Basically what I'm asking is, how many credits do you all think that I need to take to show that I am capable of doing well?
have completely changed my grades around. I got Dean's List my last two years of undergrad and salvaged my cumulative gpa to be around a 3.2.
However I got a D+ in my second bio course and a C in the lab my freshman year.
I took Human Bio (which was the intro bio class for being an exercise physiology major, so it may count as my general bio credit).
I got a C in College Algebra (after failing once) my sophomore year.
I also got a C- in chemistry, and was going to retake it but decided to switch my major to public health and no longer needed to. My thinking is that I am going to retake Chemistry and then continue on to take Organic Chem and Physics.
My question is, do I need to retake math, and also retake the bios, or would I be fine just taking higher level biology courses to show that I am competent for medical school? My plan is to take about 2-3 years of gpa salvaging for medical school, and I also have a significant upward trend which I feel will help me out. Any help/advice you all could give me I would greatly appreciate!!
Do you think your problems in math and science are only because of your previously untreated illness or did you have a weak foundation from high school?
Others can comment, but I don't think that bio class (which sounds like the non-majors version) counts for bio prereq, but will get included in BCPM GPA.
I agree that excellent grades in your later years will stand alone, but it helps if you come from a state with some med schools.
What state are you in?
Is that GPA repair estimate based on getting all A's?
Do you have a strong bio and chem foundation ?
I appreciate this! Disaster to Dean's List, I like that. I am going to be taking around 60 credits, and if I need more I'll take more. I'm not in a huge rush, as I want to take my time to do them as well as get in some meaningful volunteer and research experience, and not just pad my application. I am also planning on studying extensively for the MCAT and taking it ONCE, only when I am ready to do so. I would like to get a high MCAT score (I know everyone does) to hopefully somewhat offset my below average GPA.Applicants get caught up with the idea that a single GPA number is the only metric that should be used for MD or DO decisions. As the OP pointed out, he/she has a serious upward trend for last two years and is looking at hard-core postbacc. If someone can come in with 3 years worth of solid work above and beyond what their initial GPA was, then they can make the argument that their later work truly represents their current ability, especially from disaster to dean's list. As for how many credits, without seeing your actual grade trends, it is hard to say, but usually in cases like yours you are looking at 45-60. This assumes all other aspects being solid, especially MCAT
Very low, but not irredeemable GPA + Strong upward Trend = SMP or Masters of Biomedical Science, not post-bacc.
A post-bacc is a good option for increasing a GPA a relatively small amount, say, if you really want MD and you have a 3.35-3.45 and want a 3.6+. Your undergrad GPA will not increase enough to be worth it. If you were Ok with DO, I'd say a post-bacc would be a good option, but A) you posted in MD, and B) why not make your best effort?
A strong upward trend tells me you're a capable student and you could succeed in an SMP or (hard science) Masters. It takes less time than a 40 credit post-bacc and gives you a shiny new grad GPA, which a good handful of MDs, and all DOs, will pay attention to.
I can't take my pre-reqs with an SMP, which is why I need to do a DIY post-bacc. Also SMP's require you to have the pre-reqs for medical school done, which I do not have. I have also read on multiple threads here at MD schools could care less about a Master's degree. So I'm confused.