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    6 years programs at Atlantic Bridge.

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    Hi guys ! we've been talking about Estern Europeen schools lately.. I wonder if u guys can shed some lights about the 6 years programs in the Atlantic Bridge way. How tough is it compared to the premed program at SGU?? wat is the GPA acceptable for the Altantic Bridge if I apply to the 6 years programs ??


    thanks guys!
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    Re: 6 years programs at Atlantic Bridge.

    Quote Originally Posted by senz_asian
    Hi guys ! we've been talking about Estern Europeen schools lately.. I wonder if u guys can shed some lights about the 6 years programs in the Atlantic Bridge way. How tough is it compared to the premed program at SGU?? wat is the GPA acceptable for the Altantic Bridge if I apply to the 6 years programs ??


    thanks guys!
    appreciate !
    its not too tough to get into it, but its very expensive, i had a chance to go there but i personally did not opt for it because i really did not feel too well about having a student debt of 300 000+ after i was done school there, but hey if money isnt an issue to you, definitely go there, its worth it

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    Re: 6 years programs at Atlantic Bridge.

    Quote Originally Posted by senz_asian
    Hi guys ! we've been talking about Estern Europeen schools lately.. I wonder if u guys can shed some lights about the 6 years programs in the Atlantic Bridge way. How tough is it compared to the premed program at SGU?? wat is the GPA acceptable for the Altantic Bridge if I apply to the 6 years programs ??


    thanks guys!
    appreciate !


    Atlantic Bridge will tell you that MCAT scores for last year's short-listed applicants were in the 30s and GPAs no lower than 2.8. Entry requirements are high, though it seems that the Irish schools put more weight on the test scores. You can also verify by emailing each of the schools that Atlantic Bridge works for and ask what competitive admissions standards are.

    Don't be mislead by the carib experts on this forum. Contact each Irish school individually for yourself. Couple of contacts to get you started or you can call Atlantic Bridge and ask for Peter Nealon. These email addresses are legit, unlike the majority of users on this forum. Send email to these people and ask for requirements for admissions entry.

    InternationalUnderGrad@ucc.ie - University College Cork
    admissions@ucd.ie - University College Dublin
    rcsi@valuemd.com - Royal College Surgeons
    spower@tcd.ie - Sue Power Trinity College Dublin. Last I heard they listed a 3.2 GPA for competitive entry and 30 MCAT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roper
    Quote Originally Posted by senz_asian
    Hi guys ! we've been talking about Estern Europeen schools lately.. I wonder if u guys can shed some lights about the 6 years programs in the Atlantic Bridge way. How tough is it compared to the premed program at SGU?? wat is the GPA acceptable for the Altantic Bridge if I apply to the 6 years programs ??


    thanks guys!
    appreciate !
    Atlantic Bridge will tell you that MCAT scores for last year's short-listed applicants were in the 30s and GPAs no lower than 2.8. Entry requirements are high, though it seems that the Irish schools put more weight on the test scores. You can also verify by emailing each of the schools that Atlantic Bridge works for and ask what competitive admissions standards are.
    Roper,

    Read the question... http://www.atlanticbridge.com/med/faqs/fqindex.htm

    From the AB FAQ

    Quote Originally Posted by AB FAQ
    Q: Is the MCAT required?
    A: Applicants applying to the five-year medical degree courses must have written the MCAT in or before April of the year of proposed entry to each of the medical schools except Trinity College (which does not require the MCAT). It is not required for application to the six-year medical degree courses.
    Quote Originally Posted by roper
    Don't be mislead by the carib experts on this forum.
    Please see below..

    Quote Originally Posted by roper
    Contact each Irish school individually for yourself.
    Good advice.

    These email addresses are legit, unlike the majority of users on this forum. Send email to these people and ask for requirements for admissions entry.
    Now, roper...both of us post anon., though others on this particular forum do not.

    In addition, all you seem to do is promote Irish schools (while bashing everyone else). The question isn't what I (and others in Europe) are doing on this forum. The question is what are you doing on this forum?

    Miklos

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    Re: 6 years programs at Atlantic Bridge.

    Quote Originally Posted by roper
    ...Atlantic Bridge will tell you that MCAT scores for last year's short-listed applicants were in the 30s and GPAs no lower than 2.8....Last I heard they listed a 3.2 GPA for competitive entry and 30 MCAT.
    MCAT scores in the 30s sound like what I expected but...a 3.2 GPA is competitive?? ...no lower than...2.8?? Are you sure about these figures?

    If you're right, they're more relaxed about prior grades than I thought.

    That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially since it sounds like they weigh the MCAT heavily. But I think it's much tougher to get into these schools if you're from Ireland or the EU.
    The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat.
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    Re: 6 years programs at Atlantic Bridge.

    Quote Originally Posted by blueeyes

    MCAT scores in the 30s sound like what I expected but...a 3.2 GPA is competitive?? ...no lower than...2.8?? Are you sure about these figures?

    If you're right, they're more relaxed about prior grades than I thought.

    That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially since it sounds like they weigh the MCAT heavily. But I think it's much tougher to get into these schools if you're from Ireland or the EU.


    I could be wrong, but based on their stats it seems like they put more credence into the MCAT than they do in GPA. Not to say that GPA isn't important. And the 2.8 is a minimum for consideration (not average). That fig. was from a long time ago and it also may be different now. You'd have to contact each individual score to see what they are looking for. Also, note that a with a below 3GPA chances are, in order to be a successful applicant, you'd have to have a seriously high MCAT to offset that score.

    Don't listen to the carib expert on this forum. Email or call Peter Nealon at Atlantic Bridge yourself. For graduate entry, you DO need the MCAT. For the 6yr program, there is enough competition from people with MCATs applying to these that in order to be competitive you'd need an MCAT score for that as well. The schools are asking ALL North American applicants to write the MCAT. The email addresses were provided earlier.

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    atlantic bridge

    Thank you all of u who kindly responded! I just received an email from the correspondent of Atlantic Bridge program stated that the deadline for applying into 2005 Fall entry is closed. However, the entry for 2006 Fall is now opened. Personnally, it's kinda a suprise because I would not think it's that fast, but anyhow!

    I know that these schools cost a fortune to go, but honestly, I would prefer a 300 000$ dept in return for an outstanding quality of an MD degree (or MB equivalent). However, obtaining the necessary loans to foot the bill is another story

    P.S. any Irish schools students, please shed some lights on this subject, because it hasn't been discuted for a while!! 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by senz_asian
    I know that these schools cost a fortune to go, but honestly, I would prefer a 300 000$ dept in return for an outstanding quality of an MD degree (or MB equivalent). However, obtaining the necessary loans to foot the bill is another story
    If you can afford it and believe that it is worthwhile, by all means go for it.
    (But, as with all programs, check out the school(s) first in person, don't go by what you read here or elsewhere.)

    If money is an object, there are IMO far more cost-effective six year programs. Calculate the additional difference for yourself.

    -Is that additional money over another reputable six year program worthwhile?
    -What is it that this additional money buys you over a comparable program?
    -Don't forget, borrowing is not the only issue. At some point, the money becomes due. At that time, you'll need to put in the extra effort to pay it back (and this may interfere with other personal financial goals).

    Good luck.

    Miklos

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    Quote Originally Posted by senz_asian
    Thank you all of u who kindly responded! I just received an email from the correspondent of Atlantic Bridge program stated that the deadline for applying into 2005 Fall entry is closed. However, the entry for 2006 Fall is now opened. Personnally, it's kinda a suprise because I would not think it's that fast, but anyhow!

    I know that these schools cost a fortune to go, but honestly, I would prefer a 300 000$ dept in return for an outstanding quality of an MD degree (or MB equivalent). However, obtaining the necessary loans to foot the bill is another story

    P.S. any Irish schools students, please shed some lights on this subject, because it hasn't been discuted for a while!! 8)



    3 of the 4 Irish schools are very affordable. The other option is to get an affordable, but completely inferior education at a for-profit, offshore, caribbean MD school. You could find more info at one of the caribbean forums, or you could just ask any carib expert who trolls the EURO forums to hijack this thread for the purposes of marketing the caribbean schools.

    Either way, you should definately email or check the individual websites of all the Irish schools. You may be surprised that 3 of the oldest ones offer a quite affordable education.

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    MCAT

    Out of the 4 schools that participate in the Atlantic Bridge Program, for the 5 year programs:

    RCSI requires the MCAT

    UCC may require the MCAT

    UCD and Trinity do not require the MCAT

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