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What are my chances? 3.19 cGPA, 3.3 sGPA, 30Q, MSc. degree. Thanks!

LedZepp

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    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    cGPA - 3.2
    sGPA - 3.3

    freshman - 1.8
    sophomore - 2.6
    junior - 3.2
    senior - 3.6
    post-bacc - 3.7
    graduate - 4.0

    MCAT - 10/10/10Q

    Strong points:
    -strong upward trend
    -MSc. degree (unrelated field)
    -research published in academic journal (one paper, first author)
    -2 years as a TA
    -150+ volunteer hours at ER clinic
    -100+ volunteer hours as Team Leader at large hospital
    -great LORs
    -"A" in post-bacc Physics, English and Behavioural
    -mature student - 27 years old
    -took a few courses in a post-bacc, pre-medical science program at a Naturopathic School - received A in all courses, but this institution has no regional accreditation, so these aren't included in my GPA calculation (naturopathy is definitely not for me)


    Weak points:
    -Canadian
    -poor grades freshman and sophmore - includes 1st years Bio (C+) and Gen Chem 1 (D) and Gen Chem 2 (F but retaken to a B in sophomore year)
    -a "B" in post-bacc Orgo (exam was unreasonably hard i.m.o.)


    My hope is to demonstrate that I've come a long way since freshman and junior years, both in in terms of academic aptitude and maturity.

    Should I consider retaking Gen Chem 1? It would provide a 0.05 and 0.07 increase to cGPA and sGPA, respectively.

    Thanks again!
     
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      Should I consider retaking Gen Chem 1? It would provide a 0.05 and 0.07 increase to cGPA and sGPA, respectively.
      As a generalization, a C+ or better is desirable in the prerequisites, (so as a knee-jerk reflex, I'd say yes to your question) however individual DO schools vary. The DO MSAR-equivalent is here:
      http://www.aacom.org/resources/bookstore/cib/Documents/2011cib/2011cib-whole.pdf

      If the informtion you need for your target schools isn't there, then call schools individually and ask what they prefer.
       
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