Masters program

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  1. closertofine

    closertofine Emerging from hibernation

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    I am going to graduate in May and haven't yet applied to med school (I plan to do that next year). I am looking for things to do next year....ranging from lab internships to basic-level hospital jobs, etc.

    I recently found out about a one-year Master's program in bioethics. In your opinion, would this be equally good, or not so good, as doing something more clinical or lab-related? I am planning to volunteer in a hospital for clinical experience.

    Thanks!

    Karen
     
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    ... On whether or not you need to boost your gpa for med school. If you have low overall or low science gpa, then I would do something more life science oriented. If not, then go for it if you think you would enjoy it. It sounds like an interesting program.

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    Karen44-
    That program sounds interesting...Would you mind posting what school(s) offer it?

    Thx
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    closertofine Emerging from hibernation

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    Sure, the only 1-year program I've found so far was through UVA, I think in the religion department (if I find the web address, I'll post it). There's also a 2-year program with the NIH, though I'm not sure if it leads to a degree.

    Ana, my GPA is good (both science and overall), but were you saying that a master's program would be useful for boosting my GPA? Or just that I should go more into a science field if my GPA is low? (Sorry, it's a little late here, probably not thinking too clearly!).

    Also, this isn't as related to med school, but do you know if the master's would count toward a Ph.D. if I decided to do that after med school?

    Thanks,

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    i believe you can continue coursework in the relevant field and obtain a phd whenever you want-
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    ana Senior Member

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    Karen,
    The GPA for courses taken towards a graduate degree will be calculated separately from your undergrad gpa (UGPA). However, if you had a GPA that was not competitive for med school, getting good grades in a life science discipline would be helpful despite the separate calculation.

    What I meant by my previous post that if this master's degree is being taken to rehabilitate a low UGPA, then it would not be the ideal choice. However, this does not seem to be the case for you.

    Good luck in your endeavors.
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