advice needed

  1. Michelle Leiqi Lu

    WAMC for Post Bacc? Non-Traditional

    I'm in a bit of a special situation here. A compound of many things Went to college for Economics, GPA 3.4. Figured out I want to become a vet a couple months before graduation. Applied to Tufts' post bacc program and got rejected. Now 26, working in corporate America, and rethinking my career...
  2. DoctorDean

    Hello SDN! Starting a new med school and want to hear your opinions!

    Getting out of the gate on our new school and making lots of plans and designing our curriculum, building, support structures, etc. I'd really love to have input from aspirational MD/DO students and residents about what you would love in a new school that would make it more attractive to you and...
  3. N

    Apply upcoming cycle or take another gap year? How do you know when you’re ready to apply?

    Basically the question above. Should I apply for 2025 cycle or take another year off to apply for 2026 cycle? I graduated spring 2023. For stats rn I have a 3.9 cgpa, ~150 nonclinical, 35 hrs shadowing, got a scribe job this august, (+ recently started hospice volunteering), and 200+ research...
  4. I

    WAMC, Canadian student 3.3 cGPA, 3.83 GPA in last 2 years/60 credits

    Hi everyone, I completed my undergrad in lifesci with a 3.3 cumulative GPA and 3.83 GPA in the recent two years of undergrad. I graduated in 2021 and have been working in sales since because of responsibilities and having to take care of finances and survive on my own. I am yet to write my MCAT...
  5. swimminginconfidence

    Is it truly over? A desperate question from a foreign medical student

    Here's where I'm at right now, I'm a 2nd year medical student from Ethiopia , I failed my first preclinical year of med school twice...well failed once and withdrew once(which means no grades on the second attempt)....I passed on my third attempt(with a C in anatomy but B in everything else)...
  6. J

    Advice on Evaluating Need for Post-Bacc vs. SMP

    My main question is as the title suggests. This has been asked countless times before, but none of the threads really apply to my situation. I graduated from a T10 university last year with a non-science bachelor’s (social science). When I entered undergrad I didn’t have a clear idea of which...
  7. R

    Requesting Help Comparing Schools: ETSU Quillen, UTHSC, Loyola SSOM

    Hey everyone! I have had the wonderful opportunity of being accepted to one of the three schools listed in the title that I’m waitlisted from recently. However, the school is only giving me a few business days to accept their offer, which makes sense given that they want to either solidify the...
  8. B

    Should I retake MCAT?

    Hey everyone I just got my MCAT score today and got a 508 C/P:127 CARS: 126 B/B:127 P/S: 128. I'm not sure if I should retake it and would appreciate your advise! I don't have a great undergraduate GPA because I actually didn't decide to want to go to medical school until after I graduated. My...
  9. M

    WAMC: Should I apply this cycle vs. next cycle? PRE-MED

    Hi, I have a quick inquiry. I'm struggling with identifying if I should apply this cycle or next cycle due to my MCAT score. I'd appreciate some feedback. Since everything in life is conditional and varies per person a quick summary: I am scheduled for an April 28th test date; however, I am...
  10. B

    WAMC/School List Help 3.80 cGPA, 508 MCAT ORM

    Hey guys, I am going to apply for this upcoming cycle and I have a strong interest in primary care/family medicine. Also, I'm applying to MD + DO and I was wondering WAMC for this cycle? I don't have a ton of clinical hours and my MCAT is not great for MD. cGPA 3.80, sGPA 3.82 (strong upward...
  11. B

    WAMC: Should I delay my application? - cGPA: 3.58, sGPA: 3.63

    Hey everyone, I'm in need of some guidance about whether or not I should finish up my DIY Post-Bacc. I was a Statistics major in college back between 2016-2020 and I had taken pre-med courses in college not because I was looking into going to medical school, but to explore my options in...
  12. Y

    School List Help 3.89cGPA 511 MCAT ORM

    cGPA 3.891 sGPA 3.848 MCAT 511 Michigan Resident ORM Undergrad— top public state school Clinical MA in cardiology office 400 hours projected CNA for 6 months 400 hours Volunteer at free clinic 80 hours projected Patient sitter 100 hours Shadowing Rheumatologist— in process— 50 hours...
  13. H

    What is the consensus on summer research programs?

    Are they the best way to network with schools outside of your state of residence, or should they be taken at face-value for the pure scholarly benefit you might obtain from having a poster and research experience once the program is done. Right now, weighing my options on what to do this...
  14. D

    What should I focus on before I apply this June?

    So I have 10 months before the application cycle begins. I'm going into my last year of college with a 520 MCAT, 3.5 GPA (subject to improve). I have 50ish hours of shadowing, I have 200 ish hours of research (all from this summer), which I will continue doing. I have 150ish hours of clinical...
  15. N

    Should I take the MCAT earlier?

    Hey everyone! Since mid-Sophomore year I've decided to take the MCAT during Summer 2023 for a variety of reasons: More time to study, will be done with the pre-reqs, yada yada yada. However, by taking the MCAT next Summer, I am automatically taking a gap year since I will probably be graduating...
  16. C

    Thoughts on this adversity topic?

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  17. N

    Taking Step 1 as a DO. Advice with P/F now

    I’m beginning to wonder if it’s worth the extra stress and money to take step one if it’s past fail. I’m thinking about taking step two instead to get a score and sent me a part what is everybody else’s opinion on this. I want to be competitive and I just feel like another pass fail score is not...
  18. H

    PreMed to RN to NP or MD?

    I have a career dilemma that has been growing heavier and heavier on my mind. As far back as I remember I’ve wanted to be a physician, I come from a very medical family, my mother is an NP while my father is an MD. In college I pursued pre-med, had plenty of shadowing, research projects...
  19. sevvet

    Looking for advice: Wait or Go?

    Hi all! I'm looking for some advice/opinions so I will try to keep the background very brief: I am currently 8 months into my year-long internship at a zoo hospital. I've been accepted (and plan to go to) St. George's, but their Fall 2022 class is full so I'm slated for January 2023 unless they...
  20. thisisnotpaul

    Veteran with Upward Trend Requesting Post-Bacc Advice

    I am working towards medical school as a nontraditional student, currently active duty Air Force until January 2023. I will be finishing my BA in Psychology by the end of this year. I expect to graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.32 and a science GPA of ~2.7. About 7 years ago, I took courses...
  21. ebwgebgeb

    Taking 2 pre-req classes online?

    Do dental schools accept pre req classes taken online (excluding classes taken online due to COVID)?? and if so, do they look down upon it? I took a class online between fall and spring semester but it doesnt show as the class being online on my transcript
  22. edgyluvly

    Being an unmotivated Psychology Student

    Hello, I’m a new member here so here’s a little background on me. I’m fresh out of highschool and a freshmen in college as a Psychology major. I’m taking all online classes so I can balance school, work, and my relationships. My career goal is to become a clinical psychologist. I’m really stuck...
  23. T

    In need of an advice...

    hey there, I am 15 years old and I've always wanted to become a doctor and recently the urge to find out more and get more information on a doctor's life or perspective has been growing but the problem is that I also just found out that they're different types of doctors... so I wanted to ask...
  24. Bookish_future_mergrey

    Germophobic doctor?

    So the last couple of weeks (& especially these last few days) I've been heavily pondering my pre-med track. As of late (since COVID, really), I've been what some people would call "excessively cautious" about not catching COVID or any other illnesses, for that matter. I wash my hands a lot and...
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  26. T

    Pass/failing Ochem 2 and retaking it

    I've never made a post on here before, so I'm not sure how this works, but I was just wondering whether I should pass/fail my Ochem 2 class and retake it or if I should just keep the grade and retake it. This semester was pretty difficult for me mentally (obviously due to the pandemic because...
  27. M

    Radiation oncologist moving to the US

    Hello everyone, I have a question on behalf of my wife, who is a Venezuelan doctor currently in her 4th and final year of a radiotherapy "posgrado," or postgraduate specialization course. We live in Venezuela but will be moving to Texas in 2022. She graduated medical school in Venezuela in...
  28. M

    Lost and Confused: WAMC

    Hi, I'm really sorry if this is redundant. I tried looking for similar questions but didn't see any. I am crazy worried because I've been told there's no hope for me going to med school and I wanted opinions. I wanted to apply med school this year but now am debating between post-bacc and SMPs...
  29. D

    Research Importance in Medical School

    Hi all! I'm an incoming MS1 at a top 10 research-oriented school. I was wondering how important research will be moving forward in the medical pipeline. I'm asking because: 1) I'm not aiming for uber competitive specialties - I think I'd like to do primary care or emergency medicine since...
  30. medschoolcycle_22

    Which of these courses should I take for BCPM gpa?

    So I was wondering what courses you would recommend taking that would count towards BCPM GPA? There's environmental toxicology (it's listed under BIOL), Neurology, Virology. Which one would you recommend? I was also wondering if research methods would count under BCPM? It's listed as BIOL4560...
  31. M

    Do dental schools emphasize BCPM GPA or Science GPA?

    My BCPM GPA is currently at a 3.1ish. However, I have taken multiple "other science" classes that I knew would be easy to do well in so my science GPA sits at a 3.3. Which do schools emphasize/look at? if my cGPA is a 3.4 and DAT is 25AA and 26TS, should I apply this cycle? Because I have so...
  32. L

    Advise on how to continue my gap years?

    Seeking some advice on how I should continue. I graduated with my BS in Biological Sciences in 2017 and have been working as a Care Coordinator at a major NYC hospital. I am a first generation American, first to graduate high school/college, URM, and low SES. My low grades were due to a lack of...
  33. PuffBlueCat

    Cycle Wrap Up and Reapplication

    Hello all. It has been a wild ride, and I am officially calling this application cycle. I went from all R's/silence and preparing to reapply to receiving my first II to my top choice on 2/1. I interviewed 2/17, and just got hit with the R yesterday. To say I'm heartbroken would be an...
  34. M

    Need advice: Bad grades, post-bacc, gap year

    Hi everyone happy new year! Looking for advice on how to spend my gap year(s), fixing holes in my app, and if this post-bacc plan is good. One main issue is grades, especially sGPA, so thought I'd do a post-bacc in my city? The undergrad classes this post-bacc offers are mostly classes I've...
  35. Japo237

    COVID GAP YEAR?

    I am a current applicant to dental schools and have had 4 interviews at UF, UPenn, Pitt, and UK. I have a 4.0 GPA and 23 AA/23 PAT/ 23 Science average on my DAT. The covid-19 pandemic looks like it will be continuing on for at least the next year. Dental school is extremely expensive and I want...
  36. meowthmeister

    LECOM Early Acceptance Advice

    Hi! I’m honestly super confused about LECOM and med school in general, so I’m hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I‘m a 24 year old non-traditional Pre-Med (so bio) major anout to finish my first semester of my sophomore year. I have ~700 hours of “shadowing”, but this was...
  37. P

    Please Help. I don't have much clinical experience, should I apply to med school in the spring?

    Hello! I am currently in my senior year with my undergrad. I always wanted to go into medicine, but up until 2 years ago I never thought I was smart enough. I decided one day I hated business and wanted to pursue medicine. I'm planning on applying to medical school this spring, but I don't have...
  38. M

    Help!!!! What specialty should I apply to for the upcoming cycle?

    I'll try to keep this as short as possible. I'm not sure what specialties I should apply to for the upcoming application cycle. I was originally thinking Anesthesia but my performance in med school hasn't been the best and am not sure if I'll get in anywhere. I am seriously considering...
  39. A

    GradPlus Loan Advice/Recommendation Needed

    Looking to get some perspective on a GradPlus loan I'm thinking of taking out this year. I would greatly appreciate any feedback. Normally, I only borrow only what I need. This year, due to the new lower 5.3% interest rate compared to last year's 7.08%, I was hoping to take out the maximum...
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