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Discussion in 'Pre-Podiatry Students' started by TXDO, Jan 22, 2009.
Apply early and most likely you will receive scholarships from some schools.
You are good. I think you are scholarship worthy. Amounts vary by school. Apply early.
cGPA: 3.685; sGPA: 3.55
2+ years ED scribe, 100+ hrs of shadowing a podiatrist, 4 different research projects (1 publication), interning at a cardiac rehab center and physical therapy clinic, volunteering at church, learning assistant/tutor in undergrad, leadership positions for extracurricular in undergrad.
What are my chances? Scholarship?
Yes and yes.
Scholarships vary at each program. Apply early to get them.
Got my MCAT score back! 486 to 494
cGPA: 3.64 sGPA:3.61
Am I good?
You should be good! Nice job on improving your MCAT score!
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Hello everyone, I just received my MCAT score today and was hoping for some feedback/advice.
MCAT 485 (120/121/122/122)
I have 7 letters of Recommendation (2 Podiatrists, 2 DO doctors, 2 Science Faculty, and 1 from a president from a DO School)
Over 30 hours of shadowing a podiatrist in OR and clinic.
Over 2000 Patient Care hours, Over 200 Volunteering Hours
I plan on applying to all 9 schools, and will start the application tommorow!
Sign up for a retake.
No excuse for that MCAT.
Your GPAs are above average. Why the discrepancy between sGPA and MCAT?
I’d definitely retake. There’s no rush to apply early. If you retake with a goal of 495 and apply later you’ll be golden
I have not taken all of the pre requisites yet. I have taken all the biology, 1 semester of general chemistry, and 1 semester of physics. I have not taken the 2nd semester of general chemistry, either semester of organic chemistry, and the second semester of physics. But I am on pace to have them all completed before fall 2019.
Would any schools take a chance on me since my GPAs are rather high for podiatry?
finish all the prereqs, take the MCAT again.
What Dexter said. Finish the rest of your pre-reqs with a B and try to get a 493+.
I agree. Complete all your prerequisites. Retake MCAT. Apply.
I have heard that Barry has an average of 489 for last year's matriculants. If this is true, would my 485 be eligible to even get me an interview invite?
Email them directly and ask what their minimum is.
Most schools that got back to me quoted 493.
Is there an issue with retaking? You seem to want to delay it as long as possible.
Most people on here could take it without studying and still get your score or better.
I am just being real with you. You can do so much better.
I had a 489 mcat with a way lower GPA and got an interview. however, if im you, i shoot for the january MCAT and nail a 495+
how do schools feel about retaking pre req classes?
I had one really bad semester with a D in orgo 2 and physics 2 (which was calc based)
I retook orgo 2 and got an A- and retook physics and received a B
It looks good; be able to explain what happened the first time though.
I failed orgo 1, retook it got an A....but my F was due to being late for attendance more than 3x (was working), which for that class/prof was an automatic F.
It looks better than not retaking. All prerequisites have to be passed with C or better. So you had to retake it. It happens to a lot of students, but you were able to reinvent yourself and got better grades. That is good.
Just explain to them what you did wrong the first time--- how you changed to get the second grade.
Shoot for 500+ and you're fine.
There is no MCAT in October. Last day is September 18 or 19 i believe.
I dont think there is MCAT between September and Late January. Sounds like you didn't even sign up for it.
To answer your question, aim for 500 or above. If you get lower, you might get some scholarships depending on the school and when you apply.
get a 528 and go for free
The MCAT will make or break you. You need to score well to make up for your science GPA.
With such sGPA and lower grades in the last 2 years, I would highly recommend at least 1 or better 2 semester of science coursework. How you plan to start med school if your recent science coursework suffered.
Can you get accepted? Yes. But it is not the most important step. Passing and doing well in med school is most important.
You say you never got a grade below C-, but 2.69 Science GPA tells me your average grade is about B-. It tells me that you probably have Bs and Cs only. And if you first 2 years were Bs and maybe some A-, then last 2 years had lots of Cs and C-. That is not good.
I would highly advise to enter med school with some confidence. Even if you apply right now and get in, you have 1 year before you start. You could take 1 semester and see how you do and work on your studying strategies and habits.
Do I say that you cant succeed? No, but your last coursework was worse than previous, that is not a good sign usually.
With all of that said, a lot depends on MCAT now.
Mcat of 495+ puts you in the running for some of the larger schools, the higher the better.
500+ and I think most Pod schools would feel more comfortable offering up the acceptance, even with the low science GPA.
Mcat of less than that, I don’t feel the chances of an acceptance are likely , but you might still be able to get one. Less than a 490 and I would retake.
Is January too late to apply?
How did you guys calculate sgpa? i know that they have an official excel doc you can download but for whatever reason its not working for me
Use web calculators. Plug in individual grades from all science courses and corresponding credit hours
Thanks! Just did that and it’s official-my sgpa sucks
Depending on the schools and stats, June isn’t too late to apply
With 525 MCAT, you will get into any school.
Heard they'll even offer you eternal life with that score.
Do you think the high MCAT would look bad against a low gpa?
I'm not sure if it would look bad but when I would talk to recruiters and admissions, they say they look at the app holistically. My guess would be it won't look bad and it'll help offset the low GPA.
ok that's good to hear. i think i can definitely explain it b/c i was first an engineering major and so most of my bad grades were from my first 2 years.
High MCAT score will only look good.
I'm a long time lurker and appreciate how everyone is so friendly! I am applying this cycle and I was wondering what my chances are to get into podiatry school specifically WesternU. My cGPA is 3.29, my sGPA is 3.04, and MCAT is 498. I don't have much EC's but I have over 500 shadowing hrs with my podiatrist. Do you think that will help get me an interview? Thanks!
You have awesome chances to get interviews. Why did you shadow a podiatrist for so long? That's like 3 months, 40hrs/wk.
That will definitely help during interviews, but most importantly what you got out of this experience and how you will describe it.
That's good to hear, thanks! I've been shadowing the podiatrist over 2 years now, it's been on and off but I really enjoy the office he has and the patients I've seen. Plus I've been shadowing there so long I have been transitioned from a shadow to a scribe so now I can get paid for spending time there haha.
You'll do fine.
They like people with balanced stats like yours.
what are my chances with an Environmental science Masters 3.7 gpa, Chemistry undergrad 2.5 gpa and mcat of 501 with 100 shadow hours and 8 years in the medical field as a CNA, PCA, and Home health aide. Volunteered in puerto rico and was given plenty of awards for community service and was class president.
MCAT is great.
Undergrad GPA is horrible.
Masters doesn't count much unless you filled your electives with upper level medical school related courses.
You will get in somewhere with that MCAT. Apply to the bigger programs.
If you didn't already take several high-level science courses before applying. A 2.5 GPA means mostly Cs or worst grades. You would want to make it out if accepted, so, I would recommend taking the following courses before applying: anatomy and physio 1 and 2, biochemistry 1 and 2 (no lab), microbiology (with lab), cell biology/immuno/ and any other bio course that interests you.
You will get in somewhere with that 501 but there is a HUGE risk of failing out but if you do the postbacc and try to maintain a good gpa, you will be better prepared to handle the pressure.
Thanks for the advice everyone. I took biochem 1 and 2 , anatom and physio 1 and 2 , microbio, and a bunch of bio and high level chem courses. I have As and Bs in all but biochem which I got a D in both. Should I retake the biochem?
Biochem not required if you've met credit load.
Take it if you think it will help your chances of getting in.
As and Bs in all your sciences look good. Still does not explain the 2.5.
If you get an invite, they will ask you about it.
Major advice needed::::
So I was going to take my MCAT today and ended up having it voided because of not being prepared for a section. Now my choices of taking it are September 19th or first date in January. My GPA is on the lower side: cGPA-3.1 and sGPA: 2.7 since they do not calculate math courses in the science gpa anymore...
I still have another year left of college to raise some grades but do you think taking the MCAT in January is too late? I feel like I need to apply early to have a chance of getting in but what do you guys consider early for pod apps?
From what I heard, January is still considered early for pod cycle. So you'll be fine taking it in January. Good luck.