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    Reporter looking to talk to people about med school applications, experiences & expenses (pre- and during COVID)

    Hi everyone, My name is Eric Krebs and I'm reporting for Slate Magazine on the medical school application process and how COVID affected things. I'm interested in hearing all experiences — the great and the terrible alike. I'm really interested in the interview process specifically, how remote...
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    Pre-med Post-Bac Application Question

    Hello all you informed pre-med/med people! I am a current junior in college (basically a senior since the year is practically over) and I am a film student who has made the ultimate decision to become a physician! I'm not going to use this space to give you my reasons why/how/etc but I was...
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    I feel like I’m not doing enough. Is this normal?

    I’m currently a freshman, and I just don’t feel like I’m doing enough. I feel like if I went back in time to the version of me the summer before college and said I would end with a 4.0 and get involved in volunteering at a food pantry, that version of me would’ve felt relieved and satisfied. Now...
  4. Anonymous0920

    Dual Enrollment/Medical School Question

    Hey guys, I'm about to go into my junior year of high school, and will end up with enough credits to graduate early, but I could also take free online dual enrollment courses with a community college my senior year. The thing is I want to go to college as a Premed(probably a biology or chemistry...
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    Seeking guidance for the 2022 applicant cycle.

    Hello! I graduated from college in 2020 (Biology) and decided quite late that I wanted to become a physician. College was a really difficult time for me, and my grades definitely reflect that - most of my classes (Biology/Chemistry department) were B's. Ever since the Fall 2019 semester, I've...
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    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...
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    How to get into a US medical school with bad grades?

    I’ve attended a US accredited 4 year university but had to drop out because of family financial reasons/a tragedy happened in my life. My grades were perfect for the first two years of schooling, I was on the deans list for maintaining >3.8 GPA. suddenly my grades dropped in my last 1.5 years at...
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    HELP: Clinical experience vs post-bacc for gap years?

    Hello, I'm a current senior looking to take 2 gap years. Unfortunately, due to some personal circumstances and poor planning, I bombed quite a few classes during my sophomore year --- a no-pass for Orgo I, C in Biochem I, and C+ in a Development/Behavior class. Retook the Orgo and Biochem...
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    UAB MSBHS 2021

    Hi, I wanted to start a post for the upcoming summer semester. I applied back in January but I haven't heard anything back yet and thought maybe others would be looking to connect.
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    MD with bad undergrad gpa

    Hello all, I would like to get some advice on what I should do. Hopefully by people who have been in the same boat as I am and have made it!.. Ever since I was a child I knew helping others was something I had a really strong passion for. Though it wasn’t until I became hospitalized at 18 with...
  11. jyy3gx

    Doing Extra-curriculars abroad due to the fact that you live abroad and covid

    Hello, I am a non-trad who ditched premed mid-undergrad and is planning to go back and finish my pre-reqs and ECs. My family lives abroad (Korea), and I really don't have a home here in the States. Since the classes that I plan to take are asynchronous online, I can take them back in Korea or...
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    Premed: USF or UF?

    Hi, I was admitted into the honors college at USF and the Summer B program at UF going into premed, but I’m having trouble choosing which college to go to. I don’t know much about the difference between the pre med at these schools. Any information/ advice of which school to go to would help...
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    Barry Podiatry VS. NYCPM (Opinions from current students?)

    Hi! I applied to both Barry and NYCPM and was hoping to get opinions on where I should go? I know that NYCPM has better board scores but what draws me to Barry is living in FL, the beautiful campus, and being in a less densely podiatrist-populated area (In NY, there are about 30 podiatry...
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    Low GPA and worried!

    Hello, I am a University of Toronto student that holds an American permanent residency (I received acceptance during my sophomore year so I'm currently unable to move to America due to my ongoing education in Canada). I am worried about my chances at medical school and only have 50 hours of...
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    Should I Exclude My Startup from My Application

    We’ve been making a lot of progress and I am a founder of the startup (for profit). We’re doing services related to public health. I read through some past posts and have seen people discouraging others from pursuing that route so I don’t know whether putting that on my application will be a...
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    Gap Year Predicament

    I graduated in May 2020 and am applying to medical school this upcoming cycle in summer 2021. I took a gap year and have done crisis text line volunteering for 15 hours/week since last April and serving on an events board for a domestic violence shelter. In the meantime, I've also been studying...
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    ICU position w/ informal postbacc or formal postbacc?

    Hi everyone! I am a senior nursing student about to graduate! I am interested in going to medical school in the future. My Gpa is ~3.7, I have some research experience (although I don’t know if it counts as research!). I have a good amount of community service hours. I also have many clinical...
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    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...
  19. chemdoctor

    Do I need a committee letter?

    Hi everyone. Just what the title says. My college has a committee but I graduated a year ago (May 2020) and will be applying this upcoming cycle. Wondering if I still need one because my school's office has been a mess due to COVID. I honestly think my individual LORs are significantly...
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    Is this a reportable IA institutional action?

    Was caught with weed with bunch of other freshman in the 2nd week of classes in the honors college dorm. Cops were called but we did not get arrested. All I remember was that me and others involved gave a small statement to some administrator a couple days later. The student conduct office has...
  21. ninam2000

    School List HELP! (4.0/514) / WAMC

    Hi! I am having trouble making a school list for this upcoming cycle. I know my stats are too low for T20s, but I may want to apply to a few. Do people have any suggestions on what I can do to improve my app. Should I retake MCAT? Should I apply next year? GPA: 4.0 (from IVY LEAGUE) MCAT: 514...
  22. insaiyan-premed

    Step 2 CS discontinued

    Hello, I wanted to know how this would impact Pre-DO students like me who plan to mainly go DO schools as non-trad reinventors. I know PE is still there but w/ Step 1 P/F and Step 2 gone how would I make the case of being competitive for say Rads or EM. I know it's way early thinking about this...
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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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    Freshman Pre-med: How am I doing so far?

    Hello, SDN! This is my first post on here, but I have lurked on SDN for a couple of years now, or ever since my interest in medicine started. I am hoping some more experienced pre-meds/medical students can look at my ECs and stuff thus far and let me know if I am headed in the right direction...
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    National Health Corps for Gap Year

    Hello! I’m interested in pursuing National Health Corps for my gap year experience. If anyone’s been through it or knows anything please let me know if you have the answers to the following questions. 1) I wanted to take two gap years, but I know the National Health Corps program is just 10.5...
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    Post-Bacc | Johnson & Wales vs Avila University

    Hey Everyone! I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about these programs. I just got accepted to both and wanted to know what everyone thought!
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    For Sale $150 - MCAT books & Flashcards: NextStep & Kaplan PLUS extras!

    9 book series of 2018-2019 NextStep, JUST before their new 2020 lesson plan update. Copies have minimal notes/writing in them - mostly just some underlining. Kaplan books range from 2015-2018 version and 1,000 flashcards include access to the app. Also included is the PREMED PLAYBOOK 3 series by...
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    I’m definitely not the only one! What should I do with my situation?

    Hello, I’m new to this forum and searched around for answers to my particular situation but it’s so unique that I couldn’t really find all the answers. I figured I’d share it and get some feedback while hopefully not asking information already posted. Where do I begin? Well for your sake, I’ll...
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    Advice on post-bac application | cGPA 3.8, sGPA 3.6 | Clinical Research Background |

    I would really appreciate some advice on applying to post bacs. After working in clinical research a few years, I decided in Aug 2020 to apply to post bacs and pursue med school. I have applied to 2 programs - Scripps and Goucher - and am working on the essays for Bryn Mawr, Johns Hopkins, and...
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    Admissions Requirement: Full Sequence vs One Year

    Hello, my university goes by the quarter system and the organic chemistry sequence only spans two quarters. I noticed that some medical schools require an entire year/the full sequence of organic chemistry and was just wondering if that meant I would need to take a third organic chemistry course...
  31. DoctoOcto

    What are some common premed misconceptions about medical specialties? What is it REALLY like?

    From my experience of speaking to other premeds, there seems to be quite a bit of misconceptions about certain medical fields that are blatantly wrong, like 40-hours a week surgical residency & training, matching into Im subspecialties right out of med school, or that EM is full of crazy...
  32. zoe5

    Volunteering/Clinical Experience/Extracurriculars during the pandemic (internationally)

    I'm an undergrad freshman at UCSB doing remote learning. How do I find volunteer opportunities? Will med schools take pandemic difficulties into account? I've read answers to other questions like mine, but Im living in Taiwan. So technically the pandemic is over here. There isn't a huge need for...
  33. Perchperkins

    Do medical students and doctors have time to pursue hobbies and have a social life?

    Hi folks! Hopefully I’m posting this in the right section. I’m a premed student and I love science. However, I also have other hobbies like painting, creative writing, hanging out with friends and what not. I understand that medical school is very demanding and that many students become burnt...
  34. Perchperkins

    I got a 3.0 this semester with an overall GPA of 3.63, what are my chances?

    Hey guys, I posted a few days ago about how my grades went down. My first semester was a 3.77, my second a 3.89 and now my third was a 3.0. It was a huge drop - thanks calculus. I had a lot going on with work, COVID and online classes. The good news is that I got an A is orgo, the bad news is...
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    FAFSA: submit now or wait a month to have a lower, more accurate reflection of household income?

    I am far from an expert on financial-related things and could use some insight on this situation I'm in. From what I've gathered, it's best to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for school-specific scholarships. Also, even if you're completely independent, you have to list...
  36. madelinemurdock

    Pre-Med Job Advice

    Hello everyone! This is my first time using this site as I am a freshman undergrad student currently. I was just seeking advice on which job option I should pursue for the upcoming semester. Here are my two options and thoughts on both: a) work on one of my biology professor's research projects...
  37. Meticulouslykiwi

    Research paper question-urgent

    I am an author on a publication and just saw that I was only listed for conceptualizing the paper, but I also helped edit and wrote parts of the paper. Should I ask my PI about adding my name to the editing part? I don’t want to annoy her, so I wanted to ask here before I approach her.
  38. DoctoOcto

    I thought plastic surgery was surgery based around literally plastic materials

    I was talking to a plastic surgeon about being premed in 2020/COVID. My d**bass thought plastic surgery was called "plastics" because the surgery was based around literal plastic materials, and never bothered to take 5 seconds to look it up. Turns out its called "plastic surgery" as in...
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    Wake Forest Premed Online Workshop

    Hi everyone! Just sharing a resource I came across. Wake Forest is doing a premed workshop from 1/4-1/15 talking about how to study for the MCAT, planning gap years, etc. The deadline to register is 12/18, and it costs $1595 ($995 if you go to WFU). The link for registration: NEW! Winter...
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    Switched to pre-med/ GPA bad

    Hello everyone, I’m new here but I think this is a good place to get some guidance/ help because if I’m honest my counselors aren’t the best. I am currently a second year college student who just switched to pre-med. So far my current GPA is a 2.9 Bad, I know, but this far I’ve taken both bio...