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    sepagaz is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Should I apply and chances of getting in?

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    I see my room-mate, a med student, and his course load is so easy compared to mine, a pharmacy student. I mean we have to learn so much nonsense that it is just seems stupid.

    For example, we have to memorize drug cards and some definitions for the sake of memorization for having them on a quiz. There is no reasoning at all as we don't know a thing about them except the facts written on the cards.

    Then some of our professors(both MD and Pharmacy professors teach us) are really nonchalant about us being like 2nd class citizens and how we have to check over the the doctors do. The more I learn about it in the class, the more the middle man I feel like it and less interested I become in this subject.

    Hell I am thinking of dropping out and trying the whole MCAT thing again because I am really not getting into the whole pharmaceutical thing minus the research part, which was first reason that I entered to do a Pharm D. Like we learn something only partially, but not the whole thing. This does not motivate me at all and that's why I my grades have suck so far here in Pharmacy school. If I want to learn or teach us something they teach us the whole thing instead just bits and pieces of it as it does not make sense like how it is medical school. Plus I used my room-mate's book once and my God the book laid everything down so we could memorize and learn about it perfectly withou any trouble. Unlike our textbooks which are filled garble that is not required on the test.

    What do you guys think? I mean its a huge investment of time, energy, and money to go through all this. Would Medical look down upon me if I dropped out or got dismissed and applied to Medical school for the following year?

    Basically there is no reasoning behind what we are being taught and that makes me a bit depressed compared to Med students as they are have a basis why they are being taught those particular subjects.

    PS: Also I am getting more and more interested in the pathology of things then just the physiology that we are taught.

    PSS: I did take the the MCATs with little study while I was an undergraduate last year. I did terrible on them because of lack of study.


    Bachelors of Science: in Biochemistry and Biology
    GPA: 3.536
    Graduated with Honors (Cum Laude)...
    Its just I need a good MCAT score to get in, which I did not get when I tried. That's why I took the PCATs and got into Pharmacy school as backup after hating working in retail Pharmacy for a year and half.
    I did a lot of research as an Undergraduate (on fungus growth more of a Bioinformatic project, and Spermogenesis writing SOPs, using TEMS, and stuff like that), and received a fellowship for a summer research project aka SURF as well.
    My science GPA is between 3.2-3.3 guess... errr... I retook Organic.

    Here are some of extracurricular activities:

    Presentations:
    SURF Fellowship Roundtable Presentation at Seton Hall University (July 26, 2007)
    Petersheim Academic Exposition (April 15-17 2008) - 1 Presentation 1) Spermagenesis
    Petersheim Academic Exposition (April 15-17 2007)- 2 presentations - 1) Spermagenesis and Fungi Growth Simulator (1st Author)

    Research:
    Fall Semester Research-continued from Jan 07: (September 2007- May 08)
    SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) (Summer 2007) <-Received a 4,000 grant to do research...
    Spring Semester Research: Spermatogenesis(January 2007 Present)
    Summer Research: Fungus Growth Simulator (April 2006 August 2006)

    Activities:
    Biology Society, Seton Hall University, President, (Spring 2007 - Spring 08)
    Biology Society, Seton Hall University, Website & Advertising Committee Chairman, (Fall 2007 - Spring 08)
    AED Pre-Medicine Honor Society , Seton Hall University, Website Chairman, (Spring 2007 - Spring 08)
    American Chemical Society,Seton Hall University,Website Chairman & Representative,(Fall 2007-Spring 08)
    MAPS, Seton Hall University, Website and Internet Relationship Representative, (Fall 2007 Spring 08)
    Prince of Persia Legacy, Webmaster and Owner, (Spring 2000 Present)

    Accolades:
    -Invited and Guest Speaker for the Seton Hall University's 150 year anniversary to discuss my research and experience at Seton Hall University. (April 2008)
    -Hub Digital Living Magazine:
    Article accolades Prince of Persia Legacy in Hub Digital Living Magazine (April 2006)

    Worked at Walgreen's Pharmacy from Jan 07 to August 08...

    Are my activities good or should I do some more???

    PS: I just got dismissed from my pharmacy school.... Due to poor grades, which are honestly due t pharmacy was not interesting me at all after getting into it.
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    If I were you I would check out Saba. I wouldnt tell them about the MCAT though, since it is not required there.
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    Depending on what your MCAT really is, I would check out SGU, Ross, and AUC before Saba simply because of the federal loans. Then Saba, Then AUA after Saba because Saba has all 50 states while AUA doesn't.


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    how would they look at my dismissal... That's my grave concern right now.

    Also how expensive are both of the schools?

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    segapaz, i strongly advise you to speak with some people in the saba forum. saba's admissions and interview department is quit picky. do your research and definitely have a very good excuse pre-planned if you plan to apply there. they will talk to you about that. your stats are quite good and very similar to mine except i was not dismissed from a school - and they still did not take me. in a humorous way (now i look at it with humor) they must have hated me and denied before and during my interview.

    really though, go and ask some people in the saba forum. i use to hang out over there and they are quite friendly just like here in the aua forum.

    good luck, and if you come to aua then i do not think that would be a bad decision.

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    oh and one other thing... regarding cost of aua, my cost for med 1 is $18,900.00 for the semester. this is from a form aua sent out.

    this cost covers housing, transportation, books, tuition, and i imagine everything else for the semester.

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    I urge the OP to apply to Saba since his/her GPA is fairly good, and Saba doesnt require the MCAT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwpegues View Post
    oh and one other thing... regarding cost of aua, my cost for med 1 is $18,900.00 for the semester. this is from a form aua sent out.

    this cost covers housing, transportation, books, tuition, and i imagine everything else for the semester.
    That is cheaper than what I am paying right now, which is approximately 23,000 a semester...

    If I do apply to AUA, I have good shot of getting in right? Compared to SABA right?

    I have two of best friends from Undergrade at AUA right now. While I only have one of my best friends at SABA...

    SABA, I heard are really strict and stuff, but have smaller classes(a huge plus).

    How are the class sizes at AUA???

    The thing is AUA came to my university while I was president of one of my clubs and I liked what they said and how nice and receptive they were.

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    In the end it is of course your choice. As I said before, apply to Saba.
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    Apply to a US D.O. school, you will get in even with a low MCAT score.
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