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Honest answer.....?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Gutierrez001, Apr 25, 2004.

  1. Gutierrez001

    Gutierrez001 Member
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    Well, i am worried. When i first started college I did not know what i wanted to do and i did not care to much also. So i had to take a bunch of prep classes before starting college classes.My problem is that i looked at my transcript today and it wasnt nice , i have alot of withdraws and repeats. My question is what do i do, and do i have a chance in the future to get into medical school.( I know you guys get this question a million time a day) I would really like your honest answer on this.THANKS
     
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  3. Peace&Health

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    Hi Guiterrez,

    I was in a similar situation...and the best thing you can do is set a new record for yourself. Take courses at a 4-yr institution to show that you can perform, and make sure you get As. Re-take those courses if necessary.
    Also, find a mentor--if you know a a doctor, tell them about your situation and ask them if they would be willing to mentor you thru this process (give you advice, help you excel, and write a letter of rec for you in the end). They've been thru the process. Also, talk to a pre-med advisor.

    Then you need to do well on the MCAT...30 or higher is better.


    :luck:
    Peace&Health
     
  4. Gutierrez001

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    How do you explain poor grade?
     
  5. Aaron Earles

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    As far as the grades go, I would just be honest. The only class that i had to repeat in college was OChem I. I received a D in it the first time I took it. When I took the course a second time, I recieved an A. Although the A replaced the D, Med schools still see the first grade you received.

    I was asked a few times about how I got a D in OChem and then went to an A. I told them the truth. I was only a second year college student and was not academically mature enough to handle 19 hours with OChem, Cell Bio, Ecology and about 3 other courses. I told them that I learned how to manage my time better and made myself study more. Then all seemed to like that answer. However, sometimes you could get a rouge interviewer that just totally picks you apart witht that statement.

    I wish you luck in your application process. The above posters had some great advice as well. Having a 30 plus MCAT would definitely help, but you can get in with a lower score as well.

    Aaron
     
  6. Gutierrez001

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    well after this summer i will be starting(hopefully) a 4-yr institution. I was at a community college when i got all those grades. I hoping switch to a better school will help me improve my chances.
     

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