This is a quick Closeup with Jose Cos. We are looking into more information about the avenues to complete a medical education. With a national shortage of physicians, efforts are in place to try and increase the number of graduating doctors. In addition to more medical schools opening throughout the country, accelerated programs that decrease the years of study from 8 years to 7, or even 6 years in some cases, are expanding across the country. Jose is a student at the University of Texas El Paso and a participant in the A-PRIME TIME program (Accelerated – Professional, Relevant, Integrated Medical Education Transformation in Medical Education). The A-PRIME TIME is an accelerated BS/MD program with the potential to complete both in as little as 6 years. Listen to this episode to get an idea of the demands and challenges in an already arduous degree course!
01:20 The A-PRIME TIME (APT) program and the application process
05:27 How demanding is this program?
08:02 At what point in the program are you guaranteed acceptance into medical school?
09:45 What happens to students who don’t get accepted to Medical school?
12:21 Are there any other programs like the A-PRIME TIME program in Texas or other states?
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13:30 Are there any regrets about taking this more aggressive, challenging course through college?