Lady Victoria

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I'm post bac and I never took any science classes as undergrad except Earth Science, where I got a C. I retook it as a post bac along with 64 other credits including all the med school prerequisites with a 4.0. So now I have a 4.0 science GPA (3.9 for MD since they'll factor in the C from Earth Science in 1996), but a 2.8 overall GPA. Am I going to have to take more classes to raise it or will they go by my 67 post bac credits since I've been out of school for 8 years? I'd love to stop spending money to make up for my foolish college years, but is 67 credits with a 4.0 enough to convince them I've changed since then?

I'm taking the MCAT in August and with a review course, so far, I'm scoring very low 30's, so I feel confident. I still have some more studying to do, but I'm confident. Any advice about applying with my GPA the way it is?
 

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I am no authority on the matter, but it seems to me that you have a few great things going for you - you have distanced yourself form your poor grades - you have gotten As in all of your premed requirements I assume - You have shown a deep commitment. I would think you have a great shot now.
 

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Lady Victoria said:
I'm post bac and I never took any science classes as undergrad except Earth Science, where I got a C. I retook it as a post bac along with 64 other credits including all the med school prerequisites with a 4.0. So now I have a 4.0 science GPA (3.9 for MD since they'll factor in the C from Earth Science in 1996), but a 2.8 overall GPA. Am I going to have to take more classes to raise it or will they go by my 67 post bac credits since I've been out of school for 8 years? I'd love to stop spending money to make up for my foolish college years, but is 67 credits with a 4.0 enough to convince them I've changed since then?

I'm taking the MCAT in August and with a review course, so far, I'm scoring very low 30's, so I feel confident. I still have some more studying to do, but I'm confident. Any advice about applying with my GPA the way it is?
It would be impossible for a premed to answer this for you -- you need to find a way to schedule a meeting with a dean at a local school, perhaps after getting a decent MCAT score.
 
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Lady Victoria said:
I'm post bac and I never took any science classes as undergrad except Earth Science, where I got a C. I retook it as a post bac along with 64 other credits including all the med school prerequisites with a 4.0. So now I have a 4.0 science GPA (3.9 for MD since they'll factor in the C from Earth Science in 1996), but a 2.8 overall GPA. Am I going to have to take more classes to raise it or will they go by my 67 post bac credits since I've been out of school for 8 years? I'd love to stop spending money to make up for my foolish college years, but is 67 credits with a 4.0 enough to convince them I've changed since then?

I'm taking the MCAT in August and with a review course, so far, I'm scoring very low 30's, so I feel confident. I still have some more studying to do, but I'm confident. Any advice about applying with my GPA the way it is?
:confused: What do you want us to tell you? You did everything you did by doing the post-bac. Apply and explain in your application what happened with you coursework. You will get rejected pre-secondary from schools that screen with that overall GPA so check out the schools that screen before you apply. Just stick it out through one cycle and hope for the best. If you don't get in then you can start to consider other options to obtaining your medical degree.
 
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Law2Doc said:
It would be impossible for a premed to answer this for you -- you need to find a way to schedule a meeting with a dean at a local school, perhaps after getting a decent MCAT score.
Will the dean meet with people who aren't applying this year especially during the application season? I assumed they were too busy to meet with me. Do I just call them up and schedule a meeting?
 

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You might have better luck posting this in the non-trad forum.
 

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the only way to find out if they'll meet with you is to call. i'd do it now though, while still early in the admissions process.

i'm essentially in the same boat as you...but with a lower post-bac gpa because i did take a couple of the sciences during my dismal undergrad yrs.

i met with the director of medical school admissions at my alma mater last august to see what my odds were...he told me to retake any prereq i had less than a B in and nail the MCAT...every semester, i emailed my grades and let him know what i was doing to boost my application. i'll email again once i submit my AMCAS and take it from there.

bottomline: it cant hurt to try...
 

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Savantrice said:
the only way to find out if they'll meet with you is to call. i'd do it now though, while still early in the admissions process.

i'm essentially in the same boat as you...but with a lower post-bac gpa because i did take a couple of the sciences during my dismal undergrad yrs.

i met with the director of medical school admissions at my alma mater last august to see what my odds were...he told me to retake any prereq i had less than a B in and nail the MCAT...every semester, i emailed my grades and let him know what i was doing to boost my application. i'll email again once i submit my AMCAS and take it from there.

bottomline: it cant hurt to try...
Emailing a dean your postbac grades after every semester before you have even applied seems like overkill. I would do it though once you've applied, if you are still taking classes, to update the adcoms on your continued improvements.
 
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