The direct medical school (sometimes referred to as BS/MD or BA/MD or combined undergraduate/medical school) programs are extremely competitive. A typical program receives 100 applications for every 2-3 spot and some are even more competitive than that. It's important to start planning your direct medical application early in high school so that you can stand out when it comes time to apply.
At MedSchoolCoach, we have introduced a unique pre-application guidance program, named our [highlights color="green"]Game Plan Package[/highlights]. Through this program, you will have access to one of our BS/MD advisors in 9th, 10th or 11th grade, prior to your application. They will take you through what is needed for an eventual successful application.
What Is Included?
Should I take honors classes? What about Advanced Placement courses? Is AP Biology better or AP Chemistry? There are many questions to be answered about class planning, each with implications for your eventual application. Our advisors will help you sort through them all.
How will you separateness yourself from others? Many of your fellow applicants will have perfect SAT scores and great GPAs, so you need extracurricular activities to separate yourself. We will help you pick the right ones.
You will need to show direct medical programs that you understand what being a physician is about in today's world. You will need to partake in clinical volunteering and other clinical activities to show your interest and dedication. We will help you find these opportunities and help you understand how these will impact you.
If you plan on gaining admission to a BS/MD medical program, you cannot spend your summers like many of your peers. You will need to separate yourself by doing things like research, clinical programs and international volunteering. We will help you plan for these.
It is important to realize BS/MD programs are not for everyone. Your advisor will help you figure out if these programs are right for you and discuses the pros and cons of obtaining an MD degree via one of these programs.
Applying to BS/MD programs requires advanced planning. We will help you target the programs best for you. We will also help you navigate the process of submitting your application, gathering letters of recommendations and the various other steps in the process
This is just a short list of how we can help. We realize there are an infinite number of questions you may want to ask us, so we are here to answer them all!
The advantages of early planning are obvious. With such competitive programs, it is essential that you are ahead of the game when it comes to understanding how to separate your application from the hundreds of others. Our advisors are successful direct medical graduates who have served on the admissions committee at the top direct programs in the country.
A Few of Our Advisors
Dr. Sahil Mehta
Sahil graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University in New York City with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. He was accepted to three of the top ten medical schools in the country and chose to attend the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He trained in medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and has since moved onto his current appointment as a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School and resident at BIDMC/HMS. He has served as an interviewer for both undergraduate and medical school admissions committees. He also was a top rated MCAT instructor at Examkrackers for three years in the Northeast Region. Sahil also served as the Senior Editor on USMLERx QMax, an online question bank for medical licensing exams. He has been involved in admissions consulting for years, founding MedSchoolCoach in 2007 and having since had a hand in over a thousand medical school applications. His experience helping applicants of all types is unparalleled.
Interests: General Advising, BS/MD Admissions, Interview Preparation, California Applicants
Dr. Kachiu Lee
Kachiu aspired to become a physician from a young age and was accepted into three combined undergraduate-medical school programs out of high school. She chose to attend Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME), eventually graduating Summa Cum Laude in Molecular Biology. She went on to attend Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, serving on the interview committee for future HPME candidates. She also serves as a junior editor for USMLERx and the print version of First Aid USMLE Step 2 CS. She is currently a dermatology resident at Brown University.
You can sign up right online. Once you sign up, you'll receive an email with our detailed information sheet. Please fill this out and submit it back to us prior to your session.
2) Meet Your Advisor
Once you submit your information sheet back to us, we will schedule a time with one of our BS/MD advisors. You will meet with your advisor using unique screen sharing software so that it feels like you are there in person.
3) Execute the Plan
You'll received your detailed game plan both verbally and via email. We expect you to follow it and then follow up with your advisor with any questions or concerns. We repeat the process as needed, modifying it as time goes to make sure your application is as good as possible!
[notice type="information" title="Hourly Packages" tag="h4"]MedSchoolCoach offers packages for our Direct Medical Program Game Plan by the hour. This allows maximum flexibility and help when you need it. Whether you are just starting high school or close to applying, we will provide you professional guidance with the most well qualified advisors to perfect your application. [/notice]
How many hours should I purchase?
Typically, one hour is enough for us to come up with a game plan for the next two to three months and answer a few focused questions. Applicants who choose this option typically are very early in the process and need to understand what BS/MD programs are and if they are right for them.
Typically, two hours is a good starting point for your initial game plan. This is a perfect option if you are very early in your high school career and need focused advising on what direct medical programs will be looking for and how you can change your current path to best tailor your future application.
Our most popular game plan session, three hours allows you and your advisor to come up with an initial game plan and revise it in the coming months after you have explored options. This can also get you started on the right programs for summer sessions and even help you through the applications of these programs (which are very important in your overall application).
Four hours will allow you and your advisor plenty of time to discuss an all-inclusive game plan. These hours are spread out over time so that we can periodically check in and modify the game plan as needed. This will also typically be able to cover help with your summer program applications as well as any other questions you may have.
Are you applying now?
If you are less than 6 months from applying, our packages are what you want.