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What happens if you fail a class?

Postby FrustratedinER » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:36 am

I'm so scared that I might fail my cell biology class. What are my chances of getting into medical school if I fail a class as an undergraduate? Has anyone ever gotten into medical school even though they've failed a class? What happens if someone fails more than one class? Can I make up for failing a class by retaking it and getting a better grade, earning a good amount of volunteer hours, doing a research study, and doing good on my MCATS? Please someone tell me some good news......
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Re: What happens if you fail a class?

Postby jhtran » Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:11 am

FrustratedinER wrote:I'm so scared that I might fail my cell biology class. What are my chances of getting into medical school if I fail a class as an undergraduate? Has anyone ever gotten into medical school even though they've failed a class? What happens if someone fails more than one class? Can I make up for failing a class by retaking it and getting a better grade, earning a good amount of volunteer hours, doing a research study, and doing good on my MCATS? Please someone tell me some good news......


An "F" means ...

1. dramatic decrease in GPA. To show you the picture, if you retake with an "A', you will have a 2.0 average. Another class with an "A" will be a 2.66 GPA average, another "A" will be a 3.0. In other words, you will need 3 "A" to pull that "F" to be 3.0 average, which still is low for US MD. To pull your GPA up to above average (3.55), you need to make 8 "A's".

2. ADCOM will give you a bit of trouble about (1) why did you get that "F", (2) what did you learn from it, (3) how did that changed you, (4) what make you stand out more than those without F's? etc.

That is what ONE "F" will do to you. You can picture multiple "F's" and see it for yourself.

Having said that...

1. I have seen many people getting into med school with one "F". However, they are exemplary with every other aspect of the application, which somewhat buried their "mistake".

2. Try to drop the class if you still have time. Seriously, a "W" is better than a "F". I mean... if you are a doctor... and you know that your patient is very unstable... it would be a good idea to refer (DROP) the patient to a specialist rather than continue and kill your patient (FAIL).

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Re: What happens if you fail a class?

Postby CaribMD » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:01 am

FrustratedinER wrote:I'm so scared that I might fail my cell biology class. What are my chances of getting into medical school if I fail a class as an undergraduate? Has anyone ever gotten into medical school even though they've failed a class? What happens if someone fails more than one class? Can I make up for failing a class by retaking it and getting a better grade, earning a good amount of volunteer hours, doing a research study, and doing good on my MCATS? Please someone tell me some good news......



If you retake

MD= a + f = C

DO will allow replacement

but you need to retake at all costs for both.

Just do well in all other classes B or better.

Good Luck :wink:
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