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- Jun 11, 2010
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Taking an SMP for research and LORs simply baffles me. Why not simply get a research masters? Your UG GPAs are very competitive for med school.I graduated college with a 3.78 overall GPA and a 3.65 sGPA. I decided to take a SMP, not so much for my GPA but mainly for better research opportunities and LOR's. In the first semester of my SMP I made 3 A's and 1 A-, however during the second semester I unfortunately became pretty sick during finals and it significantly brought my grades down. I ended this semester with an A, B+, and 2 B's. I still have the summer semester left which has three classes, and I know I can achieve a 4.0. This will cause me to end with a 3.72 GPA in the SMP.
I am just worried about my second semester grades and admissions committees seeing it as me not being able to handle medical school level courses, when it was just from me being sick and unable to study adequately. Should I take another semester as a non-degree seeking student to bring up my GPA or should I just accept my grades and apply in the 2021 cycle? My advisor seems to think admission committees will be more sympathetic about lower grades this spring semester, but I am not so sure about that. Thanks for the advice!
Finishing an SMP with a 3.72 merely proves something we already know...that your GPA is competitive for med school. This semester is what, a 3.6? OK, not Columbia or Mayo material, but still good for, say Drexel or Albany. And that's just one semester!
Have you taken the MCAT? If not, that will make or break your app.
And do you have all the right ECs?