texasholdems

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Here are my stats

Top 25 US college: B.S undergraduate degree (3.4 gpa science/overall)
Post bac: 2 semester done (3.9 science gpa)
MCAT: below 25
E.C: more than enough experiences, 2 years of research on my own topic of study, hospitals, EMT, volunteering
AMCAS status: applied 2 times

Since graduating from college, I had personal financial issues, health issues, so took 2 years off.

During the time, however, I completed a two semester post-bac semesters. I did health related activities, hospital work and continuous EMT work. In addition, I've been building up working experience.

I recently got into Ross, which gives me at least some breathing room after all 2 yr period of crazyness.

BUT my goal is to enter a U.S Medical School, and am willing to take another year off to defer Ross until next year term (as safety) and apply AMCAS this upcoming cycle in June.

In the meantime, I'm also thinking about applying to special master program (like Rosalind Franklin or Georgetown)

It seems like i have bunch of ideas, but i really need some advice on how to go about this in my situation.

What do you think? any advice will be appreciated.
Thanks guys!
 
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How many times have you taken the MCAT?

If you only took it once and scored less than 25, it is time to take it again.

How did you study for it the first time?
 

QofQuimica

Seriously, dude, I think you're overreacting....
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I could have stopped reading your post after "MCAT below 25." There's your problem. Forget the special masters and all the rest; you need to get your MCAT over 25.

My advice is to spend this spring studying and then take an April or May test. And whatever you decide to do for prep, don't repeat what you did the last time around, because it obviously didn't work for you. So if you tried to self study, consider taking a prep class. If you bombed one section of the test and did ok on the other two, consider getting a tutor for your weak subject. If you're not historically a great standardized test taker, consider buying an online question bank plus/minus the AAMC practice tests so you can drill the heck out of yourself. You get the idea.

Edit: Also, please do not post the same thread in multiple forums. You should choose one forum and only post the thread once. I have combined all of your threads here.
 
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GorgeousBorges

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Can you improve your MCAT? It's almost certainly below cutoffs for most SMPs and more importantly, for medical schools. Also, why not consider osteopathic schools as well? With a somewhat better MCAT, you might be able to get into osteo schools as it is.
 

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Here are my stats

Top 25 US college: B.S undergraduate degree (3.4 gpa science/overall)
Post bac: 2 semester done (3.9 science gpa)
MCAT: below 25
E.C: more than enough experiences, 2 years of research on my own topic of study, hospitals, EMT, volunteering
AMCAS status: applied 2 times

Since graduating from college, I had personal financial issues, health issues, so took 2 years off.

During the time, however, I completed a two semester post-bac semesters. I did health related activities, hospital work and continuous EMT work. In addition, I've been building up working experience.

I recently got into Ross, which gives me at least some breathing room after all 2 yr period of crazyness.

BUT my goal is to enter a U.S Medical School, and am willing to take another year off to defer Ross until next year term (as safety) and apply AMCAS this upcoming cycle in June.

From now until May, my idea is to get the MCAT done with better score.

In addition, I'm also thinking about applying to special master program (like Rosalind Franklin or Georgetown)

Ultimately, my goal is to go for MD school, part of the reason why I applied to Ross in the first place.

It seems like i have bunch of ideas, but i really need some advice on how to go about this in my situation.

What do you think? any advice will be appreciated.
Thanks guys!
The problem is your MCAT, you don't have a realistic shot at a us school with a sub 25 MCAT, that is a very low score. You have to retake and score much higher to have a chance next year, even for DO. With a 30 you have only about a 50/50 shot at allo because your uGPA is a bit low.
 

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The problem is your MCAT, you don't have a realistic shot at a us school with a sub 25 MCAT, that is a very low score. You have to retake and score much higher to have a chance next year, even for DO. With a 30 you have only about a 50/50 shot at allo because your uGPA is a bit low.
I think the odds are actually better than this. You need to take the MCAT over. You need to apply on THE DAY THE CYCLE OPENS. Medical school is like a lottery, there are more applications than seats. The earlier the better because as the seats get filled, the medical schools can be pickier about who they take. Have a great essay, have all your transcripts in place, have all your LOR's ready and available. Don't have any hangups that will make a delay in your application.
 

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SMPs are never a fix to poor MCAT.

You could get a 4.0 in your SMP and it won't make a difference to an MCAT <25 (that is, truly horrific).

Re-take the MCAT using a pre-course if need be, and go from there.

Do not go to the Carib.
 
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texasholdems

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thanks for all comments,

so if i were to get higer than, say, 32 or above on MCAT, special masters doesn't have to be considered?

i'm confused
 

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yeah it's the MCAT. Re-take it. I would recommend a course.

Third app was the charm for me :) Good Luck!