DUCOM but several osteopathic schools nearby. The Medical Students average sets the B for the course." What program did you decide on?
 
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