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kkolwath

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I am 36 years old and I was recently in a post bacc program but at the end I received a D in Anatomy. I had just come back from burying my father and failed the first lab practical, I was solid during the rest of the semester, but that first grade brought my average down to a 67%. I appealed my decision to the Dean of Student Affairs, but she said that I should look at other careers because in her opinion I can't handle the demands of medical school. Which is a load of bull, dang I just buried my father. I have wanted to be a physician all my life and I feel like my dream is slipping away. I have both a BS in Biology and a MS in Physiology, however my mcat scores suck and I have taken it more than 2X. I recently went to a health advisor and he suggested that I get tested for a reading disorder. My question is do anyone know of any postbaccs that I may qualify for or have I blown my chance to become a doctor.

P.S. Carribean is out of the question, my mom is not in the best of health and I need to stay in the states.
 

DrSumdae

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Try searching at the AAMC website. Sorry about your father :(

Just a thought: have you thought about becoming a physician assistant? are your MCAT scores good enough for DO schools?
 

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I am 36 years old and I was recently in a post bacc program but at the end I received a D in Anatomy. I had just come back from burying my father and failed the first lab practical, I was solid during the rest of the semester, but that first grade brought my average down to a 67%. I appealed my decision to the Dean of Student Affairs, but she said that I should look at other careers because in her opinion I can't handle the demands of medical school. Which is a load of bull, dang I just buried my father. I have wanted to be a physician all my life and I feel like my dream is slipping away. I have both a BS in Biology and a MS in Physiology, however my mcat scores suck and I have taken it more than 2X. I recently went to a health advisor and he suggested that I get tested for a reading disorder. My question is do anyone know of any postbaccs that I may qualify for or have I blown my chance to become a doctor.

P.S. Carribean is out of the question, my mom is not in the best of health and I need to stay in the states.

Wow - so sorry about your Dad. Life still happens despite school stress... Can't you retake the course? I'd retake the course, do well, take some serious study time and a Kaplan course for the MCAT, do well, and apply to med school. There will be chances to explain a D grade, and your reason is a good one. Why did your health advisor tell you to get tested for a reading disorder? I agree with DrSumdae, look at DO schools, too. Good luck! :luck:
 

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i agree with the above posters. if this D is the only blemish on an otherwise good transcript, I think your (totally legit) explanation will take care of things. be well and best of luck.
 

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Apply and see what happens. You have nothing to lose. If the rest of your application is solid, one D should not kill your chances.
 

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Sorry about your Dad. Was wondering--why didn't you withdraw from the class after your first lab practical? If that first test nixed your entire grade for the class, you would have known you were going to get a poor grade plenty in advance and could have withdrawn from the class before the grade was put on your record. I'm surprised your post-bacc advisors didn't suggest something like that.

Also, without knowing your actual GPA or MCAT(s), its hard to tell what your actual chances are...want to provide more details?
 
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