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Thread: UMHS ARP Acceptance (Summer 2012) - Putting it in perspective.

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    UMHS ARP Acceptance (Summer 2012) - Putting it in perspective.

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    I was just accepted to the UMHS ARP with these stats from St. Lawrence University in NY (same academic league as Vassar, Skidmore, Hamilton etc...). My undergrad institution is continually ranked among the top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges academically in the US by The Princeton Review and US News & World Report and I am very proud to go there. I am not interested in lowering my standards, how can I put this acceptance into perspective? Here were my stats:

    2.6 Sci GPA
    2.8 Overall GPA
    17P MCAT

    Does anyone who has first-hand experience with the program have comments? How does it differ from other pre-med programs?
    Did I overachieve or underachieve by getting into this program?

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    To be honest you should be glad to get into medical school in general with a 17 MCAT. If you are worried about names and prestige, carib med school is probably not for you. You will be labeled a carib med student regardless of where you go. Just means you have to work twice as hard and know twice as much. I was an ARP student back in the day and I can say that it prepared me immensely, even if it was just to get acclimated to the island and culture.
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    Regardless of the prestige of your undergraduate institution, your undergraduate GPA and MCAT scores show that you are by far a below average student. I would be surprised if any of the "top 5" Caribbean medical schools even looked at your application. Your options are limited, so if you're not interested in lowering your standards then look for a new career.

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    Bad News: (1) Your stats are low regardless of where you went to college (although I've never heard of any of the schools you mentioned). (2) If memory serves me I've never heard a good thing said about ARP. Now...it's been some time since I've left the rock so maybe the school has made improvements to the program.

    Good News: Don't let the haters get you down. I actually have a friend who received 15> on the MCAT and ended up passing the Step on their first try...so it is possible although improbable. In the end it all depends on how hard YOU are willing to work for it.

    Food for thought: Med school isnít cheap. Attending a school without loans only adds to the stress. Unless you're being bankrolled by the Bank of Mommy and Daddy you're taking a pretty big risk with those stats. Dig deep and determine if you have what it takes to rectify whatever it was during your undergraduate studies that attributed to your subpar academic performance before making the decision to attend ANY school. Otherwise be prepared for a major letdown.

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    Wow, with that kind of insecurity, I strongly advise against going to a caribbean medical school. You're gonna end up being one of those people who tells others they wanted to experience a different culture/live in the 3rd world, so you turned down your acceptance to Harvard Med school, to go to UMHS.

    Did you overachieve or underachieve? I don't think i would use the word 'achieve' when talking about getting into UMHS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBfromtheDALE View Post
    Bad News: (1) Your stats are low regardless of where you went to college (although I've never heard of any of the schools you mentioned). (2) If memory serves me I've never heard a good thing said about ARP. Now...it's been some time since I've left the rock so maybe the school has made improvements to the program.

    Good News: Don't let the haters get you down. I actually have a friend who received 15> on the MCAT and ended up passing the Step on their first try...so it is possible although improbable. In the end it all depends on how hard YOU are willing to work for it.

    Food for thought: Med school isnít cheap. Attending a school without loans only adds to the stress. Unless you're being bankrolled by the Bank of Mommy and Daddy you're taking a pretty big risk with those stats. Dig deep and determine if you have what it takes to rectify whatever it was during your undergraduate studies that attributed to your subpar academic performance before making the decision to attend ANY school. Otherwise be prepared for a major letdown.

    No one is hating, but the perceived elitist mentality in the OP's post is without merit given the stats presented, which are not impressive by any means. As was stated earlier, he/she should be grateful for being accepted to medical school and given an opportunity at a rewarding career. Some feel that an MCAT score is a good indicator of passing the USMLEs, where others feel that it is statistically insignificant and not an accurate indicator of one's success in medical school.

    In any event, congratulations on getting accepted.

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    Just got accepted into MUA Basic Sciences; still need to hear from Ross, SGU and AUC.
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    Edit: Nevermind...wrong post.
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    If memory serves me I've never heard a good thing said about ARP. Now...it's been some time since I've left the rock so maybe the school has made improvements to the program.



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    You should feel glade to get selected..
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