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another GPA question:)

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by phosphorylation, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. phosphorylation

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    Hey!

    Just a question for whoever might know.

    I do the AMCAS application at the end of this quarter, pretty much at the beginning of June. The grades and the GPA that will be submited would be everything from this quarter to when I started.

    As some of you know, I have a sub 3.0 GPA, and what I was wondering is that, well, is there anyway I could tell the med school comittee that I will have a reasonable GPA by the time of matriculation. I can pretty much gaurantee that for them, if they would let me to, assuming ofcourse I have a 30+ on my MCAT...what do you guys think?

    thanks a lot, i love you all...
     
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  3. docmemi

    docmemi 1K Member
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    hmmm, maybe you can say something in your personal statement and secondaries. i imagine you might run into problems at schools that screen for secondaries; i think you should keep tabs on them during the process and if you dont hear back, call or email or write them.
     
  4. tautomer

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    One thing I'm considering is taking summer school in order to score some extra points for my GPA. I'm not exaclty sure how the process works yet, but maybe you could do a couple courses over the summer to boost your GPA as well, maybe even above a 3.0 (I'm not exactly sure what your GPA is). Then, you could send your transcripts before the year begins ( hopefully before they start interviewing) and maybe have a GPA that's more reasonable.

    Again, I'm not exaclty sure if this is doable, since I still have another year before I have to worry about that process, but it could be an idea.

    Either way, you could send them updated transcripts of "improved academic performance" and hopefully that could be a good indication of your academic capabilities.
     
  5. jlee9531

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    yeah you cant cut a deal with the adcom saying that your guarantee a certain gpa by matriculation...they want actual numbers not speculation. its like taking the august mcat, but when you turn in the app in june you guarantee a 35 so just send you the secondary right away.

    what goes on your AMCAS is what they will see. you can put down future courses that you are taking and such but obviously you cant put down predicted grades until you get the trascripts from them. once you submit...the only thing you can do is send them update letters regarding your new grades.

    i still think you should take at least a year off to do something to really improve that aspect of your application.
     
  6. (nicedream)

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    Dude, what is wrong with her applying now? Give me a break.
     
  7. bosox03

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    Definitely mention something about this in your personal statement. Just my 2 cents...
     
  8. liverotcod

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    There's nothing *wrong* with it. I think jlee is just interested in helping her maximize her chances at admission. The process of applying is arduous and expensive, and better done once than twice. I believe I remember reading someone else suggest that she only apply to a couple schools rather than make the all-out effort, which might be a reasonable compromise.

    The fact is that it's difficult to get interviews with sub 3.2 GPAs. I should know - mine is 2.95 even after my 4.0 post bacc!
     
  9. HollyJ

    HollyJ Realtors are evil
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    I agree with jlee, as usual. I am sure that you're really serious about bringing your grades up, but theoretically, anyone could "guarantee" a good GPA, whether or not they even had any intention of improving their grades. Med schools want to see a solid track record, and they're pretty serious about it.

    Good luck with everything -- I hope it goes well for you.
     
  10. exmike

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    If you're sure you can get those grades, then you would want to wait until they were all part of your AMCAS before applying. You really should wait. If you are OK with D.O. school, which seem to be more forgiving, then you might throw out a couple apps. I really would just wait. You don't want to be a reapp. to the same school anyway because it could hurt you, and it definitely wont help you.
     

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