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Bachelor's degree requirements for residency

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by Mr. Freeze, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. Mr. Freeze

    Mr. Freeze Not right. (in the head)
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    Is not having a BS/BA something that may adversely affect matching later? Or at least to such a degree that it would be foolhardy not to finish it, even if it isn't required to enter school?

    The most prevalent requirements I can find for GME slots have USMLE and med graduation requirements but not BS/BA. They might view it as redundant, since a lot of schools already require one. ?

    I just don't want to shoot myself in the foot by attending to more pressing issues than my post-acceptance spring semester.
     
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  3. Hurricane

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    Are you talking BS vs BA, or BS vs no college degree? If it's BS vs BA, it doesn't matter.

    Can you even go to a US medical school without some sort of college degree?
     
  4. MeganRose

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    There is an awesome OB resident at my school that has an associates degree. I think the requirements for most medical schools (at least when I was applying) said that you had to have x amount of hours of college credit for admission. I think the hour requirement was basically equal to a BS/BA but didn't explicitly state that you had to have a bachelors.
     
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    Yes, many med schools only require 90 units, although it is rare for students without a BA/BS to be accepted to a med school.

    I don't have a BA either, and I just graduated from med school. Though I will probably go back and get my BA sometime. Perhaps my med school classes can be transferable? lol.
     
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    I was a carib grad with no degree and matched into anesthesia....should not be an issue.
     
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    Almost no medical schools require a degree for matriculation (usually only 90 units) and I haven't seen any residency programs or state licenses that do. I'm doing my application for the NJ state medical license right now and it only require 60 undergraduate units.
     
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    I'm chair of a residency selection committee. I wonder about those applicants who don't have an undergrad degree. Why not? Just because you don't need it, doesn't mean you shouldn't have it.
     
  9. Mr. Freeze

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    I found a way to finish one without having to take classes right up until MSI, so I think everything will work out. I just won't have the BS I thought I was going to. Which is fine. I was just concerned that it may come up later, on advice from someone who said it may come up later.
     
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    There were two in my med school class but both were super genius 17 year old MS 1's. Both ended up in family practice.
     
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    On another forum, a naturopathic doc in Florida has been telling patients that he is actually more qualified than a MD because in Florida, you do not necessarily need an BA to matriculate into med school and receive MD, whereby to get into the "ND" school you MUST have a BA or BS. Sad thing is, a lot of those patients will probably believe him!!! :D
     
  12. schutzhund

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    Natural selection.
     
  13. docnms

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    i have spoken to several ND's and looked up there classes they take. i say wow, how easy can this be. there is a reason that ND's are can not practice in all 50 states. dispute this fact!
     

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