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Here is basically what has happened in a nutshell...

I graduated from school in May 2004 w/ about 3.5 GPA, 24 MCAT, of course had some to improve on...

Took one graduate course (4 hrs) and 2 more courses at a community college (8 hrs) during fall of 2004 to stay on my fathers medical insurance. Had a seizure and had to sit out the rest of the semester BUT stupidly did not drop the courses due to the fact that i needed the insurance. Ended up with three F's.

Now taking more classes at community college for credits and making up GPA (maybe). Have applied to med school twice and rejected twice PRIOR to these incidents.

Will a post-baccelaurette school accept me? I'm so confused and upset. please help!!
 

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Convince the school that you were so medically disabled that you weren't able to drop the course. This will be fairly easy if you were hospitalized for a long period of time. Otherwise, get a letter from a physician who treated you; I think if you explain the situation to your primary care giver, he or she will help you out. If all else fails, consult an attorney. If your medical condition disabled you, the school has no right to hold it against you. Afterall, they wouldn't hold it against you if you were in a coma. If your seizure disorder made it impossible to attend class, and/or you were hospitalized and unable to formally withdraw, you should assert yourself.
 

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Convince the school that you were so medically disabled that you weren't able to drop the course. This will be fairly easy if you were hospitalized for a long period of time. Otherwise, get a letter from a physician who treated you; I think if you explain the situation to your primary care giver, he or she will help you out. If all else fails, consult an attorney. If your medical condition disabled you, the school has no right to hold it against you. Afterall, they wouldn't hold it against you if you were in a coma. If your seizure disorder made it impossible to attend class, and/or you were hospitalized and unable to formally withdraw, you should assert yourself.
Yeah I would def get some proof from your hospital and/or doctors that treated you, and perhaps you can convince the school to change those F's to W's...that's something easy to forget, and especially if you're being medically treated...in your case, a post-bacc may help, although those 3 F's are most likely seriously going to hinder your app if you apply to med school....try like hell to get those changed if possible


I drive a Dodge Stratus! :laugh: :laugh: funny one Crake
 
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Of course I am going to try.... Has anyone ever done this??
 
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I'm on the verge of tears.... For God's sake please help me!!!

I'm in deep S*** if this doesn't work!
 

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I'm on the verge of tears.... For God's sake please help me!!!

I'm in deep S*** if this doesn't work!
Calm down; i know it sounds like the end of the world, but really it's not.


i agree with what the other posters already said. I assume your hospitalization can be proven and that your MD will verify all you have said. Any reasonable dean of sudent affairs will intercept on your behalf. There's no reason that shouldn't be wiped off your record. The school wants your money for the courses so they have it, just get it wiped off your record.

Worse comes to worse, you need to explain it on your med school applications. Most have a place to explain any poor grades. A serious illness is perfectly understandable for a poor smester; make sure med schools realize why it happened. Best of luck.
 

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Sparkles,

I am sure that your school administration may allow you to change your F's. But you must act now. As stated previously you should have a physician document your illness and try to change your F's into incompletes or withdrawals. Try contacting your professors and explain the situation. If it cannot be resolved then you can always explain your situation to post bacc programs. Take a deep breath and realize that you are very lucky to have overcome your illness. I had two withdrawals and an incomplete on my transcript and was just accpeted to three med schools. It is possible , but you must be proactive.
 

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I'm on the verge of tears.... For God's sake please help me!!!

I'm in deep S*** if this doesn't work!

You can still get into med school! Here's the deal....first off...get those off your record...someway or somehow those have to be gone. Second of all...your stats for g.p.a and mcat are lower but still can be doable. Have you done the mcat more than once? if not you might want to consider doing that. i'm living proof that someone with a low score on the mcat can get into med school...and when i say low i don't mean 30 :p i mean low! if possible show that you can turn bad situations into good ones. i would stay out a year...really beef up your extracurricular experience...redo the mcat and prove that you can handle the rigors of med school. i would get your doctor to write a letter stating you medical condition so that the adcoms can understand what happened. Start doing research on schools that are not "number whores" and ones who focus more on the whole person and extracurriculars. Research D.O. schools and maybe shadow a D.O. to discover if that might be an option for you. Comprise a list of objectives that you need to accomplish in order to beef up your application. You CAN do this...you just have to put you nose to the grindstone and prove it! Start with getting those F's off of your record and then start the upward climb from there! :)
 
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Well the graduate class especially needs to go..... That is the class that it happened in.

It was the middle of September, I had a seizure right in the MIDDLE OF CLASS.... taken by ambulance to the ER. Was NOT hospitalized but was also told not to drive a car for 6 months (its been about 6 months now). I never returned to the school. I pretty much just let it go... At the time i thought the deadline to drop had passed and whatever... I don't know what I was thinking.

Any other help? :(
 

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Sparkles said:
more importantly... WHO do i talk to???
get a copy of all your medical records, including your MD's note that you can't drive. (however not being able to drive does not preclude you from taking a cab to school or from picking up the phone to drop the courses.)

talk to the prof in the class that you had the seizure and have him/her write a letter attesting to it.

go to the dean of academic affairs or your advisor, depending on how your school is set up. See if he/she will allow you to have "w"s instead of F's or better yet just to wipe away the semester.

If necessary talk to each of your professors individually to change your grades.

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Sparkles said:
Here is basically what has happened in a nutshell...

I graduated from school in May 2004 w/ about 3.5 GPA, 24 MCAT, of course had some to improve on...

Took one graduate course (4 hrs) and 2 more courses at a community college (8 hrs) during fall of 2004 to stay on my fathers medical insurance. Had a seizure and had to sit out the rest of the semester BUT stupidly did not drop the courses due to the fact that i needed the insurance. Ended up with three F's.

Now taking more classes at community college for credits and making up GPA (maybe). Have applied to med school twice and rejected twice PRIOR to these incidents.

Will a post-baccelaurette school accept me? I'm so confused and upset. please help!!
Talk to the school. If they can't remove it, then don't worry about it. 3 Fs in 1 semester is nothing. Explain it to the med school you are applying to or a post bacc. Hell, my sister got 6 Fs and she still ended up at Stanford Medical School. You are blowing this out of porportion.
 

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Sparkles said:
Here Had a seizure and had to sit out the rest of the semester BUT stupidly did not drop the courses due to the fact that i needed the insurance.
You'll have to be careful about how you say this, because it smacks of fraud. I assume that because you had two previous unsuccessful application cycles, that you were intending additional post-bacc work anyway, and I don't see how this temporary setback will prevent you from doing that. I would suggest a special masters program, and then a broad application to MD and DO schools.
 

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Talk to the school. If they can't remove it, then don't worry about it. 3 Fs in 1 semester is nothing. Explain it to the med school you are applying to or a post bacc. Hell, my sister got 6 Fs and she still ended up at Stanford Medical School. You are blowing this out of porportion.
How'd she pull that? I mean... that's awesome, considering I have an F on my transcript too.
 

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If you have a doctor's note, you'll be surprised at how accomodating a professor can be. E-mail to schedule an appointment to talk about your grade, and be honest. If that doesn't work, talking to the dean will probably work; they don't want to open themselves up to litigation (don't threaten this by the way). Do you have any research experience? If not a post-bac, you might want to buckle down and get a masters, it couldn't hurt. Also, post-bacs tend to accept people with troubled grades, right? There has to be one in the U.S. you wouldn't mind attending?
 

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Crete brings up a good point, maybe you could try and get in touch with each of the profs where you got your F's, in addition to talking with the Dean...Im sure with the proof, the Dean will be on your side, and hopefully he can work out a solution with the profs or something....dont worry Sparkles, im sure it will work out...try anything you can and dont give up!!
 

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most schools have a post quarter (post semester) drop. it is rarely mentioned, nor is it a happy thing to process, but if indeed your medical situation (with hospital documentation) prevented attendence (even for administrative purposes) the dean will issue the drop. However, you will have a record on your transcript that is instead of the F you will receive W. i hope this helps