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I got a D!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by premedmijo, Jul 23, 2001.

  1. premedmijo

    premedmijo Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2000
    So. Cal
    I am a rising sophomore and this I just completed a summer program. Part of the program required I enroll in an upper division bio class, A&P. Well because of various factors, one being I have not even taken gen bio yet, I got a D. It is devastating. Thus far my lowest grade is a B. I have a 3.5. How will I undo this WRONG?!
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  3. Popoy

    Popoy SDN Super Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Can you repeat it?
  4. EMDrMoe

    EMDrMoe Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    As far as the AMCAS application goes, repeating it will not replace the D (they take all grades into account) but an A in the class will show that you are able to handle the work. If you work hard enough, that A is attainable, even if you've never taken gen bio. Because you're still in school, I would DEFINITELY recommend retaking the class.
  5. meatloaf king

    meatloaf king Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 22, 2001
    savannah, ga
    I'm in the same situation you're in, only I got an F (forgot to sign withdraw paperwork my freshman year) in an art class. It's a rare person that doesn't make some sort of academic mistake during college. Most of the doctors I shadow have some sort of messed up grade on their record and got through it O.K.
    Their advise to me was to don't do it again and it shouldn't matter. Shows that your human.
  6. kd

    kd Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 2, 2001
    Just work hard and do better next time. In future courses, make sure you don't get in over your head- ask for help early on if you find you're having trouble in a course or drop the course before the deadline.
    I'd suggest going back and taking General Bio first, then repeating the class, maybe next summer. And don't let anyone talk you into taking a course without the required prerequisites again!
    If you're worried about the effect on getting into medical school, relax. I got into medical school- including one top-20 school- with 2 D's, 2 F's, and several W's on my transcript.
  7. scottwh

    scottwh New Member

    Jul 1, 2001
    Washington DC
    My advice would be the same as the others -- to retake the class and demonstrate that you can, in fact, handle the work and recieve a better grade. If this were a non-biology class, I would probably advise you to cut your losses and move on. I obtained a D in a physics class as a senior, and although med schools asked about it sometimes, it didn't seem to really effect my acceptances . . . only my GPA. You can recover from one poor grade. I would make sure, though, if I were you, not to get any more Ds.
  8. pre-hawkdoc

    pre-hawkdoc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Yup, I say you need to retake if at all possible. Think of it this way: In an adcoms' eyes, what does a D in anatomy and physiology say about your promise as a physician? This is not to say that it would be a correct conclusion, especially in light of your circumstances, but it's one that they probably would make.
    BTW, what kind of school LETS, let alone MAKES you take A&P w/o at least one semester of general bio? That's ridiculous.
  9. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    Due to problem demand, I'll move this over to the Pre-Allo forum. :D
  10. bujji13

    bujji13 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2001
    Wow, that's definitely not typical. Kd, can i ask what top-20 school this was? Your situation is certainly exceptional; not many students are accepted into a top-20 school (let alone med school at all) with several grades below C.
  11. Pre-Med Psycho

    Pre-Med Psycho Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2001
    The FREE World
    Just work hard and do better next time. In future courses, make sure you don't get in over your head- ask for help early on if you find you're having trouble in a course or drop the course before the deadline.

    How did you pull that off? stats please. . . :eek:

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