premed advising

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    Engineering Graduate School to Medicine

    Hi everyone. I am a graduate student at UCLA pursuing a M.S. in bioengineering. My interests have changed recently and I am now looking to go to medical school to eventually become a psychiatrist. This decision was sparked in Jan 2020 when I found my mom and brother were using addictive, illegal...
  2. Zhra662

    cgpa & sgpa 3.05 MCAT 500, international student

    so I’m an international student, and I finished my undergraduate from US. My cgpa & sgpa are both 3.05. The major dip in my gpa occurred in the junior year there was death of multiple family members including my sister, dad, uncle and my best friend, all within a period of 7 months, moreover I...
  3. postponemastudentloan

    Personal Experience with Kaplan MCAT prep instructors?

    Hi, I've decided I want to take a Kaplan class to help prepare for the MCAT. I've heard mixed reviews & most people say it depends on the instructor. I have a list of possible dates with different instructors and I just wanted to know if any of you have taken a class with one of these...
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    Need advice for gap year plans

    I need advice on what do for my gap year(s). I have recently graduated and ended with a 3.47cGPA/3.3 sGPA with an upward trend (especially my last year - had 3.8 or higher) and am planning to apply for 2022 cycle (so would apply next year in 2021). I am URM and currently studying to take the...
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    School list?

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    Transfer or not during Covid-19

    Hello all, I am current student at Texas Christian University (TCU), but I am thinking of transferring to Vanderbilt University. However, I have a perfect GPA at TCU as a rising sophomore with research opportunities and others activities lined up. I also have connections with professors from...
  7. Cinnamon1997


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    is it even worth applying to Harvard?

    Honestly wondering what it takes to get into HMS. I have selected 15 or so MD programs, and considering HMS even though its practically impossible lmao.
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    C in General Chemistry this semester, should I do Credit/No Credit? [MD]

    This semester, I got a C in Chemistry... specifically, I attend the university of Miami, here the chemistry department is different, in which instead of having general chemistry 1 and then general chemistry 2, they have eternal chemistry all in 1 semester. It's really tough, and there's no...
  10. M

    Urgent Pre-Med Advice : Emory vs. Case Western vs. UNC Chapel Hill vs. Baylor vs. UC San Diego

    Hello! I only have a few more days to commit to my selected school and I am wondering what undergrad institution will set me up the best for success. I am not typically attracted by the cutthroat atmosphere and I would like a supportive undergrad experience with limited weed out experiences. I...
  11. sparklepuff97

    SOS: How do I choose a program?

    Hello all! Psychology/Computer Science undergraduate senior/incoming (career-changer) post-bacc here. Firstly, I hope you are all feeling/faring well during this difficult time. Personally, I am feeling quite overwhelmed and am looking advice, if anyone here might have any insights into my...
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    Pass/Fail Grade Option for Non-Prereq course in Postbac

    Hello Everyone! I am looking for some opinions I am currently doing a do-it-yourself postbac and have finished last semester with 3 A's and 2 B's. I will be finishing this semester with 4 A's and 1 B (in a non-prereq course). I was thinking of taking a pass on the B because I am trying to...
  13. R

    Please Help Me Decide Between Between Two Undergraduate Schools (Pre-med)

    Hi, I’m a high school senior trying to decide between the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I would be a biology major (pre-med or pre-pa) in each and they gave me about the same amount of financial aid (Madison would give me $2000 less a year...
  14. K

    What are my chances?

    Hi! I’ve been pretty overwhelmed thinking about if I can go to med school and wanted some advice. I will write my stats below: I am a white female age 21. I have been on the deans honor list for a quarter My current GPA is a 3.31 and I am in the middle of junior year at UCSB school and my...
  15. M

    Question on Non-Traditional Application dream as a soon to be Software Engineer

    Hi guys. I'm a current Comp sci major in college who is going to graduate with a job in NYC. Ever since I was a senior in HS I have always thought about medical school and recently realized (especially with the coronavirus) that this is something I really want to do. I've thought about the pros...
  16. rntodoctor

    Pass/Fail Pre-Med Courses

    Hi all! I'm currently a Registered Nurse turned Post-bacc Pre-med student. Due to the circumstances of this semester (finals were cancelled due to Corona Virus outbreak on campus), I was wondering about the risks of having a class reported as pass/fail on my transcript. We were given the option...
  17. kimchis

    Coronavirus & staying productive

    Just got out of school for 6 months due to Coronavirus outbreak. All the research and internships got cancelled for the summer, and now I have to find something to do for the next 6 months. Any ideas to stay productive in the midst of the global pandemic?
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    Evaluate my chances and any tips or strategies would be helpful

    I will preface by saying you're going to read this and probably say yikes. That is fine but its too late now I decided that I'm applying this cycle what matters here now is strategy to overcome my 1% chance of getting in. So I will do my best to give a picture of me as an applicant then give me...
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  20. josh3salmon

    Advice for an overwhelmed High School Senior? (Aspiring Pediatrician)

    I live on a hospital ship in Africa! Well, that's how I'm spending my senior year anyways. I'm in a weird "practicum/prepping for college" situation. I'm an American citizen and have grown up in Texas. I've always wanted to go into "medicine" but after seeing it in action here on the ship, I...
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    MD Academic Dishonesty: Is Medical School still a possibility for me?

    I am a freshman in college, currently in my second semester. In my first semester of college, I was overwhelmed by everything there was to do at college (got involved with research first semester, joined a lot of orgs, etc) and wasn’t managing my time properly. I began to do badly in my...
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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...
  23. postponemastudentloan

    Non clinical volunteering

    Hi guys, I am currently volunteering in a hospital & was going to switch to a free clinic because I can actually use my nursing license to help out there. However, I haven’t started any nonclinical volunteering. What are some types of good nonclinical volunteering? thanks!
  24. postponemastudentloan

    What type of EC’s for Med school?

    Hi guys, I wanted to get your advice on what you think standard EC’s (and how many hours) are for MD schools? I’m not sure what all falls under the category of EC’s but this is what I’m doing so far: -working as an LPN -research -volunteering in a hospital because of my clinical experience...
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    AMA: DO Interview/General Pre-Medical Help

    Hey everyone, before anything, @Goro has an extensive guide to medical school interviews and one for DOs as well that you should all check out if you haven’t. I was blessed to receive 9 interview invites from DO schools...I attended 7 of them with 6 acceptances and 1 waitlist even though my...
  26. Dakterbin

    NEED HELP,,,,- 4 year school -> community college-> 4 year school/ will it affect medical school application!!??

    Hi all I want to move from my current school, to community college then 4 year school. Currently, I have cGPA of 3.6 which, isn't terribly bad, but I want to improve the number more by attending more years at college. but I have several academic and personal reasons to leave my current...
  27. J

    What should I do?

    Hello everyone, I graduated may of 2017 with a gpa of 2.75 in psychology due to a death in my family during my freshman year & also transitioning into college, etc. it was just a lot going on during that year but I was able to do well from my sophomore up until senior year but unfortunately my...
  28. samuel984

    Need advice for career and medical school application as an international student

    Hi there, It's really nice to see many posts and answers from friendly people here. However, I think my situation is quite unique, so I hope to find some advices here. I'm a second year master student of computer science in a UC school, and obtained my bachelor's degree of Biochemistry from...
  29. Potinator

    Experience for med school

    Hello. I’m a junior biology major and am planning to apply to osteopathic schools in the future. My cumulative gpa is about 3.5 but my science gpa is about 3.23. I know this isn’t very competitive but I wanted to know what my best options would be to improve my application. I am currently...
  30. Dr.NigerianQueen

    Confused about what to do

    (This is my first time posting so I am not sure if this is the right forum. Please redirect me if I’m wrong) I am going into my last semester of undergrad (will graduate May 2020). I have several questions I wanted to ask. Quick Stats Overview - URM (AA) - cgpa (rn) = 3.38 (will explain below)...
  31. postponemastudentloan

    Taking MCAT Prep class along with Biochemistry?

    Hi Guys, I just wanted to see if anyone has taken an MCAT prep class along with another course that is on the mcat? I want to take an MCAT prep class for the guidance but I will also have to take Biochemistry at the same time because of the way my schedule is & I am not able to rearrange it any...
  32. cmurillo22


    Hello. I have a few questions I need help with. I graduated with a Biomedical Science degree. I have a 3.456cGPA and 3.4 sGPA. I know my GPA is on the low end. I went to my pre med advisor and I believe I didn’t get much help. I was in the process of applying to one year program master degree...
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    Finishing college within 3 years and taking MCAT during the third year.

    Just to get this out the way- I know that I should take my time and make myself the best applicant possible, but I need help with this situation. Thank you I’m a freshman bio major on a pre med track. I was initially planning on finishing college within three years and going straight to med...
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    Would I be a good candidate for an SMP?

    Hi SDN, I'm a Canadian with an AMCAS cGPA of 3.6 and an sGPA of 3.1, neither of which I believe are high enough as an international applicant to US med schools. I understand that most SMP applicants have lower numbers, but would it make sense for me to do an SMP? I contacted Georgetown, my...
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    Does working in a Communication Disorders and Speech and Hearing Clinic count as clinical experience?

    Hello, I am considering applying for a position in a Communication Disorders and Speech and Hearing Clinic, but I also need to gain more clinical experience and I was wondering if working in a clinic like this one would be considered clinical experience? Thank you.
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    Chemical Engineer Non-Trad Applicant (WAMC/Advice)

    I've been looking around for a while trying to find someone in a situation similar to mine, but I've had no luck. I'm hoping I'm not repeating what anyone else has posted. I graduated last year (May 2018) with a B.S. in chemical engineering (23 y/o; cGPA: 3.88; URM). I initially went to school...
  37. M

    Would doing a masters program help my chances of getting into medical school greatly?

    Hi, I post a lot about my spotty transcript and how I have F’s on it. Now I’ve been gettin straight A’s and everyone keeps telling me the upward trend is helpful, which really made me happy because I was so worried. Now I’m slightly worried because there are people applying for med school who...
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    Question about Physics prereq.

    Hi guys! I have a quick question about the Physics offered at my school. According to my Pre-med adviser, I can either take "Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences" 1 and 2 or General Physics 1 and 2. She assured me medical schools would accept either one. However, I am skeptical. I am...
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    Do Medical School’s look at every single grade and see the very upward trend?

    I’m really sorry, there might be a question like this but I couldn’t find one that specifically answered what I was wondering. I have a super spotty record which I’ve mentioned before. I have F’s, D’s, and C’s on my record from when I was in Community College. Was going through a lot, I should...
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    Struggling with which calculus to take as a pre-med, if at all???

    I am a 3rd year college student currently enrolled in the "hard/engineering" 5 credit calculus and geometry course at my university as opposed to the "easier" calculus for life sciences class. The reason I am taking the 5 credit calculus is because my concentration of "pre-med" within psychology...