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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by markieny85, May 3, 2007.

  1. markieny85

    markieny85 2+ Year Member

    May 3, 2007
    estchester Community College
    Three Semesters: GPA: 3.30 53 credits.

    Tulane University
    Three Semesters: GPA: 2.2 74 credits
    Science Courses Taken:
    General Biology C+
    General Biology Lab C
    Genetics D-

    I plan on re-taking Genetics, and two psychology courses.

    Columbia university (because of Hurricane Katrina)
    One Semester: 0.00 GPA 14.5 credits
    I took General Chemistry and General Biology Two (pass/fail) because it was a hurricane semester and I though I was suppose to do this. But all I know is that Tulane said they would take any passing grades as P.

    Lehman College (summer’s)
    GPA 3.1
    General Chemistry 1 lab- B
    General Chemistry 2 lab- A

    My plan:
    DO school for the fall-08

    This summer I am going to retake one of the psychology courses I got an F in and get an A in order to raise my GPA. I am also taking general chemistry two and an EMT course.

    In the fall; I plan to work as an EMT and take Orgo chem, physics, re-take genetics, and A&P

    Spring: Orgo 2, physics, A&P 2 while working as an EMT. During January I plan to start my application.

    After the fall semester I hope to raise my overall GPA to a 3.2 and my science GPA to a 3.3.

    What do you think?????
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  3. Don't make duplicate threads. The best that can be said for you is that you're not CommanderRiker. :laugh:
  4. This is the third-straight topic in which your posts have been solely to make disparaging references at me. Do pardon, since I have hence been forced to report you. Please end this kiddish behavior.
  5. "Forced" my ass. You're a low rent troll and have nothing better to do than to hang around SDN and cause trouble. Hopefully, everyone sees that (which judging by the PMs I've received from a number of members they do) and you will be run off like you should have been a while back.
  6. Dude, no offense but SHUT UP, L.O.L. I've tried being polite to you and you just don't seem to get it. Everyone's opinions are welcome in medical school so get over it.

    Riker-Delta out.
  7. You've obviously not spent much time around surgeons have you? :laugh:

    Yes, but you've already been exposed as a liar by one of the senior members of this forum- someone whom even those of us with philosophical differences respect a great deal. Just because you have a right to say something, doesn't mean any of us have to heed it nor give it any creedence. Credibility, once lost is seldom regained. Keep that in mind. That is all I am going to say to you, as I wish not to lose my membership at SDN over someone of your standing. Good luck in your future endeavours.
  8. froggiepremed

    froggiepremed not "Pre" any more 2+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    Harrogate, TN
    First, it would be uber-difficult to apply in 2008 - that means you would apply this year, and you haven't had O.Chem or the let's see if you make it through the weeder course, then take the MCAT, then post back next year if you make it! Good luck
  9. blues91776

    blues91776 2+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    umm isnt this a repost thread, op? It looks like you have a pretty tough fall schedule.
  10. mshheaddoc

    mshheaddoc Howdy Moderator Emeritus 15+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2002
    Wild west of Mistytown
    The OP reposted due to thread derail. Please post all comments in here.
  11. clc8503

    clc8503 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 31, 2005
    Houston Texas
    I'll second that. CommanderRiker is a douche. I tend to get a disgusting churning in my stomach whenever I read half the crap that he tries to dish out on SDN. I'm glad somebody is finally saying something. :thumbup:
  12. mshheaddoc

    mshheaddoc Howdy Moderator Emeritus 15+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2002
    Wild west of Mistytown
    Ok, cut the crap and stay on topic. The bickering between the same users calling others a troll is getting old in EVERY THREAD in this forum. Ignore trolls or just press the reported post button.

    PLEASE get back to the OP.
  13. k1024


    Mar 9, 2007
    I just graduated Tulane last year, I dont know if you know this but retaking classes doesnt affect your GPA (on the transcript that Tulane sends). On your transcript you will have a D- (it never goes away) and a A or whatever you get next time in Genetics, but only the D- affects your GPA, the retaken class does not. You also have about a C average in science, and have not taken organic or upperlevel classes, which are basically impossible to get an A in, so I doubt you can get a 3.3 science gpa. You are going to be a late applicant if you apply in the spring (not a good idea) with a very low gpa. Take a year off, kill the mcat and do the EMT thing and you could have a decent shot. You should also check out the one year masters in biomedical medicial science whatever they call it now (not that hard to get into) when I was there they placed about 70 percent of the class into med school. There are also a ton of research jobs downtown at the med school and TUHSC due to the lack of lab techs after katrina, some are pretty interesting and they look great on the med school app. I graduated 06, worked in a lab for a year and got into DO school with a less than desireable GPA, so I think you have a chance, but I doubt it could happen for 2008, and am betting you will need something besides your undergrad grades to get you in. I think you can do it, but you need something else to make you stand out against all the other people that pulled a 3.0 or whatever you end up with. By the way, take Ensly for Organic, and Dotson for genetics when you retake it.
  14. markieny85

    markieny85 2+ Year Member

    May 3, 2007
    Well, D.O. schools factor in the repeated course grade. so If I re-take it, tulane might not drop the lower grade, but it will help me get that D- replaced.
    I've also taken Brian and Behavior and got an A-, but I dont think it affects my science GPA.. it is a science class tho. and I've taking Insect Biology (B+)and other courses like that.
  15. It'sElectric

    It'sElectric 10+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    The grades WILL definitely be replaced on AACOMAS (never did it, but it has been stated on SDN a number of times by people who have done exactly that). So, I would say go ahead and retake the classes, but make sure you improve.

    Finally, not to be a d1ck, but why do people start these threads without having taken the MCAT?? I'm not sure if DO applicants are under the impression that the MCAT doesn't matter, or what. I can assure you it does. No one can accurately estimate your chances without an actual MCAT score.

  16. Commander Will Riker here.

    I took the M.C.A.T. more than once and one's score definitely makes a difference when he applies. It doesn't matter how many times he takes it to get a good score, within a maximal three attempts.
  17. DoctorMom78

    DoctorMom78 Sky Glory 2+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Speedwell, TN
    It can matter how many times you take the MCAT. If you keep taking it and barely improving your score, it really doesn't look good. Also, you can take it more than three times.

    (Look, no you love me now?:love: ;) )
  18. Oshoedr

    Oshoedr 2+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    It's hard to rate you when you have about 30% of your stuff done. Apply this year but plan on applying again.
  19. If a student made a 29 on his first attempt and took it twice more, making consistently a near-29, it would be a big boost to his application. On the other hand, if the student made a 29 and then a 24, that could be a problem.

    I can't tell you how much it pleases me that you have gotten rid of them and I'm sure your husband is also grateful. Congratulations, you're a lady again. :)
  20. DoctorMom78

    DoctorMom78 Sky Glory 2+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Speedwell, TN
    :smuggrin: :laugh: :p ;)
  21. SunshineNYC

    SunshineNYC SunshineNYC 2+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2007
    You definitely have a long way to go before your application is ready, at least for an acceptance to be possible. If medical school is really important to you, then plan out your application attempt a little better and take more time with it. Your grades are pretty bad... really bad actually, so you'll need to pick them up for sure or even re-take most of your pre-med classes. I'm not sure why your grades are so bad, but try to figure out what is going wrong. Are the courses too difficult, are you not ready to put in the amount of effort these courses require, are you unsettled and stressed out from being relocated due to Katrina, maybe you are not ready to dedicate yourself fully yet? Whatever is going wrong, take some time to figure it out and find some way to fix it. Then go and take your courses, get A's and B's. Or, even consider applying to a post-bac program and then excel in it.

    I had a rocky start in college, but when it came time to taking my pre-med courses after undergrad, I got straight A's.... it wasn't that anything was easier or harder, it's that I was ready to apply myself and do well. It's not impossible to get A's in upper level science courses as someone else mentioned... I got A's in two semesters of Organic Chemistry in summer school while working full-time night shifts in an ER and while dealing with all sorts of family stresses. It can be done. If you want any tips, PM me.
  22. towards stardom

    towards stardom life isnt fair...go deal 2+ Year Member

    May 4, 2007
    doesnt matter
    no offense, but u guys sound like high schoolers.
  23. Faraaz23

    Faraaz23 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    I second the advice to take more time and strengthen your application. Honestly, your grades are pretty low... I'm not taking shots at you by any means, but thats the truth. Take time to study for the MCAT, and KILL it to prove that you were able to learn the material.

    Also, I would take more science classes. Honestly, if you are having this hard of a time with 100 level classes... you have to ask yourself how you would handle medical school. Your current transcript is going to make admissions committees seriously question that as well. M1 year we're taking average of 25-26 credit hour semesters. We just registered for second year classes, and we're taking 41 credits in the fall semester to give you an idea.... its a far cry from undergrad when 18 was considered a very heavy load.

    HOWEVER, don't get me wrong here...I'm not saying you won't be able to in the future. It's very doable. I started out my first semester of college with a 2.3. It took me a while to get in the groove of studying properly and what not and over the years I developed better study habits and improved much... so I know where you are coming from. Any classes you retake, make sure you get an A in. I would HIGHLY suggest taking several upper level bio courses to help transition yourself to harder material/volume that your experience in professional school. Don't be in a rush to apply to med school... plenty of people are in their late 20's and early 30's even when they start medical school. Good luck and keep at it, you'll get there!

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