• Advice You're Thankful for Contest

    Now that it's getting close to Thanksgiving, we're running a contest to hear advice you've received that you're most thankful for! This can be any type of advice and the advice with the most reactions will win!

    JOIN CONTEST

My chances. Low mcat

cfmoreno

New Member
2+ Year Member
Feb 19, 2015
8
0
  1. Pre-Medical
  2. Psychology Student
    I have a poor mcat of 484
    Grades and experience are better :
    3.5 post bacc
    3.2~3.3 overall. My first year of college I had low gpa that led to academic dismissal, but have since vastly improved my grades

    +3000 hours of volunteer work

    Work as a behavioral therapist-+8 years

    No research :/

    D1 athletics

    psych major- psi chi honors society

    Delta epsilon iota honors society

    Phi kappa psi (only one year, when I was getting god grades)

    Is there any chance I can squeeze into a low tier DO or MD Program?
    If chances are bleak could you recommend any MS program or decent linkage programs.
    I am even considering severals Ross, SGU and AUG but am hesitant due to the limited chance of matching.
    I am 29 so I 'd prefer not to take mcat again.
     

    kb1900

    Full Member
    5+ Year Member
    Oct 4, 2015
    1,501
    3,043
    1. Medical Student (Accepted)
      Don’t go to the Caribbean - there is no evidence you will succeed there and match whatsoever. Your MCAT will make it impossible to get into any md programs in the us and likely dos as well.

      You will have to separate yourself from both of those numbers (gpa and MCAT) by at least 1-2 years of straight As and knocking the MCAT out of the park on your second attempt if you want a chance.
       
      About the Ads

      candbgirl

      Full Member
      Lifetime Donor
      15+ Year Member
    • Jul 14, 2005
      5,688
      6,022
        Even though you don't want to take the MCAT again you're going to have to if you want to go to med school. There is no chance that you can "squeeze into a low tier DO or MD program. ". And think long and hard about going off shore. You are just the kind of student many of those schools prey on. Low GPAs and an abysmal MCAT doesn't bode well for success in med school.


        Sent from my iPad using SDN mobile app
         

        Goro

        Full Member
        Lifetime Donor
        10+ Year Member
        Verified Expert
        Jun 11, 2010
        67,501
        2
        103,988
        Somewhere west of St. Louis
        1. Non-Student
          Is there any chance I can squeeze into a low tier DO or MD Program?
          No. Your score is a risk factor for failing out of med school and/or failing Boards. IF you have test taking anxiety issues, those are fixable.


          If chances are bleak could you recommend any MS program or decent linkage programs.
          Retake the MCAT...that's your problem. At my SMP, I'd reject outright. Some of my best students have been in their 30s and 40s.


          I am even considering severals Ross, SGU and AUG but am hesitant due to the limited chance of matching.
          They feast upon desperate applicants like you. Their business plan depends upon it, actually.
           

          gyngyn

          Alta California
          Staff member
          Administrator
          Volunteer Staff
          Lifetime Donor
          10+ Year Member
          Verified Expert
        • Nov 4, 2011
          26,139
          47,902
          1. Attending Physician
            You need to identify the reason for these outcomes before another attempt at any high stakes exam.
            484 is the 8th percentile. I presume your other score was similar?
             
            • Like
            Reactions: 1 users

            Lawpy

            31% Full Member
            7+ Year Member
            SDN Ambassador
          • Jun 17, 2014
            57,497
            148,662
            Replacement Chat
            forums.studentdoctor.net
              I don't think US MD schools are an option anymore sorry. If you want to pursue medicine, your plan of action is to retake the MCAT and aim for 503+ (because you messed up already). Once you get a good score, target your application broadly to DO schools.

              If you don't want to retake the MCAT, you should pursue a different career. Sorry.
               
              • Like
              Reactions: 2 users

              bears1992

              Full Member
              2+ Year Member
              Jan 5, 2017
              1,258
              1,254
              1. Medical Student
                I would take the advice of the above adcoms and DO NOT APPLY with that score. Last year there were 1440 white applicants that applied to MD with an MCAT below 487 and only 6 were accepted.
                https://www.aamc.org/download/321518/data/factstablea24-4.pdf

                As for DO, there were 802 applicants with a sub 488 MCAT and only 21 got in.
                http://www.aacom.org/docs/default-s...riculant-profile-summary-report.pdf?sfvrsn=10

                You will need to take the MCAT again if you want to become a physician practicing in the US. My guess is you'll need at least a 500 for a 50/50 shot to get into DO. Good news is you have 10 months of prep time which is more than enough to get a 500. Forget taking more classes to boost your GPA, spend the majority of your free time studying for the MCAT. Buy an Exam Kracker or Kaplan set and read each book cover to cover. Sign up for question of the day apps on your phone. Start taking practice tests in January (Next Step and Exam Krackers are the best IMO).

                Forget about applying this year, focus on taking your MCAT in April 2018 and applying to 20+ DO schools in May 2018. I'd even apply to a few MD schools if you are a URM or break 510+ on the MCAT. Between MCAT and GPA, MCAT is the easier of the two to fix. You're almost there, just a gap year spent solely on studying for the MCAT should get you into a DO school.

                Good Luck!
                 
                • Like
                Reactions: 1 user

                SLU Student

                Full Member
                2+ Year Member
                Apr 11, 2017
                283
                211
                1. Pre-Medical
                  Your chances of getting into any US medical school is pretty much zero with that MCAT.

                  What was your other MCAT score?

                  The good thing is that the rest of your application is solid. You have great EC's (3000+ hours??). Your GPA is on the low side, but not terribly low, so you're good there.

                  You MUST retake the MCAT for a shot at a US medical school. Do not apply to the Caribbean.

                  As for exam prep, you must figure out what you're doing wrong. You could guess on the entire exam and receive a similar score, which is probably what you are doing. You show a severe lack of knowledge in content. Actually learn the material first before you move on to test taking strategies.
                   
                  • Like
                  Reactions: 1 users

                  candbgirl

                  Full Member
                  Lifetime Donor
                  15+ Year Member
                • Jul 14, 2005
                  5,688
                  6,022
                    What makes you think you will do well enough at a Caribbean school to even enter the match process? Have you done any reading on why Caribbean schools are such a bad idea at this point in time? If not you probably need to spend time reading threads. If so, you have the information you need to make an informed decision.


                    Sent from my iPhone using SDN mobile app
                     

                    Ajvp

                    New Member
                    2+ Year Member
                    Apr 7, 2016
                    3
                    0
                      I have a poor mcat of 484
                      Grades and experience are better :
                      3.5 post bacc
                      3.2~3.3 overall. My first year of college I had low gpa that led to academic dismissal, but have since vastly improved my grades

                      +3000 hours of volunteer work

                      Work as a behavioral therapist-+8 years

                      No research :/

                      D1 athletics

                      psych major- psi chi honors society

                      Delta epsilon iota honors society

                      Phi kappa psi (only one year, when I was getting god grades)

                      Is there any chance I can squeeze into a low tier DO or MD Program?
                      If chances are bleak could you recommend any MS program or decent linkage programs.
                      I am even considering severals Ross, SGU and AUG but am hesitant due to the limited chance of matching.
                      I am 29 so I 'd prefer not to take mcat again.
                      Hi, I have similar stats were you able to get into Ross or sgu ? Thank you
                       
                      About the Ads
                      This thread is more than 1 year old.

                      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.