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MD & DO My grades are scum

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Ezio, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. Ezio

    Ezio cheese steaks 2+ Year Member

    currently a sophomore might lose scholarship if i don't pull my GPA above a 3

    2.97 cGPA
    2.94 sGPA

    heavily involved in HIV research at my university med school
    plan to pledge a fraternity fall 2015
    volunteer and shadow during winter/ senior year

    what do?
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  3. mimelim

    mimelim Vascular Surgery Rocket Scientist Physician 5+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2011
    Get less involved with your research unless you are about to cure HIV/AIDS, then you should probably continue.

    Do not pledge a fraternity.

    Consider grade replacement/DO. Consider SMP.
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  4. Afford

    Afford 2+ Year Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    Raise your GPA as much as possible. Some schools pre-screen out under 3.0 GPAs. Retake your bad classes and DO grade replacement will help boost up your GPA. Figure out why your grades are low and drop your extracurriculars if it's hurting your grades because they MD and DO schools won't care if your GPA is low.
  5. Ezio

    Ezio cheese steaks 2+ Year Member

    see there is my problem. retaking classes

    the classes i would retake are the weed out 60% fail rate classes (not exaggerating). I passed those classes with C+

    so far I have 3 C+ and a couple A and a bunch of B and B+
  6. TheStudyOfLife

    TheStudyOfLife 2+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Here is my advice:

    If you are a pre-medical student with a 2.9 by the end of your freshman year, you have ALOT of catching up to do. I pledged in the spring of my freshman year and earned a 3.44 (I work well under pressure), while going through the worst semester of my life. (I had no life). My pledge brothers struggled to keep over a 2.0 because of sleep deprivation. If you think you will be able to earn a 3.3+ while pledging I say do it, if not, learn to say no.

    Consider DO > MD unless you show a STRONG upward curve. Scrap your EC's until your GPA becomes even remotely competitive. You want to be a physician, not a business major. Unfortunately in this field your GPA determines what you become, not who you know. Step up your performance in the classroom or reconsider your aspirations as a physician.

  7. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Somewhere west of St. Louis
    Go seek out your school's learning or education center and get help with your learning style, time mgt and/or test taking skills.
  8. Heplayer92

    Heplayer92 2+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2013
    I think you're in an OK position OP. Lots of room for improvement, but definitely do-able.

    I finished first year with a low GPA as well (not a 2.9, but 3.2ish). For the next 3 years, I averaged about a 3.8ish per year. Had a 3.9ish average senior year. My cumulative after 4 years ended up being a 3.7, with a 3.6ish science, which brings me to about average/above average GPA-wise for medical school. If I can do it, you can totally do it.

    I did find that my problem was due to time management. In the end, it just meant studying a lot more, especially evenings and weekends. Unfortunately, being in a fraternity will definitely hinder your progress. If you can fix it up, you will be fine OP. Best of luck!
  9. Pasmal

    Pasmal MS4 2+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2013
    Important to keep in mind that senior year isn't factored into primary apps traditionally speaking. OP would be looking at a 3.65 cGPA with a 4.0 over the next two years. a 3.5 over the next two years would land him at 3.32 cGPA. <-- All assuming same # of credit hrs, obviously he could bring it up more if he overloaded.

    As Heplayer92 said, MD is still possible, but you need to make school the meaning of your existence from the time you get up until you go to sleep every day for the next two years. And that's really tough to do.

    Either that or crank out a 40 on the MCAT. Then you might end up getting in somewhere with a 3.0 I suppose...
  10. user3

    user3 7+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2010
    raise your cumulative and science GPA's > 3.0, score a 27 MCAT, and you should be able to get into a DO school somewhere once you apply.
    Pasmal likes this.

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