- Jun 11, 2010
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I can't recommend retaking Ds in non-science courses, only science ones.I recently graduated from an ivy league university with a 2.7gpa. I had an upward trajectory in undergrad and made deans list my last semester. In my freshman and sophomore years I completed gen chem, gen bio and one semester of orgo and got Cs in all and a D in orgo. Unfortunately I also have two other Ds in non-science classes. I am retaking all the classes and after my first semester in the post bacc have gotten all As in gen chem 1, Bio 1, Bio 1 lab and calc but got a B+ in gen chem lab (3.84gpa for the semester). I had previously taken higher level science classes such as Anatomy, Neuroscience, Physiology and got Bs in all. I plan to complete gen chem and bio sequence this semester, take Orgo 1 + 2 in the summer; Physics 1, Biochem and genetics in fall '19 and Physics 2 and another higher level science elective in spring '20. I am also planning on taking the MCAT in spring '20 and after seeing my score was hoping to apply in the '20-'21 application opening up that June. I have done public health research and have two publications, ~300 hours of volunteering in the hospital, ~100 hours volunteering with underprivileged populations and I am a women URM.
I am wondering if retaking the classes in my post bacc and taking other electives is enough to prove that I am prepared for medical school. Should I wait to apply after taking the MCAT and instead do an SMP that year and apply once I have completed that? Will the 2 D's I have in non-science courses tear me down and should I retake those classes too (Econ and Epidemiology)? If I do well on the MCAT, would I even have a shot at med school (MD & DO)?
Do not retake any C, unless you are weak on the material for mCAT. Better to take upper level science courses and do well in those.