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xx Low GPA :(
« Thread started on: May 22nd, 2004, 3:09pm »

Dear Sir,

I am currently a junior biology major, in the process of applying to medical school. Throughout high school and college I have been extremely involved in tutoring/mentoring at innercity schools and am an officer for an honor society in charge of organizing service initiatives in the community surrouding my college. I am involved in pediatric research at a medical school while shadowing a doctor and volunteering at the local teaching hospital. I feel I did pretty well on my mcats and if not am willing to retake them. Along with a semester I withdrew due to an autoimmune disorder, I have had extensive hospital experience and community service as well as leadership.

I have tried really hard in college but my GPA is still at the extremely low end of the admission spectrum.

My question is this, how can I make my motivation and dedication to a career in pediatrics come through without being overshadowed by my low gpa? Also, my state only has one medical school and most medical schools accept over 90% instate students.

Do you have any suggestions as to whether or not I should apply this year, or how I can make my application stand out?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thanking You,

Sincerely,

Savita (not real name)
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xx Savita be specific
« Reply #1 on: May 23rd, 2004, 12:38am »

Dear Savita,

In order to understand the numbers we look at the following

Total GPA
Last 60 Hours GPA
SCience GPA
Grades in Organic Chemistry
What kind of college are you at
SAT
Ranking from highschool class
What was your major Biology
What kind of course load did you take?
How many Q drops
Did you have any other excuse besides your autoimmune disorder, like need to work etc.
How exactly did your autoimmune disorder affect you, did you have to hospitalized?

What is your definition of a good MCAT?

once we have all this specific information we can make some realistinc plans.

Are you willing and able to go to carrebbean medical schools?

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« Reply #2 on: Jun 1st, 2004, 11:45pm »

Well, I just got back grades from this last semester of college. I've worked harder than ever, especially with the combination of MCATs with classes, but the hard work definately did not pay off at all. I will be retaking some classes this summer so I can at least just get my requirements done and just graduate already.

I was completely frustrated and venting to a friend when I remembered this site and came back to check...

My complete GPAs are not yet posted and I find my MCAT results soon so I will update those asap. My SAT was perfect in math and 700 in verbal, and the autoimmune disorder caused loss of a semester due to temporary paralysis - and thus hospitalization and extensive rehabilitation . I will say this though, organic chemistry has been my worst subject to date as a biology major.

I can go to the caribbean, but am very keen on getting a complete clinical experience. I know these medical facilities are extremely poor.

I will do anything I need to do in order to obtain admission to a US medical college. Should I take post-bacc classes? Do a masters? Do volunteer work abroad? I'm willing to do anything, but am just wondering what medical schools will want to see to get myself in.

Thanks again Uncle!!!

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« Reply #3 on: Jun 2nd, 2004, 2:28pm »

1. I asked for more than 16 specific questions, I think 11 or so still remain unanswered.

2. You can't even tell your name, name of school etc.

3. You also need to factor if your auto immune disorder is something that is controllable vs. something that makes all your efforts futile. If your body is not able to handle vigorous work load you might want to take a realistic look at the life.

I was talking to an extremely bright young man 15 years ago who had undergone kidney transplant; he had a dream of becoming cardiac surgeon. I was able to convince him to choose cardiology instead. Unfortunately his medical state got the best of him and he was not able to use all his expertise too long.

4. If your health is good, than going to Caribbean school may be a good option. The education is not that much poor. Clinical experience is still in USA, since you spend your third and fourth year plus residency here. But you also need to factor that you will not get good medical care over there for two years.

5 Poor organic chemistry grades will really hurt you and may indicate that you will not do too well in basic science during med school.

6. What makes you think your post bacc grades will be significantly better than undergrad?

7. It is a tough call but sometimes people get so hung up on becoming the doctor that they donít realize what part of becoming the doctor they are so stuck up on. Is there any better way to achieve what you are looking for besides getting MD behind your name?

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