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    Help! Pre-Med Student not sure about qualifications

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    Ok, so I'm currently a Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology major at a major U.S. University. I'm finishing up the rest of the science prerequisites (chem/ochem/physics/bio) this spring semester and into the summer, and will be applying to med school next fall.

    I'll be graduating this spring but then taking a few more of those classes over the summer.

    Anyway, I have a 3.92 GPA and am just finishing a semester's internship as a medical assistant at a Family Practice office where my duties include virtually everything that a nurse does (check in patients, take vitals, draw blood/phlebotomy, shots, etc) and have even been allowed to perform shave biopsies and suture wounds under the doctor's supervision.

    The problem is, I don't have much at all in the way of past research or anything like that, and my coursework has not been quite as science-heavy as bio or chem majors. I'll basically have the minimum science requirements finished, as well as Physiology, Anatomy (where I was also a TA in the cadaver lab), Exercise Physiology, and Biomechanics.

    I have not yet taken the MCATs, and I'm pretty nervous about them (i'll take them this August). I want to do well obviously, especially since that might offset my lack of superfluous science courses.

    Just based on this information, is it worth it to really apply to med school? I ask because money is REALLY tight for me, and I'll be really scrambling to even pay for the extra undergrad classes I'll be taking this summer, let alone the application fees for med school, and MCAT prep class, and don't even get me started on paying for rent while I'd be in med school . . .

    I know there's lots of financial aid in the form of loans, so I guess that's something to consider.

    But overall, based on what I've told you academically about myself, what would you think are the odds I could get into med school? Like I said, I haven't taken the MCATs yet, but I'm hoping to do well. I got a 1360 on the SATs, so I'm "ok" at standardized testing (obviously there are many people who score higher than that).


    Any help would be appreciated!! Sorry this was so long!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerWilco
    Ok, so I'm currently a Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology major at a major U.S. University. I'm finishing up the rest of the science prerequisites (chem/ochem/physics/bio) this spring semester and into the summer, and will be applying to med school next fall.

    I'll be graduating this spring but then taking a few more of those classes over the summer.

    Anyway, I have a 3.92 GPA and am just finishing a semester's internship as a medical assistant at a Family Practice office where my duties include virtually everything that a nurse does (check in patients, take vitals, draw blood/phlebotomy, shots, etc) and have even been allowed to perform shave biopsies and suture wounds under the doctor's supervision.

    The problem is, I don't have much at all in the way of past research or anything like that, and my coursework has not been quite as science-heavy as bio or chem majors. I'll basically have the minimum science requirements finished, as well as Physiology, Anatomy (where I was also a TA in the cadaver lab), Exercise Physiology, and Biomechanics.

    I have not yet taken the MCATs, and I'm pretty nervous about them (i'll take them this August). I want to do well obviously, especially since that might offset my lack of superfluous science courses.

    Just based on this information, is it worth it to really apply to med school? I ask because money is REALLY tight for me, and I'll be really scrambling to even pay for the extra undergrad classes I'll be taking this summer, let alone the application fees for med school, and MCAT prep class, and don't even get me started on paying for rent while I'd be in med school . . .

    I know there's lots of financial aid in the form of loans, so I guess that's something to consider.

    But overall, based on what I've told you academically about myself, what would you think are the odds I could get into med school? Like I said, I haven't taken the MCATs yet, but I'm hoping to do well. I got a 1360 on the SATs, so I'm "ok" at standardized testing (obviously there are many people who score higher than that).


    Any help would be appreciated!! Sorry this was so long!!!
    Welcome and calm down you are fine.
    I want to tell you though I'm an RN and a medical assistant does not do what an RN does, please do not portray yourself as the same, I have sutured, drawn blood, placed central lines, Arterial lines, intubated people, replaced trachs, performed ACLS, ATLS, complex wound care,adminstered chemo ect.
    You do have good experience though as a medical assistant, do you have volunteering experience? Thats important. MCAT score will be the next most important thing to get into a US med school. Please do very well and get into a US school. You do not need research to do that. Research helps to get into the top schools but most will consider you with a SCI gpa above 3.5 and Mcat 31 or better. Your SATs mean nothing, you afre the best one to decide if you should go to med school. As far as requirements, Chem 1yr, Orgo 1yr, Physics 1&2, Bio 1yr are the basics some schools want calc too. Good luck
    Last edited by OLDPRO; 12-12-2005 at 04:38 PM.

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    Thanks. And my apologies for making it sound like an MA was the same as an RN. Obviously I do not operate in quite the same capacity.

    Anyway, I don't really have much volunteer experience aside from being the race organizer for a campus 5k run for our Kinesiology Club (which I was also the Vice President of). This was about an 8 month process. I don't have any actual medical-related volunteer experience unfortunately. I've always been so busy with classes, athletics, and working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerWilco
    Thanks. And my apologies for making it sound like an MA was the same as an RN. Obviously I do not operate in quite the same capacity.

    Anyway, I don't really have much volunteer experience aside from being the race organizer for a campus 5k run for our Kinesiology Club (which I was also the Vice President of). This was about an 8 month process. I don't have any actual medical-related volunteer experience unfortunately. I've always been so busy with classes, athletics, and working.
    No offense taken, any volunteering is good, the race thing shows your skills at organization, hey organising volunteers is hard! My volunteer was in the BSA as a Scoutmaster (9yrs) and at the council level. If you can do some more medical work or shadowing coupled with some more volunteering opportunities you should be able to put together a great package for the Adcoms. Keep at it your in the Ball Park!

    Good Luck.

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