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Pre med at USC and others? Hard or easy?

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Replies to: Pre med at USC and others? Hard or easy?

  • NYU2013NYU2013 Posts: 42
    edited May 2013
    @orangeish

    I actually graduated last year (I spent only 3 years in college). The only comments I can provide on pre-med at NYU is that they have their own advising center, part of the pre-professional advising center, located next to the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center. You can join the list-serve which will send you information about MCAT testing, prep, internships for pre-med students, opportunities available for networking, etc. etc.

    I studied philosophy, politics and psychology so I never had any involvement with anything pre-med nor did I have any friends doing pre-med, so I cannot offer any information about grading, class sizes, difficulty, etc.
  • SnowdogSnowdog Posts: 16
    edited May 2013
    @mom2collegekids: I have a child at USC and no the classes are not unique and separate, never said they were. The point is there are 2 difficult lab science courses you will take every semester, which is not what a student who is not specifically premed will likely choose to put him or herself through.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 216
    edited May 2013
    My point that premed classes aren't unique was really to the OP as well as to your words that USC had a "specific premed track" which might be construed by the OP to mean that there was something unique about those classes.

    The point is there are 2 difficult lab science courses you will take every semester, which is not what a student who is not specifically premed will likely choose to put him or herself through


    What are those classes? Sounds like they could be classes that some STEM majors would be required to take even if they're not premed.
  • orangeishorangeish Posts: 8 Harvard Champion
    edited May 2013
    @Snowdog: How competitive is the pre med atmosphere at USC based on your child's experience? How happy is your child there? Just curious...
  • SnowdogSnowdog Posts: 16
    edited May 2013
    orangeish, my child loves USC. Move out was today and she was sad.
    After two semesters however she burned out of premed. Biology was going okay but chemistry not as much. I haven't gotten the sense USC is cut-throat competitive as far as the students who are aiming for medical school (unlike UCLA where she also was admitted, and where we heard current students tell us is definitely that way). Premed is a lot of work, and hard, and it only gets harder. There is a lot of support and a dedicated team for prehealth advisement. But as others have said, be prepared to focus on your grades to the exclusion of all else.
  • orangeishorangeish Posts: 8 Harvard Champion
    edited May 2013
    Let's say I end up doing pre med at Tulane or UMiami. Do I still have a shot at going to a top ten medical school? I know Tulane's medical school isn't that well-known, so will that hinder my chances?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 216
    edited May 2013
    Med school education in the US is not like undergrad education. It's flat. All US MD med schools teach the same thing.

    Getting accepted to ANY US MD school is a huge achievement. I just went thru the med school app process with my younger son. He was very lucky to get accepted to 3 US MD schools, including his top pick.

    There's really no reason to aim for a top 10 med school unless your goal is academic medicine. That said, a student from any good undergrad can get accepted to a top school. Acceptance to various med schools is mostly about GPA, MCAT, LORs, Reserqch, ECs.

    I've seen kids from CSUs get accepted to UC San Francisco SOM. I've seen kids from ivies only get accepted to one unranked SOM or no SOMs at all.
  • vincehvinceh Posts: 10
    edited May 2013
    Undergraduate schools and medical schools are entirely separate entities. The reputation of a university's medical school has no bearing on your chances when applying to medical school. Acceptance is based on GPA and MCAT scores. There are countless numbers of med students at all levels of schools who did their undergraduate work at community colleges, small liberal arts schools as well as name brand universities.
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