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    tonyferattiwwu is offline Newbie 510 points
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    low undergrad, 4.0 MS Molecular Medicine, 39 MCAT

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    I am wondering if anyone here as heard of anyone with low undergrads but strong graduate level performance (in biology/medicine related fields) have gained admission to ABP schools. I've emailed ABP but so far no response and am interested in hearing from some current students, ect.

    My stats:
    US citizen/current resident
    Undergrad (graduated December 2007) 2.6 from a not so famous state university, ** in Cellular Biology
    MCAT: 39

    Right after undergrad I enrolled as a non matric at the University South Florida in some graduate level "bioscience courses." Now, I will continue work on a non-thesis highly didatic (i guess medical schools prefer this) MS in Molecular Medicine (i suppose it is somewhat of a "SMP").

    I currently have perfect grades this semester (as a non matric). I will finish the MS late May 2009 or late August 2009 and hope to be admitted to a ABP school.

    This is my enrollment/application plan:
    Spring semester 2009 (current)
    Summer 2009
    Fall 2009 (during this time submit app to ABP, grades released Decemeber 2008, SEND THEM IN ASAP)
    Spring 2009
    Possibily Summer 2009

    So, when I apply to ABP the following very good marks will appear to them:
    Last two (3.9 and 4.0) quarters of undergrad
    Three terms in my graduate program, planning on all 4.0's


    Courses I will have taken include graduate level immunology, cell biology, neurobiology, molecular genetics, physiology, ect...I'm working very hard and am planning on a 4.0 GPA.

    I hope the ABP schools are forgiving of past poor undergrads =(

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    shirochan88 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    I am in the same situation as you I have a pretty bad GPA around yours, good MCAT and really good Masters (however I am doing research) actually doing up a manuscript for publishing

    so hopefully that helps but I"d like to hear this answer as well please anyone

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    Hope Springs Eternal

    Excuse my ignorance... "ABP?"

    Anyway, here is my experience. I had very solid undergrad grades in pretty much everything... except the sciences.

    Then I had an epiphany and decided that I REALLY wanted to become a doc, so I buckled down and did much better in my post-bac pre-med classes, and then earned a master's degree in Health Promotion with a 3.8 graduate GPA. I also served as a field medic (Navy hospital corpsman) with the Marines.

    I will say only that my MCAT scores pretty much sucked compared to your 39, but I was accepted to a DO school in the US. (After I started med school I had a problem with a class, and remediated it last summer... but the school changed deans in my absence and I was denied readmission to the program, so I am now looking to finish my MD overseas. There was a lot of stuff involved with that situation, but suffice it to say that I will definitely be sending that interim dean a graduation announcement.)

    Anyway, to cut a long-and-far-too-detailed-story-not-so-short... I certainly would think that you've got a shot! A 39 MCAT is really kick-butt, and you are obviously not the same student you were in undergrad. Good luck in all of your pursuits, and please let me know what "ABP" means.
    Last edited by devildoc8404; 04-12-2008 at 11:10 PM.
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    tonyferattiwwu is offline Newbie 510 points
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    ABP stands for the Atlantic Bridge Program. The Atlantic Bridge is an agent that links North American Students to some Irish medical schools.

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    Got it! Thanks for the clarification. I hope that it all works out well for you. A buddy of mine recently rotated with a doc who graduated from RCSI and had a great experience there.
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