You need an MCAT score for us to give you really good advice.Hi there SDN friends,
I've read Goro's guide to reinvention, but I'm wondering how much reinventing I need to do to get into medical school - preferably MD if things are salvageable, but very receptive to DO. Mostly worried about GPA, the rest of my app is pretty well rounded.
I received a B.S. in spring '19 with a major in neuroscience/minor in philosophy.
This is my cumulative grade trend, beginning in CC for the first three semesters and all following coursework completed at my university:
as you can imagine, science courses follow the cumulative trend as well. I know this isn't much of an excuse because lots of people work while in school, but during undergrad I was working 33+ hours per week, doing volunteer research work, but most importantly had personal life issues to overcome my first semester of senior year (separated from my spouse and experienced a separate concurrent trauma) - overall just a very stressful time in and out of academia. I received a c2.6 that first semester of senior year, but had a comeback (i.e. probably just dissociated from my emotions long enough to get through my last 4.5 months of school) and bounced back up to a 3.7 in my last semester. However, to my understanding adcoms don't see semesters, just yearly stats.
I'm beginning a DIY postbacc, hopefully during summer if I can still get into the late start date classes, but definitely signed up for classes in the fall. What I would like to know is if I'm planning to apply for the 2022 cycle/submit my app next spring:
-how much coursework should I do before I apply to adequately show an upward trend for schools to know I can handle the material? I can only attend school part time, I work full time weekly with a schedule less flexible than I had in college.
-Would taking classes part time be viewed negatively because I'm not taking many at the same time?
-I plan on taking classes at my local 4 year university until I (hopefully) matriculate, but would I even have a chance in next year's cycle if I applied after only a year of part time classes?
I know downward trends can be lethal to apps and am really looking for some constructive advice on what I should do. I've been scoring 514-516 on practice MCATs if that helps, was going to take it fall of this year but now waiting until 2021 because I'm not up for the shortened exam. Thanks to anyone who took the time to read all of this and sorry for all the questions!!
You are good for DO as is. If you applied DO, and scored like you are on the practice MCAT you would most likely get in.
If you want MD, you need to do the classes like you are saying and ideally show a year of courses getting As. Not sure how high a part time year of courses will get your GPA.
Also, just because you are scoring high on practice MCAT doesn’t mean you will score that on real deal. Real deal is a different beast. Not saying you can’t or won’t, just saying you gotta know that it isn’t in the bag.
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