postbaccs getting into top tier schools

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  1. pompompurin

    pompompurin Junior Member
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    hey

    has anyone been accepted to or know someone who has been accepted to a top tier medical school even though they were postbaccs for academic-enhancement reasons (basically their undergrad gpas were not high enough)?

    if so, what factors do you think got you accepted? did you need an extremely good reason as to why your grades were subpar? was it a long and difficult process?

    just curious...
     
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    I'd be really intersted in hearing someone's response to this too. I'm in the same boat (and been told so by med admissions folks at Michigan, Yale, Wisconsin, Northwestern): extracurriculars are great, letters of rec. are great, essay is great, intangibles are great (couple years off in a interesting job, publication/teaching record, good interview, etc.) but my science GPA from undergrad is a 2.8.
     
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    Yeah it would be interesting to know but maybe I'm asking the wrong question since most people posting in this forum are still applying and there haven't been many replies. Therefore, I'll modify my question to this: for those postbacc low gpa-ers applying to medical school who would like to get into a top tier school (you have great ecs, letters, etc.) what are you doing to boost your credentials, and how would you explain your previous low undergrad premed grades?
     
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    Maybe post this thread in the allopathic med section?
     
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    great idea i'll do that asap
     
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    Cool, keep us posted. :thumbup:
     
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    Maybe a masters would be better if you are aiming for a top school?
     
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    possibly...maybe the Georgetown special masters program or the NIH postbacc..I havent heard much info on those programs (esp NIH)
     
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    There are lots of stories like that in the "low GPA thread:"

    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=125347

    Inspiration is everywhere on this forum if you look-- and besides, the decisions of adcoms are so seemingly random and unpredictable at times- I see no reason why "just do your best" shouldnt be the lesson we all learn here.
     

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