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I am currently applying to med school this cycle but I have thus far been unsuccessful. I have had 5 interviews but have yet to be accepted. I want to have a back-up plan if I don't get in and I am looking at possibly SMP's.

The three that really interest me are the Tulane ACP, Temple ACMS, and the Drexel IMS progams.

My stats:
3.68 cGPA, 3.86 sGPA, 34R MCAT

I have been told that SMP's are mostly for those who have lower GPAs and that it would possibly hurt me if I don't do well in them. Is this true? Has anyone had a similar experience? I am just trying to explore every option out there before I decide what to do

Thank you in advance for your input!
 

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I am currently applying to med school this cycle but I have thus far been unsuccessful. I have had 5 interviews but have yet to be accepted. I want to have a back-up plan if I don't get in and I am looking at possibly SMP's.

The three that really interest me are the Tulane ACP, Temple ACMS, and the Drexel IMS progams.

My stats:
3.68 cGPA, 3.86 sGPA, 34R MCAT

I have been told that SMP's are mostly for those who have lower GPAs and that it would possibly hurt me if I don't do well in them. Is this true? Has anyone had a similar experience? I am just trying to explore every option out there before I decide what to do

Thank you in advance for your input!
No SMPs would not help you. Look at applying very early and broadly next cycle and maybe buy a medical interview tips book.
 

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I am currently applying to med school this cycle but I have thus far been unsuccessful. I have had 5 interviews but have yet to be accepted. I want to have a back-up plan if I don't get in and I am looking at possibly SMP's.

The three that really interest me are the Tulane ACP, Temple ACMS, and the Drexel IMS progams.

My stats:
3.68 cGPA, 3.86 sGPA, 34R MCAT

I have been told that SMP's are mostly for those who have lower GPAs and that it would possibly hurt me if I don't do well in them. Is this true? Has anyone had a similar experience? I am just trying to explore every option out there before I decide what to do

Thank you in advance for your input!
Do not do an SMP. Apply earlier to more schools next time. Work on your presentation skills, preferably by working at a job in a professional capacity with responsibility (which includes phone sales or waiting tables, if needed).

Best of luck to you.