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    American University of the Caribbean

    90% are U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
    4% are Canadians
    6% are International
    40% are Female students
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    98% have Bachelor's degree or pending degree
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    Average Science GPA: 3.1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mich2go View Post
    Hello all...looking for an opinion on my chances at AUC.

    Basic stats are 3.1 cum science Undergrad (2.8 Lower level/3.5 Upper level coursework), MS with 3.65 GPA, MCAT of 34s...I am a non trad (read OLDER ;-)) with extensive pharma and med school basic research with experience as hospital lab tech and phlebotomist (loooong time ago), minimal volunteer experience, great LORs from current PI's former MS orals board profs, couple of collab pubs...

    THE problem is this: (and part of the reason I am being a bit ambiguous with the details of my CV)... I have a couple of DWIs from >10 years ago when I was drinking... I have been sober for a number of years and had no "run ins" with the law for >10 years. How forgiving are Carib schools to past criminal offenses (these were all misdemeanors) if a long track record (>10 years) of change has been demonstrated??

    I was completely honest in my AMCAS application, but for US schools the Undergrad gpa is just too low to be considered a viable candidate...throw in the other stuff and it is just not going to happen. I have always wanted to be a physician, have worked in basic and clinical research to stay close to the field, currently work in a medical school, etc. Do I have a chance?

    Any personal experience or knowledge of others who may have dealt with an issue such as this(with anonymity of course)?

    I fully realize that licensing may be an issue, but I at least want to have an opportunity to demonstrate that I am able to accomplish this...
    I think you have a chance. A ten year clean record would show that you have changed. Regardless, from what I have been reading on this site, they are not too worried about drunk drivers on Sint Maarten anyway.
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    it may not be a real issue with the admissions people, just don't lie on the application
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mich2go View Post
    Hello all...looking for an opinion on my chances at AUC.

    Basic stats are 3.1 cum science Undergrad (2.8 Lower level/3.5 Upper level coursework), MS with 3.65 GPA, MCAT of 34s...I am a non trad (read OLDER ;-)) with extensive pharma and med school basic research with experience as hospital lab tech and phlebotomist (loooong time ago), minimal volunteer experience, great LORs from current PI's former MS orals board profs, couple of collab pubs, etc...

    THE problem is this: (and part of the reason I am being a bit ambiguous with the details of my CV)... I have a couple of DWIs from >10 years ago when I was drinking... I have been sober for >6 years and had no "run ins" with the law for >10 years. How forgiving are Carib schools to past criminal offenses (these were all misdemeanors) if a long track record (>10 years) of change has been demonstrated??

    I was completely honest in my AMCAS application, but for US schools the Undergrad gpa is just too low to be considered a viable candidate...throw in the other stuff and it is just not going to happen. I have always wanted to be a physician, have worked in basic and clinical research to stay close to the field, currently work in a medical school, etc. Do I have a chance?

    Any personal experience or knowledge of others who may have dealt with an issue such as this(with anonymity of course)?

    I fully realize that licensing may be an issue, but I at least want to have an opportunity to demonstrate that I am able to accomplish this...
    I think you stand a good shot. You may be interviewed, but that would probably be good in your situation. Just be honest. Don't worry about the age, there are plenty of older students here, some upwards of 50.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slacker24 View Post
    Iím a recent graduate with a cumulative and science GPA of 3.8, but a score of 18 (5ps,5v,8bs) on the MCAT . I was on a full athletic scholarship while in university, and have done a semester worth of research. I was also a peer tutor for university for a year. Furthermore, I T.A'd for an undergrad bio class as well. I did some volunteer work at dental office for two summers, along with being a coach for a comunity track and field club. What are my chances? Thanks for insight on my situation.
    Of all the possibilities in the world, you choose Slacker24 as your nick? []

    Just retake the MCAT - it's not impossible to get a 30 & being Canadian myself, I know what a pain admissions to Canadian MD is - but with a 3.8, you owe it to yourself to avoid a lot of the issues by just bunkering down for a couple of weeks & pulling that 30.
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    yea go study and improve that score....you might not have to go to the caribbean just yet
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    I was wondering if any of you guys had any tips on doing well on the verbal portion of the mcat. Having a tough time and havent scored above an 8 in verbal on the practice tests. Didnt want to make a new post, but it seems people add to this post all the time. Thanks.

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    my chances?

    So another one of those..
    I have ~ 2.8 undergrad gpa and a 2.9 science gpa.
    Psychology Major, Minor in Biology.
    Graduating May 2008.
    International volunteering/observing experience.
    2 years work in an Ophthalmologist's office.
    Interned as a Youth Development Counselor.
    And..I just took my MCATs today for the first time..im guessing i will probably score around 25. Probably gona take it again soon, what should I aim for in order to have a good chance at AUC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redskins View Post
    I was wondering if any of you guys had any tips on doing well on the verbal portion of the mcat. Having a tough time and havent scored above an 8 in verbal on the practice tests. Didnt want to make a new post, but it seems people add to this post all the time. Thanks.
    I liked the exam krackers 101 verbal passages;Amazon.com: Examkrackers 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning (Examkrackers): ***** Orsay: Books
    I think the best prep for increasing your verbal score is to get as much practice with reading comprehension as possible. The book has passages of varying difficulty and although I didn't make it through the whole book, I think it was of high enough difficulty to hone your reading skills (I ended up with a 12V). Remember speed is also a crucial factor in the verbal section and you will always get faster with more passages. I also did not go for the typical suggestions of marking up passages and using a lot of notation because I thought that slows you down. Read well and work efficiently.
    I also enjoyed the audio osmosis series that was fun to listen to and easy to make your own notes from tapes...although my girlfriend almost killed me for wanting to go to bed every night listening to jordan and jon .
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    Can you apply to AUC without letters of reccomendations from professors? Or is it like the mcat where it is necessary to have it in the application. Tried to find info in a search, but not successful.

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    You need letters of rec, at least one from a science prof. I had 1 prof letter and 4 non-traditional letters.

    Call MEAS and ask them what you HAVE to have, but I'm pretty sure it's at least one from a professor. Depending on your circumstances they may waive it.

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