SMP List: January 2009

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    this list is out of date: see "GPA enhancement" sticky, top of forum

    The following are one-year graduate level programs, for folks who have already completed prereqs and have taken the MCAT. These programs exist for no other reason than to buff med school app credentials, and are not to be confused with traditional masters programs.

    These programs meet at least 2 of the following criteria:
    1. The whole point is to get you into med school
    2. Single year program
    3. In class with, and graded against, actual medical students.

    The list currently only includes programs hosted at MD schools. I'll be adding programs at DO schools etc. shortly. Comments and edits from current/former students in these programs are strongly encouraged. Click on the underlined program name to get to the website.

    2008 list

    Georgetown: The Special Master's Program in Physiology (SMP)
    Location: Washington, D.C.
    Hosted by: Department of Physiology & Biophysics
    Year started: 1975
    Med school integration: 6 medical school courses, graded against the med school curve
    Program duration: 2 semesters
    Program starts: early August
    Program ends: mid-June
    Thesis requirement: Library research paper
    Tuition: 36000 IS/OOS '09
    Min GPA: 3.0
    Min MCAT: 28
    Class size: 182
    App cost: $125.00
    App opens: Dec 1
    App closes: May 15
    MCAT prep: no
    Promises: 50% get accepted somewhere during SMP year, 85% total get accepted somewhere, historically 15% get in at Gtown. Strong support for med school apps during SMP year.
    Inside info: see post #3 below

    Cincinnati: MS in Physiology
    Location: Cincinnati, OH
    Hosted by: Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
    Year started: 2006
    Med school integration: 3 medical school courses, graded against the med school curve
    Program duration: 4 quarters
    Program starts: early August
    Program ends: 3rd wk of July
    Thesis requirement: Literature research review paper
    Tuition: 27000 IS, 27400 OOS '09
    Min GPA: 3.0
    Min MCAT: 27
    Class size: 22
    App cost: $100.00
    App opens: Dec 1
    App closes: Jun 1
    MCAT prep: no
    Promises: Establishes Ohio residency. More than 50% accepted somewhere during SMP year. Class of '07 is at 86%. Strong support for med school apps during SMP year.

    EVMS: M.S. in Biomedical Sciences - Medical Masters
    Location: Norfolk, VA
    Hosted by: School of Health Professions
    Year started: <= 2001
    Med school integration: 7 medical school courses, graded against the med school curve
    Program duration: 2 semesters
    Program starts: early August
    Program ends: mid-May
    Thesis requirement: Library research paper
    Tuition: 26756 IS/OOS '08
    Min GPA: 2.75
    Min MCAT: 26
    Class size: 20
    App cost: $60.00
    App opens: Oct 1
    App closes: Apr 1
    MCAT prep: no
    Promises: 85% accepted somewhere.


    Boston: Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (MAMS)
    Location: Boston, MA
    Hosted by: Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
    Year started: 1986
    Med school integration: 24 of 32 required units are medical school courses
    Program duration: 3 semesters
    Program starts: early September
    Program ends: mid-August
    Thesis requirement: Lab or library-based thesis
    Tuition: 36540 IS/OOS '08
    Min GPA: 3.0
    Min MCAT: 25
    Class size: 220
    App cost: $60 online, $50 paper
    App opens: ?
    App closes: Mar 31
    MCAT prep: no
    Promises: As of y2k, 552/661 accepted at an MD school
    Requirements: frequently takes 2 years to complete

    Tufts: MS in Biomedical Sciences (MBS)
    Location: Boston, MA
    Hosted by: School of Medicine
    Year started: 2007
    Med school integration: 7 of 9 core courses are identical or based on medical school courses, same faculty, typically same exams
    Program duration: 2 semesters
    Program starts: late August
    Program ends: mid-August
    Thesis requirement: Lab or library-based thesis
    Tuition: 30975 IS/OOS '08
    Min GPA: ?
    Min MCAT: ?
    Class size: 75
    App cost: $70.00
    App opens: ?
    App closes: Jul 15
    MCAT prep: yes
    Promises: Top 20% of class gets automatic interview.

    Tulane ACP: Anatomy Certification Program
    Location: New Orleans, LA
    Hosted by: Department of Structural and Cellular Biology
    Year started: 1996
    Med school integration: 2 medical school courses with labs, graded against the med school curve
    Program duration: 2-3 semesters
    Program starts: early June
    Program ends: mid-December or mid-May
    Thesis requirement: none
    Tuition: 12500 IS/OOS '08
    Min GPA: none
    Min MCAT: none
    Class size: unknown
    App cost: $75.00
    App opens: ?
    App closes: Apr 11
    MCAT prep: no
    Promises: 90% accepted somewhere, 94% accepted at Tulane last 5 years
    Requirements: must be waitlisted at a med school to apply

    Temple: Advanced Core in Medical Sciences Program (ACMS)
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Hosted by: School of Medicine
    Year started: 2008
    Med school integration: Grad school courses taught by med school faculty
    Program duration: 2 semesters
    Program starts: early September
    Program ends: mid-May
    Thesis requirement: none
    Tuition: 17000 IS, 23500 OOS '08
    Min GPA: 3.3
    Min MCAT: ?
    Class size: ?
    App cost: ?
    App opens: ?
    App closes: Jun 1
    MCAT prep: yes
    Promises: guaranteed entry into Temple
    Requirements: must submit SAT score > 1200, must interview in May/June

    USF: Masters in Medical Science with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Medical Science (IMS)
    Location: Tampa, FL
    Hosted by: College of Medicine Office of Student Diversity and Enrichment
    Year started: <= 2004
    Med school integration: all medical school year 1 courses except clinicals
    Program duration: 3 semesters
    Program starts: early July
    Program ends: mid-May
    Thesis requirement: none
    Tuition: 8900 IS, 29900 OOS '08
    Min GPA: 3.0
    Min MCAT: 22
    Class size: 15
    App cost: $30
    App opens: ?
    App closes: Feb 27
    MCAT prep: no
    Promises: Program recommended for those with strong ECs, strong Letters, but lacking slightly in numerical aspects.
    Inside Info: GujuDoc’s comments

    Drexel IMS: Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) Program
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Hosted by: Office of Professional Studies in Health Sciences
    Year started: 1981
    Med school integration: 6 medical school courses, graded against the med school curve
    Program duration: one year
    Program starts: early August
    Program ends: mid-June
    Thesis requirement: none
    Tuition: 22650 IS/OOS '08
    Min GPA: ?
    Min MCAT: ?
    Class size: 140
    App cost: $65.00
    App opens: ?
    App closes: Jul 10
    MCAT prep: no
    Promises: B's in SMP and 27 MCAT guarantee Drexel interview. 60% to 85% w/B's or higher accepted somewhere during SMP year, 80% to 92% w/B's or higher total accepted somewhere

    Drexel DPMS: Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) Program
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Hosted by: Office of Professional Studies in Health Sciences
    Year started: 2003
    Med school integration: 4 medical school courses, graded against the med school curve
    Program duration: one year
    Program starts: late June
    Program ends: mid-June
    Thesis requirement: none
    Tuition: 22650 IS/OOS '08
    Min GPA: 2.9
    Min MCAT: 20
    Class size: 25
    App cost: $65.00
    App opens: ?

    App closes: May 8
    MCAT prep: yes
    Promises: B's in SMP and 27 MCAT guarantee Drexel interview. 60% to 85% w/B's or higher accepted somewhere during SMP year, 80% to 92% w/B's or higher total accepted somewhere

    VCU: Pre-Medical Basic Health Certificate Program
    Location: Richmond, VA
    Hosted by: School of Medicine Basic Science Departments
    Year started: <= 2003
    Med school integration: Grad school courses taught by med school faculty, six tracks to choose from
    Program duration: 2 semesters
    Program starts: mid-August
    Program ends: mid-May
    Thesis requirement: none
    Tuition: 7224 IS, 15904 OOS '08
    Min GPA: 2.8
    Min MCAT: 22
    Class size: ?
    App cost: $50.00
    App opens: ?
    App closes: June
    MCAT prep: no
    Requirements: Must get a 3.0 to complete program. Anatomy min 3.0 GPA, min 25 MCAT. Biochem app deadline July 15, min GPA 3.4, min MCAT 25. Physio min GPA 3.0, min MCAT 24.

    RFU: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Hosted by: Interprofessional Healthcare Studies Department
    Year started: <= 2004
    Med school integration: Grad school courses taught by med school faculty
    Program duration: 3 quarters
    Program starts: mid-August
    Program ends: mid-May
    Thesis requirement: none
    Tuition: 36297 IS/OOS '08
    Min GPA: ?
    Min MCAT: ?
    Class size: 100
    App cost:
    App opens: ?
    App closes: Jun 15
    MCAT prep: no

    NYMC: Basic Medical Sciences Interdisciplinary Program, Accelerated Track
    Location: Valhalla, NY
    Hosted by: Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences
    Year started: <= 2003
    Med school integration: 4 medical school courses
    Program duration: one year
    Program starts: August
    Program ends: June
    Thesis requirement: Literature review or thesis
    Tuition: 23040 IS/OOS '08
    Min GPA: 3.0
    Min MCAT: 27.0
    Class size: 25
    App cost: $35
    App opens: ?
    App closes: Jul 1
    MCAT prep: no
    Promises: "Students who do well will be offered NYMC interviews."

    Toledo: Masters Degree in Medical Sciences
    Location: Toledo, OH
    Hosted by: College of Graduate Studies
    Year started: <= 2006
    Med school integration: 4 medical school courses, graded against the med school curve
    Program duration: 3 semesters
    Program starts: late August
    Program ends: early May
    Thesis requirement: Journal paper review
    Tuition: 16500 IS, 39450 OOS '07
    Min GPA: 3.0
    Min MCAT: 24
    Class size: 35
    App cost: $45.00
    App opens: Mar 1
    App closes: May 1
    MCAT prep: no
    Promises: Enrollment guarantees Toledo interview. Historically 65% get in somewhere.

    UMDNJ Newark: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
    Location: Newark, NJ
    Hosted by: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Newark)
    Year started: <= 2003
    Med school integration: can take medical school courses
    Program duration: one or two years
    Program starts: early September
    Program ends: late June
    Thesis requirement: elective research-based thesis
    Tuition: 14216 IS, 17709 OOS '08
    Min GPA: ?
    Min MCAT: ?
    Class size: 120
    App cost: $40.00
    App opens: ?
    App closes: 1-Jun
    MCAT prep: no
    Promises:
    Requirements: Must get 3.0 to graduate.

    Loyola: M.A. in Medical Sciences
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Hosted by: Department of Biology
    Year started: <= 2004
    Med school integration: none
    Program duration: 2 semesters
    Program starts: late August
    Program ends: early May
    Thesis requirement: none
    Tuition: 29040 IS/OOS '07
    Min GPA: 3.0
    Min MCAT: 25
    Class size: ?
    App cost: $50.00
    App opens: ?
    App closes: 7/1/2008
    MCAT prep: no
    Promises: 82% to 92% of graduates are now in med school
     
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    USF's main page for medical masters programs: http://www.health.usf.edu/medicine/graduatestudies/mscus/ms_overview.htm
     
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    This list is awesome. Much better than the spreadsheet I made in excel. =X
    Thank you DrMidlife!
     
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    Oh yeah I was going to attach my spreadsheet. Thanks for the reminder.
     
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    This is a joke.
    I was just gonna post a question asking about ONE-year smp program...

    Thank you for the amazing help!!


    In my case though, I'm a predental so..
    does this list pretty much apply to those who trying to go to dental schools?

    OR is it totally different?

    Thanks again!
     
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    I'd say the programs that are less deeply integrated with medical schools are more suited for pre-dental, but you certainly see dentists come out of most SMPs. You'll probably find 5 of the programs I've listed above are useful to you - you'll see "MCAT or DAT" listed as a requirement, for instance. Possibly more useful would be some of the programs in the 2008 list - there are a good dozen programs in that list that aren't integrated with a med school. And you'll know better than I will which med schools also have dental schools.

    Best of luck to you.
     
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    Thanks for the new update list. I'm currently in the VCU program and I just want to suggest some edits to the info.

    Tuition: 9000 IS, 20000 OOS '08
    Class size: ~100-120
    App cost: $50.00 to apply to two departments
    Requirements: Must get a 3.0 to complete program. Each department have their own min gpa and mcat for admission. Only anatomy department states a 3.0 min gpa. The other departments have been raising their min gpa and mcat, but have not explicitly stated their new min gpa and mcat.
     
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    Thank you so very much for this list. :thumbup::D
     
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    Here's a program that I've been looking at that seems to fit the SMP criteria but doesn't seem to have any feedback whatsoever on SDN (at least that I could find)

    It's a one year Masters of Global Medicine offered by USC (Keck) in which all candidates take first year med school classes along with other classes related to global medicine.

    Take a look: http://www.usc.edu/schools/medicine/education/degrees_programs/msgm.html
     
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    At second glance, it may not be valuable as a traditional SMP because you only take the first half of the year 1 medical school curriculum.
     
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    Which classes are Med school classes? @[email protected]
     
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    That's roughly comparable to Tulane's ACP, in that the first half med school integration is the bang for the buck as far as med school admissions go. I think it's ironic that Tulane has a legitimate Tropical Medicine program, and dozens of SMP-like grad programs, but no global med SMP-like grad program.

    I suspect this is a very new program - I'm trying to find a news release or suchlike on the Keck site. All the language is future tense and there's no FAQ, so clearly they're not advertising any grads who've gotten into med school.

    One thing that's missing for me to "bless" this as an SMP (as if I have any such authority) is any stated intent of improving credentials for med school. But any further info on this program would be great to have.

    Edit: this program isn't included in the '08-'09 catalog. Probably just started this last fall.
     
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    The "Core Principles System I & II (8 units)" requirement is actually two courses which together comprise the first half of the MS1 year at Keck.

    There's a link on their site that shows the entire first year curriculum if you look under the "MD Program" section of their website.
     
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    I'm planning to contact the program director in the next couple of days (after finals). I'll post whatever I find out.
     
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    Awesome.

    I don't think this is a one year program. I think it's 4 semesters.
     
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    Definitely. I've been skipping these because I'm one extremely white-ass chick, but it's not like making lists is hard. I think there are a lot of these programs, maybe a half dozen in California, and I think SIU and Mt. Sinai too.

    Isn't USF's IMS in this category as well? The more I understand it, the more it looks aimed at the underprivileged demographic.
     
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    what about Barry or Mississippi College?
     
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    "The list currently only includes programs hosted at MD schools. I'll be adding programs at DO schools etc. shortly." If you're looking for more schools, see last year's SMP list (the one called "SMP list 2008").
     
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    When applying to these schools, is it generally OK to use LORs that were written for medical school?
     
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    ^ yes, definitely - the point of these programs is to show that you are ready to handle a med school curriculum, so med school LORs are perfectly acceptable, if not expected.
     
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    Thank you both. Also, can I get some input about whether an SMP is right for me? I'm going to graduate this June with an overall GPA of 3.5, science 3.3 with a significant upward trend (freshman GPA was about 2.6). I'm very interested in osteopathy (more so than allopathy). I'm taking the March 28th MCAT, and got a 30 on my most recent practice test (although that was back in August). I realize that if I want to go allopathy, an SMP would be good for me, but since DO schools have lower requirements I was wondering if doing one of these programs is necessary. Obviously it would be helpful if I did well, but it's expensive and time-consuming (but I'd definitely be willing to do it). Some schools I've been looking at are Western, PCOM, and Nova. Thank you!
     
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    Do you guys know if the maximum federal financial aid for these programs is 20K a year like other grad programs or is it higher?
     
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    Dr. Midlife or anyone else, do you know if the Tulane ACP's requirement that the applicant must be waitlisted at a medical school will accept DO waitlist as a medical (MD) school waitlist too? Thanks!
     
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    It's my understanding that MD or DO waitlists meet the requirement - I asked Tulane about this last year when I was on a DO waitlist.
     
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    Hi all, just received an email from Shannon L Dawsey of Tulane ACP, and she confirmed that DO schools do qualify!
     
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    Are there any well reputed SMP programs on the west coast? All of the ones on this list are in the east coast :(
     
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    Nope, we're SOL, no news of anything opening up either. Closest is either Chicago or New Orleans. There are plenty of interesting traditional 2-year masters, but nothing for credential improvement.

    My money's on Scripps having the first west coast SMP, since they have a postbac and are getting a med school. Maybe OHSU, since they seem to be scaring instaters away.
     
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    BU's site for app date isn't march 31 according to their website...

    "Division of Graduate Medical Sciences doctoral and master’s program applications are normally submitted by March 31. Late applications will be considered with prior approval of the department chairman. The MA in Medical Science Program has no application deadline. Applications submitted with all supporting credentials will be given priority."
     
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    Wow, I didn't know Scripps is getting med school! I agree, if they do get a med school, they'll probably start an SMP.
     
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    So is Tulane only doing the anatomy-type SMP? I saw an old post somewhere about a genetics-focused SMP, but could not find it on their website (and obviously it's not listed here). I was really interested in that.
     
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    80% is pretty high, we should add that to the SMP list. I know the ACP program has like a 90% linkage to Tulane...Perrotfish (a graduate of the ACP) had heard a stat of 60% of Medical Pharmacology students get into Tulane.

    Does anyone know if the ACP is 1 semester and Pharmacology is 2 semesters or something? Tulane's website lists the pharmacology tuition at $22k, and acp's is around $12k.
     
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    I think this is the thread you are looking for. Dr. Midlife has listed all of Tulane's programs with links.

    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=489913

    (it's also linked in her first post at the top of this thread under "2008")
     
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    He wasn't talking about the Tulane ACP. A person asked about the Genetics program at Tulane, which isn't listed here. The Pharmacology one also isn't listed here (it was listed in the 2008 list, however).
     
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    Yep. You thought we were talking about the ACP program, and we weren't. And anyway, the Loyola program isn't a "true" SMP either, but it's still listed here. I just hope everyone knows what's out there, especially the programs with high linkage.
     
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    Just FYI, the links to the Drexel programs don't really take you anywhere useful anymore.
     
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    Just as commentary, seriously, why would an SMP do an overhaul of its web presence in Jan/Feb? VCU and now Drexel? We're well into the app season...

    I'm on vacation but I'll clean up the first entry when I get back. Post updates here and I'll compile them like I did last year. Pretty clearly, the Tulane genetics/pharm/cellbio programs should be added back.
     
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    does anyone know anything about the Marshall University BMS medical science program?
     
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    hmm... but:
    http://www.barry.edu/bms/schools.htm


    hard to argue with 92% acceptance (granted, most are osteopathic schools)
     
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    You had posted a link to other USF 1-year programs in your 2007 thread.
    http://health.usf.edu/medicine/graduatestudies/mscus/index.htm

    Are those true SMP programs? If they aren't; would USF still consider students for their MD program that successfully finish those programs with excellent GPA and let's say MCAT(retake) score above 30+? I am just not able to figure out the difference between the actual SMP(IMS) and the ones I discussed above. Since I am a non-medical undergrad major I would prefer to get in SMP and then make my way to med school. I will have ALL my sciences pre-reqs done by Spring 2010. Hoping to get above 30 on MCAT. Also, is health-care experience required to get admitted into these master's programs?

    Thanks and thanks again for your detailed PM response. Hopefully I'll get started with physician shadowing and volunteering next month.
     
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    Sorry about the confusion. :( Here's my story, briefly:

    I have an undergrad in Computer Science with some science pre-reqs done. I am retaking some pre-reqs to improve grades(from Bs and Cs) to As. Pre-reqs will be done by Spring 2011 Spring(including Organic Chem). I want to apply for NEXT(2010) year's SMP program because I want to get in USF's MD program. Now with no healthcare experience and no degree in biology/health sciences I think it'll eb hard for me to get in USF's MD program. So I was thinking to get in SMP(2010) and apply to USF-MD (2011). Also I am going to be studying for MCAT on my own so I think that it'll be useless to apply to any MD program will MCAT score under 35.

    Hope this explains what I am trying to do. Thank you.
     
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    I just applied to the Loyola MAMS and the program director said the class size is about 55 if you want to add that to your list, DrMidlife. Thanks for organizing this, btw
     
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    hey,

    i didn't kno where to post my question, so i figured this thread would be appropriate enough. i was just wondering if i could still take the march mcat and apply to the smp programs? i'm a nervous wreck and any help would be much appreciated. i'm currently majoring in biomed engg, and my gpa is a 3.04. i have a lot of research experience in this dept, and also have two summers of hospital work in australia. i've taken practice mcats, but my scores have been fluctuating a lot, between 25-30 so i'm not sure how well i'll do on the mcat this month. but suppose i do end up on the lower end, do you think i'll still have a chance at any of the smp's? any info/feedback would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    Don't take the MCAT until you're ready to kill it. Taking the MCAT more than once, given a choice, is a colossal waste of time - you don't really want to do this prep work again, do you? With a 3.04, even with success in an SMP, you absolutely must get 30+. If this means you can't slide straight into an SMP from undergrad, and you need one or more years off, that's not an app problem. More life/work experience is good for you and will set you up to more likely succeed.

    If you're ready to get a great MCAT score this month, then you're still in time to apply to some SMPs such as Drexel. But I'd like to see you slow it down and do things really well instead of quickly.

    Best of luck to you.
     
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    That's a really attractive program - I included it in the 2008 list. But if you compare it to a program like Georgetown's SMP, you'll see what it's missing in terms of getting you into med school. The minimum GPAs for that program are rather high as well.

    IMHO if your GPA and MCAT are solid and you need a better-rounded app, then Northwestern's program (or other traditional masters programs) are great. But with substandard numbers, these programs don't get the job done.
     
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    Thanks for the response.:)
    Where did you get the info on their min. GPA and MCAT? I couldn't find it on their website.
     
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    ignored my post, plz
     
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