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Discussion in 'Pre-Podiatry Students' started by TXDO, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. PashaOdesit

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    Is that MCAT score real or hypothetical score?

    That MCAT score is pretty good to open some door for you as far as interview. The rest is on you.

    Have you done any post-bacc or masters degree?

    Since your Science GPA is so low, are all of yout prerequisite courses taken with C or above?
     
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    The MCAT is real score i took it twice, this is the highest score.

    All of my pre reqs are C and above, i did retake gen chem cuz i got Ds the first time.

    Bio 1-B+
    Bio 2-A
    Gen Chem 1 retake- B
    Gen Chen 2 retake- C+
    Physics 1- B+
    Physics 2- B
    Organic Chem- C+ Lab: B+
    Organic Chem 2- C Lab: B+
    BioChem- B- 5credit hour class
    Microbiology-C+
    Chemistry course 2000 level-B

    these were the grades i recieved in my pre reqs, idk if my science GPA is accurate i calculated it myself.

    Also im not a scince major, im Sociology Major and Chemistry Minor
     
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    Do you have any other science courses besides the list above?
     
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    You might be able to get into the bigger schools like Kent or Barry. I would apply everywhere and see what happens.

    MCAT is solid for Pod school.

     
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    I think thats all of them!!
     
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    Thank You Guys. you give me hope!
     
  8. DexterMorganSK

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    MCAT is fine. Science GPA is too low. If you apply to all 9 schools then you might get an II from one of them.

    The real issue will be passing classes during Pod school.
    You have two options as of now: apply and if you get a seat then go all in and try to stay in school.
    The second option is to take few high-level science courses at the undergrad level then apply for next year to begin in Summer 2019. I mean classes like biochemistry, A&P, cell molecular bio, etc. Doing well in these courses will raise that science GPA and you will be better prepared to tackle medical school courses.
     
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    Can you add how many credits per each? So far I am getting a higher sGPA for you, but maybe you had more courses taken and some retakes.
     
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    I agree with dexter. You only have one A in general Bio. I would also suggest yo apply in the new cycle and use that time to take some science classes to raise GPA and for your own purposes so you can be prepared. So far, I would worry not just about getting in, but getting through med school.
     
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    Bio 1- 4 credit hrs
    Bio 2- 4 credit hrs
    Gen chem 1- 4 credit hrs
    Gen chem 2- 4 Credit hrs
    Physics 1- 4 credit hrs
    Physics 2- 4 credit hrs
    Organic chem- 4 credit hrs LAB: 2 credit hrs
    Organic chem2 - 4 credit hrs LAB: 2 credit hrs
    BioChem- 5 credit hrs
    Microbiology- 3 credt hrs
    Chem 2000 lvl course- 3 credit hrs

    does this help. ive added the credit hrs for each class
     
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    Both Gen Chem courses were initially Ds?
     
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    yea i got Ds the first go. :(
     
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    If I put 2 Ds then I get 2.61 total for all science courses. If I set one as D+ then it is 2.63 sGPA.

    If you add another 3 courses (10 credits) with As, it will raise it up to 2.84

    If you add another 10 credits with As on top of that, then you will get 3.00 sGPA

    This is just 2 part time semesters.


    Like others have mentioned, you could still apply as it is since your MCAT score is good, but you probably will be best applying for the new cycle which starts this August.

    You could get interviews this cycle as well from some schools like Barry and Kent.
     
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    Thank You Pasha!! for your effort!
     
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    Let me honestly add something. I am not trying to bring you down or anything. If you plan to go to medicine, you really need to analyze your study habits and strategies. You need to get better. You have only 1 A in undergrad science courses.

    Also, you got C+ in Gen Chem after taking it with D. Anyone would expect you to get at least B+ or A- for the second try.
     
  18. PashaOdesit

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    I have graduated with 2.82 sGPA, but now I am sitting at 3.3 sGPA and ~3.53 cGPA after DIY post-bacc. It can be done.
     
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    Are you applying for this cycle or next cycle in August? Your MCAT is above average for some school but GPA is pretty low. If you apply early in the next cycle, you may get some II. Be sure to check GPA cut offs for schools before applying. I don't know much, that's just my advice/opinion. Good luck!!
     
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    What Pasha and Dexter have emphasized are spot on.

    We know you can get in with that MCAT even if GPA is low.
    But we want you to stay in.

    I went in with a 2.87 sGPA.
    I struggled 1st semester and it kicked my ass. 2nd semester is much better but my GPA tanked because of that 1st semester.

    Set yourself up for success. Be patient. Take that extra year and take 9 credits of upper level science every semester.
    You don't even have to get As, just get Bs and prove to adcom you can at least pass everything with a B.

    Take that time to live a bit and do as many fun things as you can as well, because once school starts you will be grinding nonstop.

    You will get in. Finishing will be an uphill battle.

    Coming from someone who didn't think they'd make it past 1st semester, it is possible.
     
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    How much harder would you say pod school is than undergrad? 3X? How many hours do you usually study/day?

     
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    Its actually just as hard as undergrad.

    There are a few concepts that were completely foreign to me, but in terms of difficulty understanding, really not that much harder.

    The difference is the amount of material. You get 5x the material in one lecture, all science related and clinically relevant.

    Days will differ. School from 8 - 5pm. Dinner with wife. Library 7-10pm. Go home sleep repeat.

    Some days you won't start til 10am. Some days you end by lunch. The grade you want determines how much you study. I try to squeeze in an hour here and there.

    Right before exams Friday-Sunday you're at the library 8am-11pm or when they kick you out, no rules when it comes to exam time.
     
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    How are exams? 3rd order questions or more 1st remember and recall? Reading up on Boards it seems like most are 2nd and 1st order questions.

     
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    1st and 2nd.

    There are a few with "Given xyz scenario, answer the following."

    This may vary across programs. Some courses have more 3rd order questions than others.
     
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    I think all of you all's concern is 110% legit when it comes to staying in pod school. But all of my Cs that i got were in my earlier years and most recently i've been doing whole lot better. there is a huge upward trend. so i have a some degree of confidence that i can get through pod school. im also a married man now so there is a whole new motivation factor for me.

    Thank you all for helping me. Much appreciated!
     
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    Nice.

    Schools take upward trends into account.

    If you had mentioned all of this from the start, we would have been less concerned.

    Best of luck and keep us updated.
     
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    Need some advice on next steps, I'm planning on applying to schools for summer 2019 start as a career changer. I'll be 31 when I (hopefully start) having been teaching science for the past 6 years. my cGPA is a 3.0 and sGPA a 3.2 with the last 40 hours (incl. about 20 of upper level sciences). my ugrad finished in 2010 and I did a postbacc in teaching that I finished in 2012. to show I was still competitive I took a bunch of upper level courses and got A's in all of them over the past 12 or so months. Test taking is a general strength of mine, so I know with proper preparation I can do well on the MCAT (taking in sept, aiming for a 510+). Other than shadowing a Pod, which I plan to do over the summer during the school break, what else can/should I be doing to show schools that I am dedicated to podiatry as a career, and what shot would I honestly have at getting in? I'm married and living in NYC so NYCPM would be ideal, but I'd be willing to go anywhere.
     
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    An MCAT score close to 500 should give that II from NYCPM. Shadow as much as you can while studying (doing well on the MCAT is key).

    You should apply for their Jan 2019 program because you have not been in school for a while (Full-time), so you take fewer classes but still graduate with the rest of your classmates (2023).

    Nice job in the postbacc courses. GL!
     
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    I should look a lot more into the January option, hadn't really thought about it, thanks!
     
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    With your post-bacc and good MCAT score (495+), you should have a good chance of getting interviews at most schools.
     
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    Just wanted to gauge my chances for application.
    cumulative GPA: 3.4
    science GPA: 3.38
    MCAT: 491 (Retaking later this year)

    Working as a research assistant in an academic hospital with expousure to pod related conditions.
    Did a year of pharmacy school and left on good academic standing with a 3.1 gpa
     
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    Stats are fine.

    Why the change from Pharmacy to Podiatry?
     
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    For me it was mostly that pharmacy wasn't a good fit for me. There's a long list of reasons but my personal ones were:
    1. Job Market being saturated to the extreme.
    2. Academia teaching a lot of fluff classes that won't really make you a good provider.
    3. The pharmacy profession trying to move toward a weird mid-level provider role but they are way behind PA's and NP,s that already dominate that niche.
    4. The particular program I was in wasn't a good fit for me. Just a lot of disorganization and baby sitting for a professional/grad level program.
     
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    Anyone know if this is competitive for AZPod. That is my #1 preference for now.
     
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    All reasons are why not Pharmacy.

    Why podiatry?
     
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    I’m unsure but to give you something I had approximately 3.9 GPA both science and non science and 493 MCAT and was accepted to AZPod
     
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    My interest in podiatry appeared due to my current job were I am exposed a lot of standard podiatric problems such as diabetic foot infection, wound care, gangrene, ankle fractures and I grew more and more interested until I started research the career options to work with those conditions and discovered podiatry fit all of the above.

    I do work in an orthopedic unit in a hospital were they receive a lot of those cases and have podiatrist on staff. I know its not representative of the whole profession and I am shadowing outside podiatrist to see a more complete spectrum of daily practice. So far I've really liked what I see.
     
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    Email someone at AzPod and ask about your chances. If you get everything in within the next two weeks, you might be able to start this Fall..if that is your goal.
     
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    Accepted at AZPOD and will be attending :) Thanks everyone.
     
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    Congratulations!! Mind sharing your stats?
     
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    PM me.
     
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    Hi everyone, I'm a junior majoring in biology and minoring in Psychology.

    cGPA: 3.24
    sGPA: 3.07
    MCAT: 495
    ECs: BIO TA, independent research (thesis defense in May 2019), involved in music, have volunteered at the hospital, currently volunteer as a refugee tutor, currently work in the Emergency Department
    Shadowing: have shadowed 55 hours ~2 years ago and will be shadowing this summer

    I'm ideally hoping to apply this coming August, and any insight would be very much appreciated. California/Arizona is the goal, though I know my stats are low for Arizona. Is there anything more that is good to do before applying?

    Thank you!
     
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    You're fine.
     
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    Get your application submitted the day the applications open. Applying early is always better. If you have everything check marked that is required for the application you are guaranteed an interview. Then it's all up to you to do well on the interview. Getting into the interview means you are qualified... Doing well in interview will let them know if you fit into their program.
     

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