If you truly care about this girl, do not let her go to the Caribbean under any circumstances.Hello SDN community,
My girlfriend is applying to medical school and we are trying to figure out her options.
So, she was on the premed track in undergrad and didn't do so well during the first years, but really, really picked it up in the last two years. She took the MCAT and got a 511, but she applied to medical school without knowing if she wanted to do medicine, but more because she felt her parents wanted her to. She didn't end up getting any acceptances.
She went to graduate school for her MPH, which she was interested in because of the research she was a part of in undergrad. She finished it within a year and a half with As and A-s in all her courses. While doing her MPH she went on some service trips that helped really solidify her desire to go into medicine.
She decided to enroll in a special master's linkage type program for a medical school where she has to retake some of her prerequisites again. She has gotten all As and A-s in her program so far. She took the MCAT just a few weeks ago to apply again this cycle as her older score had expired. Unfortunately, she ended up getting a sub-500 score.
She is pretty devastated because she feels like she ruined her future and her chance of achieving her dreams. She plans to retake the exam (3rd time) in January, but feels her chances this cycle are shot for any US-based MD programs and DO schools.
I think she has the potential to get above a 510 by January and reapply the following cycle. She believes that going to the Caribbean might be the best option for her at this point to not delay medical school (she is 25 this year). What do you guys think? Is taking the Caribbean route best? Or does she still have a decent shot at a US-based medical school next cycle? Is it worth it to go to a top Carribean school as opposed to waiting a year and getting into a US-based medical school?
In terms of her application otherwise, she has a ton of research, leadership, and volunteering experiences that she accumulated over the years. She definitely has the passion and desire for medicine that was lacking in her application before. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you very much!
Given her MCAT difficulties, I believe that unless she can retake and do better her medical career is over.