- November 23, 2012
- Posted by: Sahil Mehta
- Category: Applying
Direct Medical Programs are very popular and becoming more so everyday. They are so very competitive. The amount of students applying to combined undergraduate and medical school programs (also called Combined Medical Programs and BS/MD programs) increases every year. This is because the competition to get into medical school out of college is tougher than ever, so many high school students feel it may be easier to get in to medical school out of high school. This isn’t really true though. Combined undergraduate and medical school programs are uber competitive, taking less than 20 applicants in most cases.
In general, a direct medical school program guarantees a student admission into medical school contingent upon certain criteria, specific to each program. Some programs require that students achieve a certain score on the MCAT (after their second/third year into the program), while others completely waive the MCAT although requiring a certain GPA to be met. Other programs require the MCAT to be taken but do not require any specific score (in other words, they want you to just take the exam but your score does not impact your admission into the affiliated medical school.
Almost one quarter of US Medical schools offer direct medical programs for well-qualified high school students. As mentioned, often times, admission into these programs is more competitive than admission into the top universities.
Some of the schools that offer these direct programs include Northwestern, SUNY Stony Brook, Brown, Rice/Baylor, Drexel and many more. MedSchoolCoach offers a full array of services to help students gain admission into a direct medical school programs. You can learn more about MedSchoolCoach’s combined program admissions here: Combined Undergraduate and Medical School and Direct Medical Programs/