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2.3 GPA, No MCAT yet, Masters?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by gottakeepgoin, 10.02.11.

  1. gottakeepgoin

    gottakeepgoin

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    Hello,
    I have a undergrad gpa 2.3 with a biology degree. I know applying to med school is out of the question for a couple of years.
    Should I do a post-bac program or masters? With a masters, med schools would see a separate gpa aside from my undergrad gpa. With a post bac, it would add on.
    I dont have publications in research but I have extracurriculars, leadership, volunteering, research for a year, internships, and shadowing.

    With that gpa, I know Ill have a hard time getting into even a post bac or masters program. Any suggestions? Please help.
     
  2. SeminoleVesicle

    SeminoleVesicle MS2

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    Post-bac. You need a 3.0 for consideration.
     
  3. Stumpyman

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    post bac and seriously work on it. Look into DO schools as well, it'll be super hard to get into MD at this point.
     
  4. TriagePreMed

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    I'm not one to normally say this, but given your situation, it would be most advisable for you to find another career. Do you really want to spend the next 3 years of your life on the possibility that some medical school will accept you? The cost in living expenses + tuition + books + amount you could have earned are so great that you must consider that. Would you really not be happy with another career?

    Also, you have a 2.3. What makes you think you can handle a post-bacc or masters? Serious thing to ponder and have a good answer for.

    Honestly, your best option is the Caribbean, but I'd advise against it. Some will come here saying to go for DO, but I don't think you'll be well seen after they realize you retook nearly half of all your classes to get to a decent GPA (60 units at 2.3 and 60 units at 4.0 = 3.15).
     
  5. Morsetlis

    Morsetlis SGU MS-4

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    3 years of schooling to remediate.

    3 years of borrowing.

    3 years of impeccable focus.
     
  6. Catalystik

    Catalystik Santa Paws SDN Advisor

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    Is your GPA low due to a bad freshman year or a difficult semester, or were your grades in the C -ish range throughout college? What is your science and math GPA? Did you have an upward science grade trend toward the end of colllege?
     
  7. a runner

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    If you really want to do this, your only option is to go the DO route and do some serious grade replacement. I would not recommend doing a formal post-bac, at least at first. First thing I would do is retake any classes you have D's or F's and MAKE SURE to get A's in all classes. You could start out slow with 2-3 classes per semester if you need to, because if you cannot do this, you will not be a doctor, ever.

    Next I would retake classes you got C's in until your GPA with grade replacement is up to 3.0 or close to it. Then take a full load of upper division bio classes and ace them or do a formal post-bac to show the ADCOMs you can handle the load. This should raise your GPA a little more and you'll have a chance. You should be able to raise your GPA to 3.0 within 4 semesters of full time work. If you fail with getting all A's in this or this doesn't sound like something you want to do, then I would follow Triage's advice and look for another career. Good luck whatever you choose.
     
  8. torshi

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    If you have any F's retake those classes, D.O replaces those grades, F's bring your gpa down big time.
     

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