Combined BSMD Programs Taking You From High School to Medical School

Are you a high school student intent on becoming a doctor?

If so you can use the BSMD program to shorten the time you'll be in school. These are combined Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine programs allowing you to complete your undergraduate and medical school education faster than the traditional premedical student.

Another selling point of the BS/MD programs is your guaranteed acceptance to medical school. Obviously, it's not just get in and slack off. You'll have to meet certain requirements of your program which may include:

  • MCAT score
  • GPA
  • Community Service Hours
  • Health Related Activities

But in the grand scheme of things these are minor hurdles to overcome because at the end of the day you'll be graduating as a doctor. Well, not a day a few years.

Length of BS/MD Programs

The traditional route to becoming a doctor means applying and getting into a four year college/university. This is followed by meeting all of the admissions requirements for medical school including taking the MCAT. Then applying to medical school which is a year long process.

Medical school itself will last four years. There will be two years of the basic sciences followed by two years of clinical rotations.

For the traditional student you are looking at 8 years of education after leaving high school until you are officially a doctor.

But the combined BS/MD program can reduce the time it takes to become a doctor while at the same time alleviating any fears about whether you are competitive enough to actually get into medical school. There's advising assistance available to ensure you present your best application for getting into a BS/MD program. 

So here's the breakdown on the length of direct BSMD programs:

  • 6 years
  • 7 years
  • 8 years

Now the combined programs that have a total length of 6 or 7 years are actually considered accelerated programs because you are shaving 1-2 years off of the time required to become a doctor. 

If you're looking to start practicing medicine as fast as possible then you'll want to checkout the 6 year combined BS/MD programs. 

But did you consider how it will be possible to complete your course requirements at an accelerated pace?

In virtually, all cases although you're in a combined BSMD program medical school will last four years so the time difference comes in how long you're an undergraduate student.

Accelerated Undergraduate Considerations

Most students graduate college in four years but since you're the cream of the crop you will graduate sooner.

How is this possible?

To get into many combined BSMD programs you will have to be an exceptional high school student who may have even taken AP courses in high school. What some colleges will do is give you credit for this coursework allowing you to move into upper-division classes ultimately meaning you can graduate sooner.

Now this is not the case at all schools.

In other cases, you'll just have to work harder during your undergraduate portion of your BS/MD program. Working harder may entail taking a heavier courseload than your peers. Or it may mean taking  classes over the summer.

Also, since you have proven yourself to be very smart your college may allow you to skip Intro to X, Y, Z subjects or general distribution requirements. While at the same time giving you credit for these course offerings.

Overall, the goal is simple. 

You are going to need to get in a lot of classes in a compressed period of time so you can move onto medical school 1 or 2 years sooner than the typical premed student. 

Are You Sure Medicine Is For You

If at any time you decide that medicine isn't for you for whatever reason you are not obligated to complete the program and go onto medical school.

I know this may come off as blasphemy to some. But students do change their minds, grow up, have new life experiences and just determine medicine is not the shiny object they thought it to be. At your age you may not believe me but as you get older you'll begin to see what I mean.

This is why I always counsel students to choose a college that they'll be happy to attend regardless of their medical school aspirations. You want to be proud of where you go to college and not think of it as a means to an end.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, what about the diehard high school students who want to get  into a BS/MD program?

Help for Getting Into BSMD Programs

Getting into college let alone medical school is extremely competitive. Just as an FYI did you know that between 50 to 60% of first time medical school applicants do not get into medical school. 

I don't even want to consider how the numbers must look for an individual trying to get into a combined BS/MD program. It has to be incredibly tough and even just one slip up can derail all of your chances of becoming a doctor especially if you're set on the accelerated track.

But all is not lost.

There is direct to medical school advising available. 

Did you know you can get help with the key parts of getting into a BSMD program such as:

  • Application Planning
  • Application and Essay Editing
  • Interview Preparation

You already know the odds are pretty much stacked against you, so it is very important that you use every resource at your disposal to give yourself the competitive advantage to realize your dreams of becoming a doctor. 

If you're in high school and thinking about going to medical school then you'll want to have me on your team.


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