Hey all, I'm currently applying this cycle. I have two rejections post-interview, a bunch more post-secondary, and am still waiting on five schools but the outlook isn't great this late into the game, especially getting rejected from 2 of the 3 in-state schools, and having heard no word from the third (I'm not a MD state resident despite what my username suggests). I am a biomedical engineering major with a GPA of 3.3 and a BCPM of 3.1, with a MCAT breakdown 10P 11V 10B S. I have spent 100+ hours volunteering at a free clinic in Baltimore, another ~50 hours spent volunteering for an organization promoting inner-city health awareness, 3 years of research (1 yr on bench, 2 yrs clinical, with a publication and a poster, but not a first or second author), ~50 hours in a community service organization. I shadowed physicians for an entire year in high school, and also had the opportunity to shadow doctors for a summer during my undergraduate years. I applied relatively early, getting verified in early August, completing my secondaries by mid-September. My LORs are good as far as I know; I've asked my pre-professional advisor about them and she said they were great. What I wanted to know is, what is the best way for me to improve my application for a reapplication in the 2008-2009 cycle? I have been considering post-bac work, SMP's, retaking the MCAT (I had been getting 13's studying on my own while holding a full-time job, so doing better is a given if I take a prep course), getting a research position and publishing as first author, or just looking for a job in the biomedical industries (pharmaceuticals, perhaps). Extracurrics such as volunteering in a clinical setting is a given, of course. Given my GPA/science GPA, I'm considering doing post-bac work. I'm not sure how much I can raise my GPA with that, though. Seems like at best, I can raise my overall GPA to a 3.4-3.45, and sciences to a 3.3. Basically, the deal with my science GPA is: I've gotten mostly B's in my prerequisites, with some A/A-'s sprinked throughout. The main concern I think is with my Organic Chemistry grade. I took Organic Chem I during the summer after my freshman year, and I got a C-. (though I got a B in Organic Chem II the same summer, inexplicable I know) That hurts my AMCAS GPA a lot, but the fact that I retook the next semester and got a C+ hurts it even more. This was during a pretty rough and confusing time in my life, and I've discussed it briefly in my PS and talked a bit about it in my interviews, but I think its a big issue here.. probably the biggest issue I can think of. So that's why I was leaning towards post-bac work, doing some work to increase my science GPA. What would you guys advise? I don't know if it is advisable to be re-retaking Organic Chem I, but I imagine it would help if I took some higher-level science classes such as Cell Biology and Biochem to raise my sciences GPA. Basically, my grades start out at 3.3 freshman year, dips to 3.0 sophomore year, back to 3.3 junior year, and then 3.7 senior year. It took time for me to get my act together, along with dealing with the upper-level engineering courses, but I feel confident about my ability to pull in at least a 3.7 in a post-bac program at a school like UPenn. As long as its not predominantly engineering.. The plan is to meet with my preprofessional advisor, but as she was the one who gave me advice for this application cycle, I am not sure how far I can take her advice. After the application cycle is over, and if I don't get an acceptance/interview anywhere, the plan is to contact the admissions offices of some of the schools I was really targeting and to ask what I can do about my application. But I'm trying to formulate a backup plan right now, and so any advice is greatly appreciated.