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    hmlsport is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Acceptance/ time scale/other options...

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    My Story:

    I just graduated from Penn State with a major in general biology. My overall cum gpa was 3.26 and science gpa was 3.0. I started strong freshman year then took a step back sophomore and junior year. I did however finish strong during my senior year as I raised my cum gpa from a 3.2 to a 3.26 during my last semester before graduating. I took the mcat once after my junior year but scored a 14 due to lack of studying/seriousness and I had not taken organic chemistry yet. I have been studying all summer for the mcat and I am slated to take it August 22nd. I have been scoring around 18-22 range on my practice tests. I have been shadowing a few doctors over the years and I work with my dad who is a doctor. I have seen over 50 surgeries of his and I have many personal relationships with some of his patients. I have LORs and I believe I have the work ethic.

    My Questions:

    1. What schools do you think I should apply to?
    2. I applied to UMHS and I was wondering what mcat score I would need?
    3. Is there any chance I can attend medical school stating spring 2014?
    4. Any other additional advice would be great.

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    UMHS should accept you in EBS. If not ARP is a very solid program from what I have been told from students who completed it. I attend UMHS and I wouldn't suggest any other school other than SGU AUC Ross or AUA. UMHS is on it's way up there.

    With your current GPA they would most likely accept you with an MCAT around a 20. You should email email an admissions coordinator. If you want an email or someone to talk to send me a PM.

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    has anyone been able to receive feedback on January 2014 acceptances? i have been waiting for a little over 2 weeks for a decision. does it usually take this long to hear back from admissions?

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    A little over two weeks seems standard. I waited maybe 3 weeks before I was given my admissions decision. Most students in the Caribbean will tell you to apply to US schools first and try to get into a US DO or MD program before the Caribbean because it helps with getting residency etc. There are plenty of those threads in this forum and in others. Other than UMHS (I do agree it's on its way up though!), apply to the programs with more state approvals and loans like sgu and ross. Make sure you do your research too because I've had friends that did not realize UMHS did not have a loan system in place and had to defer their attending semester. Why wait until Spring 2014? You could start in the January semester too if you were accepted.

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    I've returned to school after 20 years.

    I have a BA, History 1990's, with subpar gpa from a solid private school in the southeast). I and have a current 3.92 in 2 semesters of recent work at a community college (I live in a very rural area).

    Intro Bio-Sciences w/Lab A
    Environmental Biology A
    General Biology I/II A/A
    Zoology A
    General Microbiology W/ Lab A
    Cytology w/Lab B-
    Physics of Motion w/Lab A-
    General College Physics I B Lab A
    General College Physics II D Lab B
    General College Chemistry I w/Lab A
    General College Chemistry II w/ Lab D
    FORTRAN Programming C
    College Algebra A
    College Trig B
    Statistics B
    Finite Math w/Calculus A-
    Calculus F
    General Psychology A
    Developmental Psychology A
    Abnormal Psychology A

    As all can see, have a few nasty grades in core subjects - basically left school to work without withdrawing first.....too much work, sports, etc....didn't think, duh.I was unfocused. Now I'm focused.

    Currently I'm doing A level work in A/P I w/lab (97% first exam)

    Should I retake gchem II and Physics II, and even calculus - then complete organic I/II and push really hard for a solid MCAT?

    Could I just take OChem I/II and go all out on MCAT? I believe I have the motivation and ability to do well in these classes and the MCAT

    I have solid clinical experience and LORS.

    Any advice? Options?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavalier View Post
    I've returned to school after 20 years.

    I have a BA, History 1990's, with subpar gpa from a solid private school in the southeast). I and have a current 3.92 in 2 semesters of recent work at a community college (I live in a very rural area).

    Intro Bio-Sciences w/Lab A
    Environmental Biology A
    General Biology I/II A/A
    Zoology A
    General Microbiology W/ Lab A
    Cytology w/Lab B-
    Physics of Motion w/Lab A-
    General College Physics I B Lab A
    General College Physics II D Lab B
    General College Chemistry I w/Lab A
    General College Chemistry II w/ Lab D
    FORTRAN Programming C
    College Algebra A
    College Trig B
    Statistics B
    Finite Math w/Calculus A-
    Calculus F
    General Psychology A
    Developmental Psychology A
    Abnormal Psychology A

    As all can see, have a few nasty grades in core subjects - basically left school to work without withdrawing first.....too much work, sports, etc....didn't think, duh.I was unfocused. Now I'm focused.

    Currently I'm doing A level work in A/P I w/lab (97% first exam)

    Should I retake gchem II and Physics II, and even calculus - then complete organic I/II and push really hard for a solid MCAT?

    Could I just take OChem I/II and go all out on MCAT? I believe I have the motivation and ability to do well in these classes and the MCAT

    I have solid clinical experience and LORS.

    Any advice? Options?
    Hi Cavalier,

    If all of your lower grades were from back in the 1990's, and you're consistently doing well in your classes now, it will hold a lot more weight in the eyes of our admissions committee. I would recommend not retaking those classes you got a D in, and instead taking advanced level science courses such as genetics, microbiology, A&P, etc. because these are more akin to the courses you'll be taking in medical school. They will provide a better judge of your abilities for the admissions committee. As always, try to do the best you can on the MCAT and keep in mind that you'll need some serious refreshment on science material after being out of school for so long. If you can take a review course, I'd highly recommend it. As for experience, LOR's, all of that holds a lot of weight, and being a non-traditional student, they will hold even more weight for you.
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    Thank you, UMHS Official. I appreciate your advice.

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    After interview
    Last edited by MD-NA-KUB; 10-06-2013 at 05:40 PM.

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