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From what I understand, online classes and random community college courses are not viewed as being particularly valuable by adcoms, and in fact may hurt your chances, if it looks like you took a bunch of easy classes to try and boost your GPA. That public health program is probably a better bet. Like DrMidlife said, if you have a 2.7 gpa after four-year program, you will probably need something fairly drastic to boost it up to around a 3.5. If you're set on an American MD program, I would agree with DrMidlife's suggestion of a second bachelor's. If you're open to DO or Carribbean schools, then you have more options.So my options are just to do online classes or take more courses in unstructured way. I am not sure how is that viewed in admission process.
George Washington has a new certificate program in public health with microbiology. Has anyone any openion on this certificate program? Will this help to get into MD.
1) When you decided to try for medical school, 'your area' expanded to the entire United States and possibly the Carribbean as well. You need to be prepared to move for this to work, not just for the SMP but also again for medical school itself. I mean, you can try for just in area schools but the odds of you getting in are pretty low. In your area, BTW, there are two other SMPs: at VCU and at EVMS. Maybe you can get close enough to home that you can drive home on the weekends. If you have a more time consuming family obligation that won't work with an SMP anyway.Thanks man for taking the time out to answer me. I like the idea of doing a Special Master program, but problem is that in my area DC Metro Georgetown is the only one for students with premed background and it is very expensive. There is one at American univ but it is for career changers they will not take someone who already has done premed/life science major. For family reason hard for me to move out of this area.
Yeah, it would be kind of like an informal post-bacc. The second degree itself wouldn't actually help, it's just a bunch more undergrad classes to help boost your undergrad GPA. I don't know what you mean by "really the same thing when the averages are done," but the idea would be to get really good grades the second time around so that your average GPA ends up higher. Obviously if you get the same grades as you got the first time around, you're just wasting your time. And no, you can't hide the first degree, but if you showed a strong upward trend, I imagine that it would reflect well.How does the second under grad degree help? Will it not be the same as doing extra courses at present school or another 4 year college i.e kind of an informal post bacc.Looks all Junior courses for second degree will be added with the Junior courses of the first degree etc, so it is really the same thing when the averages are done. I can not hide first degree yielding low gpa anyway.
You can't major in pre-med.Yes, I am running out of courses at CC, as they become a repeat course for me. My major is premed i.e. I have taken most premed courses already. I googled pos bac programs most seem for career changers, they will just not take someone who is repeating courses to improve GPA or already taken half premeds. In my case I am trying to bump up my GPA after finishing most courses.
I am still searching for alternatives to raise my GPA so that I could be a solid applicant for MD. Any one with ideas? Only thing I could do is repeat all the courses where I had C/D(7-8 of them in 4 years) seems.