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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ]' started by BAS04yall, 05.20.14.

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  1. BAS04yall

    BAS04yall Banned Banned

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    my overall gpa is only a 3.4...do i need to do post-bac/SMP to get into an MD school? I keep seeing 3.7 averages everywhere (just purchased MSAR)
     
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  3. kyamh

    kyamh 2+ Year Member

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    We do not have enough information to help you out, sorry. 3.4 is low, but it's not so low that I would automatically say you should do a post-bac.

    What is your MCAT, what kinds of interesting and unique activities do you have? Are you an URM and/or disadvantaged? What is your home state? Which schools are you hoping to get into?
     
  4. BAS04yall

    BAS04yall Banned Banned

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    I have taken the MCAT twice. First time was a 30, second time was 32.
    Can you give me an example of interesting/unique activity? I have the general clinical jobs, volunteer work, etc. Wouldn't say they are "unique" unfortuantely
    No I am not URM
    home state - alabama (only 2 MD schools in the state)

    I don't really have a school list but I would prefer applying just MD and if the cycle doesnt go well, then re apply both MD and DO
     
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    kyamh 2+ Year Member

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    I don't know that anyone can tell you for sure. Your MCAT is kind of like your GPA, it's good but it's not stellar. Personally I would apply to the best of your ability with the 3.4. Post-bacs are long and expensive. If you don't get in before January, you can retake a couple courses over the Spring that you didn't do well in and then if you end up not getting in anywhere you can use grade replacement with DO.

    Unique activities are either truly unique (think climbing Mt. Everest, being an Olympian) or they are "regular" activities where you have some sort of unique contribution (you start a foundation, you make some sort of lasting impact on the organization long term). Unique activities can also be pretty standard in other fields but unique for medical school applications (for example robot design/fighting/obstacle competitions, culinary/pastry school, street performing, basically any sort of very serious art)
     
  6. BAS04yall

    BAS04yall Banned Banned

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    Okay thank you. Yeah I wish I had either a really good GPA or a really good MCAT. I might even retake my MCAT, who knows.

    Also, yeah i think retaking some classes would be in my best interest. I have an F, D, and C on my transcript :yikes:
     
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    lmn 2+ Year Member

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    You may be able to get into a lower tier school depending on your gpa trends and EC's.
     
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    BAS04yall Banned Banned

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    Ok thanks. is having an engineering degree unique?
     
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    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    If you apply very, very broadly with those stats you'll probably get in somewhere. You've kind of got the problem of being way too average. In a given school's applicant pool, there's gonna be somebody with an equivalent MCAT and higher GPA or an equivalent GPA with a higher MCAT. When you're in this kind of spot, you really have to do something to set yourself apart EC wise or academically if you want to improve your chances of admission. Without something that wows the adcoms about your file, you're just going to have to shotgun it and send out a huge pile of apps, hoping that somebody bites. If you're white, you're looking at a 39.1-54.2% chance of admission per the table (since you're straddling the line at 3.4, I used the acceptance range of anyone from a 3.2-3.6 with your MCAT score). Your odds will be worse if you're Asian, better if you're a URM. Good luck.

    https://www.aamc.org/download/321518/data/2012factstable25-4.pdf
     
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    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    No, it wont be a factor: ie they wont give you because you were in a harder major
     
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    BAS04yall Banned Banned

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    Can you explain what you mean by "very, very broadly"?

    Im either going to apply this year or take two years off to go do the Peace Corps. I need to catch the eyes of the admissions somehow.
     
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    BAS04yall Banned Banned

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    aw man. should have been a bio major :/
     
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    BAS04yall Banned Banned

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    How come though? I mean I'm positive an engineering degree is a whole lot harder to do well in than an english degree. Is it because schools want diversity? I could have graduated with a 3.7 with an english/poly sci major and with my MCAT, would have been in a better shape. I'm not trying to complain, just wondering about this rationale
     
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    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    I mean like 40+ schools if you want to maximize your chances of admission. If you apply to 20 schools, you're probably going to have odds that are close to the 40-45% range. You might be able to get closer to the 60%+ range if you increase your number of apps. In any case, you're looking at a lot of secondaries. Of course, this entirely depends on your school mix. If you go mostly low-mid tier, you could probably cut down your app number to 20, maybe 25 or so, and if no one bites at that point, you're probably SOL until you improve your app. Applying to more schools can never hurt you and might score you an extra interview or two, but it'll take money and time.
    It isn't about how hard your degree is, as the MCAT demonstrates how well you've mastered the material that medical schools require you to know. If you've got a kid with a 35 and a 3.3 GPA that is an English major and a guy who's got a 32 and a 3.3 GPA that is an engineering major, then that English major managed to successfully master the prerequisite material better than the engineer despite not having constant reinforcement of the subject matter. The MCAT gives you a good gauge for how good a person's brain is at sponging up minutia, a critical skill when it comes time for the boards.
     
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    I will go against the grain and say that you should do an SMP if you want MD. Especially if you want to target schools of your choosing and not blindly throw out 50 apps.
     
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    I wont try to justify or judge this rationale but from my dealing with adcoms for over a decade have made this fairly clear. Majors dont matter.

    My perception (note I said my perception) of this seems to be in seeing strong academic evidence of being able to handle medical school. Choosing a difficult major that is primarily applied math and physics and being a 3.3-3.5 doesnt say what that person can do in a medical school setting or in being a good physician. Some school staff have even expressed to me a question of motivation and commitment is being an engineer and moving into medicine. Many seem to view engineering as almost a professional level and now your are changing professions. I had one express to me while engineers may be smart, humanities major seem to have more people skills.

    Fair? rational? logical? doesnt matter. It is the reality majors dont really give you any leeway
     
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    gonnif Only 1431 Days Until Next Presidential Election Lifetime Donor 7+ Year Member

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    Depending on your actual background, a DIY maybe cheaper and nearly as effective. But SMP is good route in this case. Your close but a push would get you much much closer
     
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    BAS04yall Banned Banned

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    How much should I raise my GPA through a DIY, if I were to do one?
     
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    As much as reasonably possible before the application cycle of your choosing. You'll have to calculate out your gpa's and credit hours and see how many credit hours at attainable grades (don't assume straight A's if you probably can't get all A's) and see how many you need to get your gpa into the ranges of schools you're interested in.
     
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    BAS04yall Banned Banned

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    Okay thanks. Yea I definitely can't get straight As but a 3.7-3.8 should be quite reasonable.
     
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    BAS04yall Banned Banned

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    I found a DIY post-bac guys. Unfortunately I need about 50 credits of at least 3.8 to raise my GPA to a 3.6, which I think will be somewhat competitive given my MCAT score. I may retake my MCAT if it comes down to that.

    But do you think 25 credits a semester is overkill? It sounds horrible but if a 3.6 is the benchmark, it seems like my only option.
     
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    Food for thought. Just because something is your only option doesn't mean that it's a good option.
     

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