low science GPA-Masters, Post bacc program, or individual Post bacc?

Doogie11

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    Hey Everyone,
    I have a question about my pre-med track so far and i'm hoping this forum can help. I will be graduating from UNC in december with a BA in Biology and History with a non science GPA in the area of 3.5 (history major GPA is about a 3.7-3.8) and a science GPA in the area of 2.5. My overall GPA is 3.0. I have all B's in the traditional science courses pertaining to medical school except for a C+ in general Chem II and Orgo I. I still have Orgo II,Physics I and II, and a stats class to complete my pre-reqs. I will have a considerable amount of extracurricular activities as it pertains to healthcare including some things overseas by the time i apply to medical school. My concern right not is finding the best way to show my ability to do well in the sciences, which i know i can. I seem to fall into a unique category as it pertains to post bacc programs. I have too much science courses for some and not all the pre-reqs for medical school for others. My plan was to take some science classes during the spring as a non-degree seeking student back home and then apply to a masters program. My third option is too take courses for medical school on my own and then apply for medical school. Basically, seeing my science GPA, what do you think would be the best option for me? Oo, i also was a varsity athlete in college (i dont know if that changes anything). Thanks for the help.
     

    Stratego

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      You don't need a formal postbac program. You could either delay graduation so you'll have priority in registering for upper-level science classes and the prerequisites you're lacking, or sign up for classes as a non-degree seeking student elsewhere (particularly if it's less expensive). I think you'll need more than the four remaining courses to get your BCPM GPA up high enough if you were a Bio major. A traditional masters program won't help you, but an SMP will (Special Masters Program), as it's specifically designed for those with low GPAs to prove they have what it takes to succeed in med school, if they have a decent MCAT score.

      Alternatively, you can retake courses with low grades and apply through AACOMAS to DO med schools who will only count the most recent grade when they figure your application GPAs (provided the credit hours are the same or better).
       

      Stratego

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        Ok, so if i finish my pre-reqs and take some more biology classes (upper level and some retakes) and do well in them, i should be ok for applying to medical school? Of course good scores on the MCAT's as well.
        We would need to know your final cGPA, BCPM or sGPA (no math), and MCAT score to answer that question. To apply DO, you could well be able to go with that plan if you get all As and get the 2.5 sGPA above a 3.0 (ideally 3.3) after retake replacement. Check on this plan in the Preosteopathic part of SDN also.

        To apply MD, unless you take several full-time years of class and get straight As, I strongly suspect that you will need to do an SMP also.
         
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