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Too long as an undergrad?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by DrewFromVA, Nov 21, 2002.

  1. DrewFromVA

    DrewFromVA Member
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    Hello everyone...
    I started taking classes at a community college four years ago. My first year I only took a few credit hours, because I didn't know what I wanted as a major/career. Between that year and the next I decided I wanted to go to med school, but was naive and unaware of the commitment needed to attain that goal. I continued at the community college taking classes the next year. I then went transfered to a unaccredited, Christian school in FL. the next year, and attended that school for a year. I realized I had made a mistake in transfering there(for many reasons; a big one being the fact they are unaccredited). At that point I had been in college for three years, and had only 30-35 credit hours completed an an accredited school(the CC). Well, this past year I finished up my associates, and in the spring will be at a university here in the area, and I hope to graduate in two more years. My grades have been good throughout this mess, and I have been participating in solid EC's. Will ad coms look unfavorably on how long I spent as an undergrad? I expect they will some, but would this keep me out of med school? (Assuming they would accept me otherwise.) I know many variables come into play in the admissions process, but this is one of the variables I cannot control at all, and therefore it concerns me a great deal... I appreciate any advice given to me... Thank you.
     
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  3. Maple

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    Drew,

    5 yrs is no too long a time period. I did 5 yrs in ug too and was accepted to 5 schools and no one questioned the length of my education. 2 of my other friends spent 6 yrs in school and both were accepted ( one to Bu, other to CMS)..so its won't be a big issue. As long as you were taking classes, and have activities to show for your time..you will be fine. I think most people are questioned about their after-graduation gaps during interviews. During one of my interviews, I was asked why I chose to apply to med school now and although he didn't say so directly,I felt the interviewer was referring to the 1 yr I took after graduating to work. So I just explained the situation and it was fine. It wasn't a red-flag accusatory question..just a general, let-me-understand-how-you-got-to-this-point thing..I got in and will be attending next year. So...don't sweat..there are plenty of non-trads (myself included, I guess), out there.

    good luck!:)
     
  4. DrewFromVA

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    Hey Maple, thanks for the encouraging info! It's good to hear others have been successful coming from where I am. Anyone else have a similar story?
     
  5. Ronin

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    my brother, also pre-med, is a gonna be a 5th year undergrad.... he's not worried at all :) and i know that he's gonna get in a very sweet med school on his first try.

    on the other hand, i graduated in 4 years, and as you can see, i am still applying.
     

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