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    neuroguy is offline Newbie 510 points
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    online bachelors with my medical degree?

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    online bachelors with my medical degree?

    Hello everyone. I completed highschool and two years/60 credits of community college in the United States. I then applied to a lower tier caribbean medical school and have completed 2 years of basic sciences. I am currently studying for my USMLE Step 1 exam. After my Step 1 exam, I will complete my 3rd and 4th year in the United States, doing rotations at my school affiliated hospitals.

    My question is, along with 3rd-4th year, would it be wise to finish my bachelors degree? If so, should I complete it with a large public university(that offer online courses like nyu, uchicago, ucla, uflorida), or would that be pointless?

    If not, what about online universities like (walden, davenport, u.phoenix, etc). Are they even legit? Will this even be beneficial, "a guy with an md degree and a bachelors degree in business/health/management for example"?

    Please note I already have 60 undergrad credits. Thanks!



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    JustTryingToHelp is offline Newbie 511 points
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    Everything always helps a little. A lot of AUA students are doing an online MBA. It's another thing to put on your resume and another thing to talk about. A bigger name university looks better on a resume. But doing it an an online university isn't that much worse in my opinion. This really only makes a difference once you get the interview for a residency program though. They might ask you why you got a bachelor's degree. So if you put a good story behind it about how you think it helps you with medicine in some way, then that's good.

    Otherwise, it's not really that important. The most important things are just the Step 1 score, MSPE (formerly dean's letter), Step 2 CK, research experience and volunteer experience.

    So if you think it will take up a lot of your time and stress you out during rotations which will decrease your performance in rotations and on the exams, then it's probably not worth it. If you think it will help you in your career in medicine in the future and you won't have any issues handling the work load, then it's worth it.

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