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Hypothetical question about SMP's

Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by combatwombat, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. combatwombat

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    Jul 19, 2008
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    So, let's say I went to a SMP at a school like BU/Tufts/Drexel and ended up with a B average.

    1) Would I be completely out of the running for medical schools?

    2) Would I still have a shot at PA schools?
  2. DrMidlife

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    I don't think you can hurt your PA school chances by getting B's in an SMP.

    As for your med school chances with B's at an SMP, that depends on the SMP. If you're being graded on the med school curve, B's are plenty. If you're being graded against the other SMPers, it might be okay. If there's a particular GPA above which you get an guaranteed interview at the host med school, or above which you get a solid recommendation out of the program, and you're under those GPAs, then I think it's more pointless to have done an SMP.

    Take a look at Georgetown's policies, which might be the standard. They're quite open about how their students do.
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    1) No. It would depend on what school you applied to and what else your application looked like, but as a general rule I'd think B's were good scores. See the above poster regarding the weighting because that's very true.

    2) No idea, but I doubt it. It should show them you can handle master's level coursework.

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