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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Suler10, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. Suler10

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    Ok, so first some background...

    I've always wanted to be a doctor and I can't see myself being anything else.

    I am currently a sophomore at Pitt. I really like all the science courses and am majoring in neuroscience. My gpa freshman year was 3.0 but at the end of this semester it has gone down to a 2.8. My knowledge doesn't reflect my grades though, in fact most of my friends come to me for help. So I know that I capable of getting good grades and getting into med school. But the problem is I have bad anxiety so I do poorly on tests. I've realized that I can't use that as an excuse and have to show significant improvement next semester.

    Next semester I'll have 18 credits including a honors class (intro to neuro)
    and I think 3.8 is the minimum i have to get to show an noticeable upward trend.

    I already have some extracurricular activities : club soccer, volunteer work, lab assistant at a research institute, researcher at a community health office. andd i should have 3 or 4 more by the time I am done with college.

    I am also going to get a certificate in the conceptual foundations of medicine and will retake courses this summer to hopefully improve gpa.

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    So I am just looking for some general advice to improve my chances of getting in...
    -should I start studying for mcats now?(being taking kaplan, buying books)
    -do even more activities(maybe become a ta) to cover up my gpa?
    -anything else that is helpful

    I just want to make sure I still have a chance to get into MD medical school.

    Thanks alot
    :)
     
  2. Mobius1985

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  3. Suler10

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    sorry it was an accident, i couldnt delete it after
     
  4. RevivedPreMed

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    I don't think taking an 18 credit course load is going to help with your anxiety.

    Anyways, I was on your same boat. I knew all the material but would test poorly. Turned out that I have a learning disability and severe testing anxiety. Once diagnosed, there are treatments, accommodations etc. Now I am doing so well and my grades reflect what I have learned.

    If you really do have anxiety I suggest getting diagnosed so that you can proceed from there. Just imagine the testing anxiety you'd have on the MCAT without any sort of treatment/coaching/whatever.
     

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