How feasible is graduating in 3 years and going on to medical school the 4th year.

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I just finished my freshman year. I have no problem finishing my major in 3 years cause I didn't have to take any of my non-science gen. ed courses. Here is my plan:

Freshman Year (completed): Bio1/Bio2 lab Chem1/Chem 2 lab, Molecular Genetics

Freshman Summer: Study Biology/General Chemistry part of MCAT. Also brush up on Psychology/CARS
Sophomore Fall: Orgo 1
Microbiology
Physics 1 with calc. (I already had Physics from AP but this is just a refresher)
Continue studying parts of Bio, Gen Chem, CARS, Psychology. Study Orgo as I go along
Sophomore Spring: Orgo 2 with Lab
Physics 2
Maybe analytical chemistry.
Continue studying parts of Bio, Gen Chem, CARS, Psychology. Study Orgo as I go along
Summer 2018: Biochemistry
Continue studying parts of Bio, Gen Chem, CARS, Psychology, and Orgo. Study biochem as I go along.
August 2018: Take MCAT.
September 2018: Take MCAT

Fall Junior Year: Apply to medical school and finish rest of classes for my major by Spring Junior Year.

I'm taking the MCAT twice just in case one of my scores isn't good. My goal is a 515, but if I get at least a 510 on one or both tests, I'll apply to medical school. The prestige of the institution really doesn't matter too much, I rather get out of medical school one year early at a mediocre school than "on time" at a more prestigious University (as long as its an MD and not DO school). In addition, I plan to keep my Science GPA at at least a 3.9 (I have a 3.95 now) and am active in research (12 hours/week), volunteer at a hospice, low income clinic and health department, shadowing, possibly volunteering abroad, being president of a community service organization, and participated in an REU.
 
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Call me crazy, but part of the college experience for me was enjoying the experience and learning from just being at college. I think I learned more from the experience than I learned in my classes. I probably could have cut it short to three years, but I spent time studying abroad and learning new subjects that weren't necessarily required. I understand the desire to get through medical school quickly and start working, but nearly everyone I talk to who went straight from undergrad to medical school regrets not taking a few years off. You have the rest of your life ahead of you to work and only a few years of that will be spent in college. Is it doable? Yes. Recommended? Based on the people I have spoken to, no.

That said, I'm not an adcom and I don't know your specific perspective and why you would like to graduate early. So if this is something you really want to do, you can probably succeed.
 

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Do NOT plan to take the MCAT twice. You plan to take it once! Get the best score you can get the very first time. Plus, taking it so late in the summer of the year you are applying will do you no favors.

You can finish in 3 years, but remember you will be competing with those who have finished 4 or more. You will only have 2 years of classes and EC's on the books for your application while most of them have 4 or more. They will have more life experiences than you and possibly more maturity. BUT...it is not impossible and others have done it before you.
 
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I wouldn't recommend taking the MCAT twice nor applying the in fall (best to apply in the summer as soon as the applications open up). I do recommend you take a gap year, get a job (research tech or whatever) because what you've proposed isn't impossible but it does lean towards a burnout.
 

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I graduated from undergrad in 2.5 years. However, I took a gap year (actually a gap year and a half I guess) afterwords because I knew I wasn't ready to apply to medical school after only 2 years of undergrad. So I took my MCAT the April after I graduated from school (since I graduated in December). This worked out really well since I had 3 months were I had nothing to do but study for my MCAT and volunteer a little. Then I applied that summer. After everything I am entering medical school at the same age as people who went straight through four years of undergrad. Because of other personal reasons I wouldn't change anything about how my timeline worked out, but I do wish that I got to stop and enjoy college a little more.

So yes it's possible to graduate in three years and go straight to med school, but you need to be aware enough to know if your application is ready to apply the summer before your 3rd year (not the fall, that is starting to get a little late). If you take a gap year you can have a dedicated period to study for the MCAT, improve your ECs, and most importantly have a little fun before starting medical school. Also you don't want to plan on taking the MCAT twice. You want to plan on giving yourself enough time to do your best the first time. Otherwise you will end up with two mediocre scores instead of one good one. Many schools average scores as well, so if you get a 510 the second time but a 504 the first time, your "real" score will be a 507.
 

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Yeah. I plan on having everything (rec letters, application). The only thing I'll be missing is my MCAT score since I'll be finished taking biochem that Summer that I'm supposed to apply.
 

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Yeah. I plan on having everything (rec letters, application). The only thing I'll be missing is my MCAT score since I'll be finished taking biochem that Summer that I'm supposed to apply.
College, it goes fast - enjoy it. A once in a lifetime opportunity to explore academic interests and develop character. I wouldn't give up a year of that for the world. You are certainly suggesting the the possible, but not the advisable IMHO.
 

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Yeah. I plan on having everything (rec letters, application). The only thing I'll be missing is my MCAT score since I'll be finished taking biochem that Summer that I'm supposed to apply.
Rule 1: Take A Breath

1)So you are planning to to take biochem in the summer after you take the MCAT? Why would you even consider taking the MCAT, a test that may set the course of yhe rest of your life, before you even completed the course work that is on the exam
2) why would you even plan to take the exam twice? you do realize that during application evaluation the AAMC recommends averaging MCAT scores
3) why would you rush to go to any medical school especially when there is ample evidence that prestige of med school has impact on where you go for residency?
4) why would an obvious smart student like yourself rush in to any program other than impatience in college at the risk of missing opportunties at more prestigious and better endowed institutions that may have more money, scholarships and financial aid?

What is the rush?
 
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Yeah. I plan on having everything (rec letters, application). The only thing I'll be missing is my MCAT score since I'll be finished taking biochem that Summer that I'm supposed to apply.
If you are taking Biochem and studying for the MCAT and still doing some EC's summer before Jr year...when will you have time to work on your actual application and secondaries? You will be rushing to squeeze a whole bunch of very important things into a very tight time frame...not to mention with such a late MCAT your application will be behind many of the other applicants. Some people will already be going on interviews before you even have your MCAT score back. You need to look at the big picture rather than trying to rush through the process.
 

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An impressive and thoughtful plan... But please do not rush this process. You don't have much room for error, especially if you're eliminating an entire year.

Although doable, I would not recommend.
 
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If you are taking Biochem and studying for the MCAT and still doing some EC's summer before Jr year...when will you have time to work on your actual application and secondaries? You will be rushing to squeeze a whole bunch of very important things into a very tight time frame...not to mention with such a late MCAT your application will be behind many of the other applicants. Some people will already be going on interviews before you even have your MCAT score back. You need to look at the big picture rather than trying to rush through the process.
This above sums it best
 
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This is a bad plan.

You are taking the MCAT too late in the year you plan to apply.
You will have only two years of college activities (none of which you have described in your post) and you will have had only two years to build relationships with faculty members who will write letters of recommendation on your behalf.

Will you have had clinical experience (work or volunteer) before applying? Will you have had a research experience? will you have served in a volunteer capacity to serve the needs of the poor in your community or a community elsewhere in the US for an extended period of time (at least weekly for several months or monthly for at least a year)?

These days, applying to enter medical school right out of college is almost too much of a rush and cutting back to apply after 2 years of college is a recipe for doing it all over again the year after.
 

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Do not do it, its too rushed. This schedule will still be semi rushed but it will do.

First year complete:
Bio courses
Gen chem

Second year:
O chem
bios
physics

third year:
Biochem(first semester)
Study for and take mcat in april of the second semester
Get results end of may
Apply in June

Fourth year:
finish major and gen ed requirements
Do interviews
Get acceptances



*this does not include leadership/volunteer/clinical and other experiences, fit all those in the best u can before you apply!*
 
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Where is your research, your clinical and non-clinical volunteering? Where are your experiences in leadership that show growth and maturity?
 
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and cutting back to apply after 2 years of college is a recipe for doing it all over again the year after.
This ^

I would think that your medically related ECs/research would be light, and it would be harder to find recommenders for your LORs if applying after two years.

You'd sort of have a similar issue as CC premed transfers to a 4 year....they usually need to do a gap year.
 
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I'm taking the MCAT twice just in case
Rule #1: Don't be dumb

In addition, I plan to keep my Science GPA at at least a 3.9 (I have a 3.95 now)
Lol, so says everyone else. Not saying you won't, but something something counting chickens something something. Especially as a freshmen.

I rather get out of medical school one year early at a mediocre school than "on time" at a more prestigious University (as long as its an MD and not DO school)
Lol, if you don't abide rule 1 you might not have an option of a more prestigious university or of MD over DO.

I suggest you read rule 1 very carefully. Many an applicant have rushed themselves out of medical school acceptances, and you sound like an intelligent but over zealous freshmen. Take a breath and slow down, your plan has some major flaws in it.
 

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This all comes down to what your goals are in life. If you just want to get into any med school somewhere, sure you can go ahead with this plan.

If you have other goals in life, such as creating life-long friendships, exploring other interests, experiencing the full college life (something many people do not have the luxury to do), along with getting into med school (hopefully a really good one in the U.S.), then I suggest you not rush this.

I turned down many 6/7 yr programs and chose to go the traditional route from a top undergraduate institution, because I valued those other goals as well.
 

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@raiderette I currently volunteer at my state's health department scheduling/filling out medicaid applications for some of the most impoverished residents of my area. Also, I'm volunteering at a clinic treating low-income patients performing manily triage. I am also volunteering at homeless shelters, animal sanctuaries, a hospice, my hospital, and working with underserved kids at a local high school tutoring them and teaching them tennis. I started research my freshman year fall and am currently doing neuroscience research at an REU. In addition, I serve a leadership role in a service organization, a premed/research organization at my school, and am in 2 foreign language clubs. I am also on a special events committe for my honors college.

I mostly want to finish a year early so I can start my job earlier and have a wife, family one year earlier (I don't plan on dating or marrying until after I complete my residency and am financially stable). It also can translate to an extra $300,000 in lifetime earnings if you think of it from a financial perspective.
 

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@Richanesthesiologist I say you extend graduation to 3.5 years or stay on course for 3 years but give yourself ample study time for the MCAT and apply for medical school the following summer. You will still be doing yourself a service by making yourself more competitive + starting medical school at a young age. Many premeds have the misconception that people do 4 years of undergrad then off to medical school.. it's far from the truth. Average matriculant age is 24 some.. so you'll still be ahead of the game, most people take gap year(s) after college.

I'd hate to see a bright student like yourself burning out whether it be in undergrad or soon in medical school for rushing. PLUS you seemed to ignore everybody when they said that your summer application timeline is horrendous and leads most to being reapplicants. Good luck!
 
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@raiderette I currently volunteer at my state's health department scheduling/filling out medicaid applications for some of the most impoverished residents of my area. Also, I'm volunteering at a clinic treating low-income patients performing manily triage. I am also volunteering at homeless shelters, animal sanctuaries, a hospice, my hospital, and working with underserved kids at a local high school tutoring them and teaching them tennis. I started research my freshman year fall and am currently doing neuroscience research at an REU. In addition, I serve a leadership role in a service organization, a premed/research organization at my school, and am in 2 foreign language clubs. I am also on a special events committe for my honors college.

I mostly want to finish a year early so I can start my job earlier and have a wife, family one year earlier (I don't plan on dating or marrying until after I complete my residency and am financially stable). It also can translate to an extra $300,000 in lifetime earnings if you think of it from a financial perspective.
You're reasoning of graduating early is awful. I'm guessing you are a single, 18-19 years old. You cannot plan this far in advance when you will find someone (who actually wants to be with you), when you guys get married (plenty of people get married in Med school/residency), and start a family.

You're plan is a recipe for disaster that will put you back more than $300,000 in future earnings. Trust me, that $300,000 sounds like a lot, but over the course of a 30+ year careee with a physician salary it is a drop in the bucket.

Take a deep breath, re-evaluate your plan and enjoy this process. It is a marathon, not a sprint. There is no prize to the first person to get through it. You're plan sounds awful and I am guessing would make you miserable due to the never ending rat race and lack of actual life experiences.
 

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I just finished my freshman year. I have no problem finishing my major in 3 years cause I didn't have to take any of my non-science gen. ed courses. Here is my plan:

Freshman Year (completed): Bio1/Bio2 lab Chem1/Chem 2 lab, Molecular Genetics

Freshman Summer: Study Biology/General Chemistry part of MCAT. Also brush up on Psychology/CARS
Sophomore Fall: Orgo 1
Microbiology
Physics 1 with calc. (I already had Physics from AP but this is just a refresher)
Continue studying parts of Bio, Gen Chem, CARS, Psychology. Study Orgo as I go along
Sophomore Spring: Orgo 2 with Lab
Physics 2
Maybe analytical chemistry.
Continue studying parts of Bio, Gen Chem, CARS, Psychology. Study Orgo as I go along
Summer 2018: Biochemistry
Continue studying parts of Bio, Gen Chem, CARS, Psychology, and Orgo. Study biochem as I go along.
August 2018: Take MCAT.
September 2018: Take MCAT

Fall Junior Year: Apply to medical school and finish rest of classes for my major by Spring Junior Year.

I'm taking the MCAT twice just in case one of my scores isn't good. My goal is a 515, but if I get at least a 510 on one or both tests, I'll apply to medical school. The prestige of the institution really doesn't matter too much, I rather get out of medical school one year early at a mediocre school than "on time" at a more prestigious University (as long as its an MD and not DO school). In addition, I plan to keep my Science GPA at at least a 3.9 (I have a 3.95 now) and am active in research (12 hours/week), volunteer at a hospice, low income clinic and health department, shadowing, possibly volunteering abroad, being president of a community service organization, and participated in an REU.
A recipe for happiness.
 

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@raiderette I currently volunteer at my state's health department scheduling/filling out medicaid applications for some of the most impoverished residents of my area. Also, I'm volunteering at a clinic treating low-income patients performing manily triage. I am also volunteering at homeless shelters, animal sanctuaries, a hospice, my hospital, and working with underserved kids at a local high school tutoring them and teaching them tennis. I started research my freshman year fall and am currently doing neuroscience research at an REU. In addition, I serve a leadership role in a service organization, a premed/research organization at my school, and am in 2 foreign language clubs. I am also on a special events committe for my honors college.

I mostly want to finish a year early so I can start my job earlier and have a wife, family one year earlier (I don't plan on dating or marrying until after I complete my residency and am financially stable). It also can translate to an extra $300,000 in lifetime earnings if you think of it from a financial perspective.
You sound tremendously motivated and capable which is great. Keep it up. But your reasoning here is very naive and I mean no disrespect in saying that. You don't plan on dating until you finish residency, yet you want to graduate a year early from college to get a jump start on marriage? This makes no sense man. Life doesn't work this way. What if you don't find anyone to marry after residency? What if you start dating after residency and realize that your inexperience with dating requires years of trial and error relationships before getting it right? What if you meet someone you love in Med school or residency? Life never follows preconceived timelines or fulfills all of our desires. You may not even want to get married by the time you are a doctor. You will at the very least be a completely different person. Also, this motivation will reflect poorly to Adcoms. Social and personal maturity is critical for physicians. You have so much more to gain by graduating in four years. Don't waste all your time living in the future because it won't be long before you wish you could go back to your current age. Make friends, live life, challenge your views and expectations, gain wisdom through experience, meet girls, and put yourself out of your comfort zone. Learn to be your own unique self before learning to become a doctor. Lastly, you're squeezing a lot of challenging projects into a short period of time. There are only so many hours in a day. Rushing yourself does not pay when tackling the app and mcat.
 
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What if you start dating after residency and realize that your inexperience with dating requires years of trial and error relationships before getting it right?


Go to the Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, or Moldova haha
 

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But I think I will try to graduate in 3 years, but take the 4th year as kind of a gap year to apply. Studying abroad part of the 4th year is also something I'm really considering doing as I have no opportunities or time for it my first 3 years.
 
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But I think I will try to graduate in 3 years, but take the 4th year as kind of a gap year to apply. Studying abroad part of the 4th year is also something I'm really considering doing as I have no opportunities or time for it my first 3 years.
The only reason you dont have time is because of a self-imposed schedule. Perhaps this reason alone is enough to understand that the only person you are short changing in this whole idea is yourself
 
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I know a handful of people that graduated in 3 years and applied to medical school “year 4”.

It’s certainly possible- in fact one ended up at a top 5 school. But all of them ended up deferring their acceptances for a year for various reasons ranging from burn out to catching up on family time to even “just wanting to experience their 20s”.

They were all absolute geniuses with 520+ mcats, 4.0s, their own start ups, research pubs etc.
 

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I applied and will be matriculating into top 10 ranked medical school after three years of undergrad. Like everyone else who posted here, I think that applying after two years of undergrad is a very tight timeframe and am not sure if I would encourage it, but PM me if you still want some advice.
 
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I applied and will be matriculating into top 10 ranked medical school after three years of undergrad. Like everyone else who posted here, I think that applying after two years of undergrad is a very tight timeframe and am not sure if I would encourage it, but PM me if you still want some advice.
so you applied during your junior year?
 

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so you applied during your junior year?
It doesn't sound like it. It sounds like he applied after his 3rd year...after he graduated. Sounds like he applied during the period that would have been his senior year if he had attended for four years.

Like everyone else who posted here, I think that applying after two years of undergrad is a very tight timeframe

His words are a little ambiguous but unless he's advising you to do something that he didn't do, he applied during the gap year after attending college for only three years.
 

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Okay I just skimmed this thread but you are the inverse of the sage SDN advice...taking as long as you need (UGrad plus a gap year or even two) to make the best possible application and then getting the best possible app cycle. You're rushing to make a quick app, not the best one.


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not worth it. if med school doesnt work out u dont have a back up.
rather spend time doing college life or pumping your cv
 
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I just finished my freshman year. I have no problem finishing my major in 3 years cause I didn't have to take any of my non-science gen. ed courses. Here is my plan:

Freshman Year (completed): Bio1/Bio2 lab Chem1/Chem 2 lab, Molecular Genetics

Freshman Summer: Study Biology/General Chemistry part of MCAT. Also brush up on Psychology/CARS
Sophomore Fall: Orgo 1
Microbiology
Physics 1 with calc. (I already had Physics from AP but this is just a refresher)
Continue studying parts of Bio, Gen Chem, CARS, Psychology. Study Orgo as I go along
Sophomore Spring: Orgo 2 with Lab
Physics 2
Maybe analytical chemistry.
Continue studying parts of Bio, Gen Chem, CARS, Psychology. Study Orgo as I go along
Summer 2018: Biochemistry
Continue studying parts of Bio, Gen Chem, CARS, Psychology, and Orgo. Study biochem as I go along.
August 2018: Take MCAT.
September 2018: Take MCAT

Fall Junior Year: Apply to medical school and finish rest of classes for my major by Spring Junior Year.

I'm taking the MCAT twice just in case one of my scores isn't good. My goal is a 515, but if I get at least a 510 on one or both tests, I'll apply to medical school. The prestige of the institution really doesn't matter too much, I rather get out of medical school one year early at a mediocre school than "on time" at a more prestigious University (as long as its an MD and not DO school). In addition, I plan to keep my Science GPA at at least a 3.9 (I have a 3.95 now) and am active in research (12 hours/week), volunteer at a hospice, low income clinic and health department, shadowing, possibly volunteering abroad, being president of a community service organization, and participated in an REU.
You have an ambitious goal. Unfortunately, the major hindrance to medical school is a competitive MCAT+GPA. Most students have average to incredible ECs in all the major fields (research, clinical volunteering, non-clinical volunteering, TA, club leadership). The way to guarantee your entrance into medical school with zero gap years would be to start MCAT studying ASAP. If you've finished general biology and general chemistry, go get two MCAT books on those particular subjects. Learn to think critically and carefully and develop the crucial skills necessary for the MCAT from a young age and you'll excel my friend.
 
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I graduated college in 3 years and will be going directly into medical school. I applied after my 2nd year, and had good stats and ECs. That being said, it was risky and your plan is not well thought out.
 
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" ...rather get out of medical school one year early at a mediocre school than "on time" at a more prestigious University (as long as its an MD and not DO school)."
Seriously?


No, like actually, seriously?

Not even kidding, seriously? Is this coming from some self entitled pre-med?

I'm a pretty nice guy, but I hope something down your path gives you a wake up call. You're so disrespectful it's not even funny.

The advice you're getting is from some DO students and DO faculty, doesn't that make you feel "icky"?
 
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" ...rather get out of medical school one year early at a mediocre school than "on time" at a more prestigious University (as long as its an MD and not DO school)."
Seriously?


No, like actually, seriously?

Not even kidding, seriously? Is this coming from some self entitled pre-med?

I'm a pretty nice guy, but I hope something down your path gives you a wake up call. You're so disrespectful it's not even funny.

The advice you're getting is from some DO students and DO faculty, doesn't that make you feel "icky"?
What exactly makes his post so disrespectful? He didn't trash DO schools or speak badly of them. He simply said he didn't want to go to one. I see nothing wrong here. Not everyone believes in the benefits of OMM. And some people want to keep their options open for matching into more competitive specialties or doing other things in which being an MD is an advantage.

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What exactly makes his post so disrespectful? He didn't trash DO schools or speak badly of them. He simply said he didn't want to go to one. I see nothing wrong here. Not everyone believes in the benefits of OMM. And some people want to keep their options open for matching into more competitive specialties or doing other things in which being an MD is an advantage.


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His goal is to become a doctor. If he can't get into a single MD school, his goal is pointless since he won't go to a DO school.
If his goal is to become a MD just for the title, this is the wrong field and it will show.

Hell i mean look at his name. I just think he's going into medicine for the wrong reasons if he's completely taking DO off the table.
ex:
"I'm becoming a doctor because I want to help people"
"Oh i only got into DO schools so I decided medicine wasnt for me"

As others have said, he has a high chance of burn out, which i think is avoidable if he was open to all options; MD and DO.
 
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His goal is to become a doctor. If he can't get into a single MD school, his goal is pointless since he won't go to a DO school.
If his goal is to become a MD just for the title, this is the wrong field and it will show.

Hell i mean look at his name. I just think he's going into medicine for the wrong reasons if he's completely taking DO off the table.
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"I'm becoming a doctor because I want to help people"
"Oh i only go into DO schools so I decided medicine wasnt for me"

As others have said, he has a high chance of burn out, which i think is avoidable if he was open to all options; MD and DO.
I can see where you're coming from and I can agree that this poster in particular doesn't seem like someone that's going into medicine for the right reasons, but I also think its okay for people to say they are aiming for MD over DO and would prefer MD since all things being equal an MD degree is superior over a DO degree (not in terms of the quality of the doctor but opportunities).


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I can see where you're coming from and I can agree that this poster in particular doesn't seem like someone that's going into medicine for the right reasons, but I also think its okay for people to say they are aiming for MD over DO and would prefer MD since all things being equal an MD degree is superior over a DO degree (not in terms of the quality of the doctor but opportunities).


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I agree with you. I don't know. 2 other posters also made a remark about what the OP said there. I guess the context i got from it was a disrespectful vibe.
And trust me I know, I'm also aiming for MD, BUT I want to be a doctor. The title doesn't matter to me so if Ochem tanks my gpa but i'm still able to get into a DO school, I personally would jump on that.
 
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I agree with you. I don't know. 2 other posters also made a remark about what the OP said there. I guess the context i got from it was a disrespectful vibe.
And trust me I know, I'm also aiming for MD, BUT I want to be a doctor. The title doesn't matter to me so if Ochem tanks my gpa but i'm still able to get into a DO school, I personally would jump on that.
The OP did say prestige factor doesn't matter much but they likely just don't want the limitations of DO degree and would rather have an MD incase they decide on a competitive specialty/ maybe they don't like OMM. Tons of people on here say they'll shoot for MD and only take DO as an alternative, I don't see how OP was any different?
( I'm not bashing you, I'm just saying I don't see how that's the thing wrong with the post)
 

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" ...rather get out of medical school one year early at a mediocre school than "on time" at a more prestigious University (as long as its an MD and not DO school)."
Seriously?


No, like actually, seriously?

Not even kidding, seriously? Is this coming from some self entitled pre-med?

I'm a pretty nice guy, but I hope something down your path gives you a wake up call. You're so disrespectful it's not even funny.

The advice you're getting is from some DO students and DO faculty, doesn't that make you feel "icky"?
Take it easy on OP. He did not outwardly bash any DO schools or any schools for that matter. Based on OP's tone, he/she seems like a rookie pre-med; come junior/senior year, with MCAT, and life, he/she will realize the MD/DO difference (that is, if there is any)...

We were all like OP at one time. No shame in that.
 

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The OP did say prestige factor doesn't matter much but they likely just don't want the limitations of DO degree and would rather have an MD incase they decide on a competitive specialty/ maybe they don't like OMM. Tons of people on here say they'll shoot for MD and only take DO as an alternative, I don't see how OP was any different?
( I'm not bashing you, I'm just saying I don't see how that's the thing wrong with the post)
he said he doesnt want DO. as in its either MD or change field. Unless he states other wise
 

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he said he doesnt want DO. as in its either MD or change field. Unless he states other wise
Dude, no , he legit just said that prestige of school doesn't matter much but he'd wants an MD. He is too early on to see if he should change to DO, but he didn't say anything against it, he just said he'd rather do MD. There's literally nothing in the post indicating he wouldn't do DO if that's all he got or that he'd change careers? Did he edit his post or something?
 
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To be honest, isn't generally MD more prestigious than DO?
I think OP shows disrespectful because there should be some DO schools better than certain MD school. Also if finally depends on person.
However, isn't that a cold-blood truth that MD generally is more prestigious than DO?
I bet very few people will attend a DO school instead of a MD school if they were accepted in both. And of course here I'm not talking about Caribbean MD schools.
 
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Dude, no , he legit just said that prestige of school doesn't matter much but he'd wants an MD. He is too early on to see if he should change to DO, but he didn't say anything against it, he just said he'd rather do MD. There's literally nothing in the post indicating he wouldn't do DO if that's all he got or that he'd change careers? Did he edit his post or something?
he didnt say the words "rather". It doesn't say I would rather have... it says as long as its x and not y. I don't see any room for budge there since it doesn't say rather
 
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To be honest, isn't generally MD more prestigious than DO?
I think OP shows disrespectful because there should be some DO schools better than certain MD school. Also if finally depends on person.
However, isn't that a cold-blood truth that MD generally is more prestigious than DO?
I bet very few people will attend a DO school instead of a MD school if they were accepted in both. And of course here I'm not talking about Caribbean MD schools.
I don't see how its disrespectful to say you want to get a degree that is objectively better for your career prospects. He never said he's 100% opposed to going DO.
 
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he didnt say the words "rather". It doesn't say I would rather have... it says as long as its x and not y. I don't see any room for budge there since it doesn't say rather
I think what he's trying to say is that within the context of his own situation, he wants to know if his 3 year plan will bar him from getting into MD. The way I see it he would rather take an extra year than go DO, but he wouldn't completely change careers if he couldn't go MD.
 
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