How is Philip Markoff 22 and a 2nd year med student? Is he that incredibly intelligent?

I was reading on CNN about the guy accused of robbing/murdering those masseuses from Craigslist, and it says he is 22 and a 2nd year med student at BU. Did he start college at age 16? Finish undergrad in 2 years? How is he so young yet so far in school? Finishing up premed requirements in 2 years is ridiculously difficult, with 2 semesters of Organic chemistry, 2 semesters of physics, 2 semesters of biology PLUS labs, and other random requirements like stats, psychology, soc, etc. Biochem and genetics. Is the guy a genius?

Update:

To eri, articles also say he did his undergrad work at SUNY Albany so his BS is not from BU and he couldn't have done the BS/MD program. And even if he had done one of those programs, he would be about right on track (not behind) as a 22 year old 2nd year med student, since most 2nd year med students are about 24.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    If he went into college having lots of AP credits, took more than 15 credits per semester, and/or took summer classes, he could have easily graduated in 3 years. He may have also been young for his grade level. If he graduated at 17, finished 3 years of undergrad at age 20, he could be a 22 year old 2nd year med student.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It could be that he took several of his core undergraduate course while he was in high school, doing a duel enrollment program.

    he probably finished up his undergraduate in about 2-3 years, than started his Med. degree, at probably 19 or 20 years old. meaning he was finished with his undergraduate course probably around the time he was 17 or 18.

    There are some people who do enter college at 16 years old, and finish with their undergraduate degree by the time the are 18, if they are taking the maxium amount of classes possible each semester.

    Even if he is in his 2nd year as a med student, he may be taking classes still. It takes about 6 years for a person to get a full medical degree.

    My cousin finished his M.D, when he was 25 or 26. So it is not impossible.

    I am just shocked that someone like him (Philip Markoff) is the Craigslist killer.

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  • eri
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    1 decade ago

    Boston University offers a BS/MD program that combines undergrad and med school into 6 or 7 years instead of doing the two separately in 8 years. So he probably started college at age 20, not age 16 - so he's a bit behind actually.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He probably is very intelligent but at the same time very stupid. He did nothing to cover his tracks. Doesnt he know what a IP address is? Doesnt he know how public places such as hotels and casinos have cameras all around them, watching your every move? Doesnt he know that you can be traced by using your cell phone or blackberry to find out where you have been?

    You would be surprised at the amount of so called geniuses who dont know these common things and this is why they end up in trouble.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I know someone who started college at 16 - she's not a genius, but she is now a doctor. If you are bright enough to be a doctor, you're almost certainly bright enough to graduate high school a couple of years early if you put your mind to it.

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