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3.1ish GPA and 29MCAT

Discussion in 'Re-Applicants [ MD / DO ]' started by El Camino, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. El Camino

    El Camino

    Apr 11, 2007
    I need some help figuring out what to do next.

    I am a non traditional applicant with 5 years of experience in military aviation as an aerospace engineer. My undergraduate science GPA (BCMP) is ~3.1. I have taken a 2 graduate and 6 postbacc courses since then and achieved a 3.4 science GPA (I worked hard but had difficulty transitioning to the lecture/test format). My MCAT score was a 29k (10V, 10PS, 9B). I took the MCAT prior to taking organic chemistry and am pretty confident that I could get it up to a 32 if I retake and maybe higher. As for the other stuff, I have about 500 hours as an EMT rescue worker and volunteered at various other activities, and have shadowed half a dozen or so doctors with different specialties. I had two interviews this year and was rejected at both. One said they rejected me because my GPA was too low and I'm waiting to get feedback from the other school.

    I'm considering doing the Geogetown SMP (if they accept me) but am really worried that with all of the competition that I won't be able to get the necessary grades to get an acceptance. I am also considering Loyola's SMP.

    Does anyone no of any other master's or smp that I should look at?

    Any other thoughts? Thanks!
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  3. NightnDay79

    NightnDay79 5+ Year Member

    May 20, 2006
    From the looks of it- other not stellar, you have good scores and your sciences gpa is fair. Not sure what your undergraduate gpa was, but still, if you only applied to 2 places and they both interviewed you that in itself says something. You should look at that as being positive if you don't already :)
    First, you may want to try expanding the number of schools you apply to unless you are only looking at getting into the "big" named ones. In which case, you will definitely have more work to do.
    Secondly, that being said, if you want Georgetown, definitely go through their physios program. It's not conditional, but if you do well you may get your interview and matriculate there.
    Third, not sure if you already checked it out, but consider checking the postbaccalaureate (special programs) on amcas. They have quite a few.
    Lastly, if you are interested in a route that I just took with Drexel University college of medicine, feel free to pm me.
  4. Sarg's kid

    Sarg's kid HPSP Butterbar 5+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    Try your instate schools or the schools in the state that you list for residency for the military. You're a qualified applicant. Maybe shoot for some lower tiered schools. (I know that was my problem this year.)
  5. El Camino

    El Camino

    Apr 11, 2007
    Thanks guys,
    I appreciate your comments. I actually applied to 18 schools but was just interviewed by two. UW was my school of state residency and Georgetown was where I did my post bacc work. I applied to some schools that I were unrealistic but for the most part, I applied to private and public looking at schools with low matriculation scores and high interview percentages (especially of out of staters). My schools included:

    George Washington
    Wake Forrest
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    University of Colorado at Denver
    University of Utah
    Eastern Virginia
    Boston University School of Medicine
    Oregon Health Science
    Georgetown University School of Medicine
    Albany Medical College
    University of Washington
    Creighton University School of Medicine
    Saint Louis University School of Medicine
    Rosalind medical School of Chicago

    One other thing is that it took GT until I think October or Novemeber to get out my composite letter so I was behind the ball in getting my applications complete.

    My undergraduate GPA was 3.3 science and 3.1 BCMP. I had two C's in upper level math (Calc III and Differential Eq - hey they're tough). My postbacc work consisted of biology and chemistry classes (Bio I and II, Chem I and II, Orgo I and II, Anatomy, and Physiology) and was 3.4.

    Any other thoughts?
  6. ShyRem

    ShyRem I need more coffee. Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jun 17, 2004
    Where I hang my hat.
    a 3.1 GPA and 29 MCAT - i had a 3.2-3.3ish GPA and a 29MCAT with 15 years paramedic experience and Colorado didn't interview me (BTW my GPA was low because of grades 20 years old - my recent work was 3.6 with dual science major after starting over). and i was in-state. Good luck with that one, but unless it's your state school i'd spend my money elsewhere. They're tough to get into.
  7. mediocriskid

    mediocriskid Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    have you looked at any osteopathic schools? Your stats are competitive for DO's.

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