When Did You Decide To Be a Doctor?

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I often ask my BS/MD admissions clients: When did you decide to be doctor?

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As my team and I develop our admissions strategies, we believe that it’s important to understand when and or what event in their lives inspired them to choose to become a physician.

Many of our BS/MD admissions clients decided from elementary school that they wanted to be a doctor.  What is quite interesting is that, in many cases, neither parents are doctors.  They were very interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and they truly wanted to help people.

In high school, they chose to apply via the direct combined BS/MD route because they were fully committed to the idea of pursuing a medical career, and a combined program seemed like the best of both worlds.  They definitely were committed to a future medical career and wanted to eliminate the uncertainty and stress during their undergraduate years that accompanies the medical school application process.  However, for many other applicants, following the traditional route of pursuing a bachelor’s degree and completing your pre-medical requirements before applying to medical school makes more sense than attending a combined BS/MD program.

When parents contact us, they describe their children as having top notch high school credentials, including GPA, test scores, a challenging curriculum and an array of extracurricular activities (including volunteer service, research, and clinical shadowing). Some already have 3-page resumes. To me, they all sound almost exactly alike on paper and are missing key components and factors that make them stand out. Please read Dr. Lowe’s blog: High School Juniors: Time To Get Serious About BS/MD Plans – Part II

Our view is that if a student has decided from elementary school to be a doctor why take the chance (why take the RISK) to make mistakes that will possibly prevent their dream? Why risk your child’s future?

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Dr. Lowe congratulates parents who support their children’s dreams!

Selectivity: Dr. Lowe only works with qualified students and parents who choose to work with the best!


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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, BS/MD Admissions Advisors, help high school students get accepted to BS/MD programs.

BS/MD Programs that Accept International and H4 Visa Students – 2021

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Each year, my offices receive calls and emails from parents of international students and parents who presently have H1B visas whose high school students have H4 visas who wish to become U.S. medical doctors through BS/MD programs.

As a result, we have developed a specialty helping these students navigate the college admissions and specifically the hypercompetitive BS/MD admissions process.

Based on my professional experience as a BS/MD admissions advisor, and long-term professional relationships with admissions officers and administrators, here is a current list of BS/MD programs that will consider reviewing applications of international and H4 Visa students:

  • Boston University Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program
  • Brown University Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME)
  • Case Western Reserve University Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine
  • Howard University BS/MD
  • Pennsylvania State University Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program
  • Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program (MSP)
  • Rutgers University-Newark BA/MD
  • SUNY Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program
  • University of Connecticut Special Program in Medicine
  • University Rochester – Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS)

Working with international and H4 visa high school students who desire to matriculate to BS/MD programs is a very involved, comprehensive and long-term process.  My team and I must clearly understand student goals, continuously help students with their applications and develop successful admissions strategies. After all, we know the value of becoming a licensed U.S. medical doctor!

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High school juniors and parents of high school juniors should read this blog: High School Students – Time To Get Serious About BS/MD Plans Part II.

It’s very important to avoid the risks and potential mistakes that will cause you to be rejected from BS/MD programs. After all your hard work, do you really want to make mistakes?  Mistakes that can occur in your junior year, senior year and/or on your college applications?

Selectivity:  Dr. Lowe only works with qualified students and parents who choose to hire the best!

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Dr. Paul R. Lowe, Admissions Expert

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, BS/MD Admissions Advisors, help high school students get accepted to BS/MD programs.

College Admissions: How Important Are AP Exams?

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As high school juniors are preparing for their AP exams, many are wondering how important are they!

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AP Exams are important!” – Dr. Paul Lowe

The depth and breadth of a student’s high school curriculum is very important – work done at the accelerated, honors and AP levels will matter in how the admissions committee evaluates your overall transcript – rejection or acceptance.

Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities (and BS/MD programs) expect students to enroll in AP classes unless they have enrolled in an International Baccalaureate (IB) program or if their school does not offer AP classes.

Students who are applying to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities (and BS/MD programs) on average enroll in 8 – 12 AP courses. It’s important that you do well in the AP courses, as admissions officers want to see that you have been challenged and that you are doing well despite the challenging and demanding curriculum.

Students not taking advantage of AP courses offered at their schools are generally not looked at favorably during the admissions selection process. “Several admissions officers at the Ivies have told me that they’re more likely to admit students who have taken several APs.” – Dr. Paul Lowe

AP exam scores are self-reported.  We recommend that you should report scores if you receive a 3 or higher.

Dr. Lowe advises his clients which AP courses they should enroll in as it relates to their college student profile thereby helping them stand out during the admissions process.

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Dr. Paul Lowe, Admissions Expert

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.  For colleges and universities that recommend or require videos: College Admissions Video Productions.