Sponsored Links
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    bxd007 is offline Junior Member 511 points
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    54
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    UAG....bad idea or good idea?

    Advertisements



    Howdy!..

    I am from Texas. Will complete my undergrad in May 2012. Taking the mcat next month. I have been thinking about UAG... the bad thing is the mcat.. i honestly suck at it. I have a 3.8 gpa... so far.. I have extracurricular activities and hospital experience.

    I have read bad and good reviews about this school. I would like to get the real insight regarding UAG..

    Any information helps..

    Thanks,

  2. #2
    lobo's Avatar
    lobo is offline Junior Member 510 points
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    61
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    The fact that your GPA is high but you have trouble with the MCAT is interesting. Many of us have the opposite problem: better MCAT than GPA. I'd be curious as to how you studied for the MCAT. Perhaps it was fear of the exam itself that hindered your grade. Did you try taking practice MCATs?
    Taking practice exams may well be the best way to boost your MCAT score, especially if you do so under "MCAT-like" conditions of time and place.

    I sure wish I had your GPA . . .
    "Pathology, social medicine, politics, anthropology. My model." -- Paul Farmer.
    Social medicine, international health, social justice, culture/anthropology, sustainability - Lobo's model.

  3. #3
    devildoc8404's Avatar
    devildoc8404 is offline Ultimate Member 12699 points
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Confoederatio Helvetica
    Posts
    5,149
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    DO schools may be an excellent option for you if your MCAT scores are in the low-to-mid 20's. I would try my double-damnedest to stay in the States before looking at an international school.

    "When I haven't any
    blue... I use red
    ."
    - Pablo Picasso

    BA - Oregon MS - BYU MD - MU-Sofia
    Clinical Research Fellow / Resident
    Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman 1996-2003


  4. #4
    bxd007 is offline Junior Member 511 points
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    54
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Well I try to study for the MCAT but honestly my classes take up too much of my time. I am also doing research this semester and that takes up time as well. For me keeping up a good gpa is not difficult. But I completely freak out with standarized exams. I have heard that UAG does not require like a 30 in the mcat to get in, neither does caribbean schools. So i guess I still have some hope..

  5. #5
    lobo's Avatar
    lobo is offline Junior Member 510 points
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    61
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Those friends of mine that did well on the MCAT (> 35) had similar approaches to studying for it. In fact, two of them got 43s; one is now a professor and doctor, the other a med student (they took the MCATs in different years). Neither took the standardized prep courses, instead they studied on their own. The now-doctor/professor studied for only 30 minutes a day, but she did it every day for a year, and then took practice tests. The other took practice tests once a week, and then spent the rest of the week examining what he did wrong. By the time the real MCAT rolled around, he had enough experience with test-taking that the real MCAT felt like a practice test. Check out the article in the January 21 edition of the New York Times on learning and test-taking.
    "Pathology, social medicine, politics, anthropology. My model." -- Paul Farmer.
    Social medicine, international health, social justice, culture/anthropology, sustainability - Lobo's model.

  6. #6
    CFRX is offline Junior Member 514 points
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    27
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by bxd007 View Post
    Howdy!..

    I am from Texas. Will complete my undergrad in May 2012. Taking the mcat next month. I have been thinking about UAG... the bad thing is the mcat.. i honestly suck at it. I have a 3.8 gpa... so far.. I have extracurricular activities and hospital experience.

    I have read bad and good reviews about this school. I would like to get the real insight regarding UAG..

    Any information helps..

    Thanks,
    To answer your question...UAG=Terrible, bad, awful idea....you'd be nuts with that GPA not to do everything you can to rock the MCAT and apply to a US med or DO school. Last resort SGU/Ross/AUA/AUC in that order....UAG is a last resort for those who have NO other options and are just that desperate.

  7. #7
    HouseTiger is offline Member 510 points
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    115
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I agree with CFRX on everything except for the alternative school choices. With the GPA of a 3.8 you are probably a pretty good student and would be very frustrated here. Sitting out a year and studying again for the MCAT would be better way to go.

  8. #8
    Daloman's Avatar
    Daloman is offline Newbie 48 points
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    16
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by CFRX View Post
    To answer your question...UAG=Terrible, bad, awful idea....you'd be nuts with that GPA not to do everything you can to rock the MCAT and apply to a US med or DO school. Last resort SGU/Ross/AUA/AUC in that order....UAG is a last resort for those who have NO other options and are just that desperate.
    I will disagree with the comment about the UAG being "terrible, bad, awful idea". I do agree that you should rock the MCAT and stay in the US.

    In my case I do not regret going to the UAG. It was not easy and there were many things that bother me, but at the end I decided to focus in my career and take the advantages the university had for me. And this does not only apply to the UAG but to any other medical school. The current drug-related violence is Mexico makes UAG not the ideal place to be at the moment. Although the violence is mainly in the border with the US, there are some violence related to drugs in Guadalajara. When I was in GDL I felt very safe around the campus but I don't know if things have change.

    My opinion... keep as as an option if your plan A fails.

    Best regards,
    Last edited by Daloman; 03-30-2011 at 03:19 PM. Reason: typos

  9. #9
    bxd007 is offline Junior Member 511 points
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    54
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    thanks for all the feedback. I'm taking the mcat next month. and obviously i wont do good because i keep getting exams almost every 2 weeks from my semester classes.
    I am planning to take it over during the summer, hopefully I can do better. When it comes to all this med school preparation it can be a bit overwhelming with all the decisions and things that one has to make.

  10. #10
    Backbone is offline Junior Member 517 points
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    95
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Don't loose touch with what your after! With all the fog, it is so easy to get distracted. As I have said on other posts, " Each Day Is One Step Closer to the End." Plan and control your own destiny. The MCAT appears to measure your ability to understand and relate to topics and not just being able to resite facts.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Wise Idea To Email [email protected] For Idea Of Your Chances For Admittance?
    By Confused 20 in forum Saba University School of Medicine
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-21-2010, 01:08 PM
  2. good idea or bad idea?
    By canadianforlife in forum Premed Forum
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 06-26-2007, 08:09 AM
  3. Per-med at AUA good or bad idea?
    By abbasaliazhar in forum AUA Pre-Med Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-29-2006, 11:40 PM
  4. is this a good idea?
    By taare in forum Medical University of the Americas (MUA) Nevis
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11-16-2005, 11:53 AM
  5. Is BIG a good idea?
    By Rainmaker3000 in forum Ross University School of Medicine
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-23-2003, 02:23 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •