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  1. L

    I was unschooled, should I mention it on applications?

    I have had a unique educational journey and I'm not sure if I should write about it in my med school applications. I am curious to know what SDN users think. I was pulled out of school after the 1st grade due to poverty and my mom’s untreated mental illness. I wasn’t homeschooled and I didn’t...
  2. 5

    Had a good freshman year, bad sophomore year, should I retake in junior year or just do well on higher level courses

    I had a good freshman year on both premed and non premed courses (A/A+s). Had a rough sophomore year due to external circumstances, A's in non science and Cs in science courses. In total I got 4 C's in midlevel bio and chem courses from sophomore year. High enough to advance into the upper...
  3. H

    Any advice for gap year?

    Hi you all very nice people, I am taking 2 years off and applying during the 2023-2024 cycle! I would like to know if there is anything else I can do to improve my application during this year, especially about the leadership part. My plan wasn't for MD until my Junior year, so everything...
  4. F

    Premed office at my school useless, need advice.

    So to sum it up briefly, the premed offices in my school are pretty useless and I need some help. I'm a senior however due to me switching majors I'm going to graduate a semester late. One of the main reasons for the switch was I was previously an engineering major and my sophmore year I took...
  5. L

    Rethinking and regretting everything (PLEASE HELP ME)

    hey everyone i’ll try to make this as short as possible and cut the sob story but i could really use some advice I’m starting pharmacy school this september and though, a few weeks ago I was really happy to finally start the school that matters, I don’t know if I want this anymore and it’s...
  6. P

    Reapply vs Postbacc/Special Masters

    Hello! I applied this past cycle (2021-2022) and did not get any interviews. I'm a CA applicant who graduated from UC with Psychology BS. I completed majority of my science classes at a local CC while working multiple jobs since I decided to pursue medicine late in my junior year of college...
  7. YoungFlash01

    Leave of Absence between M2-M3 Dilemma!!

    Hi Everyone, I am finishing M2 in a few weeks and am taking a medical LOA before starting 3rd year. I am deciding on taking a one semester loa (starting 3rd year in January and being off-cycle) or taking the entire year off. I am conflicted on what to do as it would be nice not to have to take...
  8. Yousif Khaled

    Medical Best youtube channels for medical students

    What is the best medical youtube channels for the following subjects: Biochemistry Anatomy Histology Physiology Pahrmacology Pathology Thank you so much for the help :) Edit: it is not necessary to be a youtube channel .any source that makes medicine subjects easier to study is more than good...
  9. S

    Missing Biochem Prerequisite PreDent

    Hi all! I am a graduate student applying this cycle, but I have not taken Biochem. I plan to take it in Summer 1. My Undergrad GPA is low (2.9), and after the spring, I'll have one semester of my grad school GPA (4.0 hopefully) under my belt. Would it be better to apply early and then submit the...
  10. F

    AEGD/GPR program advice needed

    Hi everyone! I really need help deciding which program I should choose to apply to in a few months. Background: I'm a 3rd year dental student at UMKC. I have an ok GPA. I never wanted to specialize but I really love root canals so I would love to attend a post-doc program that is heavy on...
  11. S

    School list (3.98/ 525, limited research)

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  12. E

    How to go about filling in the holes in my app? Should I apply now anyway?

    Have been really struggling to interpret my application since I think I have some pretty big gaps in there (namely lack of volunteering, clinical stuff). What schools should I aim for? Northwestern/Columbia would be a dream but not sure how much of a reach those will be. State/Country of...
  13. K

    Pre-Dental Consulting/Coaching/Advising

    It has been a long time since I have been on SDN, but I remember it well since it's a great place to find general advice on how to get into dental school or a variety of other professional programs. My name is Zack Neitzey DMD. I graduated from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 2017. For three...
  14. A

    Degree/career options abroad

    Hello everyone! I apologize if I am not posting this in the right place, I'm new to SDN so please be kind as I learn :) I am interested in my career opportunities abroad and within the United States given various routes I could take at this point in my career. I'm interested in what you guys...
  15. L

    PhD/PsyD First year student seeking advice

    Hi! I am a first-year PsyD student, and I am planning to transfer out of the program as I feel like I'm not gaining any value, especially given what I'm paying for tuition. I chose this particular program as I believed there would be some if not an equal opportunity to pursue research and access...
  16. L

    PTCAS Volunteer Experience Question

    I'm adding volunteer experience in PTCAS. One volunteer position I held was at my Church and I did it for around eight years (2012 - 2020). From what I've heard, schools like to see recent experience (like just the volunteer work done in undergrad). So I'm wondering if I should put all eight...
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  18. W

    Current cycle applicant slowly becoming a re-applicant, please help fix my app.

    As the title says, I am a current applicant this cycle. I am a senior finishing my now final semester of undergrad, and it is safe to say that this cycle has not gone as I had hoped. As of now I only have had one II from my state school, to which I won't find out the final decision until March...
  19. dentalboi

    Recent Air Force HPSP grads, going back would you do the HPSP Scholarship?

    Hi, basically what time title says. I am currently applying for the 3 year Air Force HPSP scholarship and interview in a few days (lmk if you have any tips please). I have talked to a few dental students who are on the HPSP scholarship but I have not had the opportunity to talk to anyone who has...
  20. jamesdwa

    Does a RA position look good for dental school?

    I am a pre-dental freshman this year at University of Washington-Seattle, and I am planning on becoming a RA this upcoming Winter quarter because there is an opened position. I find it as an opportunity to improve my communication skills, build community, learn from diverse experiences that I...
  21. leadsquid

    For those that were not STEM majors: Learning curve for Chem and Physics?

    How did you all fare in General Chemistry and Physics 1 when you first started your post-bacc? I am couple years out of college and did not have any science classes. Did you learn all of the material you needed to in the classes or was there a steep learning curve initially due to there being an...
  22. J

    Mods delete please, in wrong forum

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  23. D

    Long Secondary Turnaround Time and October Secondaries - Should I be worried?

    I was verified and received my secondaries in mid-August. I have been working on them during this time, but I have been unable to submit half of these applications until now, in mid-October. I am a high-stat applicant (99th %ile MCAT/3.9GPA) with well-rounded experiences. I have been very slow...
  24. devontrann

    What major to choose?

    I'm currently a student in high school and as the fall season comes up I'm currently deciding on what major to choose as I plan to take the pre-dental route once in college. I'm currently stuck between human biology and public health as many students choose biology, but I believe that choosing...
  25. P

    WAMC: Fall 2023 MD.

    First post here so I apologize if I did anything wrong or I formatted incorrectly! I would appreciate any and all advice, the more realistic the better. cGPA: 3.75 (should be 3.8+ by end of Spring 2022 when I graduate) and sGPA of 3.587 MCAT: 510, 78th percentile (128/127/127/128) Ohio Resident...
  26. R

    2 year Air Force HPSP

    Does anyone have experience with the 2 year HPSP scholarship? I know the Air Force pretty much makes you do the AEGD (which doesn’t count towards the payback) then you owe 3 years of service. So 4 years total. I go to a pretty pricey Dental school. I’m looking at about $500k in debt when I...
  27. dentalboi

    dumb hpsp questions

    Hi everyone, my apologies in advance if these are dumb questions, but I wanted to learn more about the dental HPSP scholarship. I am currently a D1 and was interested in joining for the next 3 years (and then serving for 3 years). I have listed my questions below, thank you for your help! 1) My...
  28. G

    High GPA, Low DAT: WAMC?

    Date of submission: August 16, 2021 Overall GPA: 3.96 Science GPA: 3.8 DAT score (include AA and all sections): Took the DAT twice. First attempt: 18AA, 22 RC, 20 GC, 16 BIO, 15 QR, 19 OC, 18 PAT. Second attempt: 19AA, 20 RC, 18 GC, 20 BIO, 17 QR, 19 OC, 17 PAT State of Residence: I am a US...
  29. D

    Non-Trad Emergency Medicine Resident - Ask me anything!!!

    Current EM resident in southeast US. Non-trad, military, etc. Ask me anything here or on IG, under same name. I check IG daily and will answer via comment or video. Cheers 🍻 - DocMcStuffandThings
  30. D

    Emergency Medicine Resident - Ask me anything!!!

    Current EM resident in southeast US. Ask me anything. Cheers 🍻 - DocMcStuffandThings
  31. D

    Emergency Medicine Resident - Ask Me Anything!!!

    Current EM resident in southeast US. Ask me anything. 🩺👍🏻 Cheers 🍻 DocMcStuffandThings
  32. F

    WAMC Looking for some direction

    Date of submission: 09/07/2021 Overall GPA: 3.3 Science GPA: 3.0 DAT score (include AA and all sections): 18 AA, 17 Bio, 14 Orgo, 13 Gen chem, 15TS 28 RC, 18 QR, 19 PAT State of Residence: VA Major: Global Health Minority? Yes, Middle Eastern Reapplicant? No Shadowing Experience: 450...
  33. G

    Is it Worth It?

    Hello, I am a sophomore pre-medical student and I was wondering whether if would be unrealistic for me to continue on this pre-med track. Freshman year, due to a general state of depression and indecisiveness regarding my career choice wrecked havoc on my grades, especially during the second...
  34. P

    Need some advice, reinvention (worst reinventor ever?)

    Hey folks I need some advice from people who know better regarding my reinvention plans. Some initial data points: graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering 2 years ago; original cGPA was 2.8 and sGPA was around a 2.3 (only like 5 "science" classes in there).Transcript is a mess, like 10+...
  35. D

    MCAT/advice

    Hey guys, I’m sure many of you are sick and tired of seeing pots like this but just need to for my own sake and sanity through this. I have a 3.44 cGPA and a 3.33 sGPA with an upward trend. 1000+ total hours with research, shadowing, clinical volunteering etc. I have a fifth author pub and a...
  36. R

    Anki for Diseases?

    Hello, I have some disease courses coming up. I've been using Image Occlusion to create my cards for diseases, but I don't think that's the most effective method, since we are expected to ID diseases on images, diagnose based on case history, and provide a treatment based on case history...
  37. F

    WAMC MD/PhD MSTP

    Hi everyone. I am an undergraduate from a state school and I was currently looking at my GPA through an AMCAS GPA calculator. I was disappointed and shocked when I saw my AMCAS GPA being a 3.54 when my BCPM GPA is a 3.74 and AOGPA being a 3.86. I know not much can be said without an MCAT but I...
  38. Connor216413

    Veteran and ft worker

    Good morning everyone, As the title says, I am a 23 year old currently working FT, finishing up the remainder of my service contract in the reserves, and am a ft student. I work in the aerospace industry and am finishing up my second year of school... so I have quite a bit of time remaining...
  39. N

    Check-in post for non-trad advice :)

    Apologies in advance for the novel, I just read this back and realized how long it is. Big thanks to anyone that actually reads this monster! Appreciate you all! :) tl;dr, I was admittedly very mediocre during undergrad due to undiagnosed depression, got my life together and am now very...
  40. premed.mom

    Addiction

    Hi, So I have read you want to stay far away from mentioning addiction if you can. In my case, I think I will have to mention it. I struggled with substance use, domestic violence, homelessness, and mental health issues for the better part of my early twenties. I found out I was pregnant and...
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