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- Jul 3, 2003
Originally posted by trauma_junky
I was just wanting to know. I am going to reapply this year and thought doing the paramedic to RN bridge would not only be a good career move but good for med school applications as well. Would like to hear it from some of you former RN's out there.
Originally posted by BiggMann79
Despite what they say Ad coms are way more concerned about GPA and MCAT scores than they are previous medical experience. Now having medical experience always helps but don't do it at the expense of taking hardcore science classes that will help you on what probably matters the most, the MCAT.
Originally posted by oudoc08
Actually, GPA and MCAT are important, but the fact is there are TONS of qualified applicants if you just go off of GPA and MCAT.
What adcoms are primarily concerned about is graduating you from their med school. It's all about the numbers. Thus, factors that have been statistically shown to correlate with med school performance are heavily weighed. The MCAT has been shown in many studies to correlate with performance on the Step 1 exam, and GPA has been shown to correlate with ability to handle a med school load.
However, as I pointed out before, there are far too many academically qualified applicants per number of seats available.
Hence, extracurriculars, LOR's, and yes, medical experience.
Why medical experience? No one expects you to be a doctor before you go to medical school. What is important is that it is virtually guaranteed that if you still want to go into medicine after having had direct patient contact, that you won't get into third year, and decide you can't handle blood, vomit, sick people, etc. So in essence, medical experience is also a predictor of future performance at a clinical level. In addition, it shows dedication to the field of medicine, a strong work ethic, and relative maturity.
The only person who would honestly believe that all medical school adcoms care about are numbers, sounds to me like someone who has no experience, and thinks his/her academic numbers alone should qualify them over someone that has extensive non-academic performance in addition.
Get your head out of the sand. This kind of thinking is what causes people to have to reapply after getting a brutal wakeup call. Rejection letters are hard to swallow when you have a 4.0 and a 37 on the MCAT, and believe me there are plenty that make those numbers that get stacks of them, while the 3.8 and 32 MCAT with research, medical experience and quality LOR's gets in just about anywhere they want to go.
Originally posted by thackl
It IS about the numbers. I was an engineer with no med expirience and all anyone seemed to care about was my GPA and MCAT. I start this fall.
Originally posted by trauma_junky
Congrats Thackl, but I think it such BS that I could of focused solely on Grades and done much better and had a stupid community health degree with a much higher GPA, gone to some looser school like SFA, and pulled a 4.0 and I would be in med school righ now (I think, you never know) instead I challenged my self. I regularly school the FP residents at the local hospital when we bring in patients. And all I am is a paramedic with a masters that can't get a sigle G0D Damn school to look at me seriously. WTF! My numbers arn't that bad either, not great. I have a 3.91 grad school gpa, which I did at the advice of an ADCOM to prove I could suceed in a graduate environment due to my poor undergrad performance.
I have no hair left from pulling it all out these days!