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How bad are these red flags and how to overcome them?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by mellyrocker, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. mellyrocker

    mellyrocker 2+ Year Member

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    Hey Sdn'rs,, I'm curious... How bad would it effect someone's chances to be on academic probation for 2 semesters and have 1F, 2 D's and a couple C's and 6 W's (from a semester withdrawal) on transcript the first 1 1/2 years of undergrad due to personal traumatic experiences?

    What will be needed to turn this around and prove yourself a medical leader?
    I know this sounds totally hypothetical, but what if the person was able to pull his gpa up from a <2.0 to >3.6 after spending an extra year in undergrad?
    Able to take 45+ credits a year, 2+ years research experience with publications, a solid honors thesis and valuable international internships?
    Would a stellar MCAT (40+) be able to offset the past? What about enrolling in prestigious smp or harvard extension school to prove ability to handle life situations?
     
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  3. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

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    Aceing courses is the best way to convince AdComs that you can handle medical school.

    What will be needed to turn this around and prove yourself a medical leader?

    There are a number of schools (ex. Tufts, Tulane, NYMC, all DO programs) that value reinvention.


    I know this sounds totally hypothetical, but what if the person was able to pull his gpa up from a <2.0 to >3.6 after spending an extra year in undergrad?

    That's a really intensive course load. Can you really do it? Do NOT engage in magic thinking!

    Able to take 45+ credits a year, 2+ years research experience with publications, a solid honors thesis and valuable international internships?

    Yes, IF combined with a good GPA. A 45 MCAT will not rescue a 3.0 GPA for MD programs. A 40 MD is in the >99.8th %ile, so please be realistic.

    Would a stellar MCAT (40+) be able to offset the past?

    That would be the next step, if a UG performance wasn't good enough.

    What about enrolling in prestigious smp or harvard extension school to prove ability to handle life situations?[/quote]
     
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