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Sep 13, 08 test date...With this should I wait or just put some apps out there?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by erl1982, May 27, 2008.

  1. Hello to all,

    Just need some insight on some things.

    If giving these stats and trying to apply to D.O schools what do you think?

    25 yrs old,Single parent of a 5 yr old, first generation grad, eco dis.

    Undergrad sci and overall 2.5 (B.S. Biology Minor Chemistry):(
    Graduate overall 4.0 (Master Public Health);)
    MCAT hopeful of 30 +
    Kaplan prep class 6/08-8/08
    Missouri resident (parents and born ) Texas resident (for 2 years)

    Volunteering includes:
    Arkansas Children Hospital
    Children Medical Center of Dallas
    Science Mentor
    Planned Parenthood of Kansas City

    Work includes:
    High School Chemistry Teacher
    Medical Technologist
    Research Assistant
    Radiology Assistant

    What do you recommend? :rolleyes:
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  3. TexasTriathlete

    TexasTriathlete HTFU 5+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    The ATL
    E-mail a few schools and ask, but it is likely that you're going to need to increase the undergrad and science gpa. Unfortunately, grad school performance doesn't seem to mean much to most of these places.
  4. DrMidlife

    DrMidlife has an opinion 10+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2006
    I agree with TT; unfortunately you need some more bake time. An MPH is a solid extra-curricular, but it does not demonstrate the rigor in hard science that predicts success in med school. So the 4.0 doesn't cancel out the 2.5.

    A 30+ on the MCAT also will not cancel out the 2.5. That said, scoring 30+ would help your case considerably. Don't take the test until your practice tests are over 30 (, first one is free).

    I suggest that you look into one of the more than 30 SMPs (special masters programs). SDN has an entire forum on these. These are specifically designed to improve your credentials for applying to med school, unlike regular graduate study. A number of DO schools have SMPs, as well as MD and unaffiliated schools.

    Best of luck to you.
  5. Kateb4

    Kateb4 7+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2006
    Is that GPA including any re-takes? I agree with the above posters. If I were you I'd take another year to re-take several classes that you got a C or below in to substantially increase your GPA's. If you can get it over 3.0 you should be solid with your MCAT and MPH!
  6. TexasTriathlete

    TexasTriathlete HTFU 5+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    The ATL
    I say go to a community college, re-take any pre-requisites you did poorly on (and get A's), turn in a solid MCAT, and apply everywhere. You're about a year away. I wouldn't apply this year. Especially with your MCAT that late.
  7. Thanks for the insight!!!
  8. GreenShirt

    GreenShirt 10+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    The GPA is a problem because the GPA cutoffs for schools are between 2.7-3.0. You'll have to take some UG courses to boost the GPA.
  9. fabu1ous

    fabu1ous Wow, it is so clear... 2+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Looking into the sky :)
    OP, ditto with the above. Waiting another year to retake 2 semesters worth of classes, and rockin the MCAT will give a huge boost to your app. Remember AACOMAS replaces grades, which will help you out a lot.

    Good luck to you especially with your little one! Several of us on here have little people depending on us, so don't lose heart. Just kick but in your classes, ride or die baby. [​IMG]

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