Read aboveWhat do you mean by DIY post bacc?
DIY post bacc. means do it your self post-baccalaureate (you are an unclassified students doing courses)
How can I informal do a post bacc is what I'm trying to ask I guess. Would I still have to fill out applications to get accepted into the school I am wanting to do post bacc in?
It depends on how your university works. I just simple fill out some forms at my graduate department and the department give the okay.
Not sure how an informal post bacc differs from a regular post bacc procedure wise when it comes to applying. Also will retaking the courses I got a C or lower in really make a difference in my application?
Informal post-bacc is cheaper and you an literally retake the courses you did badly in. Oh heck yeah retaking will make a difference because unlike AMCAS (MD school application service), the AACOMAS (DO school application services) will literal replace your grades instead of average them. So all those C's and below are wiped clean with your retakes when GPA calculations are being done (however this means you have to get a better grade on the retake). Previous bad grades will be still seen.
It will boost up my undergrad gpa correct?
And can someone elaborate please on what they mean by DO schools replacing grades in courses I did bad in.....is it as if I never got the bad grade in the first place? Will they still see the bad grade when I fill out Aacomas come time to applying??
Let's say you had 2.0 GPA in your freshman year and hypothetically you retook every single course your sophomore year and got a 4.0 GPA. It won't be averaged to a 3.0 GPA, it will taken as a 4.0 GPA. This is the power of grade replacement. However, yes, they will see the bad grades. When it comes time for applications, I would rather be the guy with retake coming in with a 3.5 GPA than no retakes and a 3.0 GPA. This will determine whether you get an interview and acceptance.
No offense.. but parents don't know jack **** about the med school process. They know of so and so who had a such and such GPA that was low but a such and such high MCAT with such and such experience and that you certainly have a shot. NO. DO NOT RUSH IT. Take the MCAT when you are ready. You already did ehhh (once again.. no offense) and this is your chance to prove yourself.Thank you so much for the encouraging words!!!
I've already retaken my ochem courses 1 and 2 (I originally withdrawed the first time around because I knew I wasn't going to manage a good grade in there) and so after retaking it last semester I got a B! (Could've been an A if I had tried harder) And I took biochem this summer and got an A in that since I actually tried hard in and it was a subject I fell in love with.
With that being said that's why I was considering focusing on the mcat first after graduating. Do you think with an exceptionally MUCH higher mcat the second time around I could possibly have adm people overlook my gpa when applying for DO schools? My parents are also pushing me to study the mcat right after graduating too and want me to focus on that thinking that some med schools might overlook my poor gpa
(I know I shouldn't listen to what the parents say too and should do what I think is right for my situation but are they wrong?)
I'm currently a premed senior about to finish up my last semester of college. I will be graduating fall 2015! However, my gpa is really low and I know it's not competitive enough for any MD or DO med schools.
My gpa is......here it is.......cumulative 2.6., and science gpa is a little lower.......I am so embarrassed to even type it. But I am more dedicated now than ever to fix my mistakes and to make med school happen. I KNOW I can succeed in this path to medicine and I know I would make a great physician someday!! I come from a very diverse background, I have traveled to a diff country and have seen the diff in healthcare systems they have in third world countries compared to the USA. I have clinical experience and plan to get even more experience working in the hospital again. I also plan to tutor as a way to show that my grades are not a reflection of my knowledge. There is more to my resume but I can't write it all.
I've been looking into doing either a post bacc or masters program before applying to med school. However I'm worried that my gpa is too low to even get into any program. Is there any way I can get my undergrad gpa overlooked somehow? I also already took the MCAT before they changed the exam and got a 26 (not great but no horrible, still not high enough near the score I wanted), so I plan to retake it after I graduate.
Also, should I just focus on retaking the mcat and scoring much higher first after I graduate in the fall? Or should I focus on TRYING to get into a post bacc/smp program first? And what should I do if my gpa keeps me from getting into any kind of program?! Really lost and desperate for helpful advice!!!
So what do you think is the best route for my situation? Please no rude or hurtful comments.
Thanks for your time!!!