jsmith522

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So I am going to pose a question to you all. I am currently enrolled in a grad cert. program in medical physiology because I was told that I would need it to get into medical school. I evidently did not need the program because I did not mention it in my applications and I have since been accepted to 3 medical schools and most likely the third program this week because I felt the interview was better then the first three that I had for the other programs I was admitted into. My question is that I would rather spend this year with my kids before I start medical school, I have also not been as successful as I would like so far in the program (B avg) and I feel its because my heart is not fully committed. I have the option of withdrawing and still getting some money back but I will receive a "W". What do you guys think out there to help me make the decision.
 
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If you already have acceptances in hand (and your undergrad degree I am assuming), you should have no issues with withdrawing. As long as you aren't using the program to satisfy any necessary pre-reqs, I don't think schools will even think twice about it. There are numerous students that start grad degrees only to put them on hold or withdraw once they get an acceptance to medical school. Since this is a grad cert program and it seems like you have little invested to it in terms of passion and money, I would go ahead and withdraw. A "W" in this case would probably look better than any grade lower than an A.

From experience, three different D.O. schools in the past four weeks specifically said that it didn't matter if your graduate program was done or if you dropped out. One school in particular said that med students aren't prohibited from continuing their graduate degree (e.g., MPH) if it could be completed online. While they discouraged this practice, especially during MSI year, it wasn't prohibited. This is just an anecdote from three separate interview days.
 

jsmith522

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If you already have acceptances in hand (and your undergrad degree I am assuming), you should have no issues with withdrawing. As long as you aren't using the program to satisfy any necessary pre-reqs, I don't think schools will even think twice about it. There are numerous students that start grad degrees only to put them on hold or withdraw once they get an acceptance to medical school. Since this is a grad cert program and it seems like you have little invested to it in terms of passion and money, I would go ahead and withdraw. A "W" in this case would probably look better than any grade lower than an A.

From experience, three different D.O. schools in the past four weeks specifically said that it didn't matter if your graduate program was done or if you dropped out. One school in particular said that med students aren't prohibited from continuing their graduate degree (e.g., MPH) if it could be completed online. While they discouraged this practice, especially during MSI year, it wasn't prohibited. This is just an anecdote from three separate interview days.
Thanks, I am leaning towards that same thought. I don't need it for pre-reqs. I am just looking forward to Med school and the limited time I have with the family before the big study times occur.
 
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