accelerated medicine programs

In last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Beth Heaton was back in the host chair to talk about an alternative to the standard accelerated medical program and answer more of our listener questions.

Alternative Path to Accelerated Medicine Programs: Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Lots of high school students aspire to careers in medicine, and some hope to get on the fast track to being a doctor by applying to BS/MD programs. But many aren’t aware that there is another option that is slightly less selective, and therefore might be a bit easier to attain: BS/DO. College admissions expert Mary Sue Youn was back on the show this week to explain to Beth all about the differences between a traditional MD program (which is allopathic medicine—who knew?) and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or a DO. In addition to touching a little on the differences between the types of medicine, Mary Sue also explained the differences in the course work, specialties, training, and entry qualifications and exceptions. If becoming a doctor has been a dream of yours, listen to this segment to learn why there has been a 40% increase in applications to these types of programs and why it might be the right fit for you.

Office Hours: College Finance and Admissions Listener Questions

The remaining time on the show was spent addressing questions sent in by our listeners. Beth and Shannon Vasconcelos, former financial aid officer at Tufts University, tackled your questions together.


  • We don’t qualify for any financial aid but we can’t afford to pay out of pocket, how do we get a student loan?
  • We put deposits down at two schools. Once we make up our mind, can we get our money back from the other school? (Yikes, listen for both the answer and an explanation for why you should avoid this situation!)
  • We have just submitted our deposit—when does the first actual bill arrive and what should we expect?
  • Where can I find some scholarships to pay the upcoming fall tuition bill?
  • How will our credit score impact our eligibility when borrowing to help pay for college?


  • When will we hear about final decisions from the waitlist at my first choice school, and is there anything we can do to influence a positive outcome?
  • Do colleges likes Dartmouth and Tufts prefer to see AP classes or dual enrollment college courses?
  • Our son has two exciting summer opportunities to choose between. One is an internship with a local real estate developer and the other is a spot in the prestigious Governor’s School. Which one should he choose?
  • Can I drop foreign language senior year?
  • What do Ivy League schools (and other highly selective schools) like to see students doing over the summer?

For the answers to all of these great questions and more, be sure to download this week’s episode.  Have a question you’d like to see answered in a future episode? Submit them here.


Written by Tova Tolman
Tova Tolman is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Tova worked in admissions at Fordham University, Montclair State University, and Barnard College. Visit our website to learn more about Tova Tolman.