Graduate classes as non-degree seeking in place of SMP?

Apr 11, 2012
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Pretty much what the title says. Did a search on SDN and couldn't find topic. Sorry if this has been asked. Even though its early in the cycle, I am starting to get nervous due to no acceptances. Plus its always good to have a Plan B.

Anyway, I live in a state where there are no true SMPs, however I am able to take graduate level course work at my local university/college of medicine as a non-degree seeking student (you don't need GRE if non-degree seeking).

Anyway, my question is if I enroll in graduate classes that I would be taking in a SMP anyway, would this be a good route to pursue?
 

mathnerd88

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Pretty much what the title says. Did a search on SDN and couldn't find topic. Sorry if this has been asked. Even though its early in the cycle, I am starting to get nervous due to no acceptances. Plus its always good to have a Plan B.

Anyway, I live in a state where there are no true SMPs, however I am able to take graduate level course work at my local university/college of medicine as a non-degree seeking student (you don't need GRE if non-degree seeking).

Anyway, my question is if I enroll in graduate classes that I would be taking in a SMP anyway, would this be a good route to pursue?
What are your stats and how many II's?
 
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Apr 11, 2012
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What are your stats and how many II's?
I have recently learned my cGPA isn't as high as I thought. (Thought it was 3.2)

cGPA:3.11 sGPA 3.3 MCAT 26. DO letter. MD letters And 4 years of exp as scribe.

I have 4 II. Two wailisted and two upcoming interviews.

Would SMP help?
 

mathnerd88

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I have recently learned my cGPA isn't as high as I thought. (Thought it was 3.2)

cGPA:3.11 sGPA 3.3 MCAT 26. DO letter. MD letters And 4 years of exp as scribe.

I have 4 II. Two wailisted and two upcoming interviews.

Would SMP help?
Did you figure out why you were waitlisted? Getting interviews this early and not getting accepted means you're not interviewing well.
 
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Apr 11, 2012
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Did you figure out why you were waitlisted? Getting interviews this early and not getting accepted means you're not interviewing well.
I didn't call because I didn't know how that was viewed so early after the interview.

If I am not interviewing well I am definitely ignorant to that fact. I've thought every interview I had went awesome.

Last MD I interviewed with said I was going to be a fantastic doctor haha. Then waitlist. But if I don't need traditional SMP I'll just take grad classes and keep going to interviews hoping for the acceptance.
 

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Perfectly OK. This is what's known as a "DIY post-bac."


Pretty much what the title says. Did a search on SDN and couldn't find topic. Sorry if this has been asked. Even though its early in the cycle, I am starting to get nervous due to no acceptances. Plus its always good to have a Plan B.

Anyway, I live in a state where there are no true SMPs, however I am able to take graduate level course work at my local university/college of medicine as a non-degree seeking student (you don't need GRE if non-degree seeking).

Anyway, my question is if I enroll in graduate classes that I would be taking in a SMP anyway, would this be a good route to pursue?
 
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