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- Sep 28, 2009
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okay so I am currently in a physician assistant program at RIT right? I transferred out of carleton college as a prehealth major for family medical reasons and it didn’t seem like med school was something I was going to be able to do based on my family circumstances so I entered the 5 yr PA programs at Rit. it is a 5 year program and its really really hard and my GPA has declined significantly because of it. I was thinking of finishing it and then going to medical school right after, but I have been thinking about it and it seems like it might hurt me to have just finished a PA program and then apply to medical school because it may make look like I am undecided or indecisive.
I have the option of finishing a degree this fall in biomedical sciences and likely will graduate with a 3.7, and then take the mcat and then go to medical school, but I am really worried about that because 1. I am not prepared at ALL for the mcat ( i took physics my junior year of high school for example) and so I am super stressed about it, and also my GPA is somewhat low bc of the program so I am in a negative decline because of joining the program (like a 3.7 is seriously low for lots of medical schools) 3. They will see that I took PA courses and didn’t finish the program so it might look like I am hesitant or a quitter especially since I already transferred schools. I don’t even have a premed advisor at RIT so there isn’t anyone I can really talk to about this. I have emailed Pam but haven’t heard from her yet. i am wondering if you have any advice for me or what you think! In desperate need of advice.
I have known many PA's who have gone to medical school after they finished their degree. If you have a 3.7 and do well on the MCAT, you will be in a good place for medical school regardless of whether or not you finish your PA degree. If you do work as a PA, it will give you great clinical experience to talk about in your medical school applications. That being said, try your best to get A's in as many courses as you can to increase your GPA. If you truly want to go to medical school, the primary determinants of success are GPA and MCAT. It doesn't matter what you study as long as you finish the pre-requisites and do well.