I am a very long time lurker on SDN and really appreciate the information I've read on this site over the last 4 years! I never thought that I would end up posting anything on this thread myself but am really happy to finally be able to do so! I gave up on applying to med school during sophomore year of college because I was an international student and my pre-med advisor told me, in all honesty, that my chances were slim (I think I asked about this on another post I made here). So, I gave up finishing the pre-med requirements half-way through. To be honest, I was also a little half-hearted about medicine up until that point because I was not sure if limiting myself was the correct thing to do. Come spring semester of senior year, I am notified that I have been granted US permanent residency. This allows me to be considered on the same level as US citizens. In addition, due to a very sudden death in the family and my mother being diagnosed with late-stage chronic kidney disease (all during senior year), my interest in medicine has been rekindled and I am determined to embark on the med school path. I am looking to apply for both DO and MD. I graduated from college this past May and my stats are the following: > cGPA: 3.68 (Bio major and chem minor) > sGPA: 3.35 (I know this is low. I have a C+ in OChem II and mostly B/B+'s in other Chem classes) > Major GPA: 3.6 > No MCAT score yet > 5 months of research experience with an infectious disease specialist > No US clinical experience (I have shadowed a neurosurgeon for ~2 years while in high school in Europe, where I am from) > Volunteered at a soup kitchen while in college (~2 years) > Worked as a biology tutor in college (~2 years) > Foreign language tutor (1.5 years) > I speak 4 languages fluently I have still yet to finish the following pre-reqs: - 1 semester of English - 1 semester of physics - 1 semester of maths I am currently planning to take these three missing pre-reqs at Harvard Extension School this year, without being part of the post-bacc program. I am also thinking of re-taking OChem II, because I know I am able to get that A (sophomore year spring semester was not a good time for me, I also have a W in one class during the same semester). I realize that my ECs are lacking like crazy and I will be working on them while studying and (hopefully) will work part-time at a hospital. My questions: 1) I am wondering if it's worth it to apply into a post-bacc program if I only have a few classes to fulfill? 2) If I take these classes separately, do you add the grades to the uGPA or is it listed separately? 3) When should I ask for letters of rec, if I will be applying in ~2 years? 4) If I am interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, would DO be a better option? Thanks for taking the time to read this TL;DR post! Any thoughts and advice are greatly appreciated!