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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by spyyder31, Jun 27, 2002.

  1. spyyder31

    spyyder31 Senior Member
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    May 27, 2000
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    OK, time to spill it. I got my MCAT score back and I was pleased. I got a 11V, 9PS, 10BS, P.
    BUT...my GPA is about 3.25cum, and 3.35sci (with some F's). I know that this is WAY below the average, but I do have some positives. I had a good upward trend in the last two years (18-24 credits of almost pure science classes). I pushed a biology degree into 2.5 years after diddling around as a trumpet performace major.
    However I have had some Wonderful experiences with music. Playing on stage with the Moskow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, and touring with my pop-ska band through the west coast for a semester.
    I did 1.5 semesters of research in pharmacology for a senior thesis. I am an EMT-B, and I curently work in Histology at a local hospital (great gig! I get to see a lot of interesting things!)
    I just want to know how my chances look. i know that this kind of topic is old...but now that I have my MCAT scores I kind of feel a little more optimistic...kind of :) I am a URM (Hispanic) but I don't know if this would help with my low GPAs. Thank for takin' the time with this long post.
  2. relatively prime

    relatively prime post happy member
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    Apr 28, 2002
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    Just apply to a lot of schools, as many as you can afford, including higher tier, lower tier, and D.O. schools. Apply to all your state schools (assuming you're not a CA resident).

    If you apply to all the right schools and if you're really smart in doing everything right regarding getting things in asap, then I think you have a decent chance of getting in somewhere.

    good luck :)
  3. DrMom

    DrMom Official Mom of SDN
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    Apr 24, 2002
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    Attending Physician
    I agree with RP.
  4. Cydney Foote

    Cydney Foote Senior Member
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    Jun 6, 2002
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    Hi Chuck -- congrats on your MCAT scores. <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> RP is right, you're going to increase your chances by applying to a lot of schools, including some "reach" schools just in case. Although your GPA is low, you might be able to explain it away in your essay by emphasizing the upward trend and your increasing responsibility as an EMT. Spend a lot of time on your essay -- it needs to really stand out if your grades are borderline. And including the music experiences will be great as PS experiences, perfect for showing that you're well-rounded. Best of luck!

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