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Alumni share why they chose the Masters in Medical Science (MSMS) program at IU School of Medicine.
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Rhea Sharma | MD Candidate, 2023

I chose MSMS for its accessibility to study resources. During my MSMS interview, I saw that it offered just that and much more. The program's office was friendly upon introduction and committed to facilitating a great study environment for the students, with snacks and food always available, mentorship and consulting within access, a jovial atmosphere filled with a positive spirit, and encouragement. I saw that I could foster my individual goals at the program, hone my skills, and ultimately work toward the next phase of my career. 

Deena Mohamed | MD Candidate, 2022

I knew I had to figure out a better plan to prove to myself and the medical school admission offices that I was prepared and capable of succeeding in medical school. I stumbled across the Indiana University School of Medicine Master of Medical Sciences (MSMS) Program by searching through the AAMC post-baccalaureate programs. The program was the biggest unexpected blessing in my life. What drew me in was the small cohort size and the integration of Kaplan MCAT to improve MCAT scores. My cohort is my family now and we are all on this journey to become physicians together. 

Jordan Finch | MD Candidate, 2024 

I chose the MSMS program because I knew that exposure to a curriculum and pace similar to medical school would provide me with the necessary study habits and foundational knowledge needed to succeed in medical school.

Shachia R. Jackson | MD Candidate, 2024

I initially chose the MSMS program to strengthen my science foundation before applying to medical school. I wanted to get accustomed to the change in workload and tune my study habits before jumping into the rigor of a doctoral program. When I came for my interview, the program directors and alumni's caring nature sealed the deal for me. It was apparent that they believed in my goals, success in the program, and ultimately, they were dedicated to aiding me on my journey to become a physician. Looking back on my experience, I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the MSMS program. I have gained mentors, friends, education, and experiences that will follow me for a lifetime. Spending my time between obtaining my undergraduate degree and applying to medical school in the MSMS program was the best decision for my journey.

Jasmine Kaur, MS | MD Candidate, 2022

The MSMS program gave me another opportunity to gain the confidence to be a physician one day. I knew I needed to prove to myself and the admission committees that I am a strong and well-rounded medical school candidate. The program’s connection with the IU School of Medicine, summer MCAT preparation course, and robust graduate-level course curriculum is what drew me to apply initially. Reflecting back on my two-year experience, I am thankful for the experiences I had which helped me grow as an individual and future first-generation physician.

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Aonesti Williams | MD Candidate, 2024

I chose the MSMS program because it gave me a second chance. The MSMS program not only gave me a chance to repair my MCAT score, but it gave me hope that I was just as capable as the next person to be a successful physician.

Darren Bost, Jr. | MD Candidate, 2023

The dedicated MCAT preparation in the summer before classes start was essential to increasing my MCAT score significantly. The rigorous graduate classes allowed me to show admission committees I could excel at higher-level education. After completing a year of the program, I approached my first year of medical school with confidence because I had already seen most of the material. I was also blessed to matriculate into IU School of Medicine with three classmates from my MSMS cohort who have been instrumental to my success in medical school. They have provided me friendship, support, and a sense of family that I otherwise would not have initially entering medical school. I am glad I did the MSMS program before entering medical school. I am genuinely grateful for the mentorship and opportunity this program provided.


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