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    Johnnytinx is offline Newbie 510 points
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    What are my chances of acceptance @ UMHS?

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    I have a :
    B.S. in Biomedical Science

    cGPA: 2.84
    sGPA ~ 2.73
    No MCAT (planning on taking the January 29th) but would like to be accepted earlier if possible

    My low GPA was just due to being young and irresponsible. I didn't have any crisis, depression, financial difficulty, nor did I party all the time. I am a first generation college student that just had to learn the hard way of how college operated at that time. I had a new found desire to really dedicate myself to the health field and become a doctor after I graduated and reflected on my life and future aspirations. I retook most math and science classes in two semesters (1st semester 18 credits: 3.92 gpa; 2nd semester 21 credits: 3.23 gpa), overall 3.53 gpa over those 2 semesters. I know it's not as impressive as doing a masters or postbacc but I did what I could at the time. Handling loads of information, classes, integrating concepts in a short period of time is not a problem at all for me. My problem is primarily with my academic transcript (withdrawals, retakes, Fs) from the past holding me back. I have done research on the UMHS website already, and looked at how their admissions process works, and it seems this is the school that is willing to really look at my honest progress and perseverance and give me a chance.

    I look forward to hearing from anyone! Thank you.
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    It looks like you do have a chance, but you'll most likely end in in ARP. You should work on your extracurricular, if you don't have that you won't get accepted and MCAT is going to become a requirement.

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnytinx View Post
    I have a :
    B.S. in Biomedical Science

    cGPA: 2.84
    sGPA ~ 2.73
    No MCAT (planning on taking the January 29th) but would like to be accepted earlier if possible

    My low GPA was just due to being young and irresponsible. I didn't have any crisis, depression, financial difficulty, nor did I party all the time. I am a first generation college student that just had to learn the hard way of how college operated at that time. I had a new found desire to really dedicate myself to the health field and become a doctor after I graduated and reflected on my life and future aspirations. I retook most math and science classes in two semesters (1st semester 18 credits: 3.92 gpa; 2nd semester 21 credits: 3.23 gpa), overall 3.53 gpa over those 2 semesters. I know it's not as impressive as doing a masters or postbacc but I did what I could at the time. Handling loads of information, classes, integrating concepts in a short period of time is not a problem at all for me. My problem is primarily with my academic transcript (withdrawals, retakes, Fs) from the past holding me back. I have done research on the UMHS website already, and looked at how their admissions process works, and it seems this is the school that is willing to really look at my honest progress and perseverance and give me a chance.

    I look forward to hearing from anyone! Thank you.
    UMHS

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    Just take the MCAT and see how you do. Don't get hung up on old grades as they only reflect your performance at that point in your life. The real question is, have you learned the material since then. If yes, then your MCAT will be good.

    There is no need rush into med school. If your MCAT hovers around the 30s, you have more options. And exhaust all options first: US MD, US DO, Caribb top 3, and lastly other Caribb schools. UMHS falls in the last category. Why do I say this? Little new schools have growing pains and not all departments and administration are firmly established yet. It takes years to make a strong curriculum and reach a high teaching standard and to attract good professors. Of course, the length of time a school is in existence doesn't necessarily translate to being a good school, but at least there will be md grads.

    If you've made your mind about coming here next Spring, and it truly feels right to do so, then apply now and get cracking on the student visa and physical exam. At the interview wherever you go, approach conversations from a position of strength and power over your life as reflected by you're more recent academic performance, that now you are a better student as indicated by doing this and and that, and since this is recent it is a more accurate assessment of you...don't bring up bad grades and pout about it. Don't make lengthy excuses for it and anytime it is brought up, appropriately address it, but bring always being back how much stronger you are now as proven by your new grades.
    "The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell."

    St. Augustine (DeGenesi ad Litteram, Book II, xviii, 37)

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    I do agree with George. They probably put you in the ARP to prepare for the medical courses. I know that a lot of students do not want to spend another semester for ARP, but my classmates that came from ARP know their stuffs really well and do very well in classes. I think for your GPA is ok to get into ARP. Trust me, it will be very helpful. A friendly reminder, it's okay to mistake a few mistakes in undergraduate, but when you get here remember to stay on top of things and study hard!!! Good luck. You can do it !

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    Cum GPA: 2.87
    Sci GPA: 2.93
    MCAT 24

    For September 2011 or January 2012?

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    With grades like that you will get in. You should enroll early. Remember September class is the biggest.
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    Hello this is a biology student from Montclair State University New Jersey United States. I have a question well researched as to what the answer may be, but will ask for something more specific to me. I wish to enter into a good medical school any where in the world, and would like to know my chances of getting in possibly to the so called big 4 in the caribbean. I'am a senior with 5 courses left to take which can raise my gpa, I have 2 years of volunteer experience and participation in various school clubs. I have not taken the MCAT yet but I'am taking the kaplan prep course from may to august, and will be taking it in august. My science gpa is 2.694 and my cumulative gpa is a 3.065. What are my chances for admission at accredited schools any where in the world preferably the supposed Big 4?

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    take the mcat, you'll get merp'd for ross, for sgu if u cant get science up to 3.0 no chance, sgu is considered american medical standard. umhs will look at the whole transcript and extracurriculars
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    [QUOTE=gx255;1340810]take the mcat, you'll get merp'd for ross, for sgu if u cant get science up to 3.0 no chance, sgu is considered american medical standard. umhs will look at the whole transcript and extracurriculars[/QUOTE



    Thank you for your response gx255. I have been hearing of this term merp'd for Ross over and over and am unfamiliar with it. What does it stand for and mean?

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    its similar to ARP for umhs, u take some undergrad biology courses and some medical courses and if u do A+ then u get accepted, u shud ask people at the ross forum, i only know what i hear
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