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    tml.chelseafc is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Should I reapply or try other Caribbean Medical schools

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    EDIT: Thanks. Got my answer
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    Possibly, but you will almost certainly have to do MERP.

    Not to be a ****, but you need to step back and seriously think if this is the right path for you. Unless you have a specific reason why your GPA and MCAT scores are so low, and you have corrected this reason, you are very unlikely to succeed in medical school and at passing the USMLE.

    The classes/tests in medical school are harder than the classes/tests in college. The USMLEs are longer and more difficult than the MCAT. The fact that you have done poorly in college and on the MCAT does not bode well for success at Ross or any other caribbean school.

    I'm not saying that I agree that grades/USMLE scores are good measurables when choosing who is capable of becoming a competent physician (I don't), but this is the reality of the situation.

    And you should definitely not go to other caribbean medical schools just because they have less stringent admissions policies. Graduating from medical school actually means nothing, you have to be able to get a residency afterwards, which is difficult from a non big 3 school. Ross is very lenient with admissions to begin with (~25% attrition rate), so if they are not willing to take you it says something (and I say this as a Ross grad)

    If you want to be a clinician, there are other options that might be better for you like physician assistant or nurse practitioner.

    Again I don't mean this to be harsh. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmore View Post
    Possibly, but you will almost certainly have to do MERP.

    Not to be a ****, but you need to step back and seriously think if this is the right path for you. Unless you have a specific reason why your GPA and MCAT scores are so low, and you have corrected this reason, you are very unlikely to succeed in medical school and at passing the USMLE.

    The classes/tests in medical school are harder than the classes/tests in college. The USMLEs are longer and more difficult than the MCAT. The fact that you have done poorly in college and on the MCAT does not bode well for success at Ross or any other caribbean school.

    I'm not saying that I agree that grades/USMLE scores are good measurables when choosing who is capable of becoming a competent physician (I don't), but this is the reality of the situation.

    And you should definitely not go to other caribbean medical schools just because they have less stringent admissions policies. Graduating from medical school actually means nothing, you have to be able to get a residency afterwards, which is difficult from a non big 3 school. Ross is very lenient with admissions to begin with (~25% attrition rate), so if they are not willing to take you it says something (and I say this as a Ross grad)

    If you want to be a clinician, there are other options that might be better for you like physician assistant or nurse practitioner.

    Again I don't mean this to be harsh. Good luck!
    Thanks for your insight. Really appreciate it. The MCAT score is after 15 days of studying and basically after a semester of University with no breaks. I rushed because of the last MCAT date before the 2015 MCAT. So that's why I know if I retake it, I can easily get 25+ and with a good chance of 30+. Also the GPA is primarily due to my immaturity at undergrad, last semester my grades were 85%+ in subjects like Biochemistry and Molecular Bio, after the first semester of getting C's in subjects like English and Math, so I have changed studying habits quite a bit. MUA is probably going to accept me but I honestly rather be going to Ross / AUC...

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    Retake the MCAT. If still low, then go for postbac and reapply. Reason I say this is if you still can't get the MCAT, then you probably need to improve your science background. MERP is not enough, in my opinion. I know many people who went through it and still struggled.
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    You should definitely retake the MCAT and I think you will have a good shot with at least MERP. MERP is not something you should be upset about. Most of my friends who did MERP are actually doing very well here (80s+ on every exam). Sometimes I wish I was MERPed because they were exposed to many things we are learning now even in third semester. In my opinion, if you had a solid undergraduate science background, then medical school is very doable for you. But if you didn't, it is still doable but you just gotta put in more time everyday. I think anyone who is determined to work hard, put in the time, good work ethics and time management skills, can get through this. Good luck!

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    Take the exam with low score and do it good.. Good luck
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