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    PA to MD/DO

    Hi all! I'm a 23yo physician assistant with ~1.5 years of experience and am interested in becoming an MD. I went to a BS PA program (2 years prereqs + 2 years PA school for my undergrad degree). My overall cGPA (including 2 years of PA school) is 3.54 and pre-PA sGPA is 3.68. I had a really...
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    Anyone know anything about the Benedictine University (Lisle, IL) Master of Science in Integrative Physiology?

    I'm a pre-dental junior with a lower gpa/science gpa. I saw this program and was wondering if anyone knew about the stats of students that got into dental school, experiences with the linkages that the program states with dental schools, overall experience with the program, etc. Also, how does...
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    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...
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    Which is a stronger course of action?

    Hello everyone! I'm so excited to become more involved in posting in these fora instead of just reading :) I'm hoping for some perspective on a decision I'm likely to be making soon. I'm a nontrad student, currently a senior having studied business to help me learn the skills I need to grow the...
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    Career change - Is my plan viable? How do I overcome my biggest obstacle?

    Hi SDN, TL;DR: Please see the problem I list at the very bottom and help me come up with a solution. Overview: I am 23 years old and obtained my BBA in May of 2019 with a 3.1 GPA. I currently work as a full-time (8AM-5PM) in corporate banking. For many reasons, I know my truest passion and...
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    Advice on DIY Postbacc

    Hi! I'm in the middle of my DIY postbacc. Recently graduated from state flagship university and have a pb gpa of 3.79 from the past summer & fall. I'm looking to take more spring courses, but the ones I want are closed at my alma mater. So I branched out and found a few local state colleges...
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    Non Trad Low GPA Higher MCAT CA

    Hey guys, I'm a nontraditional 28 yo applicant, graduated class 2014 with biological sciences degree. Here are my stats: MCAT: 517 undergrad cGPA: 3.09 (including the postbacc "undergrad" courses) 2.92 (if I didn't include the postbacc) undergrad sGPA: 2.87 (including the postbacc "undergrad"...
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    Current PhD student looking for advice - confused on what the best path forward is

    Hi everyone! I'm feeling a bit lost on where to go from here and SDN seems like the best place to get some advice. After scouring through the threads I realized that I do have a few different paths forward, but am very confused as to how I should go about this About Me: I am currently a 3rd...
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    Post Bac Grad Pre-med advice

    Hello, So, I have a Master's in Biomedical Science, even though I graduated from my program with a 2.98 GPA. This is because my program director forgot to add a course to our schedule, so the school was lenient in giving me a degree, despite my GPA being lower than the 3.0 cutoff. The other...
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    Applying to PostBac PreMed Programs - Advice?

    Welcome everyone, any guidance or insight you can offer is greatly appreciated! I'm currently in my senior year of undergrad as a B.S. in Psych student. Pursing medicine always seemed like a pipe dream for me—a first generation college student who severely slacked off in high school (mainly due...
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    Where to Pickup on Path to MedSchool?

    I’ve always wanted to go to med school for psychiatry, but I 1.) never thought I could do it and 2.) didn’t think I could pay for it. I became a teacher instead, and while in that career, I got a PhD in psychology (I thought it would make me a better teacher if I better understood motivation...
  13. dl697

    Recent ugrad/software engineer considering MD/PhD

    Hi all, I'm a recent Cornell grad, and am looking into applying to MD/PhD programs in 2-3 years. I graduated with a biology major and computer science minor (cGPA: 3.6). I've taken most of the premed requirements, including general bio and chemistry, orgo, biochem, genetics, and physics. I...
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    Non traditional student advice from early graduate students

    Hello If you’ve completed undergraduate school (pre-med) within 3 years and have successfully gotten into medical school right after (no gap year) please DM me, I have some questions I’d like to ask. OR If you completed your pre-med within 3 years and had to take a gap year, but you still...
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    Career Change...

    Hi Everyone, I'm brand new to this site and new to the process of going to/thinking about medical school. Currently I am in law enforcement and have been for the past 6 years (I am 28 years old too) Recently though, my wife and I have come to the conclusion that we need to move closer to...
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    Medical School chances with low GPA (MD/DO)?

    Hello everyone, I graduated with a degree in Biology with 3.2cGPA and 2.9sGPA. I will be starting a MHA this fall and plan to apply 2020-21 cycle. I haven't taken the MCAT yet but I am planning to take it in the next 2 months (practice Kaplan FLs have averaged around 508). I know that my uGPA is...
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    Soul searching

    Hey everyone, New to the forum here. 27 years old junior getting my bachelors in Bio. Had a bunch of life twists and turns and couldn't finish my degree when I was younger. I didn't do well in a couple of my earlier classes due to certain circumstances but have retaken them and gotten As but...
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    Anxiety as a Low-Grade Applicant

    Disclaimer: This is a bit of a read Hello, So I am a relatively young (23 going on 24) non traditional applicant. It has actually been a bit of a ride for me and medicine. I had been pre-med in undergrad but was in it for the wrong reasons (parental pressure, comfortable salary, pride). I had...
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    Advice needed! Ex-pharmacy student with low GPA

    First of all, this post is kinda long, but please bear with me because I really need advice at the moment. I do know I have messed up a lot throughout school so please refrain from negative comments if you are not going to give me real advice. I have thought about going down this path many times...
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    Low Science GPA, Missing Classes, Strong Work Experience

    Hi all, A brief overview of my situation: cGPA ~3.4, BCPM GPA ~2.5, missing all chemistry classes, prior military, 2000+ hours patient care, healthcare outcomes research, Ivy Master's with GPA ~3.7, healthcare finance/operations job. Would going to community college to finish/retake pre-reqs...
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    Army Vet MLT ——> MD Personal statement final draft?

    I think I have narrowed down my PS to near its final draft (2019-2020 app cycle) and would like to know if I can get a few people to review it. I have had some excellent help from others on this site and just looking for as many perspectives as I can get! I was in the Army (active for 18 month...
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    Do I have a chance?

    Basically I went in to undergrad with unrealistic expectations of my study skills and time management (made As easy in high school). I had a lot of clinical experience in high school and decided I wanted to be a doctor. I went into undergrad pre med and took gen chem 1st semester (C) and cell...
  23. dr.ihaveacutedog

    Please any and all advice, pretty much on my own with this.

    Hello! I am a completely new poster, so forgive me if this sucks and it's too long but know I am really trying. I am a 21 yo recent graduate as of last month with a Bachelors in Health Science. A little about my history, I initially went to college away from my hometown with the intentions of...
  24. vangolgi

    Pharmacy School to Medical School

    So ultimately, I am a first year PharmD student at a good school wanting to apply to medical school. I have long considered medical school but thought I would be satisfied with what the PharmD degree has to offer and didn't think I had what it takes to do well in Med school. Ultimately, I...
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    Is a Masters Abroad okay?

    Hello, I am currently a senior and just recently finished applying to medical school. I am now just waiting for interview invitations. However, I was curious about getting a masters degree if I do not get in this cycle. I would just like to know whether or not obtaining it abroad would affect...
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    Nontraditional Medical School Applicant Question

    Hello, I am a nontraditional student looking to apply to medical school in the coming years. I was originally undecided after highschool and decided to attend a local state university part time while I explored my options. After three semesters I withdrew. I completed 32 credits with an...
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    I need advice on my non-traditional path to Medical School.

    Hello all, I have a question on the path I am having to take to get to medical school. I am an adult student and had to start college at 24 instead of 18 years old. I started my collegiate career at a community college in my home state. I received mostly A’s and B’s but I did not finish...
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    Request: List of US Medical Schools Without Pre Requisites

    Hello, A while ago, someone posted a list of U.S.medical schools that don't have pre requisites. I haven't been able to find it. Any chance someone has it? Please and thank you.
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    Competitive Nature of Post-Bacc Admission?

    Hi there! I'm currently a rising senior at a small, private Midwestern college graduating in June 2019 with a B.S. in Mathematics with the former hopes to be an actuary. I've always been extremely fascinated with the health field and have been on the fence about my degree but never felt I "had...
  30. guerrero08

    Reapplication and DAT retake?

    I applied to this cycle and I am on the waitlist for the upcoming cycle. However, admissions say the class seems steady and full. For this reason, I would like to ask you guys if I should go ahead and reapply for the next cycle. My DAT is as follows, AA18, TS 19, OC 19, GC 19, RC 17, QR 16 PAT...
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    Should I applying late, is it worth it?

    I'm taking the MCAT on June 30th and won't get my results until the end of July. The earliest I think I can get my application in is by mid-august assuming everything else works out. Would it be worth it to apply this cycle? Would there be any cons to applying late? I also dropped the ball on...
  32. his989

    Seeking Advice for Non Traditional Dental School Applicants with Engineering Background

    Hello All, I've read some good threads about non-traditional dental school applicants, and I thought this would be a great place to seek advice from others. Here's a little bit about myself: 27-year-old Asian male. Graduated in 2014 with BS in Civil Engineering (3.2 overall / 3.5 major, 122...
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    extracurricular activities

    I am 28 yo, part time registered nurse in med surge, have been the chair for a safety committee at work, did research with an MD at the hospital (but my school wants me to do lab research with faculty member so they are not counting that research) I just started training in a lab but I am not...
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    Eligible for Career Changer Post Bacc?

    Hi all, Apologies if this is explained somewhere else, but I checked and didn't see it. I'm not clear on whether I'm eligible for a career changer post bac program, and if not, what my options are. Ten years ago, during my freshman and sophomore year of college, I took (and did very poorly in)...
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    Is this realistic or not?

    Hi there, I've been browsing these forums for awhile and I'm having a hard time determining if my dream of becoming a doctor would be possible. I am 27 years old. Details below: Highschool: -Graduated in top 10 of my class 1st undergrad institution (2009): -I went to a top-tier university...
  36. mangoliebe

    How do I decide if I want med school?

    Hello everyone, I'm currently a Computer Sciences track undergraduate (graduation est. 2020), but I've been considering med school. I don't know if this is an adolescent career phase or genuine interest, since I turn 16 tomorrow (yay). Without bogging this post down with the details, I...
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    BSN, RN (Student) to M.D . . . Advice?

    How would you prepare for medical school?
  38. McDanielG12

    GPA, Nursing, Heartbreak...

    Hey guys. Sorry if this has been asked 100 times, I just didn't see any posts really similar to my situation. I want med school and I want it bad. Currently, I am in nursing school. This just isn't what I want. I think I would be content with my life if I stayed a nurse, but it's not what I...
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    Confused about post bacc programs/masters program

    I am trying to figure out a route for me to get to medical school. It seems every option I have researched has been shut down. I really hope I am not the only student in the world with this predicament. Hence, why I am here. A little background on myself and school. I graduated from the...
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    SUBSTANCE ABUSE ON APPLICATION..?

    I have a question on whether it would be wise or not to mention my struggle with substance abuse on my application/ letter of intent. I believe it may be beneficial, however others have advised me against it (None of which are pre-med students or advisors). There are many factors involved in...
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    PhD/PsyD School Psych Applicant- Which job helps my chances?

    Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone out there might be able to give some advice. I'll be applying to some apa accredited school psych phd programs come December. I'm very interested in working in a school setting, of course, but am also thinking I might wander into a juvenile detention setting...