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yet another low gpa 3.18 WAMC?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by DKim0116, Oct 17, 2008.

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  1. DKim0116

    DKim0116 2+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
    NY resident
    Cum: 3.18
    BCPM: 3.2
    Major: Biochemistry
    MCATs not taken but have been banging out low 30's on practices
    E.Cs include...
    research (pharmacology)
    clinical/volunteer (ER in hospital, EMT-B for few yrs)
    No shadowing yet
    Few other things

    I'm a senior and I'm in a deep **** b/c I just got a C in biochem I and C- in biochem II just last year. I know I should kill myself right now... BUT I want another chance! I have a few other Cs (5 in total). I'm thinking about staying another year as UG, graduating as a fifth grade (I probably won't be able to graduate with those C's in biochem anyway). While I stay I'm going to re-take all of the C's and continue on with my research with my wonderful PIs. Also continue volunteering and find something meaningful to do.

    What do you guys think? Any other options? I also thought about doing premed postbacc but I feel like I don't qualify for it b/c I already fulfilled most if not all of premed reqs.

    Thanks in advance
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  3. ChubbyChaser

    ChubbyChaser Yummmy 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    Honestly a 3.2 and a low 30 will not make you competitive for a US MD school, DO?? maybe,im notsure.
  4. alibai3ah

    alibai3ah 5+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    I don't think MD is completely out of your reach, i would get a 32-33 on your MCATs if higher thats better. Your gpa is low, but do another year and get STRAIGHT A's you have to show improvement. B/c the only times medical schools let people in with sub 3.5 gpa's is when there is a drastic improvement junior and senior year....and in ur case you already have two C's your final year. You have to show improvement, getting low grades in ur last few years is bad. If not try a SMP/Post bac
  5. MilkmanAl

    MilkmanAl Al the Ass Mod 7+ Year Member

    I had your GPA and a 35 on the MCAT and largely got shut down last year. If you don't muster at least a 34, I'd only apply to state schools and maybe a couple more forgiving private schools like Tulane, Creighton, and SLU, as far as MD is concerned. DO should be a viable option, though.
  6. DKim0116

    DKim0116 2+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
    So~ at my position at the moment the best bet is to stay another year to re-take all the C's I got to raise my GPA as much as possible?

    Right now I'm a senior but if I graduate after staying another year (which will be my fifth year) will the medical schools frown upon my super-seniority?

    I'm studying very hard for the real MCAT hoping to blast it out of water (35+).

    Anything else I should do to make myself look more favorable?

    Thank you
  7. Mobius1985

    Mobius1985 7+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    MD school adcomms will not frown on your having spent five (or even six) years in college, but they will frown on your low GPA. I think you'll need to spend more than another year redeeming your GPA and recent mediocre grades, by getting straight As. I think you're right to aim for a 35+ MCAT. Meanwhile, keep building your ECs with a variety of shadowing (including a DO) and your EMT work.

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