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not doing well in biochem

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by koercive, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. koercive

    koercive Industry HE&OR, Large Cap Pharma Partner Organization 10+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    SDN Partner
    I didn't do so hot in bio chem.. got a C+ ... My BCPM gpa still is around a 3.5 . Will they question my performance in this class on my interview, or is it "hidden" as they only look at the GPA? I know people talk about showing improvements in GPA after not doing so well, but I am finishing up my 3rd year and almost done with pre-med courses.

    also are only pre-med courses calculated into BCPM? what about other random bio classes such as "AIDS fundamentals" and undergraduate research ?

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  3. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Carrboro, NC
    BCPM includes most classes in those departments, not just the prereqs.

    One C+ won't kill you.
  4. Droopy Snoopy

    Droopy Snoopy 7+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    The Alamo
    Do a search on what classes are and are not included in BCPM calculation, but the long and short of it is yes your science grades are all a part of your science gpa. None of your classes are "hidden", as they are displayed on both your AMCAS application as well as the individual transcripts you send in. It's not going to cost you a spot or anything, but it might come up during interviews considering Biochem is one of the traditionally make-or-break M1 classes.
  5. psipsina

    psipsina Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    I was specifically asked about a poor grade in genetics in one interview, so they can definitely see specific grades. I agree about biochem's importance specifically, I think this is why many schools reccommend having had it once in the first place, so a poor performance might be specifically questioned. Make sure you have a good explanation of what happened and maybe take it again and try to do better.
  6. Kfire326

    Kfire326 7+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    But a C+ in biochem will hurt more than a C+ in something completely unrelated to medical school, like philosophy.
  7. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Carrboro, NC
    That's true, but I think that 1 C+ (or C-) could be written off as an aberration no matter what course it's in. I don't think a C+ in biochem would be a big deal unless there were already another reason to question academic qualifications.
  8. Tired Pigeon

    Tired Pigeon 7+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    If you've done well overall in your classes (which it sounds like you have), this may be something you get asked about, but is highly unlikely to derail an otherwise good application. Relax.:)
  9. Hurricane95

    Hurricane95 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    Miami, FL
    Medical schools can see all of your individual grades. When you apply, you will fill out your master primary application on which you will list each course you have ever taken at the college level and what grade you got. One C+, however, will not kill you, as other posters have said.

    Your BCPM GPA includes exactly that: ANY class that can be classified as pure biology, chemistry, math and physics. It does leave out some classes that are science-related (or rather, applied science), but not pure science, such as engineering. Science research credits are generally included in your science GPA.
  10. Kfire326

    Kfire326 7+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    I know one person who has a GPA >3.90, who did badly enough to justify dropping the course. Luckily, it happened after that person got into med school. The reason they did that badly? They were not used to mass memorization. That persons major was all about understanding concepts. I think adcom members have heard of/come across this scenario in the past, and for this reason, a bad grade in biochem next to a very high GPA may very well be cause for concern...depending on the major, at least.
  11. 63768

    63768 Guest 2+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    i'd consider dropping and retaking if i were you. having a C+ isn't bad but it isn't good either.
  12. EBI831

    EBI831 legend in the making 7+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2006
    Chi-town royalty
    yes 1 C+ won't kill u but it will a lot of the time make for a hard time at interviews. i had a friend with all As/A-s and one C in physics and at every single interview they asked her about it and what she learned from it and why she thought she got it. needless to say she has been going to a great top 20 school for the past 2 years and that C def hsn't set her back in med school coping wise

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