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Hi can someone give me some information on a DIY post bacc. My current cGPA is 3.4 and my sGPA is a 2.89. I am going into my junior year and I know that at this point As are essential. But at this point I am aware that I will need to do a post bacc or SMP. So can someone give me some info on how to do a DIY?
 

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I just finished a DIY postbac at my local state school. My undergrad was engineering so I needed a few prereqs. I took:

Bio I
Bio I Lab
Chem II
Chem II Lab
Bio II
Bio II Lab
Orgo I
Orgo I Lab
Sociology
Psychology
Orgo II
Orgo II Lab

After I graduated, I went to my local state college and signed up for my classes. I've never been eligible for financial aid so I'm not sure if financial aid will cover a DIY postbacc. They signed me up as a "special permission student" and all I had to pay was the in state tuition for the class.

If you are looking at just taking the prereqs, sign up for them at you local community college or state school. If you are applying MD then you might want to check on the MSAR to see if any of the schools you are interested in do not accept community college classes (a good 25% of MD schools will not accept CC credits). If you are just looking for a GPA boost and have all the prereqs, take upper level bio courses (genetics, immunology, cell bio, etc.).

There are also formal postbac programs that many medical schools offer. These are more time consuming and expensive, but they do look better to some schools. Some medical schools have postbac programs that guarantee acceptance into their medical school (conditions apply of course).

You should be ok for MD assuming you can do 3.7+ in your postbac and if your sGPA does not currently hold many credits both cGPA and sGPA need to be atleast a 3.5 for a realistic shot at MD. A good 3.6+ postbac at 30 credits should get your sGPA competitive for DO.
 
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Hi can someone give me some information on a DIY post bacc. My current cGPA is 3.4 and my sGPA is a 2.89. I am going into my junior year and I know that at this point As are essential. But at this point I am aware that I will need to do a post bacc or SMP. So can someone give me some info on how to do a DIY?
Go to any college and take upper level science courses, especially those that mimic a med school curriculum. You will need to ace these (3.7+ GPA)

Thus:
Cell Bio
Molecular Bio
Biochem
Biostats
Anatomy
Physiology
Neuroscience
Histology
Microbiology
Immunology
Pathology or Pathophysiology
Oddly, Pharmacology is NOT recommended or counted by AMCAS!
 
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Go to any college and take upper level science courses, especially those that mimic a med school curriculum. You will need to ace these (3.7+ GPA)

Thus:
Cell Bio
Molecular Bio
Biochem
Biostats
Anatomy
Physiology
Neuroscience
Histology
Microbiology
Immunology
Pathology or Pathophysiology
Oddly, Pharmacology is NOT recommended or counted by AMCAS!


are classes such as bioinformatics, parasitology, behavioral ecology etc. okay? either the classes you mentioned are full/not available or I have taken them already.
 
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