Dec 9, 2020
3
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
Hi everyone, I graduated with my MPH in Epi last year, and I'm trying to figure out which steps are realistic to take next for medical school. My undergrad science GPA was a little below a 3.0. I got all A's during my Masters (including a Virology course). I got accepted into a post-bacc that includes all the basic science courses and was offered a fellowship position at the CDC in Epidemiology. The fellowship is essentially a FT job, and the post-bacc will be 1 class/summer semester and 3 classes/semester (Spring/Semester). I'm trying to see if it's realistic to do both since I already have a science degree. I desperately need to fix my science GPA before applying for med school, but an experience with the CDC is rare and would develop my epi skills (especially if a career a medicine doesn't work out). Would it make more sense to get a Master's degree in upper level science courses, DIY retaking basic and advanced class, or should I continue with the post-bacc? Open to any advice or combination
 
May 27, 2020
244
302
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
I also think you should take the fellowship.

If possible try to take some courses on the side as a fellowship if you want to get started on grade repair ASAP.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users

Bloobury

7+ Year Member
Feb 10, 2013
134
445
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student (Accepted)
Second what Zorc said. Anyone can take classes. Not everyone has the chance to work for the CDC.
How many (if any) undergrad science courses you have to take to boost your GPA will depend on your planned path (MD or DO) and the screening thresholds for those schools. Some schools are more forgiving of lower GPAs if you have exceptional experience in other areas of your application. Wake Forest, for example, will not send secondaries to folks who have lower than a 3.2 sGPA. A lot of DO schools require a 3.0 sGPA. A lot of med schools don't publish a lower threshold. Some will screen out applicants by MCAT score rather than GPA. Do your research and see if you think it's really necessary to do an entire postbac. I have a ~3.0 sGPA and have interviews at MD schools, probably because of my amazing career experiences.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users
About the Ads
Dec 9, 2020
3
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
I also think you should take the fellowship.

If possible try to take some courses on the side as a fellowship if you want to get started on grade repair ASAP.
Thank you! Would it make sense to retake 1 basic science course a semester until my sGPA is decent or should I just take more upper level science courses?
 
Dec 9, 2020
3
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
Second what Zorc said. Anyone can take classes. Not everyone has the chance to work for the CDC.
How many (if any) undergrad science courses you have to take to boost your GPA will depend on your planned path (MD or DO) and the screening thresholds for those schools. Some schools are more forgiving of lower GPAs if you have exceptional experience in other areas of your application. Wake Forest, for example, will not send secondaries to folks who have lower than a 3.2 sGPA. A lot of DO schools require a 3.0 sGPA. A lot of med schools don't publish a lower threshold. Some will screen out applicants by MCAT score rather than GPA. Do your research and see if you think it's really necessary to do an entire postbac. I have a ~3.0 sGPA and have interviews at MD schools, probably because of my amazing career experiences.
Congrats on the interviews! I considered DO, but MD makes more sense for me. I'll get to work on my DIY post-bacc. Thank you!
 
May 27, 2020
244
302
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
Thank you! Would it make sense to retake 1 basic science course a semester until my sGPA is decent or should I just take more upper level science courses?

Mathematically for AMCAS retaking courses will be the same as taking upper levels since you have to report all classes but I think the general consensus is you're better off taking upper level science courses instead of retaking unless you got below a C.
 
About the Ads

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.