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anyone know anything about the columbia 1 year nutrit. program

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by rohitkedia07, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. rohitkedia07

    rohitkedia07 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2005
    hey sdners,

    does anyone know anything of the columbia 1 year nutr. program
    does it increase ones chance for med school?

    if i dont get off the waitlist, i dont know what im going to do for a year in between, i dont want to come back a year later and not have done anything because they wont have any reason to take me then.

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  3. etf

    etf Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    sounded like a waste of time/money to me when they sent me the invite last year.
  4. chickenlittle84

    chickenlittle84 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    I have heard the same thing. I STRONGLY considered doing it next year to boost my science profile, but I was really put off by information I got from the admissions office. I am not sure if they meant to say this, but they said 80 percent of their students apply to medical school but he knew of only a handful that had actually gotten in. I am not sure how admissions committees regard the program - it certainly sounds good since it is Columbia - but the fact that so few students are getting in is cause for concern. Also, I work with dieticians and it is not well regarded in the nutrition community as it is not an "end stage" degree, it is basically a program that is supposed to serve as a filler. It is just too much money for no promise of gain.
  5. lina123321

    lina123321 ralph: im a unitard 5+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    over the rainbow
    i thought it was to become an RD, which would be excellent knowledge if you're considering public health or just to be able to give patients good info on eating health, but really its only for a certificiate in nutrition. For the RD its something like 2 yrs and a bunch of clinical yea, i decided not to do it. Plus, the tuition/costs are insane.
  6. etf

    etf Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    i just considered it something akin to predatory lending - hitting up people they think won't get into med school, and using their desperation as a way to get $40k out of them. Kind of like all the podiatry stuff you get as well. If you want to improve your science gpa, you have to do it by taking upper division or graduate level biological science courses, not by looking for easy classes to take.

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