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    I am a rising junior at a top 50 university. My goal is to become a physician but I am not quite sure if I will be able to make the cut.

    What would you suggest at this point? I am ready to buckle down for my last 2 years and focus on my academics. I am sure I can get a 3.75+ for the remaining semesters, possibly a 4.0 too. Is there any hope for me to become a physician? Which Caribbean schools should I be looking at? Are St. George, Ross, and AUC in reach or totally out of question?

    CGPA: 2.2

    Here are my prerequisite grades:
    Bio I (Lecture + Lab combined): D; Retook and got a C+ (Should I retake it again?)
    Bio II (Lecture Only): C- ; will retake this summer (Hoping for an A)

    General Chemistry I: B
    General Chemistry I Lab: B-
    General Chemistry II: B-

    Organic Chemistry I with Lab: F(fall semester); F(summer semester)
    Organic Chemistry II with Lab: W (first time); never attempted 2nd time
    Since I failed 2 times, even if i retake it and get an A, my average GPA for organic chemistry will be 1.33. Does this mean regardless of what I do, I can never apply to Caribbean schools?

    Physics I: B
    Physics I Lab: A-
    Physics II: C+
    Physics II Lab: B

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    People are going to try to derail you but honestly you still have a chance if you kill it the next 2 years. You might even have a chance at the top few schools but again you must raise your GPA. AdComs will see the upward trend and with a strong MCAT you could be in luck. You should definitely retake all the prereqs where you got "F/D".

    You might get accepted but does that mean you can handle the vigorous curriculum? Prove it to yourself that you can ace the material the next 2 years and you will be just fine.

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    Your results are not really good. Failing classes in pre-med is hard to swallow. Medicine is built on sciences. If you canít pass your pre-med classes for the first time, how do you expect to pass med school classes? I would recommend you think about that twice. Is medicine is what you really want to do. Is it the right program for you? Your results say no for the time being.

    Most of us here liked sciences, did pretty well in pre-med(at least we passed them) and we are struggling with the program. Itís heavy, relentless and you have to work really hard to go through. Some people that I know that do well, study every day from the time the classes are over to 11PM. Is it what you want?

    About your top 50 university, itís not relevant. It would be better for you to pass your classes in a low profile university than to fail them at Harvard. These failing say that you were good enough to get that school and you did not meet they standard of progression.

    If you still think that med school is the right program and that you can dramatically improve your grade, fine. Do your best and nail the MCAT. There is a guy in my class that had a very low GPA in the 2, he did well in the MCAT and they offered him the MERP. He went there, survive the MERP (a lot do not make it through), he is doing pretty well since he got here, on the deanís list.

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    Its not like I was trying hard and failed, I just never cared. I was doing premed but only recently did I realize how much I wanted to become a doctor. And from my grades, I did pretty well considering that I only studied the night before the test and sometimes the day of the test. Like I said, those days are behind me now. I am motivated now and want to get into med school. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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