Ranking Special Masters Programs

We’re all familiar with the famous yet often maligned rankings by US News and World Report. Many of us no doubt based our college decisions and medical school decisions on the ordering of this list.

I used to be one of those who belittled the methodology of their rankings, but recently I’ve been seeing them in a new light as I work to create a ranking system of my own.

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Low GPA Repair for Medical School Admission

It seems unfair that bad decisions you make when you’re 19 years old can have such a profound impact on the rest of your life. Yes, your undergraduate GPA follows you around forever as either a badge of honor or an albatross. Doing poorly in the first year or two of college can dig a hole that’s nearly impossible to climb out of, especially if you want to compete for medical school admission against hordes of 4.0 students. How do people with severe GPA problems even stand a chance?!  Keep reading to find out…

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East Virginia Medical School (EVMS): M.S. in Biomedical Sciences – Medical Masters

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Ok lets just be honest: the EVMS masters is a solid program and one of the few SMPs that will even LOOK at a sub-3.0 gpa.  They don’t look much below it and you may get beat out by the sheer competition of the applicant pool, but your application won’t get circular-filed immediately like at other places.  If your gpa is on the 3.0 border and you have some solid MCAT scores and other soft factors that make you a compelling applicant, this might be a good place to apply before you go off and do a typical masters or post-bacc hoping to lateral to this kind of program and on to med school ( the “2.0 two-step” as I like to call it!).

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Temple: Advanced Core in Medical Sciences Program (ACMS)

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This program is one of my personal favorites and would be on my short list if I were an applicant today.  This is a true medical ”special masters program” in that it’s associated with a med school and will subject you to a brutal curriculum almost identical to what you would face if you were accepted to their actual med degree program. Compare this with more traditional masters and medical masters programs that are 1-2 year graduate programs but not ones where your butt is in classes with MS1′s.

Here you will truly be taking courses alongside the MS1s and taking the exact same exams. In some ways, you could look at this an “audition” for medical school. Perform adequetely in these courses and you will show the adcom at this and other institutions that you’re ready for the academic rigors of medical training.

Most importantly:  Temple is one of the few schools with a written guarantee.  Read more to learn how this works:

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USF: Masters in Medical Science with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Medical Science (IMS)

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Well, if you have to sit through a lot of difficult classes, Tampa ain’t a bad place to do it!  This is a vibrant and growing city in a beautiful state, and this program draws a number of students from across Florida and the southeastern United States.

This graduate program is a real “special masters program” in that it’s affiliated with a school of medicine and will subject you to a rigorous course of study similar to what you would experience if you were allowed in to their real med degree program. Here you’ll truly be taking classes next to the MS1s and taking the identical assessments. In some aspects, you could view this a “try out” for medical school. You need to show the admissions people that you can hack it in the rigorous world of medical training, so what better way to do it than actually take medical student classes and be a rock star?!

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