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Should I even Apply to Medical School?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by maskedmamba8, 05.14.14.

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  1. maskedmamba8

    maskedmamba8

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    What are my options

    I just graduated from an Ivy League College

    3.1 GPA: Majoring in Economics with a Finance concentration
    Science GPA: Like a 2.7
    I had a 3.6 GPA my Senior year taking 31 credits

    Biology: C/B-
    Organic: C+/B
    Physics: A/B
    Gen Chemistry: C+/B+

    MCAT (Took April): 39 (14 PS; 12 VR; 13 BS)

    Extracurriculars:
    Volunteer Hospice
    Shadowing: Internal Medicine, Plastic Surgery, GP
    Chorus + leaadership
    Other Musical performance group (+ Leadership)
    Fraternity member (philatrophy committee) [about 100 hours of volunteering with Fraternity]
    Internships with Healthcare/Health companies in the past
    Humana Case Competition Finalist
    Other Misc Volunteer work
    Research [Psychology + Neuroscience]
    Sociology Publication on the way
    Aid university Art Gallery

    Awards:
    Dean's List [SR year]
    Honors Society

    I don't find it a good investment decision to drop money on a masters, I may potentailly be down to take additional classes at a community college/retake classes there

    I'm contemplating

    DO/MD and potentailly DDS/DMD

    I do have a solid fall back in industry
     
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  3. QuinnTheEskimo

    QuinnTheEskimo

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    Nice MCAT. I would recommend taking 1-2 years of upper-level courses (at a 4-year school, not community college) and getting As in those. That should put you in a decent position to apply.

    But make sure your MCAT doesn't expire...
     
  4. Carl Seitan

    Carl Seitan Best poster ever 2+ Year Member

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    Retake those core prereqs that you got Cs in and then worry about more higher division courses. Check MSAR for schools with lower GPA stats and add some DO schools to your list.
     
  5. QuinnTheEskimo

    QuinnTheEskimo

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    He got a 39 MCAT, retaking the prereqs would be a waste of time
     
  6. Goro

    Goro 5+ Year Member

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    Not until you get that sGPA > 3.0, and then consider DO schools. AACOMAS' grade replacement does wonders for the GPA.

    For MD schools, you'll need a SMP or post-bac and rock solid MCAT
     
  7. Mr Interesting

    Mr Interesting Bonehead 5+ Year Member

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    Agreed.

    OP, for what it's worth @mimelim had a 3.4 GPA and 39+ MCAT and interviewed at a lot of amazing schools. He is now in a vascular surgery residency, so it can be done. For MD schools, I'd advise you to work on that GPA first then apply. Congrats on that MCAT score though :thumbup:
     
  8. Goro

    Goro 5+ Year Member

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    Although I am loath to use an n=1 as an example OP, a GPA of 3.4, while below average, is still competitive. One just has to apply strategically.


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  9. Mr Interesting

    Mr Interesting Bonehead 5+ Year Member

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    Exactly, although unless I read wrong op doesn't have a 3.4 yet. OP has a 3.1 GPA / 2.7 sGPA with an upward trend included.
     
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    Ismet PGY-fun SDN Administrator 5+ Year Member

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    Moving to WAMC forum
     
  11. Carl Seitan

    Carl Seitan Best poster ever 2+ Year Member

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    Not for DO.
     

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