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There is absolutely no way you should do an SMP with that GPA. If you just spend from now to May to study the crap out of the MCAT, you will3.75 cGPA
Don't take what he says with a grain of salt. This is not a subjective question. This is clear-cut. Do NOT do an SMP with a 3.7.To be completely 100% honest, if that is your gpa this program is not for you.
1. It's 40K plus expensive cost of living in Boston and theres no scholarships or grants. Add that to 150-200K+ med school debt.
2. Your gpa is already very much within the range acceptable for any med school (I think the average at WashU is the highest at like 3.86).
3. This program is extremely time consuming and difficult to do well (I'd estimate that less than 10% of the class received a 4.0, probably much less than that).
If I were you, I would find a job related to healthcare or just go travel and do something you want to do. If your havig mcat trouble, take a course, give yourself 3-6 months to study and nail the score you want. This program won't help you with your mcat score besides maybe bio. But that's an expensive way to do well on one subject area.
Also take everything I say with a grain of salt. I loved my time at BU and I ended with a 4.0. I had a little bit lower gpa than average so MAMS helped me tremendously.
I don't think you need this program at all IMO.
I am a graduate of the program, started in 2010 and finished in 2012. Only 4 people out of almost 200 got a 4.0. I do echo your statement though, the guy that you quoted should retake the MCAT and NOT do the MAMS program.3. This program is extremely time consuming and difficult to do well (I'd estimate that less than 10% of the class received a 4.0, probably much less than that).
The lectures vary in size, usually 130-180 people. However, this has not historically been an issue for past MAMS students. Core courses such as Cellular Organization of Tissues and Physiology break up into smaller weekly discussions of around 20 people, where professors can clarify lecture concepts and answer questions in a more intimate setting. Between the professors (who all have open door policies), the TA's, tutors, and your peers, there is never a shortage of resources for you to fully understand the class material.1) The average class sizes in my undergrad physics courses were ~8. After becoming accustomed to the small class sizes, I'm a little intimidated by the 180-200 class sizes that I see. Would you say that the large class size is detrimental at all?
The number of students who continue to BUSM vary per year, and it varies based on students' performance. The more successful you are in the program and the more you show your dedication and passion for medicine, the more likely you will be to gain a medical school seat anywhere in the country, including BU.2) Do many of the students in the MAMS program go on to med school at BU?
I've been considering applying for the MAMS program (not for this coming year, but the next) because of a low-ish GPA at 3.35. Just a few questions I had:
3) Which would you recommend: the 1 year or 2 year version of the program?
I meant my above post for you... Didn't quote it correctlyHey, 3.7 cGPA here applying. Some of you say someone with a 3.7 SHOULD NOT apply, but I recently just took economics and business this past year and am extremely interested in pursuing a MBA. Do you think doing a MAMS/MBA at BU is a bad idea?
Can someone who is in the program comment if someone doing a MAMS/MBA will still have time to do other extra-curricular such as research/volunteer? how difficult is it to get a 3.6+ gpa? 3.8?
I do not believe I am a competitive applicant for MD. I have the numbers, 3.7, 31Q, but I basically have 0 extra-curricular to support my application. My reasoning is to improve my application through extra-curricular and pursing a graduate degree at the same time.Why dont you do a MD/MBA? BU is one of the schools that offer that pathway.
http://mdmbaprograms.com/5.html Seems like there are lots of others. Looks to me like you would waste a year of tuition on doing the MAMS which will have a high chance of hurting you than helping you.
The MBA portion of the MBA/MD program at BU is 1 year after your third year as a med student. Not sure about others. Look more into it.
If your looking to do extracurriculars this program is not for you. During the second semester you might have time. But not the first. Plus it is very hard to get a 3.8 or better. With a 3.7 gpa, you have everything to lose and very very little to gain from this program.I do not believe I am a competitive applicant for MD. I have the numbers, 3.7, 31Q, but I basically have 0 extra-curricular to support my application. My reasoning is to improve my application through extra-curricular and pursing a graduate degree at the same time.
I definitely see your point brew, just trying to get as much perspective as possible. Thanks!
When was your application complete and if you don't mind, please share your statsJust received my acceptance today! Now comes the difficult part; I've been accepted here and at Cincinnati and have to make a decision in the next few weeks while still waiting to hear from others.
Congratulations on your acceptance!I know I was looking for this when I was applying so here goes:
STATS (Strong GPA first and second year. Huge downward jump after that - obvious that something happened, which I explained in my personal statement)
Lot's of work and volunteer experience
Application Completed: 02.10.13
I would call Natasha Hall and check with herHey guys - just curious, did any of you get an email that confirmed your application's completion? I believe I have everything in, but I can't tell if they received my official transcript and my official MCAT score. Should I be waiting for an official email? Thanks!
Confirmed complete on January 31st and accepted February 25th.Do you mind sharing you stats? When was your application submitted and completed?
I applied to BU for MD admissions and MAMS program grabbed my recommendations from my MD file. MAMS accepts committee letters from your preprof office. You should be fine. You can find more info about it in the FAQs on the MAMS website.The process of getting LOR's for SMP's has me absolutely dumbfounded. I'm attempting to collect them as paper copies at the pre-professional office at my undergrad institution but almost every SMP program wants LOR's sent directly from the recommender via e-mail. Can LOR's I send to MAMS electronically be used again for medical school or even other SMP's? I'm curious as to how you all did it.
I'm using interfolio to save me all that trouble. get my letters once, send them whereever, whenever as many times as I want.The process of getting LOR's for SMP's has me absolutely dumbfounded. I'm attempting to collect them as paper copies at the pre-professional office at my undergrad institution but almost every SMP program wants LOR's sent directly from the recommender via e-mail. Can LOR's I send to MAMS electronically be used again for medical school or even other SMP's? I'm curious as to how you all did it.
I was just accepted to the program and I have not taken the MCAT. Only my GRE scores were submitted with my application.I'm in the process of applying to the 2013-2014 BU MAMS, and I was just wondering if anyone has been accepted or knows of anyone who has been accepted with just GRE scores instead of MCAT? I'm taking the MCAT this summer, but using my GRE scores for this program.. Any info would help, thanks!
Congrats on your acceptance!Received my acceptance today!
Trying to decide between BU, Tufts and Georgetown currently. BU and Tufts don't give you long to make a decision - so I suggest that if you're applying, definitely be sure of which school you have a preference for!
Congrats on your acceptance!Just got accepted last week (complete 2/3, accepted after ~4 weeks waiting). Maybe I'm blind, but when exactly does this program start? I found "in the fall," but didn't seem to find an exact date.
Congrats to all those who got accepted, and good luck to the hopefuls. Natasha was very friendly and accommodating in checking application statuses.
Untrue. You can get into US MD and DO schools with a sub-three. Its not optimal, but an upward trend will help. You also might need to retake the mcat...Congrats on your acceptance!
but with your stats, don't you think you will need to bring up your uGPA to 3.0 before applying to medical school? Most schools have a minimum uGPA requirement which is typically 3.0