When people say that you should take advanced science classes in a do-it-yourself post-bacc, does that mean undergrad courses only, or also graduate level courses? If graduate level courses are more advanced and will better prepare you for med school, what about pursuing a masters degree? Will an MS degree with research add favorably to my admissions package? I know that is probably a longer route particularly if the normal pre-reqs are needed to do well on the mcat and meet admissions requirements. However I have some time until I can quit my job and go full time to school, and I see some additional potential advantages -
- taking an MS program at the local state medical school will give me good exposure to prof’s there and potential high-impact LOR’s
- if med school doesn’t happen I have something to move forward with for a PhD or other direction
The MS program I am looking at is 5 hours a semester, and so I could take at least 1 other pre-req course concurrently. Any thoughts on this? Is it better just to focus on the undergrad pre-reqs and higher level undergrad courses?