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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by waterplove, Apr 9, 2007.

Which program would you choose if you were me?

Poll closed Apr 21, 2007.
  1. Rens Polytechnic Inst/Albany Medical College (NY)

    5 vote(s)
    6.6%
  2. Union College/Albany Medical College (NY)

    3 vote(s)
    3.9%
  3. Virginia Commonwealth University/VCU School of Medicine

    23 vote(s)
    30.3%
  4. University of Cincinnati/University of Cin College of Medicine

    22 vote(s)
    28.9%
  5. Miami of OH/U of Cin COM

    16 vote(s)
    21.1%
  6. U of Southern Indiana/Indiana University SOM

    7 vote(s)
    9.2%
  1. waterplove

    waterplove 7+ Year Member

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    Thanks to those who responded to my other thread. I'm curious to hear from everyone who reads this one. Please vote. Thanks!

    7yr NO MCAT BS/MD, 2 summers for research: Rens Polytechnic Inst/Albany Medical College
    8yr NO MCAT BS/MD/MBA, 3 summers: Union College/Albany Medical College
    8yr NO MCAT BS/MD/option to apply out without loosing spot: Virginia Commonwealth University/VCU School of Medicine
    8yr YES MCAT (27) BS/MD/option to apply out without loosing spot: University of Cincinnati/University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
    8yr YES MCAT (27) BS/MD/option to apply out without loosing spot: Miami University (OH)/University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
    8yr YES MCAT (~31) BS/MD: University of Southern Indiana/Indiana University School of Medicine
     
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  3. waterplove

    waterplove 7+ Year Member

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  4. Davjc2009

    Davjc2009 2+ Year Member

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    Go 4 year BS/BA ... have fun in college...
     
  5. Steve203

    Steve203 5+ Year Member

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    none of the above
     
  6. HumbleMD

    HumbleMD hmmmm... 7+ Year Member

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    None of the med schools are particularly great; if you're smart enough to get into a BS/MD program, you'll be smart enough to get into a top 20 program. Go with one that allows you to apply to other medical schools, and one that isn't so difficult that you won't be able to have a social and extra-curricular life.
     
  7. gujuDoc

    gujuDoc 10+ Year Member

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    I'd do VCU with the caveat that I'd strive to treat my undergrad like I'm still considering trying to be the best I could be and have fun at the same time so if I choose to apply out the option is still there.

    VCU is good because it is one of the better schools on your list of schools, there is no required MCAT cutoff yet if you do extremely well and maintain great ECs you'll still have the shot to apply out. So it a win win situation either way.

    Furthermore, since it is an 8 year program, you still have 4 years of college to live the college life and do great things as far as ECs go as well have time to have a life and go out and have fun and make friends.
     
  8. Kfire326

    Kfire326 7+ Year Member

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    either virginia, cincinatti, or miami.
     
  9. Green Pirate

    Green Pirate Neurotic Neuro Enthusiast 5+ Year Member

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    that was exactly my reasoning when I made the decision to attend the program, and so far I've been happy with it.
     
  10. waterplove

    waterplove 7+ Year Member

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    one more to add:

    (this is the last program I can possibly hear back from)

    YES MCAT (28) 7/8yrs U of Miami HPM/ U of Miami Miller SOM
     
  11. waterplove

    waterplove 7+ Year Member

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    Does anyone have any thoughts about U of Miami Miller?
     
  12. lina123321

    lina123321 ralph: im a unitard 5+ Year Member

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    over the rainbow
  13. blargh

    blargh Banned Banned

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    have you been accepted to all of these, or what? if not, what's the point in asking?
     
  14. gujuDoc

    gujuDoc 10+ Year Member

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    I still say do the whole VCU program. Again, my reasoning is as follows:

    1. You are not required to achieve any particular score.
    2. If you do achieve a great score which I'd still strive for, you still can opt out of the program.
    3. Since its 4 years undergrad, you still get to experience the undergrad experience of making friends, having good times, going out and doing the typical college things. you also have the opportunity to finish what you need and take some fun classes like dance or sports or art or something that interests you.

    Again, win win situation either way with VCU.

    A friend of mine did 4+4 at USF and I'm willing to bet the best class she'd consider from undergrad was not the science stuff but the swing dance class she took in senior year because she was given the opportunity to take some fun classes. That has turned into both a passion and form of stress relief for her in med school. She goes religiously on every sunday evening to the swing club except preexam weekends. You do a 4+4 program and you'll have a chance to use senior year for more fun and entertaining classes and making college last so that you don't look back and wonder if you gave up your one chance to take classes besides med school stuff.
     
  15. gujuDoc

    gujuDoc 10+ Year Member

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    Good point!

    OP,

    What's the deal?? We'd like to know.
     
  16. UMP

    UMP Recovered Under-Achiever 7+ Year Member

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    Miami in Oxford Ohio is a great college experience :thumbup:
     
  17. waterplove

    waterplove 7+ Year Member

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    I have been accepted to all of these. I went through the interview process, et all. I just need to choose one...sooon....
     
  18. Dr.Inviz

    Dr.Inviz Banned Banned

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    I like the Univ. of Miami (FL) option a lot, but the MCAT requirement makes me want to say go VCU.
     
  19. gujuDoc

    gujuDoc 10+ Year Member

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    Yah if they were still less strict on the MCAT requirement like they used to be then Miami Miller for sure. however, since that's not the case I'd go with VCU. that sounds like the best in my opinion.
     
  20. blargh

    blargh Banned Banned

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    in that case, i vote VCU... i especially like the opportunity to apply out. i have a HS friend who went to the USC/Keck program and is applying out.
     

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