Vizious said:I know a frat alumnus who finished most of his undergraduate work while in high school and got into and started med school at UCLA while under 20 yrs old. I also know someone who finished undergrad at LA in three years and got into Columbia dental school.
I would think you still have a decent chance to get in despite finishing early, depending on the rest of your app.
But do weigh in the benefits/disadvantages of getting a one year head start on your career vs. one more year of college, freedom, and/or making money.
Law2Doc said:First, college is going to be the BEST YEARS of your life -- don't cut it short. Second, a number of younger applicants have hit hurdles in the application process due to young age, and so getting out a year earlier can be disadvantageous. In medicine, you deal with death, disease, grieving families and other heavy emotional stuff. As such, maturity is sought out, and it is generally felt that the fewer years you have been on the planet, the less exposure you will have had to heartbreaking stuff and the more ill equiped you will be to dealing with such. You also need to interact with much older patients, and so having a few extra years under your belt would help with this. And most importantly, this is not a race. You don't want to be perceived rushing toward something without taking the time to figure out what you are rushing towards. Take the time to gain additional exposure, both to medicine and life.
so how can I become more "mature" faster?
Creightonite said:i thought grad school was way cooler than undergrad, at least for myself. One year would not change the level of maturity by that much. In addition whether you are 21 or 22 would not matter for med school anyways because at that age the level of serious clinical experience is very very limited for 99% of the applicants no matter what they say. And med schools understand that. I am finishing my PhD in 4 year instead of average 5, it does not mean I am lacking something in my exprience as a PhD student. All it means that I worked my a$$ off to finish it early.
DropkickMurphy said:You can't force maturity. It's just like wisdom, it is something that some people acquire relatively early in life, some achieve it later in life, and a lot of people never become neither mature nor wise. In fact, if you try to force yourself to be mature, often times it just highlights your own lack of maturity.
Creightonite said:the biggest problem I find with SDN is the conflict of interests thing. People are asking advice here from mostly their competitors. Would I trust that kind of advice? I do not think so. Anyhow, I am done arguing here, time to move on and study for the MCAT.
swtiepie711 said:My father graduated from MIT in 3 years and went straight to UCSF for medical school. I have never heard him mention that it was a problem, but then again that was about 30 years ago. I'd vote for you to spend 4 years in college, enjoy yourself & partake in enriching, fun activities. Life is a long road - you'll be working for most of it - live it up!
Creightonite said:I am just going to let grad school vs. med school thing slide for now.
the biggest problem I find with SDN is the conflict of interests thing. People are asking advice here from mostly their competitors. Would I trust that kind of advice? I do not think so. Anyhow, I am done arguing here, time to move on and study for the MCAT.