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vener0l0g

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I'm thinking about getting an M.S. in Biochem before going on to the med school.
The question is whether it is going to affect my chances in the admission process... I don't think my gpa needs a boost, so this is just an extra year spent in school
Just can't decide if I should take this extra year
 

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so you want the MS just to impress adcoms?
 

vener0l0g

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partially in a hope to impress, but i see a few other benefits:
-you get to know your M.S. advisor really well, so he or she can write a good LOR
-learn to do some work on your own
-maybe do well in graduate coursework

i don't know if all these are worth an extra year
if it is useless and unimpressive i would rather not take the time to do it
 

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well if you would like to continue doing research and gaining something from it then go for it....

however if its just trying to impress and to get a LOR...hmm seems like a lot of time and commitment just to get those.

if your gpa is not bad and you have a good mcat with a good supporting cast of ECs and such...you should be a good applicant.

would you like to do research in med school? i guess it depends what your future goals are in med school.

there are many people here that are applying that have a masters and tho it might have been something that might have distinguished you years ago....now not too much.

but like i said...if you want to do it to enhance your research background....why not if it is only going to take a year? a good number of people take a year off before going into med school anyway so this could be helpful....
 

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i am not sure whether i want to focus on research, i was thinking that an extra year spent in the lab would help me to make up my mind
anyway, i've got the idea - can't impress anybody with it
 

jlee9531

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Originally posted by vener0l0g
i am not sure whether i want to focus on research, i was thinking that an extra year spent in the lab would help me to make up my mind
anyway, i've got the idea - can't impress anybody with it

cool...id do it...if i had the opportunity.

id always wanted to see what long term research was like and to see if i wanted to do it in med school....

but now i am going to have the harder task of finding an opportunity to do research while in med school...
 

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Judging from your location and description of the program I'd guess you were talking about the BS/MS program here at the U of A. I seriously considered doing this and talked a lot about it with Dr. Grimes. Eventually I decided against it for a number of different reasons but I would suggest you go talk to him if you are considering it. If you want to get it to stand out I would agree with jlee and say it wasn't worth it. But if you want some meaningful time to do research and chill out for awhile it might not be a bad idea. If you are a junior I would suggest taking a grad class in biochem to check it out. I find graduate classes much cooler than undergrad, you learn cool stuff and they don't bog you down with busy work. Anyway, good luck with whatever you decide to do.
 
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