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Once your accepted, are you guaranteed to be a doc?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by DoctorFeelGood, Aug 27, 2000.

  1. DoctorFeelGood

    DoctorFeelGood Junior Member
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    May 7, 2000
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    once you're accepted into a med school, is that a like a guarantee that you're going to become a doctor? Or do a lot of med students drop??

  2. OldManDave

    OldManDave Fossil Bouncer Emeritus
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    Feb 26, 1999
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    If I recall my stats correctly, there is approximately <historically -- it will vary by individual schools> a 10% loss rate prior to the second year. However, of those who make it to the second year, there is approx a 98% graduation rate.

    In short, there is no guarantee that you will become a Doc by simply getting in...you also have the fun & frolic of the board exams...all 3 steps.

    For step 1 <both COMLEX & USMLE> there are set maximum attempts that you may take before passing. I believe there is a "national" limit of 6 attempts; but some states limit it to 3. Recently, the FSMB recommended that all states adopt a 3 or 4 try limit for all steps. That means, if you don't pass in 'X' number of tries, you'll never get a license in certain states. These limits may also apply to all 3 steps of both boards...of that, I am uncertain.

    'Old Man Dave'
    KCOM, Class of '03

    Nothing Risked, Nothing Gained!!
  3. ms

    ms Member
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    Nov 18, 1999
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    for more info on specific state requirements for USMLE check out www.fsmb.org click USMLE then click on step 3 and look for more info on specific state requirements.

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