Any Advice??????????????????????

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By Pwiddles (Pwiddles) on Thursday, April 22, 2004 - 05:05 pm: Edit

I got into La Salle University with a nice scholarship (which is important b/c my mom is a single parent). The only thing is that I dont know what the deal is with pre-med. That's what I want to study in college. I always pictured myself going to a prestigious school, but since I got a scholarship to go to La Salle I think that's where I will be attending next year. My question is....will it be harder for me to get into a good medical school (prestigious) since I went to a mediocre school. When I finally get out into the real world for a job, will where I went for undergraduate school be a dtermining factor if I get the job or not? Please give me your advice. What is the best thing to do so I can succeed (obviously besides study and work hard).

By Northstarmom (Northstarmom) on Thursday, April 22, 2004 - 05:15 pm: Edit

What will make things a bit harder for you is that it won't be as easy to find out at your college the tips about how exactly to get into med school. For that reason, it would be wise to use a variety of Internet sites, including this one (You are using the CC board that has to do with med school?), to learn the steps that you should take throughout your college career to have the best chance at getting into medical school.

It also will be important to get top grades-- i.e. straight As in the sciences and math.Med schools will be far more forgiving of Bs and even Cs from an Ivy, where the medical school adcoms know the professors and know how rigorous the curriculum is, than from a university that sends very few students to medical school.

It also would be wise to do things over the summer and during the school year such as scientific research and even working or volunteering in a hospital or doctor's office.

Remember, too, to get to know your science professors well because you'll need to get recommendations from them.

I also suggest that you start studying for the MCATs early. A student whom I know who went to med school from a second tier school started studying for the MCAT freshman year. She even got her university (that had given her merit aid) to pay for her to take a MCAT review course.

It also can help to take a year or two off after college and to do something like a research fellowship, or the Peace Corps or even to take a couple of years off and get a masters in something like public health or biology. Medical schools view favorably such experiences.

Your college's career placement or graduate placement office also can help. Get to know the people there early. Find out, too, what graduates have gotten accepted to med schools, contact those people and request their advice.

On any college campus, freshman chemistry is one of the university's toughest courses. Be prepared to work your butt off If you have problems with it, immediately get tutoring. Tutoring can make the difference between those who want to be doctors and those who become doctors.

Also check if Lasalle has a pre med society. If so, join it. You even could contact it now to start getting info.

Good luck!

By Dabigv12 (Dabigv12) on Thursday, April 22, 2004 - 06:44 pm: Edit

my dad went to LaSalle.. he was in a similar money situation (he had both parents but they were still indigent). he worked his butt off and got into jefferson med school. hes now one of the top infertility specialists in the country. not to say getting into med is easy from lasalle. its not a HIGHLY rated program, meaning youll have to pull fairly high grades. my father is actually on the admissions board for drexel med school now. sometimes i sit with him while he looks at candidates files at home. word of advice: standardized tests in HS dont make or break you... but when applying to medschool they can sink you. i can remember him looking at a candidate from bucknell with great grades, but had mediocre mcats.. waitlisted.. my dad always jokes with seniors we know who want to go premed by saying "better start studying for the boards now." its true tho.. ok this is getting long, especially with me not being an expert. work hard, stay focused, but also take time to enjoy your surroundings.. good luck.

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