The disruptions of the last several years have presented challenges to anyone who is training for a new career–especially pre-health professions students. Classes that would normally be hands-on went virtual. Clinical experience and volunteering opportunities dried up. Professors and instructors were stretched thin, potentially reducing their advising and mentorship availability. And students with child or family caretaking responsibilities suddenly found themselves without access to schools, daycares, and other resources. If your path toward a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or another healthcare profession has become a little bumpier than you hoped, you’re definitely not alone. You also have plenty of options when it comes to getting back on that path. This article looks at some of the reasons why earning your Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) with a Tiber Health partner school might be the right decision for you.
Your GPA Took a Hit During the Pandemic
2020 and 2021 were difficult years to be in college. If you performed below your potential in key classes due to the unsettled environment caused by lockdowns and virtual learning, you may be looking for another way to prove you have what it takes to succeed in medical school or another professional health program.
You could pursue a post-bacc certificate program and re-take those crucial classes hoping to earn a higher grade. Or you could earn your MSMS with one of our six partner schools. The MSMS mirrors the first year of classes at an LCME-accredited medical school (Liaison Committee on Medical Education–the accrediting body for all M.D. programs in the U.S. and Canada). By earning your MSMS, you can demonstrate to medical school admissions committees that you can succeed in their program, because you’ll already have passed many of the courses they would expect you to take in your first year.
You Lack a Science Foundation
Not everyone who becomes a physician, dentist, or veterinarian starts out as a biology major. If you’re one of the people who attended a college without a pre-med program or who decided to pursue a medical career too late in your undergraduate career to fulfill common pre-med requirements, the MSMS offers you another way forward.
With graduate-level classes in anatomy, biochemistry, neuroscience, and even medical ethics in the curriculum, you can build a base of scientific knowledge that meets–and even exceeds–what medical schools expect from applicants.
You Want Personalized Advising and Support
Schools that utilize the Tiber Health MSMS curriculum can offer students incredibly granular knowledge about their strengths, weaknesses, and potential to succeed in medical school. That’s because the digitized curriculum captures thousands of data points during every study session and class and analyzes them to produce a model of how well you understand concepts you’ll encounter on the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1.
Armed with a clear understanding of where you need more support, your instructors can offer practical advice and guidance to help you stay on track for graduation–and success at medical school or wherever you go next.
You’re Not Quite Sure Which Path Interests You Yet
You know you’re inclined toward a health sciences career, but you’re not sure if being a physician, a clinical researcher, or something else entirely is right for you. By earning your MSMS with one of our partner schools, you can explore multiple career pathways in health professions while you gain a better understanding of your own strengths and professional interests.
Maybe you’re actually interested in a specialist medical field like podiatry or dentistry. Maybe you’re more aligned with a D.O. program than you are with an M.D. program. Or maybe you’re a great fit for another related profession, such as medical device sales or medical research. With our 11-month MSMS, you can progress your knowledge and skills in health science and receive advising that will help guide you on the path to a great career that makes a difference in the world–all in less than a year.
Find Your MSMS Program
Interested in learning more about the Tiber Health MSMS? Explore our website to find a partner school near you today!