1. newjeans

    Do I have to complete SMP if accepted to medical school this cycle?

    I am a current reapplicant this cycle applying to both MD and DO schools. I am also currently enrolled to start a 16 month SMP program this semester. If I am accepted to a medical school this cycle, is it fine if I leave the SMP program early or will medical schools expect me to finish prior to...
  2. Seldentaleli

    Should I do a masters or just focus on taking more post bacc classes?

    Hi everyone! I have a very general question. If I got my cGPA up from a 2.47 to a 3.0+ just from post-bacc classes (aka I graduated with a 2.47 and have been taking classes since), do I have a chance of getting into med school without doing a masters, given that my MCAT and ECs are sufficient...
  3. B

    3.7 sGPA, 3.8 cGPA but Poor SMP 2.8 GPA

    I'm applying to 29 MD schools this cycle. I have all the hours and unique experiences. I have a 3.8 uGPA and 3.7 sGPA but I joined a SMP program and had a family member die my first semester causing me to have two Cs. I've never gotten a C before in all my academic education. The next semester...
  4. padajuan

    School List Help: URM, 3.3 GPA, 509 MCAT, SMP

    cGPA and sGPA as calculated by AMCAS or AACOMAS Undergrad cGPA: 3.16 AMCAS and 3.16 AACOMAS sGPA: 2.98 AMCAS and 3.04 AACOMAS Postbacc 4.00 Graduate SMP in Biomedical Sciences cGPA: 3.82 AMCAS and 3.82 AACOMAS sGPA: 3.81 AMCAS and 3.82 AACOMAS cGPA: 3.31 AMCAS and 3.31 AACOMAS sGPA: 3.21...
  5. V

    Had to Withdraw from SMP after first term, go back?

    Hi All, I was a SMP student at EVMS Medical Master's 1 year program a year ago. I didn't start well but then in the middle of my first semester my best friend got run over and killed in a car crash, then in the beginning of my second semester my grandfather died, and another friend committed...
  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. papascherbatsky

    Non-trad/Vet: Do I need an SMP?

    Hello! I am a non-trad/veteran/career changer looking for some guidance on whether I should pursue an SMP to become more competitive for CAA school. My cGPA is 3.37, and my sGPA is 3.55 (I graduated in 2020 with 58 credits from a CC and the remaining at a private university). After I left...
  8. H

    Advice Needed On Choosing Best Path To Reinvention

    Hello everyone! Thank you for taking the time out to read this. I need some help on how to reinvent myself and be a better applicant for medical school. For some context, I am in my mid 20's and I graduated in 2020 with a GPA of 3.23 and sGPA a bit lower than that. My ec's aren't great but I...
  9. T

    Submit AMCAS early or wait for final grade From SMP

    My AMCAS application will be complete with everything except my final grade in my special masters program by the second week of June. The class doesn’t end until July 27th, but this grade could be the difference between my gpa being a 3.57 vs 3.6. Should I submit it early or wait for the grade...
  10. P

    WAMC 2023 cycle - Post Bacc while dental assisting vs SMP?

    Date of submission: Overall GPA: 3.2 Science GPA: 3.0 Bio-Chem-Physics GPA: 2.85 DAT score (include AA and all sections): Planning on taking the DAT in July. State of Residence: Georgia Undergrad Attended: Major: Biology Minor: Minority? No Reapplicant? No Nontrad? No Shadowing Experience...
  11. chamchi

    WAMC/Help with school list? (low uGPA, decent smp and mcat)

    Hello, I am applying this upcoming cycle. I am finishing up my SMP in a few weeks. I am ORM & Californian resident. I am crafting my school list and was looking for any feedback. Stats: uGPA: 3.3 SMP GPA: 3.96 MCAT: 519 (fairly even breakdown) ~250 non-clinical volunteering hours (the past 80...
  12. V

    WAMC? Low sGPA, high SMP and post-bacc

    Hi! I am preparing for the upcoming cycle and would greatly appreciate some guidance! Thank you in advance. 1. cGPA: 3.1 and sGPA: 2.5 -- SMP: 3.8, postbacc: 4.0 *doing both at the same time so my postbacc so far is only 12 credits 2. MCAT score(s) and breakdown: haven't taken yet, testing in...
  13. M

    Need advice…am I doing this right?

    Hello all! It’s safe to say that I’m at a bit of a crossroads right now, and looking for some solid guidance. I’m 28yrs old, and graduated with my bachelors about five years ago. Bombed my first year of undergrad, and when I say bomb, I mean flat out failed most courses that first year. Took a...
  14. P

    SMP vs 2 year Masters program?

    Hello, I didn’t apply this cycle because I wasn’t feeling confident so I spent the past year working at a dental office. I’m planning on applying this year but I also want to take classes to boost my application. I already have too many credits for a post-bacc to raise my gpa so I plan on taking...
  15. Joanna Shephard

    Agnes Scott Summer 2023

    Hey guys! I just wanted to start a thread for people accepted and applying to any of the Agnes Scott SMP/Post-bac programs. I just committed to the Med-Flex program. I am also low-key looking for a roommate around the Decatur area for the program so if you are in the same boat or know someone...
  16. G

    When should I consider an SMP?

    I am currently in my senior year right now, and my lack of success in the application is worrisome. Under what circumstances should I consider an SMP? I like the idea of having a guaranteed interview after completion of the SMP but there is the possibility I perform just average in the program...
  17. T

    SMP after DIY postbac?

    - Graduated from undergrad summer 2021 with a psyc degree, cGPA was 2.84 with upward trend and sGPA between 2-2.3 depending on how you grade it. (first 2 years were a train wreck) - Spent the following year using my EMT license to work as a vaccinator and then was promoted to site lead in a...
  18. SavvySalmon

    University of Cincinnati SMP 2023–24

    Hey! I am a current UC first year medical student and alumni of the Cincinnati SMP. I didn't see a thread started for the next cycle so I thought I'd start one. Let us know if you have any questions about the program!
  19. evagria

    Nursing student to MD/DO. Not sure what to do.

    Hi all! Glad I found this website/forum because I was having no luck getting any constructive feedback anywhere else so I’m hoping the feedback is better here. I am a 29 year old senior nursing student in an ADN program. I’ve always wanted to do medicine, even in high school but a string of...
  20. J

    Is NYMC Traditional right for me?

    Hi everyone, I am a non-traditional applicant. I took the prerequisites some time ago and did well, but I need to show current coursework. I am trying to figure out if this program works for me. I am strong in the biological sciences, but it has been some years since I took rigorous...
  21. I

    NYMC AMP 2022-2023

    Hey everyone! I will be attending NYMC's AMP program, but I didn't see any thread or FB page/group for the program. Anyone else in the same boat?
  22. D

    General Please help me decide between SMPs!

    Hi! My stats are: cGPA: 3.5, sGPA: 3.45, MCAT: 515. Please help me decide between the following SMPs: I have been accepted at: BU MAMS Tufts MBS Georgetown SMP Cincinnati SMP EVMS Case Western I'm still waiting to hear from: Loyola MSMP
  23. R

    Georgetown SMP vs Loyola MAMS

    I got accepted to both school, and need to decide between two. If anyone has any opinion, please let me know. Btw my cGPA: 3.1, MCAT: 500. Need more volunteer hours and shadowing hours. Both programs seem to have a good reputation and have similar advising resources and externship...
  24. B

    Postbacc GPA vs Curriculum

    Hi everyone! I majored in biomedical engineering and got a 3.1 uGPA. I am going to do a SMP to make up for the low gpa. All else equal, do you think medical schools prefer a high gpa (3.9) at a very good grad school, or realistically a lower/average gpa (3.6) at a large program that uses a med...
  25. B

    Tufts vs Vanderbilt MBS SMP

    Hi everyone! I was accepted into several special masters programs (SMPs) and have narrowed them down to Tufts and Vanderbilt masters in biomedical sciences. The Tufts program has a large class size (130) and a well-structured curriculum, whereas the Vanderbilt program is relatively new and has...
  26. B

    Tufts vs Vanderbilt MBS SMP

    Hi everyone! I was accepted into several special masters programs (SMPs) and have narrowed them down to Tufts and Vanderbilt masters in biomedical sciences. The Tufts program has a large class size (130) and a well-structured curriculum, whereas the Vanderbilt program is relatively new and has...
  27. B

    Tufts vs Vanderbilt MBS SMP

    Hi everyone! I was accepted into several special masters programs (SMPs) and have narrowed them down to Tufts and Vanderbilt masters in biomedical sciences. The Tufts program has a large class size (130) and a well-structured curriculum, whereas the Vanderbilt program is relatively new and has...
  28. P


    Hi guys! Are there any current and former students from these two programs? I really want to know more about these two programs before making a decision. They are both one year and have linkage to their DO schools. Thank you!!!
  29. himikie

    Help me decide between SMPs: NYMC AMP and Georgetown SMP

    Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone can help me decide between SMPs. I recently got accepted to both Georgetown 1-year SMP and NYMC 1-year accelerated SMP, and was wondering if anyone has any insights to these programs. I will be applying to medical schools this upcoming cycle, and just...
  30. D

    Help choosing SMP

    Hey all, going to be doing an SMP to help boost my GPA and gain acceptance into medical school. Right now, I am accepted to all SMPs listed in the title and I need help weighing the Pros/Cons of each program. Now considering my age and situation, I would *prefer* to get into med school asap...
  31. S

    Boston MAMS vs Tufts MBS

    Hi everyone, Thank you in advance for the help! I was accepted to Boston MAMS and Tufts MBS and I'm having trouble deciding between the two. Could alumni or anyone else please help me with a pros and cons list for both? I have a scholarship for MAMS for $10k for the year so tuition would be...
  32. B

    Non-Trad, Low cGPA Seeking SMP Advice

    Hi All I'm a non trad student with a low undergrad GPA. I've been steadily working on bringing it up to apply to medical school through a DIY post-bacc. I've decided to apply to an SMP and am seeking information on a few specific programs. My stats are: BA - Photography cGPA: 2.81 (brought up...
  33. R

    Is Agnes College post bacc good?

    Did anyone attend Agnes Scott post-bacc program? Please share your thoughts on this college's program
  34. K

    BU MAMS Reviews - Need help deciding

    Hi Everyone, I wanted to learn more about the Boston University MAMS program from alumni who have completed the program. How is the program? How well does it prepare you for medical school? Is it successful in helping you gain admission? What are the pros and cons? I am currently sitting at a...
  35. C

    Not doing well in SMP - - what to do next?

    I have been doing an SMP at an osteopathic medical school in California. It is a reputable SMP and we've even had someone get into UC Davis SOM or other MD programs. I got a 3.3 last semester; I struggled with delegating my time between the program and dealing with my personal issues (such as...
  36. M

    Am I being led astray?

    Hi everyone, I am a non-traditional. I began my college career as a nursing major, and transferred to Biology after working in the hospital as a tech for a period of time. I realized rather late into my college career that the autonomy, and intellectual stimulation of becoming a physician was...
  37. LuminatorMan

    Applying to both MD and SMP at the same school.

    Hello all. I need some advice to help me with my gameplan. Due to feeling shaky about my acceptance chances when I apply this summer, I will also be applying to SMPs. That said, how would it be viewed by a med school’s adcoms if I applied to both their MD program and their SMP at the same time...
  38. samgas12

    ACPHS SMP (post bac) Spring 2022

    Hi, I just recently got accepted into ACPHS's SMP program. I am looking for other students that will be coming into the class of Spring 2022.
  39. M

    SMP vs Post-bacc

    At this point in the cycle I have only received 1 interview so I'm thinking about reapplying. I think the main issue with my application this cycle was my low gpa (3.5 cumGPA, 3.49 sciGPA). I have a very good upward trend 3.9-4.0 last 3 quarters and I was hoping my MCAT (517) would at least help...
  40. T

    How to choose SMP program

    Hi Everyone! Couldnt find much information about this so I need some help!! Currently have a 2.8 cgpa with a not so good trend. I was able to get a 518 MCAT and have pretty good EC’s. Was looking into DIY post bacc but to be honest, can’t afford it. Was hoping for an SMP somewhere but do you...