I prefer after you have a year's worth of grades in hand. It does mean you have to push off to entering medical school at least 2 years away, but applying while you are starting a postbac or master's will usually result in being placed on hold until those grades get posted, and by that time, you might be pretty late for MD (not for DO).I currently have a cumulative 3.3 GPA with an upward trend. I haven't taken the MCAT because it was delayed due to covid-19 (taking it in July now), but I'm planning on enrolling in either a post-bacc or SMP in the fall of this year.
My question is, when should I apply to medical school? I think there's two options: apply now or apply when I finish the post-bacc/SMP. Is there an option on medical school applications (DO/MD) to submit grades from my post-bacc/SMP to show an improvement in my academic record? Do students usually do this? If I apply after I finish the post-bacc then I'd be applying the next cycle and I'd have another gap year. Ideally, I'd like to start a medical program the summer/fall right after I finish my post-bacc/SMP. With my GPA, is it even worth applying right now even though I haven't officially started a post-bacc/SMP?