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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by UrSexyLatinDr, Apr 9, 2002.

  1. UrSexyLatinDr

    UrSexyLatinDr Single and looking =o)~ 7+ Year Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    Hey SDNers,

    I was wondering if there are any successful stories of you or someone you might know who did their first 2 years of undergrad poorly because of health related problems and after those two years he did greatly and got into med school? I am asking this because of of my friends who is getting ready to apply next year was diagnosed with clinical depression and he did bad his first 2 years because of this. He also had some family and financial problems while he was depressed, so everything became a bigger problem. After those 2 years he started doing great academically, his GPA went up and never went down. He has great EC's(Very Unique), research(non scientific,more of sociol/psych/ethnic kind of) and will be taking the MCAT this April, so far he has been scoring above 30's and his current GPA is around 3.7) So what do you guys think? You guys thik he might have a chance getting accepted anywhere?
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  3. ttac

    ttac Trust me, it's still fun. 10+ Year Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Not Philly...

    So it's one of your friends that's in this situation, uh-huh <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> Well, let me tell you about the situation that one of my friends was in <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    He had a very bad UGPA but had an upward trend in his senior year. He graduated in '97 and knew he couldn't get into med school with his grades and GPA. He spent the next 4 years doing research and getting published, did well on the MCAT, did well in seven postbac classes, and had some somewhat unusual EC's. Finally, after applying for the third time this year (I guess it was the charm) he got accepted.

    So I guess in summary, if you have a bad GPA, you need to prove to Adcoms that you have reformed, and that your real potential is more than your grades indicate. You also need some serious EC's to make yourself stand out. My friend did all of this, and it finally paid off...

    Best of luck,
  4. Future_Doc

    Future_Doc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2001
    My first couple of years were bad - but not due to health reasons. I had to work quite a bit to pay for school, and when I wasn't working, I was busy doing other stuff (not studying) <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> . But, my last two years of undergrad were better, but not enough to make up for the first two. Luckily, my major wasn't in the sciences. Several years later I took all of my sciences in a Post-bacc program. I got into medschool my first attempt - so it can happen.
  5. can't get no SDN love

    can't get no SDN love Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2002
    Hey ttac, where'd your "friend" get in? Was it UVM?

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