- Oct 13, 2014
- MD/PhD Student
Thanks mate. Still I am thinking of applying to mid tier universities like St Mary's uni of Minnesota or 3rd tier like ULV (minimum recommended GPA is 2.5 there in both of them ) and if possible later transfer. Or may be some national universities like VIU OR calUMS ( required GPA 2.0-2.5 ) Yeah low GPA is making is pretty hard . I did pass the licensure exam in my country .A GPA that low is going to make things pretty damn difficult, dude, tbh.
I'm assuming that since you provided your hs GPA and not an undergrad GPA that the med school didn't require it or something.
Okay, so, a 2.14 is well below most programs' GPA floors (typically 3.0, but they often reach below for high GRE or very experienced candidates). It is probably too low for many schools to even consider (think UMN, UM, UNC, JHU, etc...). With that said, you seem to have good experience, and the MD aspect will be a positive too. You can try your luck at some schools and hope someone falls in love with your app and invites you to interview, at which point you'll control your own destiny. However, you'll need to absolutely kill everything else in your app (amazing SOP, great LOR, great GRE (if you need to take it)) and get the app in ASAP. Even with that, expect a very "random" process and know that there's a real chance you'll strike out.
Per a thread on Gradcafe and my experience with admissions, I'd also recommend taking several years off to work (2 at least, probably more like 4-5). The more distance you put between yourself and that GPA, the less impact it tends to have (admissions folks understand that a 30yo MD probably shouldnt be judged by a GPA from 6 years ago).
I am confused about providing a supplement essay . i mean should I give a little bit explanation in my SOP or its better to provide supplement essay ?I agree with taking some graduate level classes to prove you can do well. Also, I would recommend killing the GRE (like get close to a perfect). Also provide a supplemental essay explaining your low GPA. If you do all of this, you may have a shot at some of the good programs. If not, then I would recommend working for a year or two. they do tend to value work experience over grades.
Thanks mate..you'll get different advice but I've always recommended you do a supplemental essay if it doesnt fit naturally in your SOP.
Also, only do it if there is a legit reason for the gpa.