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3.57cGPA 3.317sGPA, 32Q MCAT

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by mdhopeful4, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. mdhopeful4

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    I had a really bad freshman year (multiple C's_ but started to pull up from sophmore year and then from junior year on wards I got 4.0's for my last 4 semesters.

    cGPA: 3.573
    sGPA: 3.317
    MCAT: 32Q (first time. did not retake)

    EC's:
    - volunteered at EMS for a year
    -2 years research with ugrad prof
    -3 years of volunteer work with one hospital, and 2 years with another (overlapping time)
    -shadowed 3 docs for a total of 80 hours
    - been volunteering for events at my church since I was a freshman in high school, carried this on all throughout senior year of college
    - been a part of several clubs here and there throughout ugrad
    - played some intramural sports throughout college
    - got some pretty nice LOR's from the doctors I shadowed, from my ugrad professors, and from my church (catholic if it matters).


    By the way, that is not my AMCAS gpa, it is the gpa that I got using my ugrad scores. The school I attended only gives A ( 4.0) B+ (3.5) B (3.0) C+ (2.5) and C (2.0) (there are D's etc but I didn't get a D). Given that our school did the grades on a different scale than AMCA's, will my AMCAS gpa be higher or lower than what my ugrad comes out to be?

    Am I a viable candidate for MD schools or should I not even apply? Where should I apply if I do apply? I am a resident of CT and went to school in state.
     
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  3. Catalystik

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    AMCAS Grade Conversion guide (yours looks most like one from the end): https://www.aamc.org/students/download/181676/data/amcas_grade_conversion_guide.pdf

    Stats-wise, you are a viable MD candidate. A 3.57/32 gives you a ~66% chance of an acceptance per AAMC data, but probably higher due to the steep upward grade trend.

    EC-wise, you look to be in pretty good shape. Even more so if you have some leadership and teaching associated with your nonmedical volunteerism.
     
  4. mdhopeful4

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    I see you said that a 3.57 gives me a good chance, wont my subpar sGPA hurt me more? also, I am taking a year to beef up EC's, work, and collect myself for MD school etc so can you suggest some extra things for me to do? I really appreciate your input Catalystik!

    edit: also the reason I want to beef up my ec's and what not is because I hadn't really been sure if I wanted to do medicine until the summer of my sophmore year, thats why my EC's were lacking a bit, but also that is why I started getting 4.0's after that :)
     
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    Did I incorectly assume that your science coursework also shows a steep upward grade trend (including about half of the prerequisites)? Yes, your lower BCPM GPA is a concern, which a sea of recent As could remove. With an extra year to prepare, you might consider taking upper-level Bio classes to further reassure adcomms that you can survive the science-heavy curriculum of med school.
     
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    Assuming typicalindian=mdhopeful4, I gather that the above is a theoretical scenario since the last time we 'talked" you had a downgoing grade trend and were a rising junior.
     
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    Unfortunately, no. I have not taken my mcats yet and I do not go to church (since I'm Indian lol).
     
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