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Georgetown Summer Medical Institute?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by zk450, May 19, 2014.

  1. zk450

    zk450

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    Can anyone offer advice on whether or not this program is worth the $$$?

    Is it better to spend your undergrad summer doing research or taking a GSMI course? Thanks


    Any advice is helpful
     
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  3. alpinism

    alpinism Give Em' the Jet Fuel 5+ Year Member

    Why are you thinking of taking the courses?

    Honestly it depends on your situation.
     
  4. zk450

    zk450

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    To just add more experience. I came to pre-med after engineering (I'm an upperclassman), so I'm looking to show dedication to medicine.

    I have research, policy, ECs, and TA experience - just looking to prove more of an academic focus towards medicine.

    Thank you!!!
     
  5. zk450

    zk450

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    Also

    I have a 3.75 (1 C - a few Bs - mostly A's), with challenging courses (sometimes I've taken the max # with science courses/research).

    Is it better to stay and take classes at my home institution to raise my GPA or to invest in this program? Thanks
     
  6. alpinism

    alpinism Give Em' the Jet Fuel 5+ Year Member

    No problem.

    Your GPA is solid. Whether or not you are competitive for med school will mainly depend on your MCAT regardless of your undergrad major.

    GSMI is a great program but it's expensive as you already know. Usually its recommended for pre-meds who are trying to prove that they can handle med school courses (i.e. applicants without a strong science background or who have below average GPAs).

    If you've never taken an anatomy/physiology/histology course and have the money to spare then its a great way to see if med school is right for you.

    I took the gross anatomy course back in 2010 (my info might be outdated). It's challenging - you take it with med students and cover all of gross anatomy except head and neck in 6 weeks, but the professors are amazing and you learn a ton. Plus it looks good when applying to med schools and you can get a great LOR form the course director if you do well.
     
  7. zk450

    zk450

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    Is it a respected summer option by medical schools?

    Did it help you during the application process?
    Thanks so much!
     
  8. alpinism

    alpinism Give Em' the Jet Fuel 5+ Year Member

    Yes Gtown is very well respected.

    Its not a magic bullet however. Med schools mostly care about UG GPA, MCAT, clinical experience, community service, research, and leadership.

    If you do well it will give you a small boost but it won't make up for any deficiencies in the above categories.

    Can't say for sure how much it helped. All I can say is that I had a very successful application cycle after completing the program in addition to doing an SMP at Gtown.
     
  9. zk450

    zk450

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    What was the weekly time commitment for a class?
     

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