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    3rd Year Pre-med student

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    Hey all, it's been a while since i've posted here. Last time i posted i was a high school senior deciding what i wanted, i am now going into my 3rd year of college as a biology major and chem minor. I'm taking the MCAT soon and i have a 3.3 gpa (3.0 sciences). I've finished most of my pre med requirements. I'm taking my last ochem class this fall.

    The pre med advisers at my school aren't very good at my school, so i've come back here seeking advice as i have in the past (it helped last time around). Anyways, my adviser told me there is no way i can get into a US med school and based off of stats i've seen online, i guess i agree.

    That doesn't mean i'm going to stop trying at being a doctor, i just need to evaluate where i am at and what my options are. I've looked into post bacc programs in my state, such as OSU's MEDPATH. I've also considered even going to the Caribbean's. I've been reading a lot on these forums about SGU which would probably be my first choice.

    I'm also considering how i am going to pay for med school (i'm thinking becoming a military doc).. but another question arises, do the armed forces accept the caribbean schools for the GI bill and what not?

    I'm not really concerned with what school i go to, i just want to be able to practice. I've wanted this for a long time and i've worked pretty hard (despite my 3.3; i studied my *** off for btw). So my main question here is what should a pre med student in my shoes right now be doing? I'm obviously going to finish up and get my degree, i just want to get the right plan of action to get into med school at this point. Like i said earlier my pre med advisers aren't the easiest to approach.

    Thanks all

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    It's going to be hard to give you solid advice until you have an MCAT score to share. A very good MCAT (coupled with great LORs and ECs) could help lessen the impact of a low undergrad GPA.

    The Caribbean should always be your last option for medical school. With your 3.0 science GPA, I would urge you to take (and do well) some upper division bio courses to boost your GPA. You might also want to consider, like you mentioned, some post-bacc programs that offer students the opportunity to complete upper division science coursework. There are some post-bacc programs that offer linkage to medical schools in the U.S to their top students. Are you willing to consider a D.O. program? They have all the rights and privileges of M.D.s and it's slightly easier to get into a D.O program (although, IMO, that is changing).

    As far as I know, HPSP (the military program that pays for med school) does not extend to foreign medical schools.

    At this point in time you should be focused on rocking your MCAT. When that score comes in, then would be a good time to really evaluate what your options are. You also need to do very well in your last 2 years of school to boost that GPA. Personally, I think it would behoove you to consider delaying your application for a year...giving you a full two years to boost your GPA before you apply to med school.
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    I can definitely raise my gpa in the next few years, i'm just worried it might not be enough. Would you recommend on holding off on the MCAT as well? I'm definitely not ready for it yet, i havn't even signed up for it, let along started studying.

    Another thing i'm worried about is my extracurriculars.. Which are pretty much non existent. The only thing i've really done is play intramural sports since i got to school. I also took part in a biology fraternity, but i was denied acceptance into it because my science gpa is not a 3.75 ha. Anyways, do you have any suggestions on ec's that would make me stand out? I feel like pre med club has been done too much.

    I was also wondering how much being hispanic plays in the acceptance process. I got a scholarship at university for it, i was wondering if med schools factor that in?

    Thanks again, your responses are very helpful

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    If I were in your shoes I would:
    - Kick butt on the MCAT and this final year's GPA.
    - Apply to MD and DO schools.
    - Volunteer regularly with a physician (MD and DO).
    - Serve somebody. Seriously, find a way to give back to people who have it worse than you do. It doesn't matter what it is, but do something good. And not just for your med school applications, either, it matters in a larger sense.

    Your hispanic heritage will probably help when you apply, but make those numbers as high as possible.

    As far as the military scholarship goes, HPSP is ONLY available for MD and DO schools in the US. Carib does not count.

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    hey guys

    i got a question, i am senior and pre-med. i have already taken organic chemistry and i am studying for mcats right now. i am using kaplan review books. what i don't understand is, that kaplan organic chemistry review book doesn't have everything included from organic chemistry, like each topic. does it mean i am using the wrong book or maybe the kaplan covers only organic which comes in the mcat. i can't go back and review my organic chemistry textbook. help me out here.

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    The Kaplan books cover what it necessary for the MCAT. You don't need to know all the mechanism crap that was shoved down your throat in undergrad orgo.

    As a side note: I highly recommend the Examkrackers review series and their "1001 Questions in: (insert subject here)" books. I like Kaplan, but I found it too dense for my taste.
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    thanks for the suggestion swimchick

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