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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by jhdj8707, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. jhdj8707

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    I recently got my MCAT scores and I am more nervous than ever. I was consistantly scoring a 29 on the practice tests but I ended up with a 26Q on the real thing.

    This wouldn't be so bad except for my overall GPA.

    When I first started college I had no interest in medicine. My freshman year I dropped out in the 3rd quarter for financial reasons and because I was young and stupid I didn't formally withdraw leaving me with all Fs. I took a year off and after getting pregnant I realized that I needed to get my act together. I enrolled in community college and did ok but not amazing. It was in those two years that I gained a serious interest in medicine but I wasn't sure I was ready to commit.

    After my second year in CC I transfered to a CA state university and that is when I made the decision to work on the pre-med reqs and after joining a research assistant program in an emergency department I knew I was going to go for it. I have averaged a 3.7 every quarter for the last 2 years (taking difficult science courses). Unfortunately that only leaves me with a 2.8 overall (3.1 science).

    I have heard so many different things but looking at the charts on the AAMC website I see that 6% of white applicants with my GPA and MCAT get in. So I am thinking it is possible. But under what circumstances?

    I am now the Lead research assistant (been an RA for 15 months; Lead for 4 months) and an author on two publications one of which has been presented at two national conferences. I have significant experience observing in the emergency room. I also volunteer experience as a tutor throughout my community.

    I am a single parent working 2 jobs with a full school load. I am proud of all that I have accomplished but I fear that my efforts wont be enough because of the mistakes I made several years ago.

    Any advice or information is appreciated!

    BTW I am currently applying.
     
    #1 jhdj8707, Jul 22, 2011
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  3. nicknickp3

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    You are probably going to get auto-screened because of the cGPA. I would say your chances at MD are probably slim to none. If you wanted to be an MD you would probably have to do some retakes and enter an SMP. A solid year of retakes could raise your gpa a whole lot and probably make you pretty competitive for D.O. schools. For example, I had the exact same problem as you, have a semester of F's, had a cGPA of probably 1.8 my first semester. I retook and with the D.O. calculation system I have a 3.5 now.
     
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    I have already retaken all of the failed courses which has brought my GPA from 1.8 to 2.8. Don't they average the scores in AMCAS (IE F to A=C)? So repeats wont really help anyways. I know that another year will bring it above the 3.0 but I am applying right now. Also, I have heard that a lot of schools are no longer auto screening but instead doing wholistic review. Anyone else hear this?
     
  5. nicknickp3

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    You hear about that more with D.O. schools, and with their GPA calculation system if you have an F retake and get an A only the A is used for calculation. It sounds like you don't know much about Osteopathic Physicians.

    http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-dos/Pages/default.aspx

    Do some reading, they can do everything MD's can and because they are relatively new they accept lower averages etc. And yes I think if you call any schools they would say suuuure apply, because you have to pay to apply and who doesnt love money?
     

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