GPA consideration by D.O. school

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GPA consideration by D.O. school

Postby Jsnn » Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:22 pm

I am a 'non-traditional' student, 35 years old, with 9 years of military service (and 3 deployments).

I've graduated and received my B.S. back in 2001 with cumulative GPA of 2.5. Education was not my first priority back then - I was more concerned about just graduating and out of college as soon as possible.

Obviously, cumulative GPA of 2.5 is not going to get you anywhere in medical school, to include D.O. schools. 2 years ago, I started taking college courses again to improve my GPA. My cumulative GPA is 3.65 now (after 43 semester hours). I've recently taken MCAT and scored 32 (VS 10; BS 11; PS 11).

My MCAT score is competitive for several D.O. schools. However, I am still worried about the GPA. Counting all GPAs since 2001, I merely stand at 2.89 (adding GPA from 2001 and recent ones). Would I be wasting my time applying this year (to matriculate in 2011)? Or should I wait another year to do complete more courses to bring my GPA to at least 3.0?

I already secured 3 letters of recommendations, one from D.O., one from premedical advisor, and one from the U.S. Army Division Surgeon. Everything looks good - except the GPA.

Any ideas?
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Re: GPA consideration by D.O. school

Postby CaribMD » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:59 pm

Time to time DO schools will look at the latest GPA and may consider you on that but you have to have Caribbean schools as Back up.

So many people rule out Caribbean schools for wrong reasons.

SGU, Ross and AUC are truly about as good as US schools :wink:
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Re: GPA consideration by D.O. school

Postby tramflap » Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:26 pm

You won't have much trouble getting in. With a great MCAT and great GPA after your break from academia, write a good personal statement. Do some more shadowing/work in the medical field if you don't have a lot of it already.

And I agree with you CaribMD regarding the 'Big 3'. I have a buddy at Ross, and he is very happy with the training he's getting. I am pleased with the training I'm getting at KCOM. Both are great routes to becoming a practicing physician, and anyone who says otherwise is probably a pre-med! :lol:
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