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What do you think medical school admissions will be like in 30 years?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by fw5tape6kq, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. fw5tape6kq

    fw5tape6kq 5+ Year Member

    May 28, 2012
    Rewind the clocks back 30 years ago, to 1984. Medical school admissions were, by and large, based upon an applicant's college GPA and MCAT score. Extracurriculars, shadowing, and volunteering were beneficial activities and experiences to have, but not as necessary as they are today. Legacy was more important than it is now, and diversity, less. The notion of doing research as an undergraduate was much more rare. Most pre--medical students were encouraged to major in the Formal Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, etc.

    I know it's impossible to look into the future, but how do you think medical school admissions (and medical school in general) will change over the next 30 years? Will it become even MORE competitive to get in to, or will it eventually reach a tipping point where medical school ceases to become increasingly exclusive. Will medical school eventually become free? Will curricula become more problem and group based? Will the median age of the average medical student continue to rise?

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  3. darkjedi

    darkjedi how did this get here I am not good with computer Physician 7+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2009
    only nobel prize winners will be granted interviews, acceptances will be determined by thunder dome
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  4. QuinnTheEskimo


    Jan 9, 2014
    I think more schools are going to move towards the MMI.
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  5. darklabel

    darklabel MS4 5+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Since they're changing the MCAT and it will likely change again in that time frame, then this conversation will be difficult as we won't know what the new 30+ is for the MCAT. I doubt GPA will go much higher than it does now seeing as it is around 3.6 so possibly 3.7 - 3.9?

    Also, we won't know what the applicant pool will be like. Sadly, our generation had the most people born (echo boomers), most attend college every and we pretty much peaked out how many people will attend college at one time or another. I believe college enrollment is falling.

    Also, it is known that as the economy recovers, people tend to shy away from medicine and its high personal demands for other jobs (though whether these entry level college jobs will pay enough and ever come back is up to debate).

    So I think it will either be on par with today or slightly fall. Heck, we haven't even hit the peak number of applicants ever yet.
  6. Life Sucks

    Life Sucks STUDY HARD PANTZ ON... 2+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    My mother's basement
    It might stay the way it is, or maybe even wind down. But I doubt it considering the aging population propaganda fiasco going throughout the sound waves. Who knows, maybe people will give up being a doctor when the industry changes. Nah.
  7. IncognitoGuy

    IncognitoGuy life of leisure Physician 5+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2011
  8. touchpause13

    touchpause13 nolite te bastardes carborundorum 5+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2012
    I agree with the sentiment of more MMIs.

    Also given the new MCAT I would say more pre meds are going to be encouraged to major in the humanities.
    It's kind of impossible to predict MCAT averages but I'd say ballpark, it will probably be equal to or less than what we have now. I don't expect GPA to really change, perhaps it will even go down.
  9. pyrrion89

    pyrrion89 MS4 2+ Year Member

    May 29, 2013
    The MMI of 2044:
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  10. Reckoner

    Reckoner Lacks theology and geometry Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    So divergents go carib?
  11. bambam92

    bambam92 Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    Nov 26, 2012
    Library Basement
    4.0 or auto reject..but rlly I am srs
  12. Burla

    Burla 2+ Year Member

    Aug 4, 2013
    Research = mandatory
  13. chillaxbro

    chillaxbro 5+ Year Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    No science majors allowed. Only Native Americans can apply.
  14. KnuxNole

    KnuxNole Sweets Addict 10+ Year Member

    May 3, 2006
    Interviews to be done at home via holograms. Robot androids eligible for admissions(with special robot scholarships!)
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