Medscape has a nice interview that discusses the pros and cons of the 3-year accelerated MD program. Mercer, UC Davis, Texas Tech and NYU are some of the schools now offering a three-year program and we see that number growing as continue to grapple with high student debt loads while competing for the top medical school applicants.
In a nutshell, if you have been out of undergraduate for at least a year or two (and possibly have a MPH or Ph.D.) are feel very certain about your future medical career goals, the three-year program may be right for you. If you’re a “traditional” applicant who plans to enter medical school directly after undergrad, you may also want to consider programs such as NYU which give you the ability to opt in to the three-year program after your first or second year of med school. In any event, we encourage you to carefully read the entire article linked above and come to your own conclusion about how valuable the fourth year may be for your particular profile and needs. And finally, as always, we’re available to help guide you through this process. Feel free to call us at 1.800.809.0800. We keep evening and weekend hours by appointment!
Reduce it to three years and don’t require the 4 year undergraduate. Plenty of other countries don’t require that degree and the doctors they produce are awesome. If you aren’t sure what type of medicine you want to practice, you shouldn’t be entering medical school. Figure that out beforehand.
I agree. Three years of undergrad is plenty of time to cover the pre med requirements. Just make it a certificate instead of a degree if that’s the issue. Then 3 years of medical school for primary care.