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    Students INFO requested for Pre-Med / Medical Program

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    Hi - I would greatly appreciate a students perspective on the PreMed cirriculam and what the average age is for the Pre-med students. What are your previous school education level?
    Is it better to finish 90 credits in the US and then apply to a Foreign Medical School OR is it better to join the pre-med program and start the road toward a medical career?
    What are the current Pre-med students feelings?
    Are there any students that have made it through the pre-med program and are now enrolled in the medical program, and what your feelings are.
    Thanks alot for any information / insight into these questions.

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    as the saying goes

    As you might have seen on many other threads, it is recommended that a student coming out of high school work hard in undergraduate and try to go to a LCME-accredited, U.S. or Canadian medical school (be it MD or DO) before trying to go overseas. There are just many hurdles one faces as an IMG. I faced the same choices when I was a high school senior. As for me, I decided to stay in the US and finish my undergrad, and I don't regret it at all. I am almost done with my undergrad, and I have admitted that my grades and situation may not be suitable for a stateside school, so I began to research the many options available abroad. I've ran across some really shady places offering MDs online, and other wonderful places to where I've applied. (Actually, I've only applied to one as of today, 1/15/05). Just weigh out your options.

    One piece of advice that I really took to heart when I was a high school senior was: The foreign medical schools will still be there a few years down the road. If you're in high school, you're still young. I'm still young, too. There are others on this board who are in their 40s or 50s, and still going to medical school. You've got lots of time, sometimes doing an extra year at an American undergraduate institution and gaining entry into a stateside medical school will be worth it in the long run.

    It's late, and I think I'm rambling on too much. I hope that wasn't too confusing!
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    hello

    Hi,

    I'll speak to INTEC's mre-med since that's the only I have experience with. At INTEC the average premed student is around 18-19 years old. The averago first semester medical student is about 19-20. The pre-med courses I've have to complete here at INTEC because they weren't transferred or I didn't take them in states I have found to be extremely easy. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that I've seen all that subject matter in some shape or form as an undergrad already. If I were to have come straight outta high school and had to take the ENTIRE premed curriculum I might have found the classes more daunting given that I'm at a spanish university. Still I don't think they would be any more challenging than taking then at an american university and it would certainly take you less time. For those who are already almost done with their bachelors or have already graduated I would recommend finishing up any pre-med coursework they might ask you to repeat here to save yourself the hassle. For student who might wanna go to medical school straight outta high school I would recommend that you seriously consider it. If you're a 4.0 student and have a billion volunteer activities and medals on your resume already you might be able to get into an american 6 or 7 year program, but those are hard to get into. You could also go for a bachelors and try at medical school the traditional way. But hear this, A LOT of things can happen on the way to the MCAT's four years is a very long time to keep the focus required to get into an American medical school. If you think you're up tot he task then by all means go for it. If you're not however, bear in mind that while your counterpart in a parallel universe who tried to get into an american medical school is trying to find a masters program that will help to boost his resume fro admissions boards you, who chose to go to med school straight outta high school will already be operating on patients and will be only a year from graduating with and M.D. to hang on the wall, you will also by this time have passed the first step of the USMLE. All this of course is contigent on how well you are able to apply yourself in med school and if you think you have the maturity to pull it off at 18 or 19 years of age then I suggest you go for it. Just be careful that you are very honest in your assesment of your abilities to really apply yourself and not fall prey to the myriad distractions that attending a foreign school, particularly in the DR, has to offer.

    Take Care and God Bless
    Ozzie

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    thanks

    Thanks for the response - I my self got my bachlors and am currently a first semester student at SMU
    This I was asking for my younger cousin who is in his first year of college - he is young and wants to weigh out his options as far as spending time in JC and getting his 90 credits only to transfer to a Foreign medical school (american med school is not an option)
    He wants to apply and just get started.
    Thanks again - More research still needed. Appreciate it.
    Good luck to u both

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