Graduate School

Information Please on Combined Bachelors/M.D. Programs

Question: Which colleges offer accelerated medical school programs that enable students to earn both a bachelor's and M.D. degree without reapplying to med school?

The Web site below is a good place to start.

It includes many of the current accelerated medical programs, although not all of them. In fact, no resource we’ve encountered is 100 percent complete, so your best bet would be to use more than one. In addition to this site you might also want to order one of these books (available at ):

The High School Doctor: The Underground Roadmap to 6, 7,

and 8 Year Accelerated/Combined Medical Programs (Ba/Md) in

the United States by Nagendra Sai, Md Koneru, et al; or

From High School to Med. School : The definitive guide to

accelerated medical programs by Ashish Raju, Jason Yanofski;

We've seen the first of the two and find it helpful to the extent that it lists many programs and describes their admission standards. The information about the colleges themselves and the program in particular is a bit sparse, but at least provides a good starting point for further investigation.

Speaking of admission standards, you need to understand that admission to accelerated and/or combined medical programs is extremely competitive. (We say “accelerated and/or combined” because some institutions offer admission to both undergrad and medical school via one application but their 8-year program is not really accelerated; other colleges compress the undergrad/med studies into 7 or even 6 years and are thus truly accelerated.) Note that even colleges that ordinarily have only so-so admission standards for their other academic areas will raise the bar to the moon when it comes to the combined med offerings, and typically only Ivy League-caliber applicants will be accepted.

You might also check out our discussion forums about Multiple Degree Programs in our Pre-Med and Med School forum.