Chances for post-pacc program?

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Chances for post-pacc program?

Postby kevin17ym » Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:13 am

Hi. I am becoming a music conservatory senior and I am considering pursuing medicine after graduation. Since my school primarily trains its students to become professional musicians, I do not have much opportunities take pre-med courses or get help from a pre-med advisor.
I am hoping to get into a formal post-bacc program that has a solid linkage programs with medical schools so that I can finish the program in one year and matriculate to medical school immediately.
I have looked in to several post-bacc programs (JHU, Bryn Mawr, Columbia, Goucher, UPenn, Temple, etc...) and most of them required that I turn in a standardized test score (in my case SAT). I am confident that my undergraduate GPA of 3.7 will be more impressive to look at than my SAT score of CR-560, M-700, W-580, totaling 1840. I don't think 1840 is a too bad of a score but my CR and W scores are below 600. I also have volunteered as a public elementary school classroom tutor since freshman year of college for about 4-6 hours a week. As a semi-professional musician, I have won several awards and performances. This coming year, I am planning to begin volunteering in hospitals.I also registered myself for biology and general chemistry at a university through our cross-registration program at my conservatory. I thought if I have some of those science grades before I apply, it will help them see my potentials in sciences better. It's also for a back-up plan of doing informal post-bacc program at Harvard Extension or UC-Berkeley Extension.
I am considering if I should re-take SAT. I didn't really care for my SAT score in high school because I knew I wanted to go to a conservatory and pursue music. Right now, I took a practice test and I am hitting each sections above 650, giving me an overall score of 1950~2000. I don't think I can get an equivalent score on GRE since the Critical Reading section on GRE has a large vocabulary section which is my worst fear.
If I am planning on applying this coming January AFTER I have my Fall Semester grades, and assuming that my GPA will be maintained or raised, should I re-take the SAT? It would be great if I can get comments about each specific programs (JHU, Bryn Mawr, Columbia, Goucher, UPenn, and Temple). How important is the SAT score than GPA to each of these programs? Will (hopefully) my 3.7 GPA be good enough for forgiveness of my SAT score? Any suggestions of other 1-year linkage post-bacc programs out there? What are my overall chances of getting into a 1-year linkage program? I also know that I don't have much health-care related activities, so will it be better to just do a informal post-bacc instead (it will save money but it will take 1 year of classes + 1 glide year)?

Thank you for reading!
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Re: Chances for post-pacc program?

Postby CaribMD » Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:55 am

SAT score means nothing to Medical schools
WHat matters:
GPA
MCAT
Volunteering
Patient contact
for the schools you listed Research

Without these you do not have a pray at any you listed
Without a higher GPA (3.8 AMCAS, all grades if retake 1st and 2nd, averaged together) then you also will not be competitive

You may need a Masters or a PHD

Post bac no

Oh you will need a MCAT of 36 or better for JH and some of the others good luck
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Re: Chances for post-pacc program?

Postby kevin17ym » Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:30 pm

Thanks for the reply but please read what I wrote more carefully.
I am a music conservatory senior trying for post-bacc program because I don't have any pre-req sciences that I have taken yet. All those schools that I have listed are not medical schools but POST-BACC programs.
THEY DO ask us to turn in SAT scores with our undergraduate GPA. I am pretty sure I have a competitive GPA to turn in to post-bacc programs. I am trying to figure out how much my SAT score counts to admissions.
Like I mentioned earlier, I am a music major so I CANT go to a master's in science program.
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Re: Chances for post-pacc program?

Postby Rose77 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:49 am

Hi Kevin,

I'm actually in a very similar situation. I'm a senior at a music conservatory who wants to do a post baccalaureate program to prepare for med school. I have an 1800 SAT score, and I'm considering either taking the GRE or retaking the SAT. Have you found out if it's okay to retake the SAT?

I would appreciate any tips you might have now that you are 2 years down the road from me. Hope everything went well for you.

Thanks!
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