One of my juniors recently called me after visiting with a college rep at a local college fair. The student had asked about the BS/MD program that the college had and was told that they didn’t in fact have a BS/MD program. Since the student had gotten the information about the program from my book they were understandably confused.
So what was up?
The college does in fact have a BS/MD program but there are numerous issues that can come up particularly when talking with a new admissions officer. Some believe that a BS/MD program has to be accelerated and their program isn’t so it can’t be a BS/MD program.
Some people believe that they don’t have a BS/MD program because it is called something else.
Some people believe that a BS/MD program has medical school guaranteed regardless of what you do during college and their program isn’t guaranteed and therefore isn’t a BS/MD program.
BS/MD programs at most colleges are handled primarily by a specific person in the admissions office since they can confirm that all of the admissions requirements for the program are met. It is not unusual that a newer admissions officer will not have complete information about the BS/MD program at their school.
It is possible that a college has stopped a BS/MD program since the last edition of the book but that is unlikely. If you have questions on whether a college has a BS/MD program, give me a call.