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Just wanted to fill you SDN people in that a low undergrad GPA wont block your path to a medical degree. I had some major issues in college getting numerous Cs in science classes and even a D in one quarter of chemistry during my first 3 years of college. I finished strong in my senior year once I figured out my problems...but my GPA was still only a 3.05 (BCPM of 2.87). At that point I had a 29M MCAT. That summer I graduated and stayed on campus to study for the MCAT and got a 32M the second time around.

In the fall I began a SMP program (now a few months from finishing the second semester) and finished the first semester with a 3.8 GPA. I received my interview invite 1-31-2007 and got the acceptance today!! I really cant believe I turned it around so quickly! Dont let your premed advisors tell you medicine wont be an option for you, its all up to you. WORK IT!
 

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congrats on the acceptance!!!!!
 
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Thats awesome! I can only imagine how happy you are... congratulations!
 
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YEY! Congrats!

Sorry, I'm not savvy with the terminology yet . . . is a SMP a masters or postbac program?

If you don't mind me asking, where's the program that you're in and what schools did you apply to? My story is similar to yours . . . :)
 

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Well thank you because I thinking that my plans were impossible. Thanks for the encouragement, BTW what is a SMP program?:D
 

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Just wanted to fill you SDN people in that a low undergrad GPA wont block your path to a medical degree. I had some major issues in college getting numerous Cs in science classes and even a D in one quarter of chemistry during my first 3 years of college. I finished strong in my senior year once I figured out my problems...but my GPA was still only a 3.05 (BCPM of 2.87). At that point I had a 29M MCAT. That summer I graduated and stayed on campus to study for the MCAT and got a 32M the second time around.

In the fall I began a SMP program (now a few months from finishing the second semester) and finished the first semester with a 3.8 GPA. I received my interview invite 1-31-2007 and got the acceptance today!! I really cant believe I turned it around so quickly! Dont let your premed advisors tell you medicine wont be an option for you, its all up to you. WORK IT!

would u mind sharing what your problems were in the first 3 years of college?? like more specifics. u can pm me about it also. thanks
 

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Just wanted to fill you SDN people in that a low undergrad GPA wont block your path to a medical degree. I had some major issues in college getting numerous Cs in science classes and even a D in one quarter of chemistry during my first 3 years of college. I finished strong in my senior year once I figured out my problems...but my GPA was still only a 3.05 (BCPM of 2.87). At that point I had a 29M MCAT. That summer I graduated and stayed on campus to study for the MCAT and got a 32M the second time around.

In the fall I began a SMP program (now a few months from finishing the second semester) and finished the first semester with a 3.8 GPA. I received my interview invite 1-31-2007 and got the acceptance today!! I really cant believe I turned it around so quickly! Dont let your premed advisors tell you medicine wont be an option for you, its all up to you. WORK IT!

Wow...I'm in a similar situation to your undergrad, and I'm now weighing my options on a post-bacc or masters. I kinda thought the 2 year masters was the only route because I didn't think I would have my app. done in time for them to see any improvement in grades. Where did you do the SMP? When did you apply? Where did you get in?
 

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Well thank you because I thinking that my plans were impossible. Thanks for the encouragement, BTW what is a SMP program?:D
SMP= Special Masters program. Look in the Post-bacc forum, here is a link to SDN's "Official Guide to Special Masters Programs". http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=346106
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I'm at Loyola's SMP now (called MAMS, Master of Arts in Medical Sciences) had an undergrad GPA of 3.15, now grad GPA of 3.75! That's more like it...
 

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Wow...I'm in a similar situation to your undergrad, and I'm now weighing my options on a post-bacc or masters. I kinda thought the 2 year masters was the only route because I didn't think I would have my app. done in time for them to see any improvement in grades. Where did you do the SMP? When did you apply? Where did you get in?

I dunno about the OP, but remember that there are a lot of 1year SMPs out there, like Loyola in Chicago, I started in the fall, am 4 weeks from graduating now, just in time to apply with a Masters degree on my AMCAS and a decent GPA... check into it!
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