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    Mua premed NEED HELP!!!!! Low gpa

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    My friend is applying for september premed 1. But his gpa is very low. He actually did very well in his first two years, but then because of a fatal car accident couldn't focus on studies. He was working full time and post accident had this fear of traveling. So, he didnít attend many of his classes. In those two semesters he messed up his gpa. But now as heís recurring and getting back on track, but significant amount of damage has been done. In short, he really wants to be a doctor and is very depressed because he feels his chances are slim to get in any premed program. His gap is little less than 2.0. He took chem 1, 2 bio 1 did ok on them. He has above 60 credits. What are his Chances of getting in premed program at Mua? Any other advice or route he can take or should he just put couple of more semesters to raise his gpa before he applies.

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    Thank you for sharing.
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    Tell him to go to college, take science classes, study very hard, and get really good grades. He might retake what he's done poorly on. Some schools accept the new grades, some schools average them together. Tell him to be patient, diligent, and concentrate very hard. If he has a problem studying and concentrating then tell him to go for neuropsychological testing to determine if he has a problem and then to find how to treat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrEven View Post
    Tell him to go to college, take science classes, study very hard, and get really good grades. He might retake what he's done poorly on. Some schools accept the new grades, some schools average them together. Tell him to be patient, diligent, and concentrate very hard. If he has a problem studying and concentrating then tell him to go for neuropsychological testing to determine if he has a problem and then to find how to treat it.
    this seems like good advice. which is take more courses to increase his gap and so he learns how to study (or improves whatever level of studying he is at)

    the best advice I can give people who have questionable gpa's when applying to medical school is: knowing that medical school has very high demands in learning a lot of material and they are quite happy failing people who don't keep up; is the person willing to gamble that they can survive medical school within limited evidence (evidence=gpa) that they can perform on exams that they have learned the material??

    if a person gets accepted with a low gpa and they are willing to gamble, they have to consider there is a chance they may fail out. medical school can be a hard place to learn how to study. it gets even harder when you become a resident. I am a surgery resident and I work 100+ hours a week and i'm expected to study on my own time as well as prepare the odd presentation when it arrises. not to mention get ready for exams, teach others, etc, etc, etc. now being on the other side of the table and seeing medical students applying for residency, we strongly consider if the person will survive (do all the requirements, keep up mentally, physically with call schedule) a demanding program.

    hope that helps put in into perspective a bit.

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    so he gets in a fatal car accident and now he can't focus on his studies? maybe it's because he's dead?...from the fatal car accident?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PnS11 View Post
    so he gets in a fatal car accident and now he can't focus on his studies? maybe it's because he's dead?...from the fatal car accident?
    Since when has being dead stopped anyone from going to med school?

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    is the premed program for people with no college. or is it like a short cut around college, how long is it, how many people go to that, what's the average age of the pre-med students, is it like highschool people that live on the isalnd? obviosly i don't know much about it. I'm not considering the pre-med program, I believe i'm overly qualified for caribbean medical school, but boarder line qualified for US med school, that's why I'm looking at caribbean school.

    Just wondering about the premed program cuz I heard 1st sem med students have to live in these dorms with pre-med students and didn't know what that would be like, a college dorm life with a bunch of kids. Need to be around adults where I can get some serious studying done, Thanks

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    The pre-med program is for students of any age that have college but may not have all the required prerequisites to enter the med program, There are no highschool age students, varies from low 20's to mid 50's.

    There are dorms, which are limited in the quantity, the over flow is placed in other apartments/houses. You can request other than dorm housing, or find your own. It is suggested that students use the dorms as an opportunity to be close to other classmates, for studying and support. It can be stressful enough moving to a stange island and add more stress of missing family and friends then top that with an intense Med program.

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    Premed at MUA can also serve as a second-chance program if you did really bad in undergrad but still want to be a doctor. Pre-med students can come from any major. A lot of people might already have the pre-reqs for med but can't get into the med program due to low GPA, low MCATs, etc.

    I think personally that more schools should copy this thing that MUA does. And the courses in the Pre-med program are supposed to better prepare you for med studies than coming straight out of college with just the pre-reqs.

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    Actually, to correct myself, there are programs out there like MUA's premed to improve GPA called post-baccalaureate programs. This one is just tailored for MUA specifically.

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