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    confusion!

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    hey guys, i am kind of in a jam. My GPA is really low like a 2.2 but on my MCAT I made a 30(O)and i don't know if to still try applying or if i should just apply to a post baccalaureate program or both.
    I am terribly confused on what to do and would really appreciate what advice anyone has to offer.

    Thanks.

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    give it a shot. 75 bucks.
    cheaper than going to a post-bac
    Finally beat Super Mario Bros within 7 mins.

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    I'd suggest the same. Just apply. But, make sure that you are prepared when it's time to go to the island. If some of the 2.2 came towards the end of college, it may be to your advantage to take a few classes.
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    How do you mean prepared

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    Quote Originally Posted by baylordoc2b
    How do you mean prepared
    He means that if you have a 2.2 then you have consistently bad grades and that may mean that you donot have the study skills necessary to process the information necessary to successfully complete the first 2 years.

    On the other hand, the 30 MCAT shows that you have abover average knowledge and/or test taking skills.

    Why is it that you have a 2.2 and how did you do in the last 2 semesters of school?

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    I plan on picking up Lippincott's Biochemistry book to get some review in before I hit the island. It seems to be the review book of choice, and I don't have the time to take Biochem in college. I'll probably look for something to review Anatomy&Human Physiology as well.

    If you have any similar holes in your academics, I'd suggest brushing up too. If that means classes, take classes.

    I don't know how representative your 2.2 is or how long ago you were in school, but it's unlikely that it sets you far ahead of my 3.2 & 30M in Elec Eng.

    US schools don't want us because our numbers say we're not prepared. I've heard that roughly 1/3 or more of caribbean students flunk out because they aren't ready. Don't be one of them.

    Good luck if you decide to apply. And, I suggest applying to the Big 3 or 4. Ross and SGU both have alternative programs, MERP for Ross and an MPH program for SGU if they think you need a year of transition before medical school or don't have space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooby
    I plan on picking up Lippincott's Biochemistry book to get some review in before I hit the island. It seems to be the review book of choice, and I don't have the time to take Biochem in college. I'll probably look for something to review Anatomy&Human Physiology as well.

    If you have any similar holes in your academics, I'd suggest brushing up too. If that means classes, take classes.

    I don't know how representative your 2.2 is or how long ago you were in school, but it's unlikely that it sets you far ahead of my 3.2 & 30M in Elec Eng.

    US schools don't want us because our numbers say we're not prepared. I've heard that roughly 1/3 or more of caribbean students flunk out because they aren't ready. Don't be one of them.

    Good luck if you decide to apply. And, I suggest applying to the Big 3 or 4. Ross and SGU both have alternative programs, MERP for Ross and an MPH program for SGU if they think you need a year of transition before medical school or don't have space.
    I would suggest just relaxing and enjoying yourself until you get to the island. During first semester, there is more than enough time to learn and study Biochem and Anatomy without reviewing it before you get here.

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    my last two semesters were actually what pulled my gpa down. I am an international student and in the past year and a half i have been trying to change my status to a permanent resident so that i can get loans and stuff for med school, so that has been a very huge distraction from my studies.

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    ic. That's rough. I don't know much on the subject. You may want to post a specific thread asking about acquiring permanent resident status in the main forum. There's a lot of nice people on this board with good advice.

    Good luck to ya.

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    ****** Hastie MD

    I am a 1994 AUC grad. I now practice internal medicine in a small country clinic that has over 6000 charts.
    I think that if you did not do well in pre-med, then you will probably not do well at AUC. I remember back to 1990 when I started at Monserrat. There where an awful lot of unqualified students admitted. About 65% did not make it pass the first semester. The best students in my class usually already had advanced degrees - some with doctorates. The material that you have to master at AUC is exactly the same stuff they have to master at the University of AnyState Medical School. Don't fool yourself thinking that it will somehow be any easier at AUC. You will eventually have to take the board exams.
    The hard part at AUC is not getting in, its getting through.
    Last edited by jobubba; 01-23-2006 at 03:50 PM.

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