« Thread started on: Jul 20th, 2004, 4:26pm »
Hello Vijay uncle, My name is R Patel and I attended the LPS convention in Dallas. I thought you did an excellent job as being a speaker and was also very effective in having the youths sign up for bone marrow testing. The reason I am contacting you was for information which you had presented on Saturday regarding Medical School admissions with low GPA and MCAT. I was not able to attend that session and was interested in what you had to say.
I am regarded as a "non-traditional student" since I am turning 30 next month. I am currently a pharmacist but wanted to go into medicine for some time now. My challenges lie in the fact I have been out of school for some time now and need to go against a hurdle of the MCAT and competitive GPA after having taking my basics around 10 years ago. I would appreciate if you have any suggestions or what steps may help my application. I am very serious about this decision and very motivated. Please contact me if you have specific questions. I know you are a busy person so I appreciate your time. Thank You...
Yes, you are correct. You will be considered a non-traditional applicant.
Those who apply after ten years of their graduation from school are considered "Fresh Start" and basically we ignore any poor grades one might have more than ten years ago. That gives you an opportunity to make you GPA look good.
You still have to take an MCAT. But, I have found that older students do comparatively better in verbal section. So focus more energy in Bio and Physics and try to get 28-30 in MCAT.
You being a pharmicist would not be that hard to do well in MCAT
I am sending you by email "How good a candidate are you? It is also a self assessment and you can look at the areas you can improve upon.
Good luck. Follow your passion even if it takes a year or two.
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