I think general trends would indicate that people who do well on GPAs and SATs, would do well on MCATs, and then well on USMLEs, etc. However, there's always exceptions to the rule. Overall, many of the people that are doing well at my medical school right now are those that were in post-bac programs, that essentially have already taken all the M1 courses through the post-bac programs. Ultimately, it will come down to work ethic though. Med school is all about discipline.Originally posted by calflowergirl
Is there a correlation between your grades/MCAT score as an undergrad and your grades in Med School?
*Samoa timidly raises her hand.*Originally posted by skidmark
How many entering medical students do you know that failed college semesters?
This is a basic statistics issue. If you are going to try to make a predictive model, or equation, showing a relationship between two groups of data you have to account for the mean and standard deviation of each group. Med school means are not usually equivalent to undergrad means, so, ipso facto, any model will not predict such a result.Originally posted by skidmark
Based on your reasoning the average gpa for a medical student after 2 years should be around 3.6. I don't know about others, but this is not the case for my school. Probably no more than 10 people in my class have ever made more than a handful of Cs as an undergrad. Yet, this past semester each course had over a quarter of the students (25) make C or worse. Four people even failed out. How many entering medical students do you know that failed college semesters?
As far as admissions, I think it's clear that a 4.0 from Podunk College isn't equivalent to a 4.0 (or probably even a 3.5) from an elite school, whether public or private. Selectivity of one's undergraduate school is usually factored into medical school admissions. This can be done by a model with different weights for different schools (1 to 5, or whatever) or it can be done (probably more commonly) by simply using judgement.Originally posted by skidmark
Yes, GPA and MCAT are used for screening applicants but they have little correlation to your grades in medical school. (USMLE scores are a different story, they actually do correlate w/ MCAT). What is the difference btwn a 3.5 in biochem from one school (lets say Harvard) and a 3.8 in microbiology from another (say LSU)? Answer: Not possible to answer. Your reasoning suggests that the guy from LSU will do better in med school the majority of the time. What is the formula?