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Discussion in 'Pre-Podiatry Students' started by TXDO, Jan 22, 2009.
You have good chances.
You will be ok with a solid interview. Just make sure you research any schools you will be visiting prior to the interview. I think as long as you're able to communicate why you want to attend their school and how you will make a good fit there, you will be fine getting acceptance. Best of luck!
You'll do fine. I have known people who applied for multiple schools with a REALLY LOW MCAT (488 for one) and still got interviews. Just be prepared of "why podiatry" and make sure this is your career choice. They really want to make sure if your choice for podiatry is true
Applying for the fall of 2019
I'm about to enter my fourth year of being a biology major.
cGPA - 3.86 (out of a 4.0 scale)
sGPA - ~3.83
MCAT - I'm currently studying for the MCAT, hoping to take it in late August which would allow me to apply in early October. I'm hoping for a ~500, but who knows.
I'll be able to get a few LORs
I have ~200 hours of clinical volunteering in a hospital, ~250 hours of volunteering in a community setting, ~40 hours of shadowing an MD (which got me interested in podiatry in the first place). I am currently contacting a DPM to shadow him.
Those are great stats! If you get a 500+, on the Mcat then you are definitely a shoe in for any Pod School.
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Thanks! My only worry is that I'm not that great with standardized tests. What do you think is the lowest MCAT score I could get and still have a chance to be admitted at a pod school?
The lowest that I have ever heard of is a 476... But typically if you are 490+ you should get in
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Thanks so much for the help. Last week I took a full length practice test and I guessed on a lot of questions, but still got a 493. Hopefully I can bump that up in the next few months of study!
Even if you get 490-495, you will get interviews. The rest is up to you.
Awesome. Is there any way to prepare for interviews? Do you know what they might ask?
Yes I know. Best resource is SDN feedback. Access it by going to SDN resources at the top.
It has 90% of the questions that I was asked. You can see what people said about their interview experience at each particular school.
Best tip: be yourself, relax and have an enjoyable conversation. That's exactly what I did. I have enjoyed it. I am sure my interviewers also enjoyed talking to me.
Have some good questions ready.
Be ready to answer hard questions. Sometimes you will not have an answer, make sure you react adequately. Sometimes people start mumbling and it is even worse.
Hi I have a question about grades. So I received a C- first quarter physics my sophomore year. Are podiatry schools picky about retaking classes? Otherwise I have a 3.3 gpa and 504 mcat
i think you will be fine!
I would contact schools about that. From my experience they are picky about the requirements.
I have 7 credits of Organic chemistry and 3 credits of Biochemistry and 1 school said that I will have to take another organic chemistry to meet 8 credits requirement. I tried to explain that many schools can take Biochemistry in place of Organic Chemistry, but they did not want to accept it even though I had 7 out of 8 credits and biochem. So, yes, some schools are picky.
Make sure you ask them. You can call or email them about that.
You can definitely apply and even get accepted without 1 or couple of required courses, but they might make you take them before you matriculate.
oh no. Did you end up having to take and orgo class while applying to pod schools?
No. DMU can take Biochem in place of second semester of organic chemistry. It states that in their prerequisite requirements for DO and DPM.
I am non-trad and had taken some of my pre-reqs many, many years ago but had 1 C- in a gen chem course. It was my only lower grade and Western told me I would need to retake it because they do not accept lower than a C in the pre-reqs. None of the other schools I was accepted to cared, especially when looking at the other higher level courses I had taken with As. I really did not want to retake that course so I withdrew my application from that school. It would have been easier to just email the schools ahead of time instead of wasting money applying to them, to be honest. I should have done that.
how many hours of shadowing a podiatrist is good? i've decided on pursuing podiatry officially but i want to make sure i'm ready to start applying for this coming cycle.
Probably around 20-30 is sufficient. But the more the better.
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I would aim at about 20 hours or more. Try to get some OR hours as well since it is surgical specialty. I had about 26 hours of which around 4 were in OR.
thanks guys! that's a good point, i'll definitely try to get some OR hours in too!
Hey guys, this might be really obvious, but where do you find your official AACPMAS GPA after your transcripts have been verified? I can't find it anywhere on my application and have been using a spreadsheet to estimate.
Go to Status and click on Download.
Did it work?
Yes, I found it. Thank you
With what I’ve seen you’ll get in with that GPA and a 493 no doubt. The podiatry interviews seem to be more about work ethic and trying to figure out if you’ll make it through podiatry school than MCAT score. My MCAT was never addressed in an interview. Good Luck!
Honestly I dont think they will care. But if for some reason they do, that’s probably the best science class to have gotten a C in.
When does applications open for 2019 cycle?
Should be early-mid August
Usually the first week of August. I think it’s the first Wednesday?
Applying for Fall 2019
Entering my 4th year as a biology major so my science and cumulative gpa isn't definite yet but this is how it stands right now.
taking MCAT in August
fluent in another language
coming from low income household
maintained a job throughout college
2 years of leadership for my residence hall
camp counselor for blind and visually impaired children
over 600 hours of research
on a dance team
president of philanthropy for my sorority (have raised tons of money for multiple organizations and volunteered)
over 80 hours of volunteering at a hospital and shadowing ER physicians
shadowing a DPM currently so will probably have around 40 hours of shadowing when applying
I'm getting super nervous about my gpa because i had a really bad semester my sophomore year and i retook those classes and made drastic improvements so just let me know what you guys think about my chances. I'm really shooting for NYCPM
Get a 493 or better. Don't let your GPA's drop. Apply early. You'll be golden.
Any way you can bump up that science gpa higher to make the 3.0? If not, the mcat is prolly gonna need to be 495 to have your pick of schools.
Even with a 490, you could prolly still get into one of the larger schools.
Sci GPA is a concern. NYCPM is no joke but apply to their Jan class due to less coursework.
With your GPA (3.8+), you could prolly get into any Pod school you apply to.
If you retake the MCAT, and score 500+, scholarships might follow suit.
Hi! New to SDN
I have a cGPA: 3.40 and sGPA: 3.23.
Haven’t taken the MCAT yet, (took a practice 3 hour one w/o studying and got 485) and was debating if I should take it this summer so I can apply for Fall 2019 or on taking it next summer applying for Fall 2020.
I want to go to CSPM or Western, maybe NY, so what should I aim for MCAT wise to have a good shot into podiatry school? Is my gpa decent enough for scholarships?
With those GPAs, anything above a 490 will get you into most school, 495 will get you into any school, and 500+ puts you in the running for scholarship. +/-2 depending on competition.
Good GPA stats. Aim for 495+ and you will be fine. If anything, try to to boost your P/S section. From what I hear it is easiest section to study for and improve. God luck.
Hello! I'm new to SDN.
cGPA: 3.34 scGPA: 3.39
MCAT: 508 (127 in everything)
EC's: US Army Reserve Combat Medic, shadowed a DPM (40 hours), shadowed a few MD's (60 hours) and DO's (30 hours), worked as an EMT for 2 years, Powerlifting Club.
I'm honestly pretty nervous. I was told by my advisor that I wasn't a very competitive applicant for a lot of health professions, but they didn't seem to know much about podiatry. I fell in love with podiatry after shadowing a DPM and seeing how they interacted with their patients and how much more they seemed to enjoy their work than the MD's and DO's I shadowed. I really want to make this happen.
You’re golden. Good luck!
I really hope so! My advisor didn’t seem very confident in me, but she also didn’t know too much about pod schools. I believe she assumed they had similar stats to DO schools. I’ve never really applied to anything competitive like this before, so I’m kind of nervous!
They dont know much about any professional schools. You can find lots of negative feedback here on SDN about the experience people had with their undergrad advisors.
You are golden for podiatry. You are good fit for most, if not all, DO schools, and you are fine for some MD schools as well.
Just make sure you like podiatry. You will definitely get in and get some scholarships depending where you apply.
Tell your advisor to take a hike.
You may even see scholarships. We love our military.
Go in. Be yourself. Work hard.
You may have more trouble choosing between programs than trying to get in.
Wow, this is very encouraging! I was basically told to not even look at MD or DO as I would get screened right away. I truly am interested in podiatry though, I had a great experience with the podiatrist I shadowed. Here’s hoping to some acceptances!
Thank you so much! It’s nice to hear these things after basically being told I was a fringe applicant and might need to rethink my career goals.
Planning to apply for new cycle or this ending cycle?
I’m planning to apply this next cycle. I’m going to retake some older classes I got C’s in as a freshman and sophomore ( gen chem 1 and 2 and A&P) to build my app up some, since I feel like it’s pretty late this ending cycle haha.
You'd get into DO schools too