Hi all, I was wondering if anyone has applied to med school (or MD/PhD) with an academic record that suffered as a result of work or other. As soon as I went to undergrad my father became very ill, my family almost lost everything they had and my mom was working 90 hrs a week to keep things going. I worked full time to support myself and to contribute to my family. Needless to say my GPA suffered. After 4 years of battling with financial aid and being lost in red tape, I finally got some grant money in my fifth year and was able to cut down to part time work,maintained almost a 4.0 until graduation (dean's list and all). This was only enough to pull my GPA to a 3.1 though. I am currently in a grad program (medical physics, grad GPA 3.8), never considered the MD until the last year as a matter of fact. Now I'm worried that my undergrad record will screw me. I feel I have demonstrated academic excellence in the last 4 years, but do adcoms really care about circumstances, or just numbers? Are there certain schools that care about circumsatnce? If anyone has been in a similar situation any feedback would be EXTREMELY helpful!