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Georgetown Post Bach Program

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by BVS, Jun 15, 2002.

  1. BVS

    BVS Junior Member

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    Has anyone here completed this program? What was your impression of the program? Did you get into medical school after the first year? Do you take classes with the medical school students.

    Any info on the program would be helpful. Thanks
     
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  3. CoffeeCat

    CoffeeCat SDN Angel
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    <a href="http://www.go.to/physio" target="_blank">http://www.go.to/physio</a>

    <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/physios" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/physios</a>

    The second website is a place where you can ask questions and have them answered by current physios or the Director of the program. Good luck!
     
  4. Anath

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    :) Well, no I haven't completed the program, but I had talked to my pre-med advisor about the program when I was doubting my ability to get into med school. Anyhoo, here si what he told me

    - they're there solely to make money.
    - overpriced
    - LARGE -- he especially thought this was horrible. With a large class like this, not only does it show they want the money, but it makes learning a lot harder
    - COMPETETIVE/cut-throat -- Because med schools basically want to see you making straight A's or damn near it, and the classes are graded on a curb, people are ultra cut-throat in the class
    - No guarantee of med school admission, nor are they really affiliated with any of teh medical schools in teh area. So no real brownie points from med schools just b/c you went to georgetown's program. I've met a couple people who have done the program -- the ones I know never got into med school the first time after doing the program.
    - :) But I *was* told that if you get into med school afterwards, what you learned in the post-bacc classes REALLY help in the med school classes (since the program's students take 1st year med school classes).
     
  5. BVS

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    Anath,

    Thanks for the candid input. I know Georgetown is really expensive but I don't think I have that many options. My undergraduate GPA is pretty low and I think a post-bach is my best route.
     
  6. encee

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Anath:
    <strong>:) Well, no I haven't completed the program, but I had talked to my pre-med advisor about the program when I was doubting my ability to get into med school. Anyhoo, here si what he told me

    - they're there solely to make money.
    - overpriced
    - LARGE -- he especially thought this was horrible. With a large class like this, not only does it show they want the money, but it makes learning a lot harder
    - COMPETETIVE/cut-throat -- Because med schools basically want to see you making straight A's or damn near it, and the classes are graded on a curb, people are ultra cut-throat in the class
    - No guarantee of med school admission, nor are they really affiliated with any of teh medical schools in teh area. So no real brownie points from med schools just b/c you went to georgetown's program. I've met a couple people who have done the program -- the ones I know never got into med school the first time after doing the program.
    - :) But I *was* told that if you get into med school afterwards, what you learned in the post-bacc classes REALLY help in the med school classes (since the program's students take 1st year med school classes).</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I did not do the Georgetown Post bacc program, but consider this: yes, they are expensive, but if you want to improve your application for med school, it is one of the best things to do. I did the BU masters program, and I can say that most of these programs are designed to bring $$ in for the school. And yes they are competitive, but so what? If you are determined to go in and study your butt off, then the competitiveness of the program and the incentives of the med school are short lived. Afterall, you do take med school courses alongside the med students, and you are there to get yourself ahead.
    Don't get caught up in all the negativities. Realize that you are there for YOU, and you gotta consider what is best for YOU. :)
     
  7. FunkDoc

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Anath:
    <strong>:) Well, no I haven't completed the program, but I had talked to my pre-med advisor about the program when I was doubting my ability to get into med school. Anyhoo, here si what he told me

    - they're there solely to make money.
    - overpriced
    - LARGE -- he especially thought this was horrible. With a large class like this, not only does it show they want the money, but it makes learning a lot harder
    - COMPETETIVE/cut-throat -- Because med schools basically want to see you making straight A's or damn near it, and the classes are graded on a curb, people are ultra cut-throat in the class
    - No guarantee of med school admission, nor are they really affiliated with any of teh medical schools in teh area. So no real brownie points from med schools just b/c you went to georgetown's program. I've met a couple people who have done the program -- the ones I know never got into med school the first time after doing the program.
    - :) But I *was* told that if you get into med school afterwards, what you learned in the post-bacc classes REALLY help in the med school classes (since the program's students take 1st year med school classes).</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">whoa whoa anath! ease down! ease down! i am ex-physio from 2001 and proud of it.

    "they're there solely to make money." even if this was accurate, not once did i feel like this was true. the faculty and advisors were very helpful and supportive of the grad students and our plight to get into med school.

    "overpriced." yeah, it's very, very expensive. but, i would have never gotten into med school if i didnt go the physio program. thus, it was worth it for me.

    "LARGE." yeah it's a class of 100, but i never viewed it as a hindrance. each student had something unique to offer to the group.

    "COMPETITIVE/cut-throat". competitive, yes; cut-throat, no. there are benefits to a competetive atmosphere--it raises the bar. you study harder and learn more about medicine as a result. i never believed that people were trying to get ahead at the expense of others.

    "graded on a cur[ve]". sort of true. yes, to get an A in the med school classes you have to be in the top 10% of the medical students. obviously, this is no easy task, but hypothetically, all the grad students can get A's if they all score in the top 10%. so, we're actually not competing against each other. i studied in study groups often, so if anything, it was an air of cooperation, and not competition.

    "no guarantee". true, but the statistics are usually 20-25% of the class get into gtown med that year. another 25% get in somewhere else that year. then 30% get in to a med school some time afterward. thus, approximately 80% of a student class goes on to pursue medicine. i ended up getting on their waitlist last summer, where i stayed. i did research this year at NIH, and i got into a state school. happy with that, i chose not to finish the gtown secondary because of the money.

    "what you learned in the post-bacc classes REALLY help in the med school classes" absolutely, upon my entry into med school in a few months, i will have already taken histology, embryology, endocrinology, neuro, physiology, and biostatistics. what a great way to start med school!

    i had a great year at georgetown, but dont get me wrong, it's no walk in the park. it was a very difficult year. for me, it worked out well. unfortunately, i know a few people who have yet to get in. but, i firmly believe, that if they really want it, they'll get in eventually, and their time at georgetown will help them.

    obviously, the experience is mine only, and other graduates may have different sentiments. for me, i got out what i put in.

    email me with any more detailed questions.

    coffeecat, when were you a physio, i finished last year.

    anath, did you get my email?
     
  8. Anath

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    lol. hehe -- heya -- I think I still have at least one of the guides. If I'm not mistaken, it's in the empty half of my bed. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    As for everything I wrote -- sheesh -- don't crack the whip on me just yet. :) Just relaying with my pre-med advisor told me when I was looking into post-bacc programs. And it is so hard to find good remedial post-bacc programs; most are programs designed for people who have not completed the pre-med requirements.

    But if you do very well in the program it's very admirable. hehe -- remember, I'm your sisters age -- young, rash, and doesn't know what I'm talking about. LOL.
     

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