Exploring BS/MD Programs at Top Colleges

For aspiring medical professionals, the journey to becoming a physician is a rigorous and demanding one. However, for those who possess unwavering determination and a clear sense of purpose, the path to medical school can be streamlined through specialized programs known as BS/MD programs. These unique offerings, available at select colleges and universities, combine undergraduate education with a guaranteed spot in medical school, offering a seamless and accelerated route to a medical career.

BS/MD programs are designed for high-achieving students who are committed to pursuing a career in medicine from an early stage. These programs not only provide a clear trajectory but also alleviate the stress associated with the medical school application process, including the uncertainty of acceptance. Additionally, they often offer unique learning opportunities, mentorship, and research experiences that help students develop into well-rounded healthcare professionals. There are pros and cons to taking this track.

List of Colleges with BS/MD Programs

Here is a list of colleges and universities in the United States that offer BS/MD programs:

  1. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine – Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME): Located in Chicago, Illinois, Northwestern’s HPME offers early acceptance to the medical school for exceptional students.
  2. Brown University – Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME): Brown’s PLME program in Providence, Rhode Island, provides students with guaranteed admission to the Warren Alpert Medical School.
  3. Rice University/Baylor College of Medicine – Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program: This program in Houston, Texas, offers a unique partnership between Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine.
  4. University of Miami – Medical Scholars Program (MSP): Located in Miami, Florida, this program grants early admission to the Miller School of Medicine.
  5. Union College/Albany Medical College – Leadership in Medicine Program (LIM): Union College in Schenectady, New York, partners with Albany Medical College to offer the LIM program.
  6. Case Western Reserve University – Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine (PSPM): This program in Cleveland, Ohio, provides guaranteed admission to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
  7. George Washington University – Early Selection Program (ESP): Located in Washington, D.C., GWU’s ESP offers a streamlined path to the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  8. Drexel University – Seven-Year Accelerated BS/MD Program: Drexel’s program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, allows students to complete both their undergraduate and medical degrees in seven years.
  9. Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) – BS/MD Program: NEOMED collaborates with several colleges in Ohio to offer a BS/MD program.
  10. Virginia Commonwealth University – Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP): This program in Richmond, Virginia, offers guaranteed admission to VCU School of Medicine.

    Some universities and BS/MD programs have unique admission requirements. Some of those to watch out for include:

    • Washington University in St Louis — optional 90-second video

    • Brown University — optional 2-minute introduction video

    • Princeton University – requires to submit a graded written paper

    • Rutgers University – requires a verification of shadowing and volunteering hours

    • Hofstra University – requires their BS/MD applicants to take the Casper test by January 15

    • Bowdoin College – optional 2-minute video. You receive a randomly selected question, such as, “Tell us how you would like to spend your birthday,” or, “What’s the best thing that’s happened to you in the last year?” You have 30 seconds to reflect before recording your 2-minute response.

    • University of Chicago – optional 2-minute introduction video

    • Wake Forest University – optional 2-3 minute video answering one of their three prompts (must be submitted within 5 days of applying)

    • Hint: Optional means Required. If any of these programs are at the top of your list, don’t skip any optional tasks. You’ve come this far, now is the time to finish strong.

Please note that these programs often have specific eligibility requirements, application processes, and deadlines. It’s essential to research each program thoroughly and reach out to the respective institutions for detailed information and guidance if you’re interested in pursuing a BS/MD program as part of your academic and career journey in medicine.

If medicine is in your student’s future, contact us for assistance with your journey. We can help with traditional college, early acceptance programs and BSMD tracks. Contact: Lee [email protected] www.annapoliscollegeconsulting.com