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Accepted but Missing Pre Req

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by SeekerOfTheTree, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. SeekerOfTheTree

    SeekerOfTheTree 10+ Year Member

    May 8, 2007
    Hello all,

    So I was on a waitlist and I didn't think I was gonna get accepted. I had planned on taking a pre req this summer but the classes got filled. Well now I got a call saying I have been accepted and guess what? I don't have Ochem II and lab on my transcript because I still need to take it. Any idea what I should do? I am contacting the school to see if they can work with me on this. Do they let people start in january at some schools by any chance? Help me :(
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  3. Dendrite

    Dendrite 2+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    As far as I know, there is no US allopathic medical school that lets students start their first year in January.

    Because all other applicants are required to complete the standard prereqs, which includes Ochem II w/lab, you may have to defer the acceptance. It's a bit hard to believe that the school would let you matriculate without a year of orgo (assuming you didn't take Biochem either), but who knows.

    Some schools do let you substitute Biochem for Organic Chemistry II, so just a heads up.
  4. aaj117

    aaj117 7+ Year Member

    Jul 5, 2007
    Find someplace else to take it. Anywhere. Don't lose this opportunity.
  5. chad5871

    chad5871 Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    Portland, OR
    They won't let you start in January, but you may be able to defer for a year. You'll have to get in touch with the school and see what they want you to do.
  6. Bradstein

    Bradstein Friendly R3 7+ Year Member

    May 19, 2008
    Community college is your friend
  7. Vihsadas

    Vihsadas No summer Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    An Igloo
    Seriously. You have the acceptance...just get it done *anywhere*.
  8. LikeClockWork

    LikeClockWork Guest

    Jul 23, 2007
    They may be willing to let it slide. I mean, they let you in without it anyway, so give them a call and ask them what to do.

    And let us know how it works out. I'm sure this could benefit someone doing a search someday.
  9. HumidBeing

    HumidBeing In Memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    Calling them is the thing to do. Rarely, exceptions are made about taking pre-reqs, but they aren't unheard of.

    If it comes down to having to take it and the local classes haven't begun, you may be able to beg your way in. If you can't get in there, do like aaj said and find a class someplace, anyplace, even if it means you have to live out of a motel room for a month.

    The last option would be to request a deferral. Those requests aren't always granted, but there's a chance that it would be.
  10. MaiPenRai

    MaiPenRai Member 2+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2006
    There are summer classes all over the country that haven't started yet. Find one and take it, even if you have to move to a different state for a month or two. It's worth it.
  11. Adam638

    Adam638 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 15, 2005
  12. HolyGrail

    HolyGrail A magnum opus suscipio 2+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2008
    At the Right Hand
    Beg, borrow, steal a spot.
  13. loganhayes

    loganhayes 2+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    You better take the course this summer anywhere in the U.S. Otherwise, you will lose your spot!! Check in SF, CA, its orgo II and lab does not start until July. So, that's a chance right there. Even if the class fills up already, you can talk to the professor and come on first day of class. Most people get in and professor usually understands they you need it for med school this august. and oh, it's cheap, too. it's a state school, you only pay $200 something extra/credit as an OOS. Berkeley extension also has summer courses. Go register, quick.
  14. Kaustikos

    Kaustikos Archerize It 7+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2008
    Always Bespin
    I'm pretty sure that wtih enough money, that "full" class will become empty. And given the circumstances and if no other spots open (even though someone JUST linked you an online course....), I would definitely try that or anything to get in. It's not over yet, so don't give up.
  15. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    They likely won't let it slide. I know someone who had to hold off attending med school for a year because he couldn't finish the prereqs in time.
  16. SeekerOfTheTree

    SeekerOfTheTree 10+ Year Member

    May 8, 2007
    Hi guys thanks for your advice. I called them and they let me defer till next year off of the waitlist! How awesome is that? I can defer till 2009. This works out great because this gives me a chance to save some money with my job for med school and take the class too :) This is awesome!
  17. Jolie South

    Jolie South is invoking Domo. . . Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    That's cool, but you really could get it done in the summer at a CC. I took O Chem 2 and lab last summer in July. It was over by early August. It's doable.

    If you want to take a year off, that's great, but you do have the option to start this fall if you want it.
  18. 1956Goldtop


    Jan 11, 2008
    Also note that most if not all schools will not let you defer if you are accepted off the waitlist. Tell them about your situation and let them know you will have it completed by matriculation. Go to some state or community college anywhere (even if you have to move for a few months) and get this done! It could be a fun experience since you will only need to do mediocre in the classes.

    edit: I just read your post. Congrats!

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