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Transferring from PA into Medical School

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by senseiturtle, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. senseiturtle

    senseiturtle 5+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2006
    Hey guys. Posting a question for a friend of mine (i'm accepted already, but she's considering other options right now.)

    Is it possible to transfer from a 2nd/3rd year position at a Physician's Assistant school into Medical School?

    If so,

    Is it the same hoops and application procedure as any other incoming student, or do you have your own specific set of qualifications to follow? MCAT involved?

    Has anyone on this site done it, or can point me in the right direction? A few quick searches didn't yield anything, and I'll continue to do it, but perhaps I might find someone with experience in this.

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  3. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Carrboro, NC

  4. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Most schools will require an applicant to complete the program where they are currently enrolled before matriculation to the medical school. So, your friend would need to finish PA School before or while applying to medical school. The application to medical school would be for admission to the first year class with all the same requirements (MCAT, LORs, AMCAS appie, secondaries). In general there would be no "advanced placement" for having done work as a PA student.
  5. Flopotomist

    Flopotomist I love the Chicago USPS 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2005
    To expand on the perfectly accurate post above - there is NO back door into medical school. There is but one door, and we all must walk through the same door.

    To wit - MCAT, Pre-reqs, AMCAS.

    To beat the metaphor to death, there is a small window that some kids crawl through called the "Combined BS/MD" and another even smaller dog door in the big door called the "MD/PhD" but the only other real entry way is the door mentioned above.

    If you have been through the process, you can advise your friend. Best advice is to buy an MSAR.
  6. Flopotomist

    Flopotomist I love the Chicago USPS 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2005
    grr..Lizzy snuck a post in between mine and the one that just said "no." She types too fast.

    NPEMTIV Accidentally Accepted Moderator Emeritus SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jan 29, 2004
    South Carolina
    Agreed. Most want to see you finish your current degree requirements before entering a new degree.
  8. senseiturtle

    senseiturtle 5+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2006
    Thanks, I'll pass the word along.

    Perhaps she just heard that rumor from a source who got the facts a little wonker-jawed.

    Good luck to ya'll.
  9. mlle3000

    mlle3000 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2011

    SOUNDMAN Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 16, 2004
    I went to PA school first and now I'm going to medical school, what's your point? Can't people realize they want something different and change their mind? Many people do.

    No back doors into medical school, have to do it just like everyone else.
  11. NonTradMed

    NonTradMed Perpetual Student 7+ Year Member

    Not much to add except to say that your friend should really focus on doing well in her PA class too even if she has plans to be a doc. Adcoms will see her grades during that time and it would reflect badly on your friend if she did poorly in it.
  12. mlle3000

    mlle3000 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    of course they can. i don't remember saying that changing your mind was a bad thing. but then again, i don't have my contacts in...maybe someone can tell me where i wrote that....

    i changed my mind, too. i went to grad school for a PhD, changed my mind about doing research long-term, finished with a MS, and am now starting med school in the fall. more power to you, soundman.

    i am just bored and wanted to hear this girl's story. that's all.
  13. dantt

    dantt Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 28, 2006
    Some PhD programs practically backdoor you into medical school. My cousin started out PhD-> Md/Phd -> Md.
  14. sgglaze

    sgglaze New Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2005
    Of course people can change their mind, but if a person cannot muster the commitment to finish the program that he chose to enroll in, then what is to stop him from changing his mind in the middle of med school and wasting a spot that could have went to another qualified candidate? A person who drops out of the program they matriculated in looks like a flake who is not ready to make serious commitments.

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