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“At Risk Student”

You may hear the term “at risk student,” which in medical program admissions language means that you appear to be at risk for not completing their program. Predictors are undergraduate GPA and standardized test scores, like DATs and MCATs.

You may want to consider taking additional demanding science classes that will continue to build your GPA. You may need to take a review course to improve your standardized test scores.

Special Masters Degree Programs

Special Masters Degree Programs (SMPs) are designed for at risk students who are high achievers (which sounds like an oxymoron). In one calendar year, you will be immersed in a combination of medical school courses and a master’s degree program. You will be treated and graded as if you’re a first year med school student. Many students who complete SMPs are successful in their med school applications.

SMPs are different from our Postbacc program; we are providing the coursework required by medical science programs like med school and dental school as well as for the standardized tests. SMPs assume you have the basic science background, but you’re being evaluated in your ability to survive a professional program.

Interview Skills

Let’s say you were interviewed early in the admissions cycle, but you were either wait listed or rejected after your interview. It’s probably a safe assumption that your interview(s) didn’t go well. We’ll also assume that you were not inappropriate at any time during the interview process. So, what went wrong?

Other Medical Science Program Locations

You may wish to consult with professionals who can coach you on interview skills. Initiating and sustaining conversations can be difficult for some people but those are incredibly important skills in the health care field.

If your grades and standardized test scores are as good as they’re likely to get, you may wish to consider applying to international medical sciences programs. Unlike most of the U.S.-based programs, many of the international schools are very large and thus it may be less competitive to get in. Many of the programs advertise a short stay out of the country and affiliations with U.S. hospitals for clinical rotations.