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Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by cp00739, Jun 13, 2002.

  1. cp00739

    cp00739 Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2001
    what type of GRE test are MD/PhD adcoms interested in? in the general test or a specific subject test?

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  3. Spudster

    Spudster Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2002
    Palo Alto
    Neither, they just want to see a strong MCAT.
  4. jot


    only a few phd BME programs require it up front. but i don't know if BME stuff is mstp anyway.
  5. exigente chica

    exigente chica 7+ Year Member

    May 28, 2002
    Most MSTP programs do not require the GRE. The only time they are required is when you are trying to get into the Biomedicall Engineering program. They want the general test, not subject.
  6. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    My advice for the GRE..take a practice test, if you can't get in the upper 90th percentile in all of the subtests, don't take the exam. The exam is almost always not required, outside of BME programs, but it definitely can display one's ignorance very clearly. It could bring a high MCAT into question, or simply confirm the results of a low one. It most likely won't help a low MCAT under any circumstances. Loma Linda does require the exam for their MD/PhD program, though. Remember that if you take it, you are ethically bound to report the scores by the nature of the wording of most MD/PhD secondary applications.
  7. cp00739

    cp00739 Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2001
    how exactly does writing the GRE not help someone with a low MCAT?

    i got a 31 = 9V, 12PS, 10BS and an S in writing

    if i scored in the 90th perecentile in theGRE wouldnt it help my chances for an MD/PhD program?

    please explain
  8. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    Because the GRE is viewed as a lesser test. If you take it and do well...that was expected, it's a lesser test. If you take it and do, time to start questioning if you really deserved the 31.
  9. Hopkins2010

    Hopkins2010 Banned Banned

    Nov 5, 1999
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I took the GRE because I was applying for BME programs. It turns out that Hopkins didnt require it, but Michigan BME/MSTP does require the GRE general test, and Ohio State, UNC, and UVA strongly recommend it.

    It seems like there might have been a few other programs that recommended BME/MSTP applicants take it, but I cant think of any others that outright require it besides Michigan.
  10. crackerj

    crackerj Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 15, 2002
    According to Md/PhD in Finch Uni,

    "Applicants with minimum scores of 30 on the MCAT or 1800 on the GRE; GPAs of 3.5 and above (on a 4.0 scale) are considered competitive."

    Doesn't that mean GRE is taken into consideration for this particular uni?
  11. u2psalm40

    u2psalm40 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    i'd give the schools you're interested in a call. specifically the mstp offices (asking who you should speak with in whatever department).

    from what i've gathered, most mstp programs allow for individual assessment and adjustment of reqs-- that is you may not be subject to some 'set in stone' requirements just yet, or not even at all. It very much depends on the connection that each mstp has with its respective grad programs.

    the whole idea is that your education is going to be unique because you're looking to blur the lines of strict disciplines and have a career crossing over to the extent that you choose.
  12. looseygoosey

    looseygoosey Slacker 7+ Year Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Although you do need to take the GRE eventually for BME at Michigan, Ron Koenig (Umich MSTP director) and the BME Department chair told me yesterday at the interviews that the GRE is not needed for admissions purposes to MSTP. You can wait to take it as MS1 or MS2 and still be BME at Umich. I havent taken the GRE and dont plan to anytime soon.

    13 interviews over 2 days is hella tiring.
  13. Neuronix

    Neuronix Total nerd Administrator Physician PhD Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2002
    the beach
    Most schools won't require the GREs at all post-admission. UMich is one of the few schools (Harvard is the only other one I know of) that actually has this requirement.

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