Forget the MPH. That won't help for med school.Hello, I am a senior (graduating fall 2020) and I'm trying to get a feel for how my reinvention process is going and get some ideas for the future.
My cGPA after spring semester is 3.6. My sGPA is the bigger problem, at 3.28. I've been working on improving my science gpa since my cgpa isn't gonna move much (171 credits).
This is the progression of classes I've taken so far. I didn't include non-science classes but they're almost all As with a few A-.
Dual credit classes
Overall gpa: 3.5
- Chemistry B+ (3cr), Chem lab A (1cr)
- Physics A- (4cr)
- College algebra A- (3cr)
- Statistics A- (3cr)
- Short calculus B+ (3cr)
Fall Spring Summer
Overall gpa: 3.385
- Calc I B (4cr)
- Chem I B- (3cr)
- Chem I lab D (1cr)
Overall gpa: 3.714
- Chem II B (3cr)
- Chem II lab B (1cr)
- Biology A (4cr)
Overall gpa: 3.834
F Sp Su
- Chem I lab retake B (1cr.)
- Ochem 1 C+ (3cr)
- Physics I C+ (5cr)
- Ochem II W (I actually have a good reason for this haha)
- Physics II C (5cr)
- Biochem C+ (3cr)
- Ecology and society A (3cr)
- Genetics A- (3cr)
- Intro Psych Data Analysis A (4cr)
- Cell bio A- (3cr)
- Microbio A- (5cr)
- Histology B+ (4cr)
- Anatomy A (5cr)
- Physiology A (4cr)
Obviously the B+ in histo this semester wasn't ideal, but man is it hard trying to look at microscope images on a tiny computer.
As for my future plan:
I will be taking Pathology for allied professionals over the summer. In the fall I will take immunology and audit retake ochem 1. Then in the spring after I graduate I'll take ochem 2 and the lab (my school does a weird single class for both labs so I don't have a lab for ochem 1 yet). After that I have a couple of ideas of what to do that I'd like some ideas on.
1. Get an MPH in epidemiology. I know this won't specifically help me get into med school, but I think the subject is really interesting (public health is one of my minors) and I wouldn't mind working in that field if medicine didn't pan out.
2. Do something like Americorp. I like the idea of this, but I don't really have a lot of people who could help me out financially and the idea of trying to live off that little money freaks me out (I was pretty poor growing up/on welfare + food stamps, which I think gives me some anxiety about this idea)
3. Get a job and take more classes in my free time. Not bad, but also a BA in psych doesn't exactly have the best job prospects haha.
4. Do an SMP. Not a fan of this as I don't like the risk involved. I'd rather wait and do this if I'm a reapplicant.
5. Give up and do something else. Also not ideal, but I like to be realistic. I'd probably try for PA school.
I appreciate any input! Thanks!
You have two solid years of an upward GPA trend, which always helps. With a strong MCAT there are MD schools that will reward your reinvention, as will all DO. Actually, you're fine for DO right now.