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  • in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #53209
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    Dear Nobles,

    Thank you for your question. There is more involved in preparing for medical school application than doing well academically in premed classes, though that is important too. My advice would be to start doing some volunteer work in the medical setting and see if you like being about patients and caring for them. If so, then take a science class and see how you do. If you are enjoying volunteering and learning science, then at that point it would make sense to enter a full time postbac program to complete your premed requirements. It’s a long haul and never ending work. But if you think if might be for you, you should take the first step to try it out. Hope this helps.

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #52822
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    Dear Kayshawn,
    Thanks for your question. It’s impossible to answer your question fully without knowing about a lot more about other relevant factors in considering your competitiveness for medical school admission. However, I can say that, generally speaking, having two “W’s” in organic chemistry on your transcript is a negative. But it’s not necessarily a deal breaker if you have enough other positive factors. If you want to go medical school, I strongly encourage you to take this course at your home university and get this requirement behind you. Hope this helps.
    Best of luck with your applications!

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #52584
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    Hi Suninmyeyez,
    Thanks for your inquiry. It’s hard to say if retaking the MCAT is a good idea. There is no guarantee that you will get a better score–there is always the chance your score will go down. Moreover, allopathic schools are highly competitive as you know, so there is no way to know what difference an additional point or two increase will make. Your GPA, school, major, extracurriculars, etc. have to be factored in too. If I had to say without knowing more about your situation, I would generally advise to not take the MCAT a third time. But if you would like a more thorough assessment of your situation, you might consider signing up for a one hour consultation so we could look at your situation in greater detail.
    Hope this helps.
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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #52314
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    Dear Sahib,
    Thanks for your inquiry. I am sorry but I am unable to answer your question. I hope you are able to find your answer elsewhere.
    Best of luck with your applications!

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #52098
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    Thank you for your inquiry. It is possible that a post bac would be a good idea. In a medical school post bac where you would be taking medical school level courses, you would need to score around the mean on exams and show you can handle medical school level work. I would suggest a one hour consultation if you want a more thorough analysis of your situation and a more specific recommendation. Hope this helps.

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #52000
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    Hi Marie Louise,
    Thanks for your inquiry. Your 3.45 is right on the margin of being competitive. So much depends on other factors such as MCAT scores, activities, and the specifics of your upward trend. Even if you apply to a postbac, you still would, as you say, likely want to apply to medical school for the year immediately following your postbac graduation. However, I think the best strategy would be for you to sign up for a one hour consultation so we can do a thorough review of your situation and give you more precise advice. Hope this helps.
    Best of luck with your applications!

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #51916
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    Hi Fran,
    Thanks for your inquiry. If you go on to do a post bacc and retake the MCAT, and are successful on both counts, the fact that you applied once before with less competitive numbers shouldn’t matter too much. So my advice is to keep pushing forward toward your goals, if that’s what you are convinced you want to do. Hope this helps.
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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #51837
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    Hi Amy,

    Thanks for the follow-up question. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough details of your candidacy to competently opine on which program would be most helpful. You are certainly welcome to call our office tomorrow to discuss your profile in more detail.

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #51835
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    Hi Amy,
    Thanks for your question. With a relatively low GPA there really isn’t much you can do except get a stellar MCAT and/or improve your GPA by doing more upper level science work. Regarding postbac programs, I would recommend that you look at the ones that offer a Master’s in medical science and are geared to applicants who seek to attend medical school–some of the courses that these programs offer are in the medical school curriculum. So you able to take medical school level courses and if you do well you have demonstrated that you can do medical school level work. But first my advice is to take advantage of an one hour consultation so we can do a detailed analysis of your situation and give you more precise advice based on a complete picture of your situation. Hope this helps.

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #51807
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    Dear Mika96,
    Thanks for contacting us with your inquiry. You are asking a question with no simple answer. My strong advice is to think more holistically about your qualifications and the kinds of activities that you really want to participate in. Shadowing can be helpful. But nothing is better than actually working or volunteering in a clinical setting with definite role responsibilities, which you find rewarding to fulfill. All I can say is to go out an seek clinical possibilities and get as much experience as you can and find out for yourself if medicine is what you really want. Hope this helps.

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #51659
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    Hi Ki,
    Good to hear from you. It is my understanding that the first grade you receive in a course will remain, so retaking the course will not improve your GPA. Retaking it may be a good idea to help you learn the material better and it may show your determination. If your overall GPA is competitive and other factors are favorable, the one C- need not disqualify you from consideration. Hope this helps.
    Best of luck with your applications!

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #51578
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    Hi Nikko,
    Good to hear from you. Sorry you haven’t received some good news yet, but there is still a chance you might. Always stay hopeful. If you do have to reapply, I strongly encourage you to not use the same personal statement as you did last year. It’s a new application cycle and a new presentation of yourself to show why you are an even better applicant. Including a broader range of schools is wise. I would also suggest you contact our office and sign up for a one hour consultation and let us go over your situation and get our professional advice on how to craft your personal statement and activities in the most positive light. Hope this helps.

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #51262
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    Hi Savannah,
    Good to hear from you and thanks for your question. It sounds like you are still in the beginning of your premed requirements. I would recommend that you not get too worried or discouraged by a few bumps in the road and just keep doing your best. But to answer your question, if you keep your GPA at the 3.5 level, with good MCAT’s and extracurriculars, yes it’s possible for you to be competitive at some U.S. MD programs. But again, I would advise you to not be looking too far ahead and focus on each day, and take it one day at a time. When you are further along and would like to talk over where are in more detail and depth as you move toward the application process, do contact us for a one hour consultation. I would be glad to help you.
    Best of luck with your applications!

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #51020
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    Hi Ahmad,
    Thanks for your inquiry. There’s no easy answer to your question but I can point you in a general direction. You will need to show you have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree and completed the medical school prerequisites and taken and done well on the MCAT exam, at the very minimum. The fact that you have a green card helps. It may be that you will need to do some course work, like a post bac program, to show you are ready academically. You might want to do a search of the post bac programs that prepares students for medical school. So this could take some time and effort, but it’s possible. Hope this helps.
    Best of luck with your applications!

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #50997
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    Dear Daniel,
    Thanks for your inquiry. Sorry to hear that you had to interrupt your medical education. But without knowing more about your situation, it’s really hard for me to say much. In general after someone leaves medical school, it usually isn’t easy to get back in. But it may not be impossible. I wish I could be more helpful.

    Best of luck!

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