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Sat, Apr. 29th, 2006, 01:35 am
jedikissing: i have a very honest question

sorry, i'm not IN medical school. but i will be taking the MCATS next year in the spring. i'm just really worried that i won't get accepeted anywhere (i'd love to go to UIC med school in chicago), my gpa isn't great, it's just a 2.29 out of 4.00 yes, i have two more years to go, and i know i can bring it up, but i'm a spaz and am worried right off the bat. organic chem and calc II were what did me in for this low low gpa. some of you might be laughing, but honestly what is the lowest gpa anyone was admitted to med school with? i am just wondering if i even have a shot at ever becoming a doctor, i'd love to go into orthopedics or pediatrics... i am involved in school clubs, i know i have, i guess, the "personality" or at least being "well-rounded" and all that jazz. I am volunteering at Lutheran General next summer also. just don't got the grades right now :(
might be a shot in the dark, but i hope someone responds :)

if no one does, g'luck!

Sat, Apr. 29th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)

you'll get more responses in a pre-med community or med_school, which is a more appropriate forum for this question...

but i can tell you you're not totally screwed, but you've got a lot of hard work ahead of you and maybe a year of either doing research or getting a masters in between to make up the difference.

you also should ask yourself why your gpa is low (it's not that bad in general, but ya for med school it's not competitive) because depending on the reason, you might not want to torture yourself in med school which is a lot harder than most undergrad programs...

and the absolutely best thing for you would be if you have a good advisor or dean or pre-med advisor or a science teacher or a younger dr or anyone who works in a medical school that you could sit down with and discuss where you are, how you got there, and where you want to go because they can guide you and help you so you don't stress out about this (because that will definitely make it worse) AND they could even give alternative suggestions.

one thing you should know is that orthopedics is pretty competitive which means once you're in med school you have to do well to match into a residency... pediatrics on the other hand is less competitive and easier to match (although still places like hopkins and stuff are very hard to get into).

anyway, try cross posting this to med_school or a pre med community and you should get some other responses but i really think real life advice would be more useful but i understand it's a lot harder to go to someone face to face and say this, i know i couldnt!

good luck and dont freak out, especially since youre probably getting into finals now and just need to relax and do your best at them :)

Sat, Apr. 29th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)

thanks, yeah, i had like three different communities to choose from and decided to only "bother" one ;)

thank you for responding though and your input!

Sun, Jun. 25th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
merrittsse: there's always a way...

The previous comment was good and constructive.
I have to tell you, for a US school, if you don't bring up a 2.anything gpa, you're not competitive, period. BUT!, that doesn't mean you can't be a doctor in the US. My grades in college were bad bad bad. I took 2 years after college and got my head screwed on straight, and then I went to a caribbean school. Now I'm in my 4th year of med school, rotating at hospitals in Louisiana (and this summer in Chicago), and I think I have a good shot at getting a spot in a good combinded med/peds residency, which is what I'm interested in.
I just thought I'd plant the idea. In this business, like any other, there are 1000's of people that don't know anything about it that would love to tell you that you can't do it. You can and, if you're serious, you will. Just handle your business.
p.s. -sometime though, now or later, you're going to have to work on the studying/gpa thing. It'll probably be easier on you now.

Tue, Jul. 18th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Something else to consider

If the basics are that hard for you, med school is going to be so much harder...
"Published studies show that students with a GPA below 3.2 and an MCAT below 7.5 have a very difficult time in medical school and those accepted have a high attrition rate."