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2.3 GPA, No MCAT yet, Masters?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by gottakeepgoin, Oct 2, 2011.

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  1. gottakeepgoin


    Oct 2, 2011
    I have a undergrad gpa 2.3 with a biology degree. I know applying to med school is out of the question for a couple of years.
    Should I do a post-bac program or masters? With a masters, med schools would see a separate gpa aside from my undergrad gpa. With a post bac, it would add on.
    I dont have publications in research but I have extracurriculars, leadership, volunteering, research for a year, internships, and shadowing.

    With that gpa, I know Ill have a hard time getting into even a post bac or masters program. Any suggestions? Please help.
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  3. SeminoleVesicle

    SeminoleVesicle MS4 5+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Post-bac. You need a 3.0 for consideration.
  4. Stumpyman

    Stumpyman 5+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    post bac and seriously work on it. Look into DO schools as well, it'll be super hard to get into MD at this point.
  5. TriagePreMed

    TriagePreMed Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2010
    I'm not one to normally say this, but given your situation, it would be most advisable for you to find another career. Do you really want to spend the next 3 years of your life on the possibility that some medical school will accept you? The cost in living expenses + tuition + books + amount you could have earned are so great that you must consider that. Would you really not be happy with another career?

    Also, you have a 2.3. What makes you think you can handle a post-bacc or masters? Serious thing to ponder and have a good answer for.

    Honestly, your best option is the Caribbean, but I'd advise against it. Some will come here saying to go for DO, but I don't think you'll be well seen after they realize you retook nearly half of all your classes to get to a decent GPA (60 units at 2.3 and 60 units at 4.0 = 3.15).
  6. Morsetlis

    Morsetlis I wish I were a dentist 7+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2010
    The "Garden" State
    3 years of schooling to remediate.

    3 years of borrowing.

    3 years of impeccable focus.
  7. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Is your GPA low due to a bad freshman year or a difficult semester, or were your grades in the C -ish range throughout college? What is your science and math GPA? Did you have an upward science grade trend toward the end of colllege?
  8. a runner

    a runner ASA Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    If you really want to do this, your only option is to go the DO route and do some serious grade replacement. I would not recommend doing a formal post-bac, at least at first. First thing I would do is retake any classes you have D's or F's and MAKE SURE to get A's in all classes. You could start out slow with 2-3 classes per semester if you need to, because if you cannot do this, you will not be a doctor, ever.

    Next I would retake classes you got C's in until your GPA with grade replacement is up to 3.0 or close to it. Then take a full load of upper division bio classes and ace them or do a formal post-bac to show the ADCOMs you can handle the load. This should raise your GPA a little more and you'll have a chance. You should be able to raise your GPA to 3.0 within 4 semesters of full time work. If you fail with getting all A's in this or this doesn't sound like something you want to do, then I would follow Triage's advice and look for another career. Good luck whatever you choose.
  9. torshi

    torshi Squirrel 5+ Year Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    If you have any F's retake those classes, D.O replaces those grades, F's bring your gpa down big time.

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