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    thegreatone is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Applying for 2012 . . . Advice

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    90+ credits
    Retakes in Gen Chem I, II, Bio I, Bio II, A&P I, A&P II
    All retakes were As or B
    O-Chem I, Biochemistry, Physics all solid As and B
    cGPA is around 2.65
    7 years in EMS as Paramedic
    Research Internship (non-science)
    Volunteer Experience
    Teaching Experience
    Strong LOR

    I understand my GPA is low but there is a strong upward trend. I think if I can get an interview it will help my cause. I had some major issues and I let them affect me. Since I have gotten them under control, my life has been improving. SJSM appears willing to take on those of us with a checkered past.

    Any thoughts?

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    Apply...you'll get in for sure. You should consider St. Matthew's.

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    thegreatone is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shan1989 View Post
    Apply...you'll get in for sure. You should consider St. Matthew's.
    I would but they don't have any loans for US students. SJSM at least has some.

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    I think you have a good chance of being accepted considering SJSM looks favorably on students who have
    an upward trend in grades. So, the fact that you retook a few classes is less important than the fact that you did a lot better when you retook the classes. You have good experience and if they think you will make a good physician you have a good chance!

    The workload is demanding, but the professors really want to see students do well and are always willing to help when you need it.

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    I think you have a good chance of being accepted considering SJSM looks favorably on students who have
    an upward trend in grades. So, the fact that you retook a few classes is less important than the fact that you did a lot better when you retook the classes. You have good experience and if they think you will make a good physician you have a good chance!

    The workload is demanding, but the professors really want to see students do well and are always willing to help when you need it.

    All the best to you!

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    I'm in a similar situation, except I had actually been academically suspended due to personal and financial reasons that had affected me and my family. However, after I returned from my suspension, I had maintained a strong upward trend. My cGPA is at a 2.55 and I have not taken the MCATs yet. However, I do have recommendation letters as well as over 300 hours of volunteering at a local hospital in various departments. I also volunteered to do research in the Pharmacology Department of a major medical university in the United States. I plan on volunteering again at another local hospital soon. How will I fare in the application process and what can I do in order to impress SJSM?

    Thanks in advance

    Edit: Would applying to Anguilla or Bonaire make a difference? I applied at Anguilla, should I start a separate application for Bonaire?
    Last edited by thirdworldhipster; 09-30-2011 at 09:52 PM.

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    ^ its one application, at least it was when i applied back one year ago in oct 2010. once you get an interview, they will ask you which campus you are interested in.

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