Could you please explain further the options for the two year track. If I decide to pursue my thesis in the second year at home (Not in Boston): is that something I do in another university or on my own? Will I have an official graduate transcript I can send to medical schools (for the next cycle) even if my thesis would not be complete until the second year?About 30 of the 160 students in the MAMS program choose the 1 year track and apply the same year as the program. The 1 year track is only really recommended for students who already have a fairly strong medical school application (i.e. MCAT, extracurriculars) and just need a little extra boost from MAMS. The remainder of students choose the 2 year track and apply after the first year of the program. Regardless of which track you choose, the cost of tuition is the same. You only pay tuition for the first year and the second year is more of a formality for loan repayment purposes (you do not have to start repaying your loans if listed as a full time student). The main difference between the 1 year and 2 year track is the timeline in which you complete your thesis. For the 1 year track, you must complete your thesis over the summer months and are limited to a literature review thesis. If you are playing on taking the MCAT and applying to medical school during the summer after your first year, this is not feasible. For the 2 year track, you have all of your second year to work on the thesis, and you may pursue a literature or a research thesis. If you want to save money and work during your second year, this is certainly possible! Many students move home or have full time jobs during their second year. I hope this helps to clarify the 1 vs 2 year track!
-Also on a separate note* Will we have time (with the busy work load) to shadow a doctor a few hours a week? Or is that inadvisable?