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    Masters then DO vs caribbean?

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    My wife and I have been talking and no matter what I chose to do she is going to go with me. I was going to just apply to the big 3 Caribbean schools but I want her to be able to stay in the US with me and be able to work. I know she would go nuts if i dragged her down there with me.

    So basically would I be able to get a masters degree and be accepted to an osteopathic school? My GPA will be 2.8-3.0 by years end and I was academically dismissed a few years back. Up until (very) recently I have had a low GPA but I've kinda grown out of it with marriage and we want to eventually start a family. It kind of puts things in perspective.

    So can I come back from this with a masters (or postbac) or have I shot myself in the foot with my poor GPA. I am contemplating staying another year in undergrad and grabbing another degree to further raise my GPA, but i don't think that will do much. At this point i'll do whatever needs to be done, but money will inevitably be an issue.

    so in short lets say

    2.8 GPA (lowest and includes dismissal GPA)
    no volunteering (on record)
    very good chance of getting some good research experience next semester.
    dismissed academically in 09

    Thanks.

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    Arthur, your post is about a year ago, hopefully you have done something to get you were you need to go. Getting into an MD or DO schools in the states would be very hard given your particular circumstances. My best advice is to seek out a program in the Caribbean, its cheap and some schools may admit you. Its going to be hard managing a family and school but it can be done with enough support and determination. Good luck.

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    I am wondering the same thing. I have a special masters program that after 1 year, if am in the top 50% of the class and have a 25 on the MCAT, I am guaranteed to be accepted to the DO program. I have also been accepted to UMHS and Ross in the caribbean (waiting to hear from SGU) and I am wondering... should I do the masters and work really hard or just go to medical school.

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    if all you need is 25 mcat go for DO. you can get in to the caribbean during any semester. if you choose not to wait go with Ross
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    The 3 big Caribbean Schools are not cheap, nor are they easy to be accepted into. One of the issues is the high attrition rate; students who start, don't do well academically, then quit or try to transfer to another school. A worst case scenario is where one drops out or didn't pass Step 1 USMLE on first attempt (or maybe second), and their school did not allow or have provision for clinical training without Step 1, they are dead-ended. Then instead of transferring into another program, going back to work, having more children and the next thing you know, those loans are compounding at a high interest rate heading for doubling or even tripling the balance absent high interest payments.

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    Hi, I am wondering the same thing...I am not doing well enough in my master's program to be admitted to this med school in the US so I'm wondering if I should spend the next 2 years finishing that degree and applying to med school here or just go Caribbean...all the threads say to apply in your home country first but my chances are incredibly low in the US...any advice would be truly appreciated, thanks so much

    undergrad: BA from Ivy League college 3.2 GPA
    masters: 2.0 GPA first year, bother doing second year?
    MCAT: not yet

    Quote Originally Posted by deadbunny View Post
    Arthur, your post is about a year ago, hopefully you have done something to get you were you need to go. Getting into an MD or DO schools in the states would be very hard given your particular circumstances. My best advice is to seek out a program in the Caribbean, its cheap and some schools may admit you. Its going to be hard managing a family and school but it can be done with enough support and determination. Good luck.

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