I'm pretty new here. I've applied for the Scripps Post Bacc starting summer 2014. It's my first choice and so far the only school I've applied to -- I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to hear from them about an interview. Has anyone who's applied this cycle gotten an interview yet?
I think my numbers are pretty good -- 3.7 gpa (English major, Bio (ecology) minor) and a 34 ACT nine years ago -- but I'm worried about my minimal clinical experience/volunteering. I've shadowed one doctor a few times, and I do charity runs (similar to Team in Training). I'm training to volunteer for a sexual assault hotline, but that just started. Anyone have thoughts on my chances?
Any advice/affirmations would be so appreciated! Thanks guys.
Hi, I am a recent alumni of the Scripps post-bac program. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have, but in a nutshell, it was the biggest academic mistake of my life. I would give anything to have gone to a different program. The website looks good, the director promises a lot on interview day, but none of it is actually accurate. The current director has been there less than four years and has no prior med school admissions experience (I have literally no idea how she got hired). I seriously seriously recommend looking into all your other options.
Let me know if you have specific questions, happy to help.
Of the class I know, out of 17 who began, 3 dropped out completely, 3 linked, 6 are going to DO schools, 3 don't know yet, 1 is applying next cycle, and 1 is going vet school. So, for a "prestigious" program, half of those starting med school in the fall are attending a DO program. Nothing wrong with DO at all, just somewhat different than the "Harvard, Yale, WashU, etc" acceptances that are listed on the website. I can say with confidence most people applied to 20+ schools and I am not aware of anyone who was accepted into more than 2 schools, and no one into their top choice school (yet).
Anonymous1200, I've also just verified your stats are false! From the very source I talked about. For your information she was also just accepted to a CA MD herself. Only 2 of her class are going DO, and of the 3 that dropped out, 2 chose to do something else.
People, don't believe this person.. They're out with the intent to trash the program. PM me or the person above...
I'm in the same boat asking the same question...Different question altogether:
I applied to Scripps and other postbac programs in early January. I have been accepted to Bryn Mawr, JHU, and Goucher. Other than that they received my application, as of today (10 days after their overall deadline), I have not heard a peep from Scripps. What gives?
I am a Scripps post bac alum from a couple years back. I have very different thoughts about the program from anonymous1200, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. The program worked really well for some of us, including myself, worked fine for others, and did not work for some. I think there several strengths of the program and some weaknesses, which I would expect from all programs. It's good to hear anonymous1200's opinion -- good to hear both sides.
-small post bac cohort (under 20)
-super small class sizes (classes around 30 people? You can ask questions, etc)
-classes with undergrads (which makes classes with curves more realistic/friendly than you competing against only post bacs who all need to get into med school)
-great emotional support from the administration (my experience)
-the teachers were very aware of the intense post bac course load and went above and beyond in my opinion to give me extra help when I needed it
-office hours were so frequent I couldn't even begin to use all of them
-ability to sometimes chose your teachers based on your skill level (I knew I would not rock physics, and I was not placed in the super difficult physics class... thank you. Seriously, thank you.)
-one year program
-got me into med school
-not nearly as many links as similarly "ranked" post bacs
-the internships were sometimes more difficult to get/arrange than you anticipated
-expensive (is this unusual? I thought they all were.)
-not very good in house MCAT prep (at the time, unsure what it is now)
-the administration does not keep tract of all the details in your application process flawlessly, so it's important that you keep on top of your application and be proactive. I expected a little bit more considering our class size was so small. This did not effect me in a serious way, but I made sure to monitor my own application process along side the administration.
-I was surprised that a couple people decided to not complete the program my year, and that a some decided to go part time once in the program, but I'm not sure if our year was weird in that respect or not. I thought everyone would complete and everyone would do it one year when I heard the stats advertised, but you'd have to check with the front office about the details of the last few years. Important considerations though, and I'd advise everyone to ask the front office of all the programs you are checking out about that program's specific outcomes in the last few years. I think those details are important.
Overall, I am *thrilled* to have attended Scripps and am really appreciative of all the program did to help me get into medical school. I attribute most of my application success to being connected to this program. I'm just one opinion though. I think it's important that anonymous1200 has voiced his/her thoughts about the program -- thank you for your contribution. It's important to hear a variety of opinions before making such an important/expensive/time-consuming life change.
Best of luck!
Got my acceptance this past week!
Only me and 2 other students chose not to link in hopes of getting into a CA MD. The other two students that aren't linking are perhaps the top students in the program.
Sorry to resurrect this thread, I'm kind of considering Scripps.
Anyways, When you chose "not to link," did this mean you applied to med schools like the majority of US applicants do? Also, did you have to take a glide year because of that?