How low is too low?

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How low is too low?

Postby Moonlightstar16 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:28 pm

Background
Double Majors: Biochemistry and Microbiology
Undergrad cGPA: 2.54
Undergrad BCPM GPA: 2.46
Extra Curricular: Mentor middle school kids in MedTrek, a science based program where they get meet people in health professions and do lab projects.
Shadowing: I have about 40 hours of shadowing a family medicine doctor and will continue to do so.
Patient Care Experience: I have 120 hours in PCA work.
Publication: One scientific paper in PLOS

Should I even try to apply to Medical School or am I just wasting my time? I didn’t have a lot of support while I was in school with pre-health advising or financial help. I went from an honor student getting straight A’s in everything in high school to struggling really hard trying to adjust to college life as well as having some personal problems. I was a first generation college student and a refugee so I worked full-time while attending school full time to make ends meet. I ended up getting pregnant after my freshman year. I’m still a single mom, she’s now 5 years old! I took a semester off to have my baby and took summer courses to graduate on time with my class. My cGPA and sGPA are almost the same as I only took science courses (one of my problems). I should have just taken the general courses instead of taking the science courses “for majors” (they were harder than the general courses). I’ve always wanted to be a doctor since 4th grade and I’ve still been working towards it. I’m not ready to give up that dream just yet. I’ve been working in as a lab tech/researcher for about 3 years. I’ve been doing my MPH part time while working and so far I have a 3.8 gpa. I also took some science classes as continuing ed and I have a 3.45 gpa. If I also got a Masters in Medical Sciences with a 4.0 gpa, a strong MCAT score, and great LORs and PS, would this better my chances? I’m looking to apply to my state school which also happens to be my alma mater. I’m curious if I am being too ambitious on my chances of getting in anywhere? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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Re: How low is too low?

Postby Amy Turner » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:11 am

It never too late if you can manage then go for medical school. Keep in mind the first two years are going to rough but that's how things are.
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