Welcome back friends!
I’ve had a lot of people ask me on Instagram about the program I am enrolled in right now and what made me decide to go this route. I’m hoping to answer any questions many gap year and non-traditional pre-medical students have about choosing and applying to masters programs!
I am currently enrolled in a Masters in Medical Sciences program. This is a one year masters program that allows me to take an MCAT prep course, complete a clinical program preceptorship, attend application workshops, and take first-year medical school courses! I applied to this masters program after I realized I may have to take a gap year after the 2016-2017 medical school application. I was more interested in the specialized one-year masters program than the traditional two-year masters programs because I knew I didn’t want to wait too long to apply to medical school a second time. I believe this program will help me increase my MCAT score, become a stronger applicant, and prepare for medical school rigor. The program I am in has been going on for a while now and so I have heard positive reviews from friends that have completed program. The program is very intense in that you take medical school courses in a short amount of time. It is NOT a placeholder for a gap year before medical school. You must take the program seriously and do very well in the classes in order for medical schools to view you as a competitive applicant! Not doing so could bring about negative consequences in that medical schools may question your readiness for professional school!
If you are someone who seeks a way to strengthen your application through experiencing medical school level courses, a specialized masters program may be a good fit for you! There are so many prepatory programs for medical schools out there so definitely look into the ones you’re interested in – whether they are postbac or masters programs – to see if it is right for you! I definitely had to spend a lot of time doing research before applying to UNTHSC.
Let me know if you have any specific questions below in the comments section and I will either get back to you or make another blog post specific to that topic! I hope this has been helpful for those thinking about what to do during gap years or those who simply want to prepare for medical school.