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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by oonasna1, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. oonasna1

    oonasna1 2+ Year Member

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    Hey Guys

    Hopefully by the grace of God I will be graduating this spring. My issue at hand is that I am graduating with with no real connections or perks to sway applicant viewers that I'm serious about medicine. I don't have a strong GPA so I'm not sure if my GPA will land me into Grad school or Post-bac. I decided I wanted to pursue a path in being an EMT. That way I could get my feet wet with emergency medicine , make connections and possible recommendations. It shows initiative. Also would it be advised that I should take my MCATS in advanced so as to show Post bac programs that I have a strong grasp of the sciences, ( a feet that I failed to show in undergrad). My main concern is to get into Post-bac because it really looks like my last shot.
     
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  3. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    You'll get better advice if you include your numbers.
     
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  4. Narmerguy

    Narmerguy Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    Moving to WAMC.
     
  5. oonasna1

    oonasna1 2+ Year Member

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    GPA = 2.30
    80 hours of Volunteering
     
  6. darklabel

    darklabel MS4 5+ Year Member

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    MD is out of the picture.

    DO allows grade replacement so either re-enroll in your college or go to a community college and retake any courses that you got an F, D or C in for A's. AACOMAs allows grade replacement so your GPA can shoot up quickly and within a year or two of retakes, you should e fine.

    Did you major in a science degree?
     
  7. oonasna1

    oonasna1 2+ Year Member

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    I was a Biology Major but I just didn't have the drive and I ran into a couple of issues from family and depression. Its really different now because I'm graduating in may and I really see myself as a practicing physician in the future. Why not attempt a Post bac program? Also what are some things that I may pursue to draw attention away from a low GPA? (More volunterring, EMT maybe).
     
  8. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    You are more likely to perform well on the MCAT if you wait until you've retaken the prerequisites that you didn't master the first time around.
     
  9. CapCrunch

    CapCrunch 2+ Year Member

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    Retaking/taking more upper-divs IS your post-bacc. It's likely that you will not gain acceptance to a formal program with a 2.3. The best route would be to do what was already mentioned, retake all F/D/C and ace them. Every class you don't get an A in from this point forward is a step backwards.

    As far as what ECs to pursue to raise your odds, we can't answer that for you. The best EC is one that you're passionate about. You'll need clinical exposure, shadowing and volunteering. Clinical exposure can go either way- it can either be very rewarding, or monotonous if you volunteer in the wrong section of the hospital. Volunteering should be fun. So, my best advice is to get involved in something that you are truly passionate about because it'll allow you to actually talk about it in an interview scenario.
     
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  10. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    Your first priority is to get consistent excellent grades from this time forward. Don't be distracted by ECs until you've figured out how to do that.
     

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