|Institution||Side-by-side with medical students?||Linkage||Linkage Ranking, GPA/MCAT for 2018||PROS||Cons|
|Tufts||Yes||Yes, Tufts Med 50% are interviewed.||Tufts Med Ranking 56/59, 3.64, 513||Good match with Medical school on east and west coast. TUFTS medical school program is changing (Impact on MBS? New program may not be as hard as before?) BOSTON location (21 teaching hospitals)||Program Change: Classes may NOT be at the same time as medical students (to prove SS can handle medical school?)|
|Loyola University||No||Yes, Loyola (Stitch) are interviewed based academic criteria||Loyola Med (NOT RANKED),||Guaranteed interview - gpa 3.6 or higher, MCAT 508 or higher||Linkage (Medical School) not ranked|
Did you decide? Love to hear your perspective. I have to send deposit/Acceptance form by May 17th.
So I'm actually a Chicago native and attended Loyola Uni for undergrad. Personally, I've heard really good things/chances about students who go through the MAMS program and apply to medical school. I konw a lot of the professors involved in MAMS and they are really amazing and knowledgeable. As you have listed, there is a guaranteed interview if reach certain academic requirements which is really appealing. Personally I didn't apply to the MAMS as 1) I wanted a change of scenery from the Loyola system and 2) they required an MCAT score to apply but I hadn't taken the MCAT yet. I enrolled in Tufts instead of Rush but its extremely expensive, although the amazing thing is that the classes are essentially what medical schools will offer. Ergo, if you ace those classes, medical schools have a near precise indicator of how you would do in their own programs and can much more easily evaluate you (good grades would go a lot towards acceptance). However, the program doesn't have a linkage and further i heard that they tell you not to even bother applying to the medical school while you are still in the MBS program (they'll just discard your application). This is jsut what I heard, so I'm not sure about your reported 50% interview (unless this is in a cycle not concurrent with your MBS). Also medical school rankings don't mean much. No doctor cares where you went for medical school, they simply care how effective of a professional you are (it's not like law school where the name of your school matters).
Sure, no problem and good luck to you! What did you end up deciding and why?
Decided on Tufts MBS mainly:
1. Good match with Medical schools on east and west coast
2. Good program that helps me prove that I can handle medical school
3. BOSTON location (21 teaching hospitals)