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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by littlegreen88, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. littlegreen88

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    I am a biology sophmore student, and I currently have a 3.58 GPA,
    I retook gen. chem I , first I recieved a D but changed it to an A-. I got an A- in gen chem II.
    I'm concerned that the retake is going to play a major role in my admission to medical school. I would just like to hear some imput.
    thanks so much!!
     
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  3. Mobius1985

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    Nah, you've completely redeemed yourself by repeating and getting an A-, and further, by doing well in the next course in the sequence as well. A lot of freshman have trouble the first year while they figure out how to study effectively without being distracted by adjusting to a new environment. A GPA of 3.58 is pretty good, considering the D is included. You'll be fine if you keep up the good work you've been doing recently.
     
  4. littlegreen88

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    At the school I go to there is a forgivness policy so the D is not counted in the GPA. Thus my GPa would be lower. :(
     
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    When the AMCAS calculates your GPA (which is all that matters to medical schools) it will include your re-taken classes. I personally re-took both Physics I and Organic Chemistry II and I'm not super concerned about it as I did well in higher level Physics and Chemistry classes. If you do well in higher level classes it shows the Adcom that you can handle it.
     
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    Why not refigure your GPA, including the D and the retaken grade of A-, so you have a better idea of how much redemption you need, A wise). With three semesters behind you, and three left to go before the traditional application time, I feel you still have a great chance of getting back into a competitive range considering you've figured out how to produce good grades.

    Here is an AMCAS GPA calculator that might help if you don't want to do the math yourself: http://medschool.ucsf.edu/postbac/pdf/AMCAS%20GPA_Calculator%20Version%204%20Final.xls

    Let us know what you come up with.
     

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