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    Lxc9223 is offline Newbie
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    hi all, i am interested in going to AUC. i have recently graduated from college in Jan 2003 with a Biology Major and my GPA is 3.2
    however, my MCAT score is not good at all (i am too embarassed to tell). can anyone tell me if you think i can get into US medical school?
    another problem is that i hate asking for letters of recommendations from professors. this is because i dun think that any of my professors will remember who i am cause i am shy then. so wat can i do?
    another question is: which caribbean medical school is better: AUC? or St. Georges? i have heard alot of compliments about these 2 schools, that is why i am hecitating.......please help.
    thank you

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    YOu should do more research!!

    Hello,

    I don't think that you should even be considering Med school if you haven't done your research. You should know that to even be considered into a US med school you should have at least a 3.5 GPA with decent MCAT scores (10's). It depends on the school that you are applying to with regards to how they weigh your GPA versus your MCAT scores. As far as hearing bad things about AUC and st. georges, you will ALWAYS hear negative comments about ANY school. I have never really heard anything bad about ST. George's except for the island of GRenada not being the best place to live in, and with regards to AUC, look back through this forum and you should be able to find a lot of answers to your questions. Also, if you really did that bad on your MCAT, you should ask yourself why you did so poorly and think about how difficult STep one will be. Good luck with everything, and RESEARCH!!!!!!!!!!

    jj

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    huh?

    part of doing research is to ask questions right? why you be givin' him/her such a hard time. they just graduated and they ARE doing research.

    breakdown: to be competitive in US MD/DO schools you need above 3.4 and 28 and up MCAT, average student can raise MCAT by three points on second try (from kaplan) so if you can raise yours to 29 and up you may have a shot on the second or third application (when GPA is low some admit. wait to see how determined you are by letting you apply multiple times).

    for caribbean schools the big ones are a bit harder to get into but basically as long as you have a way to pay and all your requirements you will get in somewhere. letters of recom from profs are easy they are used to doing them and most have them saved on their computers and they just add your name...type a one paragraph bio about yourself (personal interest, goals) give it to a few profs that you got good marks with and chances are you will get the letter mailed out to the school.

    i can't say anything about sgu other than what i have heard: school is great, rotations are great, good residency track, island sucks, it's expensive

    auc i can go a little more detail into mostly good/ some bad profs. they tend overteach or give you tons of detail so i guess you have to put in effort to go through the USMLE relevant stuff and the minutia. when there is free time there is stuff to get your mind off school.

    check out sgu, auc, ross, saba, and maybe spartan. all have been around a while and not likely to leave you in the middle. relax you will get in, don't get desperate and pout and do backflips over your first acceptance letter from a non-established school. keep your head cool and match what your needs are with what the school can/can't offer you. if you have above a 3.0 you will get in one of the big 3. i had 3.4 and mid twenties and i got in sgu, ross, and auc. oh and don't let that interview thing bug you. the interview for ross and sgu was more of a salespitch than an "interview". sgu is still sending me catalogs...hehe


    -----i wonder when i'l get tired of answering this question?

    back to the lab

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    i must

    agree with rrod, regarding his post, and this is somethin i just found out bout US schools, wondeful if u have a 30 but if it was achieved by 13,13,4 i THINK it isd grounds for them to say ".....becuase of the discrepency in the score"..meanin from wa i understand,once again i know how ppl get in this forum i am only saying what i THINK i know , is that they rather see moer even scores like 10 all across.
    ur GPA is good and ull need to have a good resume, and u NEED recommendations!!! i cant think of one school that does not require them? they will strengthen or break ur application menaing you should trust the person writing it and make sure they know you. this may be the prob because in my opnion you should have gotten to know ur profs during ur undergrad, i dont mean going for drinks wise, i mean going to their office for help, and letting them know u care for the subject so on and so forth.
    i have just finished the application proccess and have my fingers and toes crossed. my first post on this forum was just like urs, i was very shaken bout the whole outside US med school and i was doubting my abilities and somne ppl were nice enough to try to encourage me, other may tell u to take a few yrs off which is complete fooey. sometimes students can be very helpful as well as the grads, but best thing is to call up the schools u mostly want to get into and speak to them. my scores r much lower than urs and i spoke to some of the schools and explained my situation, what had ocurred in my life,gave them a rundown basically...donbt expect an
    "sure apply we will take u in"...many think off hsore schools will, beware of those! but by the way they speak to u, u wil definetly know what ur chances are. good luck trying to get in contact with this office though, i went through hell, but i heard they do really need help tho
    well all i can say in a nutshell is:
    do not bother applying to US med schools...without a competitive MCAT, chances are very slin
    apply to caribbean schools after you do A LOT of research on them because from wa i understand MCATS rnt required
    u need a strong resume
    uneed strong LORs GET THEM!
    and most of all u NEED to be strong. u can do it u can do it!! hehehehe...feel free to PM me also if u have any questions and everyone on this forum is so helpful...u may fall in love with the student body here

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    Sorry for the hard time!!

    Hello,

    I didn't mean to appear to be giving you a hard time, I am just stressed out about my FASFA problem. I shouldn't of replied but I am glad that others were able to provide you with MUCH better replies. Anyways, good luck with everything and don't worry everything will work out.

    sincerely,

    jj

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    Yeah

    With a 3.2 you have a decent chance at AUC, not sure how much weight they will lend to your MCAT, but with a GPA above 3.0, they are likely to give you a shot, in my opinion. As far as US schools, I wouldn't hold my breath. With a 3.2, you would need a pretty good MCAT to convince them.

    So, the way I see it, you have three choices....

    1. Go back to school and brin gup your GPA.
    2. Work your tail off and blow away the MCAT on your 2nd try.
    3. Look to the Craibbean.

    AUC and SGU are both good schools. SGU has a slight edge in rep over the years, but I think there is too much weight given to that on the boards. I mean, thinking like a residency PD (program director), we all came from the Caribbean. And if you are applying for a residency position at his/her hospital, odds are, they are IMG-friendly. Either they know a bit about the Carib schools, or they know nothing and care nothing as long as your USMLE scores are good enough to show you competitive with the US grads.

    SGU has a great campus, good instruction, great rep, and good, long, history. AUC has all of these same things, with only the rep being slightly lower than SGU. But the cost is much lower and the island is much better. It was a no-brainer for me. But things are different for every person. I personally love Sint Maarten and would never change my decision to come to school here. Every school has its problems (don't let ANYone tell you they don't, they're full of it!), but they have yet to make a serious impact in my ability to study the material beingpresented to me at AUC.

    Good luck, and I hope that helped, maybe we can answer some more of your questions!

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