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    AlmostDone1 is offline Newbie 511 points
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    Be Realistic about acceptance/success

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    As a student MS IV that has almost finished everything let me share some of my thoughts on successfully being accepted and completing Medical school - which I assume is your real goal if you are reading this.
    First, it will greatly increase your chances of success if you are reasonably and truly prepared & honest about yourself and about Medicine.

    #1 RULE: Don't get accepted with sub-par preparation and then flunk-out. THIS IS JUST DUMB BUT MANY CARIB STUDENTS CONTINUE TO UTILIZE THIS PLAN - DON'T DO IT!
    Be realistically prepared. If your grades aren't up to at least a "B" and you don't have an MCAT at least in the 20's I would think you might read on...

    My grades weren't all that great 3.1 overall, but I thought I was a decent candidate for the Carib until that MCAT of 15 really woke me up!!! So I didn't get accepted, (THANK GOD) and I started a lot of asking asking around and here's what I found out.

    Most US Medical Schools all run "Funky" "Off the Radar" remedial programs and offer counseling for certain "students of interest". -since no one was willing to hand me a med school acceptance/diploma from HARVARD, I thought I would start on my own remedial program. I found that POST-BACH programs (never heard of them before) are run by most medical schools on the side, but that you could also "buff-up" with similar courses in junior college and establish a Post-Bach/Grad courses GPA. I did and went from a 3.1 to a 3.77 - and believe me 3.77 looks a lot better!

    Then I thought about my impressive 15 MCAT (which was impressive only on how low it really was) and with my grandmother's encouragement and humor - protesting that I REALLY wasn't an idiot (just tested like one),
    I started a review course - which really went too fast for me (more self-doubt) and then decided to study on my own at a local university in the science section - great for guilt trips when you see other students studying like I never did before. Well I quickly found out why I got a BIG 15 - because I really didn't know my stuff...

    Plan B - I knew I could do it with a little time, so sat down with parents and grandmother and told them about Plan B...
    1. Kill the excuses and whining and plan to kill MCAT instead!
    2. Study review course and video's on my own and retake in 11 Months
    (Be realistic 2-3 months isn't going to fix a sub 20's score)
    3. Volunteer at local hospital ER one 8 hour shift per week for next year.
    4. Get/take "Hardship deferment" on my loans to buy time.
    5. Get in Carib and become doctor!

    Well, MCAT became a big game and I partially bought and exchanged review material with other folks doing the same thing - that I met in university library and long thread short: MCAT 15 to 34 and got into Ross.
    When others struggled and some flunked BIOCHEM and PHYSIO I smoked them and even tutored! Yep the guy with the 3.1 an orig MCAT 15!

    Let me save you the time of saying hey w 3.7 from a junior college and 34 on MCAT why didn't you go to HARVARD???
    Did apply to many schools and many many rejections, a few interviews and more rejections as one director of admissions told me after all my work that my MCAT not consist with my undergrad grades!!! So decided to stick with Plan B and go to Carib and now almost finished...
    Oh did I mention, during this time had two deaths in family-Father and Brother and considered a "handicapped applicant" I wear trifocals just to achv minimum vision and have bilateral hearing loss and require two hearing aids - full volume just to achv minimum hearing to qualify for program and also "not a traditional candidate"
    Hey not a sob story, a SUCCESS STORY - ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHAT IT TAKES? Yeah it took me an extra 18 months of total prep but going to walk in Ross graduation - MD in JUNE>>>BE PREPARED AND ENSURE YOUR SUCCESS. DON'T SHOOT FOR MINIMUMS, SHOOT FOR SUCCESS. BEST OF LUCK!!!
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    Congrats. Good job.

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    Great job Almost!

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    if you don't mind me asking, how did you perform on the steps and what type of plan did you utilize for that? since you've been very open with your grades and trials, i hope you won't mind sharing since you've been very helpful.

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    Very inspiring story! I think a lot of people just dont try as hard as they should. Everyone should know how difficult the MCAT or their classes shoudl be and put in a LOT of effort. Its best to be overprepared than underprepared. Its better to crush an exam with a 100%, you'll jsut feel a lot better and in turn it will let you study more and focus more on your studying. From my expereince its like a cycle. If you fall into teh cycle of not studying and getting lower grades, it takes a BIG punch in the face to fall out. Just dont let that happen to you when you start medschool. Once you get in, its a fresh new chance for you to prove yourself. The person with a 15 on their mcat and 30+ on their mcat are now on equal playing ground. Dont take this for granted and kick some butt. I haven't even started med school yet but this is just from my expereince. and liek the above poster asked, how were your step scores?
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    Can you also let us know what you did to prepare for Step1? Thank you.

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    congrats your hard work paid off!

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    It would be great to know how you prepared for the boards!

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    Congratulations on a job well done!
    "I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become" - Oprah

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    Here is how you do well on Step 1:

    1) Know EVERYTHING ins First Aid. EVERYTHING.

    2) Do Kaplan Q-Bank or USMLEWorld and learn the questions you miss.

    3) Do the NBME Self-Assesment a week before your test. This thing is ACCURATE. if you do well on it your going to do well on the real thing.

    Trust me, if you do #1 and #2 you will do well on #3 which means you will do well on the real thing.

    Chianti, PGY-II

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