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confused- do I stand a chance at all? Or do I give up?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by ninja23, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. ninja23

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    I'm a Junior right now but I'll graduate next Winter (one semester early). By the time I graduate I'll have a 2.9 because I had a bad 2nd year of college because some close family members passed away and I just went through a lot of emotional crap and it ruined my GPA. I also failed organic and retook it and got a C so I'm worried about that and my other science grades arnt too great either. But its been my dream to be a doctor since I was about 4 and now I'm worried/angry that I might not stand a chance anywhere (US or Caribbean). I havn't taken the MCATS but I will once I graduate. I'm also looking at MPH and MHA programs to apply to but Med school is always going to be on my mind. I have good ECs (research, volunteer work in the US and abroad, awards and honors outside of school, club/organization member) and should get decent recomendations.

    Should I do a Post bacc and try to bring my GPA up? or will it not matter considering I'm a health sci major? Should I retake some of the science courses at other schools? (ie orgo,physics and microbio):(

    Any sound advice would be greatly appreciated
     
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  3. TRN1983

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    There is always hope. Just do what you can to bring up your GPA (e.g. post bacc) and work on killing the MCAT. Don't give up, and good luck :thumbup:
     
  4. WannaBePreMed

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    Post Bacc is the way to go, good advice TRN1983 :thumbup:

    Good luck Ninja23 :luck:
     
  5. bluesmd

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    if it's your dream do NOT give it up for anything. you should search the many different threads about low GPAs. your GPA is bad but you definitely can do a post-bac to bring it up. don't graduate early, take some upper level science classes and get As. what's your cGPA and sGPA exactly? make sure you have good clinical exposure: volunteering etc. try to do something that you are passionate about but is something different. also consider a medical mission abroad, i hear it's a cool experience and i wish i had done something like that.

    and check this thread out
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=563567&page=3

    i wish you the very best. don't let anyone tell you, you can't make if. if you have a dream and work towards it, you WILL make it. you have to believe in yourself. GOOD LUCK! start working hard now, plan everything and it will work out
     
  6. chessknt87

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    Retake failed classes, get As, apply DO (they let you replace retaken classes grades while MD doesnt). As long as you score in the 28+ range you will have a good shot at a DO acceptance (assuming your ECs ar ein order). Trying to prep your app for MD seems like a huge waste of time/energy when you can go the DO route much sooner and ultimately see the same end result.
     
  7. ninja23

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    Thanks guys! I really appreciate the words of encouragement :)

    so I should retake the classes I didnt do so well in, look at DO schools, and pursue a post-bacc...

    I was a little hazy on the whole post-bacc deal because I read somewhere that if your a science major, doing a post-bacc doesnt do much to help but I guess its really not the case.

    One last thing: would taking courses at another institution as a non matriculating student help also, say if it was a grad school or a med school?
     

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