MSBS, grad low GPA and low MCAT

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  1. Drhpful

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    This time last year I graduated from the first class of a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Science program. My goal was to attend the medical school where I earned my degree, despite my best effort that did not happen. I have taken the MCAT five times and even though I use the traditional methods of preparation I have not been able to score above a 490. My GPA is 3.2. I have been trying to get into medical school now for about 4 years and I have not been successful. I’m working on a clinical trial and I am grateful for the experience I just know that it’s not my career. If anyone could shine a light on what they have done in similar situations or if someone can give me practicle advice on next steps or other potential career fields that would be greatly appreciated. I want to ensure I am doing everything in power to be successful.
     
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    thank you at Goro, I am actually already a clinical trial research associate
     
  5. Johnrawlsneuro

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    Have you considered being a PA or NP? You’d be a valued and trained clinician with lower barrier of entry programs.
     
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    I’m sorry you can overcome a low GPA or a low MCAT, heck sometimes even both can be less than stellar and still net you an admission particularly from schools that look at the two as a “safety gauge”. A 490 suggests a lack of content knowledge and taking it five times is not a good look. I wouldn’t take it again unless you had an AAMC FL taken under timed conditions that was >505. It also may be that an MD/DO just isn’t in the cards.

    How have you reviewed? I was very passive in my initial review and the material didn’t stick. I found flash cards and integrating UWorld practice questions helped a great deal.
     
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    Thanks for answering my question. I have created a schedule where I was covering material a subject area from a review book then practicing that material each day. Each week I would take a full length exam. This last time I focused on the verbal section with more intensity. I reviewed the other sections as well but I focused on becoming a better test taker.
     
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    With that many low MCATs and unsuccessful applications I think it might be best to take a few years off. Even if you get a good MCAT now as soon as they see the rest of them it's going to look like a fluke.

    Stop taking the MCAT and reapplying for now. Make a 5 year plan. Take 2-3 years and focus on the career that you have. Look into project management or clinical trials management if you are ok with continuing in that field, consider other health fields (NP/PA/CRNA etc) if something more clinical and consider if an accelerated BSN would be beneficial if you go that route. In the mean time take a couple classes to boost the GPA, some volunteer work that you can do consistently long term (even 4hrs/month adds up and looks great over years), and keep studying 30min-1hr a day (might be beneficial to go back to the basics and review stuff via Khan academy etc).
     
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    Thank you for your advice. I appreciate it.
     
  10. B4y 4RE4 N4Tiv3

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    I'm curious are you URM and disadvantaged and what state do you reside in? On a positive note you still have 2 more times to take the MCAT so you have 2 shots.
     
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    Hi I am a URM and I live in Virginia
     

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