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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by milkweed84, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. milkweed84

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    I am about to graduate with a B.S. in Biology, but my GPA= 2.5 which is horrible.

    I did not have the slightest clue what I wanted to do while in college until recently, thats when I switched to pre-med. I have not taken the MCAT yet, I do not want to waste my time and money yet because I am thinking it is a lost cause.

    I would just like to know what my options are with a bio degree.
     
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  3. MilkmanAl

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    If you have the bare minimum of courses, you could do an "informal post-bac" in which you just take a bunch of random science classes to boost your GPA as much as possible. If you can somehow get up into the 3.0 range and rock the MCAT, you'll probably have a good chance of getting accepted to a SMP (for more info, see the Postbaccalaureate forum). A good performance in the SMP will dramatically increase your chances of being accepted to med school. It will not be an easy road if you decide medicine is for you, but if you're willing to dedicate a few years to repairing your record, you can do it.

    edit: I mentioned doing the bare minimum of courses because the more hours you've had, the harder it will be to bring your GPA up.
     
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    Neither MD or DO medical schools will accept someone with a GPA that low. Consider speeding up your GPA repair by retaking classes where you got a C or lower, and applying to DO schools whose application service will replace the retaken course with the new grade. If you can get straight As, 2-3 more years of classes might make you eligible for application. A few DO medical schools accept a GPA as low as 2.75, and many take a 3.0. Those accepted at DO schools have a mean GPA of 3.4, so half are below that number. It's definitely not the time for you to take the MCAT. Retake the prerequisites with low grades first, and improve the chances that you'll get a great MCAT score to balance the low GPA.
     
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    Agreed. If you really want any type of shot at a US school you'll need to bring that up to a 3.0 at the minimum. I would point out that even though AACOMAS replaces your lowest grade it doesn't hide them. The ADCOMS will still be able to seem them even though if you have a strong showing they are more likely to forgive by far than most allopathic schools.
     

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