First, relax. I think you're unecessarily fretting yourself over how they're going to split the hairs on your application, which is a valid concern, but keep in mind that despite GPA being a big part of your application it is not the only part. It may raise doubts at first, but if you have a strong rest of your application they will take a closer look and see what's going on. Despite what people say about adcoms, they are still human and will see your compelling story if you present it to them well enough.So, I'd like to know why Amcas presents my application at first glance to be so poor? And, if its true that adcoms just look at GPA and GPA trends without looking at the credit hours, I think the standard advice should be to not go into medicine if you fail your freshman and sophomore years. It is what it is.
FWIW: vintage 198x graduate, large, Big 10, land granting university... GPA is about 2.196, maybe 2.1957 or 2.1964 I was told at a Rotary club lunch where the dean of that particular university's medical school spoke... asked him afterward if there was any way... he almost laughed in my face. Another few years passed, ended up being directed to Judy Colwell (a Godsend to all non-trads, if you ask me; former Asst Dir Admissions - Stanford). Told her my story.
"Go back. Get as many A's as possible in all pre-reqs. Take a few upper division science courses. Do well. Ace the MCAT. Apply."
So, I did that and am.
I ask for a reason. If that MCAT is 515+, then your GPA will not necessarily keep you out. But it needs to be a stellar MCAT or otherwiseIts fine.
Probably not. 8,000 apps with nothing outstanding about yours (ala MCAT?), I can't say for sure but probably not. Something has to get you "into the box" to have the review it. Or that's what I've been told. So either post bacc GPA or MCAT or both.I'm not looking for a total evaluation. I'm trying to understand adcoms view of GPA and was wondering if they actually look at the credit hours. At. All.
Yep.Did you get straight Fs for real?
Single mom. 53. Work f/t 45 - 50 hrs a week, volunteer, shadowed, sleep less than 5 - 6 hours a night; am always exhausted. Goal score? 516+Well, my mcat is not a 515, and unfortunately for me unless I quit working 40-50 hours a week at a job where I come home exhausted it probably won't ever be. Truth. Be. Told. Now, give me 3 months of someone else paying my bills and a free gym membership and a Kaplan class I can focus on, then it will be a 515. From adulting for 20 years, always had to balance work,school,life,work,school,work,school,work,school,life.