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- Mar 12, 2013
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What are your cGPA and sGPA? Which other premed courses have you taken and how did you do? Yes, you should absolutely retake the courses you got "C" in, especially if they were science courses. I don’t think it would be a good idea to do P/F either because that doesn’t prove that you succeeded in the course. It just proves you didn’t fail.Hi!
I'm a sophomore currently! I really need some consultation about my grades so far. So far I have gotten a C- in Ochem 1 (which I am retaking over the summer), a C+ in physics 1, and a C+ in ochem 2. My GPA sank a lot from my freshman year, so it was a little bit of a "rollercoaster" of a trend. With summer classes, my GPA should be back up to a ~3.5 if I get all A's in my summer classes (including the ochem 1 retake). My goal is to apply with a 3.6/3.7 when I apply during the summer after my junior year.
Will those bad grades keep me from getting in the first time I apply? Also, my university is doing optional pass/fail --> should I do that for ochem 2 even though this past semester I got all A's in my other classes? I feel like it would hurt me and raise questions in the long run, so I just wanted to ask and make sure.
Thank you so so much!
I am going to be blunt with you. If you want to become a doctor, you need to buckle down and get the grades you need for medical school.
Also, in theory, it would be great to get straight "A" from here on out, but the fact is that most students don’t actually achieve that.
To have a good shot at M.D. schools, your GPA needs to be at least ~3.6 and you need to rock your MCAT. If you’re getting "C" in premed courses, the chance (at this point) of you doing well on your MCAT is low.
Buckle down and fix your science courses.