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    Quote Originally Posted by seandubbers View Post
    GPA = 3.0
    SGPA = 2.8
    MCAT = 28
    What do you guys think?
    Based on your stats alone, I'd agree and say you have a decent shot.


    (I got in with a 25 MCAT, though my GPA was a little higher than yours... but, then again, I only had one major at a small university)
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    Quote Originally Posted by seandubbers View Post
    Grad with doubly major in Biology and Eng. I have a minor in mathematics.
    Great LOR's, volunteering, shadowing, and employment (medical setting).

    GPA = 3.0
    SGPA = 2.8
    MCAT = 28


    What do you guys think?
    Your stats are almost identical to what mine were and I had no problem...unless you wrote some awful letter, or got bad letters, you'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick.Nac View Post
    Hi,

    This is my first time posting ever, so if I somehow mess up something that seems so easy please don't do any sort of witch trials on me... Being burned at the stake is not one of my favorite things...

    I'm interested in my chances, of course. I'm 25 yrs old, and I'm a 3.59 Overall and a 3.41 Science. I'm finishing up O-chem and Physics and I'll be all done with my prerequisites this May. My associates is in Radiology and my Bachelors is in Radiology.

    I'm a little apprehensive because I went to a junior college for two years then went to a university for my Bachelors. The junior college is what, from what I've heard, may hurt me. I know it would for US schools. I'm also going to a second university as mentioned before for prereqs.

    I have yet to take the MCAT. Will be taking it May 31st in hopes of being admitted for the Fall 08 or Jan 09.

    Please don't ask me to search other conversations for information, because I have... (not to sound too defensive, haha).

    Oh, and I have also worked in a hospital for 3 years (1 as CAT scan/Radiologic technologist, and 1 of them as a supervisor and CAT scan technologist of my shift). I just want to show that I do have some hospital experience.

    Thanks for your input
    Don't pack your bags for the Caribbean yet. I would take the MCATs first and see how you score. Your GPA is (IMO) fine for AUC but should you score high on the MCATs you might just get into a US school (DO or MD) I know Wayne state U takes all sorts of people. good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick.Nac View Post
    Hi,


    I'm interested in my chances, of course. I'm 25 yrs old, and I'm a 3.59 Overall and a 3.41 Science. I'm finishing up O-chem and Physics and I'll be all done with my prerequisites this May. My associates is in Radiology and my Bachelors is in Radiology.

    I'm a little apprehensive because I went to a junior college for two years then went to a university for my Bachelors. The junior college is what, from what I've heard, may hurt me. I know it would for US schools. I'm also going to a second university as mentioned before for prereqs.

    I have yet to take the MCAT. Will be taking it May 31st in hopes of being admitted for the Fall 08 or Jan 09.

    Please don't ask me to search other conversations for information, because I have... (not to sound too defensive, haha).

    Oh, and I have also worked in a hospital for 3 years (1 as CAT scan/Radiologic technologist, and 1 of them as a supervisor and CAT scan technologist of my shift). I just want to show that I do have some hospital experience.

    Thanks for your input
    Your grades are good ofcourse it'll depend on your MCAT but you should REALLY (REALLY) consider applying to US MD. Lot of ppl go to CC for a while before going to MD. BTW, if you've been hanging out on sdn where everyone has crazy high grades & MCAT, don't get taken in - 3.6 & 30 is avg for US MD acceptances.

    If you're sure about Carib, then Fall 2008 may be out of the question unless you do really well on the MCAT (Fall class fills up pretty gosh-darn quick & is the most competitive).

    Jan is DEFINITELY possible - goodluck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nshams View Post
    Your grades are good ofcourse it'll depend on your MCAT but you should REALLY (REALLY) consider applying to US MD. Lot of ppl go to CC for a while before going to MD. BTW, if you've been hanging out on sdn where everyone has crazy high grades & MCAT, don't get taken in - 3.6 & 30 is avg for US MD acceptances.

    If you're sure about Carib, then Fall 2008 may be out of the question unless you do really well on the MCAT (Fall class fills up pretty gosh-darn quick & is the most competitive).

    Jan is DEFINITELY possible - goodluck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick.Nac View Post
    You may think this is odd, but I almost prefer the Caribbean over US. I'm no admissions advisor, but I think I'm just below the requirements for the US. I'd have to do stellar on the MCAT. If I can get the same education at AUC, why not? I scuba dive so, that would be a bonus about attending AUC. The only thing that worries me about AUC is residency matching. I'm obviously partial to certain specialties.

    Also, I'm kinda impatient. I would have to wait another year before applying to the US. I, unknowingly, missed the deadline for this fall. Completely my fault, of course.

    Yeah, I'm hoping for Fall, but I figured it may be in January if at all. I talked to my advisor today and she said there are still spots open for Fall, but I'm sure there are others like me who will be finishing up in May.

    Thanks for your advice.
    OK...clearly you have not read the forums then, because you do not come to the caribbean (unless you have extremely poor judgement) if you can get into the US. The caribbean is a last resort. Yes, you'll get about the same education and the same degree, but you're gonna be automatically discriminated against when it comes time for residency placement. You need to exhaust your options in the US before coming to AUC. If you wanna SCUBA dive, just come to St. Maarten over winter break from the US med schools! And especially if you hope to get radiology, you wanna be in the US. It's not impossible here, but it's a lot harder!

    That being said, you are very borderline for the US, depending on what you do on the MCAT, but it is possible. Study hard for the MCAT, do well, and go to the US if you can.
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    The point that everyone is getting at is that as carib med students and even doctors later on, we have to jump through a lot more hoops than ones from schools inside the states. Yes, we come out with the same degree, but doing so we are 2 years out of the country, (potentially) moving all around during MS3 and MS4, having to always prove yourself, being excluded from some residencies, and still having the stigma of being a foreign med school grad. I just wonder why someone would put themselves through that if they didn't have to. The only benefit really is starting really quickly. In the end its your choice. You will get in here. There really isn't much debate.

    Sounds like you kinda have your mind made up already, which is up to you. But you haven't even taken the MCAT yet. Study hard and do that first. If you get in the high 20's or 30s, you will get interviews with American schools and quite possibly get in. You'll have a real good shot at DO schools to with your GPA and even with a less than stellar MCAT score.

    But like I said, it sounds like you decided already. So for the short answer as this is the "what are my chances?" thread. Your chances are very very good with an MCAT score of above 20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick.Nac View Post
    Ok, first, don't criticize my reasons. If I prefer to go to a caribbean school, then I prefer to go to a caribbean school. Oh, and the scuba comment was a BONUS. Not a reason... So literal aren't we now?

    "The caribbean is a last resort." What is this non-sense? Where on AUC's website does it say a person cannot apply unless they have less than stellar grades (which I don't have stellar grades) or have already tried the US? Please past the URL.

    But, so that I can fit into your little stereotype, I am "borderline." Borderline doesn't secure me a spot...

    Oh, and don't think that I haven't thought about the radiology residency... First, I said I am partial.... Meaning, I like it. Second, I have not had the chance to explore other specialties besides Ortho and Family, thus I have NOT decided. Sorry for having a goal buddy... What was I thinking...

    I posted on this site for advice, not for someone to tell me that I have "extremely poor judgement." Don't reply to what I have to say if it bothers you. If there is an ignore button so you can't see what I say, push it.

    I hope others at AUC do not share your views.
    I think Slevit was just offering some constructive advice. If you are wanting to select from a smörgåsbord of residency options, statistics show that you have a better chance of landing them from a stateside school. Sure, you could come to AUC, get a perfect score on the boards, and land the dream residency... but it will be more difficult (not impossible).

    The people on this forum are kinda impatient with people who don't research things beforehand. I completely sympathize with you about starting late, though - I did the same thing last year (applied to 8 allopathic schools... all too late, so I pissed away a ton of cash).

    Your grades are good and you are very wrong about the junior college hurting you. The fact that you got an associates degree in radiology and then got your bachelor's in the same thing shows that you are motivated and goal oriented. You need to make sure that you do well in organic chemistry (generally thought of as the pre-med weedout course at most colleges) and get that GPA up a little bit.

    Make sure you study for the MCAT.

    I agree with you that the Caribbean should not be viewed as a "last resort" for medical education. Call me crazy, but I secured my seat in the May 08 class when I haven't even heard back from all my US schools yet. The risk involved with going offshore is higher than that of LCME schools, but we take the same tests, finish earlier, have decent clinicals (not great, but decent), and a very good shot of matching. Plus, you have the added adventure of living on an island for two years and all the excitement that comes with it.... (studying on the beach, power outages, getting to barter for things, etc...)
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