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Need to do something to improve stats before next app cycle...

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by paperdoll25, May 31, 2008.

  1. paperdoll25

    paperdoll25 Mr. Sparkle 5+ Year Member

    May 7, 2008
    I am currently waitlisted at LECOM-E, but I need to think up some back-up plans that will help me on future apps. I need to improve my GPA. I was thinking M.S. in kinesiology or nutritional sciences. What do you guys recommend?
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  3. EEL08

    EEL08 7+ Year Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    A Masters degree is not going to do much to help IMO. Undergrad and grad GPAs are calculated separately so it wouldn't change your undergrad GPA. The only way to boost your GPA is to take/retake more undergrad classes.
  4. paperdoll25

    paperdoll25 Mr. Sparkle 5+ Year Member

    May 7, 2008
    I planned to retake some of the classes while I was getting a graduate degree. Are there particular grad degrees that look better to medical schools? Has anyone been in this situation...what did you do?
  5. DrMidlife

    DrMidlife has an opinion 10+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2006
    If you don't know about SMPs, these are one year masters programs designed to improve credentials for med school. There's a whole SDN forum here. There are quite a few at DO schools as well as at MD schools.

    If the whole point of further study for you is to get into med school, then an SMP would serve you better than a masters in something else. If you pursue a masters in kinesiology or an MPH, you would be getting a new EC, not a fixed GPA.

    Lastly, at least on the MD side, undergrad classes taken under a grad program go into your grad GPA, not your undergrad GPA. I haven't heard this for DO, but I think it was LifetimeDoc that got burned this way.

    Best of luck to you.
  6. cliquesh

    cliquesh 10+ Year Member

    Nov 2, 2007
    I spoke to a PCOM representive once, and she said that PCOM "heavily weighs graduate education...we pretty much give you a second chance." But that is PCOM, and I am sure every school differs.

    Your MCAT score is probably the easiet thing to improve, especially if you scored below a 30. If you studied for a year, there is not reason you shouldn't exceed a 30.
  7. paperdoll25

    paperdoll25 Mr. Sparkle 5+ Year Member

    May 7, 2008
    thanks guys. I'll look into the SMPs.
  8. subalou1


    May 18, 2008
    Last year a NYCOM representive told me the same, my gpa was on the low side and they recommended entering a graduate program.
  9. a817

    a817 5+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    i know lecom erie has a program in which you take classes with the med students etc, I personally would just retake classes that you did bad in, and retake the mcat if you feel you can improve on.
  10. Punchap

    Punchap Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    I think it would be best/most cost-effective if you just retake the classes you did the worst in and retake the MCAT. Also, consider getting in more research/volunteer experience if those things interest you (and if you don't already have these things on your app). Good luck to you! :luck:
  11. fabu1ous

    fabu1ous Wow, it is so clear... 2+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Looking into the sky :)
    It's hard because we don't know what your profile looks like... But I don't think I'd go the master's route. Too much money and not the best use of your time.

    You're already waitlisted at LECOM-E, many schools show love to reapplicants. Talk to someone there to get suggestions as to what they feel your weaker areas are, and how you can improve. Even ask if you don't make it in this time, will you be required to reapply through the traditional way, iow, how do they consider those who did not make off waitlist.

    If it's gpa, retake undergrad classes. If you're in a master's program, taking undergrad classes is not going to count toward your required classes. If iyou need improvement on MCAT, take time to prepare/prepare with a different book and rock it out. If it's extracurric, you get the idea...[​IMG]
  12. quenton cassidy

    quenton cassidy 5+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Call the admissions committee at the schools you applied to, I have heard some schools will tell you what the red flags/ weaknesses were on your application. I also personally think that if you aren't going to do grad school get as much first hand experience as possible. I don't know what your grades or MCAT are like, but there have been debates back and forth about the benefits of doing something like an EMT program. I know someone that became an EMT and got accepted the following year, who knows though its all a crapshoot, call admissions. Good luck
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2008
  13. quenton cassidy

    quenton cassidy 5+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    On second thought, just kidnap an ADCOMS daughter and hold her hostage till admission. Sure it's a little less orthodox, but what do you have to lose besides a little time in solitary confinement. :D

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