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What are my chances?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Cardinals, May 30, 2008.

  1. Cardinals

    Cardinals 7+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    I was wondering about my chances

    I graduated in Jan. with a BA in Biology
    3.6 overall GPA, 3.3 Sci/Math
    Will do an SMP this fall.
    33R MCAT (10 verbal, 11 physics, 12 biology)

    3 summers hospital volunteering (with some shadowing when there wasn't much for me to do)
    1 research project
    1 semester Dean's List
    Biology Club
    Pre-Med Club
    Martial Arts
    Work-Study job in lab for 1.5 years

    Also, should I apply now or wait until after the SMP?
    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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  3. ar2388

    ar2388 rads resident 7+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    New York, NY
    why not apply now, see how things go? if you get into a school now, thats awesome. but apply to SMP programs as well just in case you dont get into a school now.
  4. bawer234

    bawer234 ASA Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2006
    What is SMP? Sorry for my n3wbness. I think that you are ready to apply now. Why wait for the fall to apply? There is NO strategic reason for you to wait.
  5. Cardinals

    Cardinals 7+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    A SMP is a master's degree program which allows you to take classes alongside medical students so that you can show admissions committees that you can handle med school level coursework. It's designed to help people with lower GPAs get into med school (As far as I know, my relatively low sci/math GPA is the main reason I didn't get in applying last year). The choice isn't between applying now or in the fall, it's between applying now with what I have or applying next year with (hopefully) a master's degree/better GPA added to what I have now.

    Thanks for the advice to you and to ar2388
  6. SketchLazy

    SketchLazy 5+ Year Member

    May 16, 2007
    I only see you getting in if you include kickball in your personal statement, secondaries, and interviews. An application without kickball is the kiss of death.

    It sounds like you should contact all the schools you applied to and see what your weaknesses were. It could have been other things besides your GPA. Once you know them, you can work on them and get a better idea of when you should reapply. For weaknesses in activities and LORs, you should apply this year. But I think that if it was GPA, you should wait until you have proof of better academic performance in hand before you apply.
  7. scarletgirl777

    scarletgirl777 7+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Now that I'm looking at this more carefully, I'm wondering if it wasn't a weakness in activities. OP, definitely talk to some admissions counselors before signing up for an SMP, those are expensive, and you want to be sure that you're not wasting your time. Or at leas that the GPA was the only worry.
  8. Cardinals

    Cardinals 7+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    Thanks for the advice.

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