• SDN Site Updates

    Hey everyone! The site will be down for approximately 2 hours on Thursday, August 5th for site updates.

  • How To ACE Your Medical School Interview

    In this webinar hosted by SDN with experts from BeMo Academic Consulting, you will learn a simple five-step process to help you translate your interview invitation into an acceptance.

fish89

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Aug 16, 2008
124
1
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
I have a 3.6 BCPM GPA, with straight A's in non-science classes. (I'm not sure how the GPA's calculate out, I haven't done the math, but you get the idea). Also, I'm Asian.

I am in my second year at UCLA, have one poster at a national conference which my lab is going to write into a paper, another first-authored abstract pending submission, and am planning to do research with a national program this summer. I'm planning to present another abstract at this May's Undergraduate Science Poster Day. My lab publishes a lot, so I will likely be able to have more publications coming through for me. My profs love me, they will write good recs. I am also volunteering at the hospital.

Do I have any chance at any MSTP, given my GPA? =(
 

GoSpursGo

Allons-y!
Staff member
Administrator
10+ Year Member
Sep 30, 2008
32,338
8,366
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Leave this guy alone, people, he obviously has no realistic idea of how this process works. I know you all have something really clever to say... just don't.

OP, I don't know what you think the standards for getting into an MSTP are, but a 3.6 will not rule you out of anywhere, especially when it sounds like your cGPA is closer to a 3.8 or so. Also, you're in your SECOND YEAR, so if GPA is super important to you you've got plenty of time to bring those grades "up."

In reality, my general feeling is that MSTPs don't really care THAT much about your stats anyways, as long as you're competitive (meaning 3.6+ GPA, 33-34+ MCAT); what they care about most is your research, which sounds like you've got covered no problem, and how you present it in your interview. It just so happens that the people with the best research also generally tend to have the super stats as well.

Don't stress. Keep doing what you've been doing and you'll be fine.
 
About the Ads

dragonfly99

Full Member
10+ Year Member
May 15, 2008
5,089
49
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
3.6 science/math GPA will likely pass muster, so long as your MCAT score ends up decent. For MSTP the research experience is definitely important. Also you are at a well recognized university, which will likely help you in the admissions process.
 

pazan

Full Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Apr 12, 2007
253
2
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
i have a 3.5 science/cumulative GPA from UCLA and have had 3 MSTP interviews (and one acceptance). Just keep up your research and you'll be fine. You also have a lot of time to improve your GPA -- that should be your main focus.
 

fish89

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Aug 16, 2008
124
1
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
These responses are so helpful!! They really give me a better perspective on applying MSTP. I have two grad/med student friends, and both were summa cum laude at their schools - one guy even has like 8 papers after just finishing his phd portion, so I guess that gave me a distorted version of what MSTP really requires. I'm going for broke... thanks for all your thoughtful answers.
 
About the Ads
This thread is more than 12 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.