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Good MCAT score BUT........

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by bla_3x, Jun 10, 2002.

  1. bla_3x

    bla_3x Grip it and rip it!
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    OK, here's the deal. I got my April scores back and I am very happy with them.
    11VR
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    My GPA will be around 3.2...on the AACOMSA application. Now, I know that I am not in that bad a shape with these numbers, but I am more worried about what is within my transcript. I have 6 F's on my record. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> Two of them were for zero credit recital attendance classes, and 3 were for 1 or 2 credit music classes (theory and piano). The sixth was rather recent and came with my early resignation from an RA position that had a peer leadership class attached.
    I honestly think that I can explain these to ADCOMS and have them see my position. But I am just worried about getting an interview. Any thoughts about my situation? Anyone have or heard of a similar one...hopefully positive.
     
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  2. Fenrezz

    Fenrezz AT Stills Worst Nightmare
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    I was almost in the same position as you with the same fears. I'm a non-traditional student, also with a 3.2. I had four F's on my transcripts, including a semester that had three F's and two W's (not sure what happened there:rolleyes:). Where we differ is that my F's were from 10 years ago.

    I had gone to school a while back doing fairly poorly. I eventually dropped out for a few years. I returned to school in 1999 and since then had earned a 3.75 GPA taking mostly science courses.

    With a 3.2 GPA, 3.4 science GPA, and a 28 MCAT score I was invited to four interviews from DO schools out of the eleven I applied to. I only went to three of the interviews and got waitlisted at all of them. I just recently got accepted to OSU off the waitlist. Keep in mind all my bad grades were from before I had dropped out (including an academic suspension due to poor academic performance in 1992). After I dropped back in, my grades were consistently good and that showed the schools that I could handle the science material I will receive in med school.

    I know exactly what you're going through. I spent months wondering what my numbers really meant. Although the recent F will hurt you a bit, your MCAT score is really good. Most likely you'll get a few interviews. One great thing about DO schools is that really do look at the whole person, including your background and experiences, and not just break you down into composite numbers.

    Although I wasn't specifically asked about my F's during interviews, I was asked about my poor academic performance overall in my early transcripts. Expect that, and have an answer ready for those F's, especially the recent one.

    Keep in mind this is my opinion and admissions committees can be fickle, but I think you're in pretty good shape to get a few interviews. How you do in them will probably determine what will happen to you after that.

    Hope that helps. Good luck!
     
  3. bla_3x

    bla_3x Grip it and rip it!
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    Thanks for the great reply :) I hope that you are right and I can get some interviews. I really feel that if I can get some interviews then I would would have a good shot.
    I have some good experience,at least I think so; I am an EMT, I have a really cool job in Histology at a local hospital, I volunteered over a summer in an ER. I havent had a lot of interaction with osteopathic as far as experiences go, but I did go to one of COMP's OMACs and I have wanted to be a DO ever since. I am working on my DO letter (hard to get here in Reno). But I am optimistic :D
     
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  4. Fenrezz

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    You have a lot more health related experience than I did. I think you'll do just fine. I'd be surprised if you didn't get interviewed at most of the schools you applied to.
     
  5. drfeelgood

    drfeelgood In Gas We Trust
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    bla-... Apply to WesternU/Comp.

    In my experience, MCAT scores are the Best indicators of performance in Med School. If I interviewed you, I wouldn't give a rats ass if you failed some B.S. classes. You would do fine in med school. I had similar scores.

    Khanh Pham, D.O.
    Intern, Frankford Hospitals, Philadelphia, PA (2002-2003)
    Anesthesiology Resident, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, MA (2003-2006)

    Good Luck!!!
     

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