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Much needed HELP from Wise Med Students!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Luwi25, Mar 11, 2002.

  1. Luwi25

    Luwi25 Senior Member
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    Hi everyone...I just graduated pre-med/bio from UCLA last June and in terms of med
    schools, I have a dilemma. I need your honest advice on what you'd do if you were
    me.
    Dilemma (2 choices):

    1.Go to Med school this september in England. Although it is the St.Christopher's
    college of med program which is sort of set up like the Carribean med school
    programs (I've done some research on it and it's a pretty decent program although it
    is still OFFshore) or...

    2. Apply this June for Med school in the U.S. for the first time (for entering Sep. 2003)
    while in the meantime, working on attaining my public health degree at UCLA PH
    school (which I already got accepted for.)
    Stats: GPA cum 3.4
    lower division science GPA 3.1
    upper division science GPA 3.65
    MCAT (7v, 9p, 11b, s)
    I have the usual med student
    research/internship experience and could
    write a great personal statement.

    What do you guys think. You've been through the process, you know how
    admissions/stats for U.S. med schools work cause you've all been through it. Should
    I try to apply to the U.S. while going to public health school? Do you think I'd have a
    chance to get into ANY US med school (if so...where?) or would I merely be wasting my
    time/money/energy even attempting to apply. All honest opinions would be GREATLY
    appreciated. thanks Guys! :confused:
     
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  3. Soupbone

    Soupbone Member
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    If you can stay in the states, stay in the states.
    Form what I glean from friends and FMGs, the road back to even non-competitive specialities is hard.

    I would save the offshore option as a last resort.

    S0upb0ne
     
  4. rajneel1

    rajneel1 Senior Member
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    are you going to finish your public health degree before you enroll in medical school? some med schools might question your committment to education if you skip out on your degree.
    i think get more extracurriculars/volunteer work, be one year into your public health degree (it is two years, right?), and apply wisely (to a good amount..you from CA right? and variety of medical schools).
    the last poster was correct that even in non competitive specialities, IMG have hard times getting in. (this has to do with the particular hospital or location they might have wanted).
     

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