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Advice Needed: Speaking with Assisstant Dean

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by TheUnderdogSupreme, May 14, 2014.

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  1. TheUnderdogSupreme

    TheUnderdogSupreme 2+ Year Member

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  3. WesternRedCedar

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    Attend and show how you have improved over time, having a low GPA for in-state schools, doesn't always mean you are SOL. People understand a bad freshman year, and significant trends.

    They could really like your lab research.
     
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  4. DoctorKrieger

    DoctorKrieger Exit Van Left 2+ Year Member

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    Call the dean and tell her you're afraid she may have been misled as to your gpa but that if she's still interested you'd enjoy meeting with her and discussing your resume. People in high places can get you in regardless of your stats, I'd take the opportunity. Worst they can do is say no.
     
  5. TheUnderdogSupreme

    TheUnderdogSupreme 2+ Year Member

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    Many thanks for both of the responses. I will use the advice given and see what happens. Thanks again.
     
  6. Goro

    Goro Probationary Status 5+ Year Member

    Just smile, be earnest, and show the humility that you have so far. When the Dean finds out that you have a <3.0 GPA, s/he will probably go "oh", make a few pleasantries, and politely end the conversation.

    Use this as an opportunity to find out about the med school application/admissions process, and med school curricula. It's still a learning experience.

    Then thank your attending/PI for being so kind.
     
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  7. happypremed1

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    Your boss clearly knows that connection can get you into med school. I don't know if your boss had disclosed your GPA to the Dean. Maybe try to ask him before the meeting with the Dean.
    I think the meeting is just going to be an informal chat to find out who you are as a person. If the low GPA is brought up, the Dean will offer you some advice on how to improve your application. Also ask the Dean about how you should go about addressing this issue in your application. I think your boss must have some serious power for the Dean to grant you a personal meeting, and that's a good thing because you know that your PI's LOR will be good and it will carry some weight. Take this meeting as an opportunity to make a connection with someone who can decide whether you can get an interview at the medical school.
     
  8. WesternRedCedar

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    Happypremed1 and goro are spot on, be forthright and you never know, it could be a situation where connections may get you an interview. He/she may also provide you with tips on how to make your application more competitive (it seems the research you do is highly regarded, that your PI has relative pull)
     
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