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    Pre-Med or Bach. of Science?

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    Just wanted some input. I'm looking at applying to MUA-Nevis in May '08 and I was wondering if I should apply to Pre-Med or the Bach. of Science program. My goal is to go through the Basic and Clinical M.D. program after that. At the end of the spring '08, I will have all my gen. ed. classes completed and 1 year of Gen. Chem and Gen. Bio as well as Pre-Calc at a 4-year US college. Just curious with that said if the Pre-Med Program would be sufficient to start Med. Program or would the B.S. be better for preperation for the med program. I really appreciate any advice on this subject. Thanks!

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    Hey Rach,

    The issue with completing your pre-med at MUA is that those pre-med classes will not transfer to any US schools. However, it is a very detail program that will surely prepare you for basic sciences. Also, it causes a heck lot more to do these in Nevis. Check the school website for more info regarding the pre-med program. Good luck!
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    go for the bachelors...

    Hey RachRuss,
    I completed the pre-med program here, and I suggest you complete your undergraduate degree. Firstly, island life is very different from the life you lead in the U.S./Canada. It wears you down, and spending an extra two semesters on the island can burn you out pretty quickly. I'm in med 2 and sometimes I can't believe I still have another four semesters left. It's also good to complete your undergrad because the pre-med credits you do here don't count for anything in the states. Some states require you complete all of your pre-med requirements in the states, so keep that in mind. The pre-med program does expose you to a good amount of the material you will see in the med program. For example, most people don't have any histology background coming into the med program, so cell. bio. in pre-med helps A LOT. Transitioning from pre-med to med 1 can also be difficult. It doesn't really prepare you well in terms of studying habits, and some people can struggle. I stuggled quite a bit in med 1, for various reasons, one of them being I had a hard time getting out of "pre-med mode." By the time I got into the proper rhythm of studying, it was too late to pull myself out of the hole I dug. There's not much competition in pre-med and everyone is friends with each other, and the environment is totally different. I wish I could turn back the clock, work harder in undergrad, and get into the med program directly. But alas, I can't. One thing I will add is that I am still really good friend with all of my pre-meddies and have formed some really great friendships that maybe I wouldn't of if I had gone directly into med 1. But let me just re-iterate, all of the opinions are just based on my own experiences. Most people don't regret doing the pre-med program, so to the incoming pre-meders and current ones,don't let me scare you. Anyways, I hope this helps and whatever you decide, best of luck. As always, if anyone wants to PM with questions, don't hesitate. Ok, I must get back to studying physio (), peace out.

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    By your message I'm not sure if you will be done your program or not; it seems as you are planning on leaving it before completing and jumping into a Caribbean Medical school. If this is correct, I highly suggest to finished were you are at and aim to get into a local medical school. If that doesn't work out then go to a Caribbean Med school.

    In the end you are in competition with students from the US for your residency and writing step one. If you try to avoid competition now you are just delaying it for later and it is definitely a tougher road going to a Carb. med school.

    if you apply locally and don't get in an you only have the premed program as an option I would take that. I personally don't think I ba from a caribbean school has much weight and can possibly work against you if unrecognized by other places. However, I don't know this as fact.

    Quote Originally Posted by RachRuss View Post
    Just wanted some input. I'm looking at applying to MUA-Nevis in May '08 and I was wondering if I should apply to Pre-Med or the Bach. of Science program. My goal is to go through the Basic and Clinical M.D. program after that. At the end of the spring '08, I will have all my gen. ed. classes completed and 1 year of Gen. Chem and Gen. Bio as well as Pre-Calc at a 4-year US college. Just curious with that said if the Pre-Med Program would be sufficient to start Med. Program or would the B.S. be better for preperation for the med program. I really appreciate any advice on this subject. Thanks!
    Last edited by don1; 01-28-2008 at 05:39 PM.

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    i think you should apply to Pre-Med...
    coz i think its the first step...

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    Anyone know anything about advanced standing. For example, I need to complete physics, everything else is finished....

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    It's my understanding that Physics is not required to start Med 1 here.

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    I would call the admissions department regarding this question or consult the MUA web page. Rules from 1 or 2 terms ago may have changed. Also, if you call them they can let you know of any impending changes, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by mellsworth21 View Post
    Anyone know anything about advanced standing. For example, I need to complete physics, everything else is finished....

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    Isnt physics required for licensing? I know some schools only require 1 semester others require 1 year.

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