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Grades/MCAT's or tons of experience??

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Toejam, May 20, 2002.

  1. Toejam

    Toejam Terminal Student 7+ Year Member

    May 12, 2002
    35 miles from Pomona
    Which do you think has more weight on gaining admission to medical school? Provided your GPA is over 3.0 and your MCAT's are around a 27, do you think that a lot of actual clinical experience and higher coursework is more attractive than a higher GPA and higher MCAT's???
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  3. Cdc28p

    Cdc28p Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2002
    MA and CA
    If you're asking whether you should spend time on clinical experience or improving your numbers, I would say go with numbers first. I don't know what "GPA above 3.0" exactly means, but if it's less than 3.6 or so, you should improve it. A 27 MCAT needs improvement as well. Work hard rising those numbers before spending time on extracurriculars. (Ideally, you should do both. If you don't have much time at the first place, focus on grades and MCAT.)

    Low numbers won't get you the secondaries/interviews regardless of how much clinical experience you have.
  4. encee

    encee Member 7+ Year Member

    May 4, 2002
    los angeles
    I agree w/ what the previous SDNer said. Without the grades/ #s, the other stuff does not have enough pull to get someone into school. I have heard this from many pre-med advisors and people who sit on med school adcoms.

    I really encourage people in college who want to go to med school to get the best grades possible. It can prevent much headache, heartache, and delay.
  5. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    A 3.0+ and a 27 are not good enough for admission in the majority of cases, regardless of your extracurricular activities.

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