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> I am interested in med school and i was looking for any web site that might
> have a practice test of the MCAT. I would really apperciate your help. Miranda

------ reply 03/11/00



> Hi Rich, I happened upon your website today and I must thank you, it is very
> helpful. I have a bachelors degree in an arts field and a graduate degree in a
> business and arts field. When I began college back in the early 80's I was a
> pre-med student, but with responsibilities to my parents, etc,I had to drop
> the pre med courses and chose to follow the arts. I have worked in a hospital.
> I recently spoke with a medical advisor at a major university. Since I have
> not had any sciences, she explained that I would need four chem classes, 2
> physics and 2 biology courses. And in addition, she said that I must complete
> these before the MCAT. I am a self-employed person and can't reduce my
> current clientele. Therefore, I take one class per semester. Currently I am
> enrolled in chemistry, however, at this rate, I would not be able to take the
> MCAT until the spring of 2002. I would like to take the MCAT in the spring of
> next year 2001. Would I be well prepared with gen. chem., org. chem., inorg.,
> chem. and a physics course to do this? Or would it be to my advantage to
> take a physics and biology course after the org. chem., and follow the physics
> and biology with inorg.chem after the MCAT? Many of my current classmates who
> are pre meds are taking their MCAT this April with only general chem. Any
> ideas you could offer me to pick up the pre med/MCAT pace would be a welcome
> help. Would taking the Kaplan this summer in prep for August 2000 MCAT be too
> unrealistic?
> Thank you.

------reply 03/18/00

Thanks for your kind words about my site.

I understand your rational for wanting to expedite matters, but the truth is
because of the current highly competitive premed environment, premedical
students who take the MCAT without at least 2 years of chemistry, and 1 year
of both biology and physics are unlikely to do well enough on the MCAT to be
admitted into medical school, even if they enroll in a prep course. If you
try it and pull it off, you're a hero. If you do not, you not only get a
poor MCAT score, but demonstrate poor judgement, and further decrease your
odds of acceptance.

Sorry, I know you were hoping for a shortcut.



> I have remained incrediblely close friends with my junior high school teacher
> in which she me taught History of the US. She knows my interest in medical
> school and has offered to write a great letter for me. I was wondering if this
> letter would have any weight since it was a junior high teacher or would it
> look impresive?
> Thanks so much for your time

------ reply 03/18/00

It could help a bit, but probably will be given very little weight.




> Im sure you have recieved a million emails about this, but here goes. I am a
> 23 year old swf, non-traditional pre-med student. I graduated from UVA with
> a degree in architecture in 1998, and worked in the architecture field for a
> little over a year. I realized at some point during that year that I am an
> MD at heart! So I took the plunge and am now taking my prerequisites at
> Virginia Tech. I had a 3.19 GPA in undergrad and so far have a 4.0 in my
> prereqs at Tech. If I continue to do well in my prereqs, do I have a
> chance? How high of an MCAT score do you think I need to be competitive? How
> much is my low undergrad GPA going to affect my chances? I am an EMT, work
> as a unit secretary in the hospital, and have about 50 hours of volunteer
> experience in a womens hospital that I did while I was in architecture and
> plan to do more. My undergraduate transcripts show that I was extremely
> dedicated to my architecture classes, and not as much to my other classes.
> (I have As in all of my studio classes and Bs and some Cs in most of the
> others).
> What do you think?
> Thank You Thank You Thank You,
> Lindsey
> Hi Lindsey,

------ reply 04/30/00

Sorry I took so long to get back to you. Provided that you are taking a full
credit load each semester, as a post-baccalaureate, medical school admission
committees will be looking principally at your post graduate GPA. So the
3.19 is not a problem. Based on the background you have provided, if you
were to apply with a 3.8 GPA and three tens on the MCAT, I estimate your
chances of admission would be approximately 60%, and would rise sharply with
a small increase in either your GPA or MCAT scores.


> I am dying to make it into medical school, it has been my dream ever since I
> was a little girl. I am very concerned that I will not make it because my GPA
> is not high at all. I am a freshman at Stony Brook University and I'm really
> worried that my dream will be destroyed. I would like to know if there are
> any other school in NYC that have a great Premed program and are a little
> easier. The problem with Stony Brook is that there are too many kids and we
> don't get as much attention from professors and as well it is very hard to
> learn with 500 kids in a class, especially with such challenging courses. I'm
> sure I could pick up my GPA but is there anything that could make my life a
> little easier or maybe I shouldn't worry so much. Please give me some kind of
> advice. thanks you Cristina

------ reply 04/30/00

Hi Cristina,

I am not familiar with the various premed programs offered in NYC, but if
you are not happy at Stony Brook you might want to investigate if you would
be happier elsewhere. I'm not saying that you should transfer, but if you
decided to, it is easier to do so earlier rather than later. You may just be
suffering from "freshmen syndrome" and should stay put, or you may have
discovered that Stony Brook is not providing you with the type of
educational experience best suited to your needs. Even though an advisor
from Stony Brook may not be completely impartial, a fair minded individual
familiar with the schools in NYC should be willing to help you evaluate your

Best of luck,


> Dear Mr. Hochstim, My name is TL and I am interested in becoming a doctor. I
> currently attend college as a junior; however, I am not a Pre-med student. I
> am actually a nursing student and will be graduating with a BSN in May 2001. I
> thought I wanted to be a nurse and continue on to be a nurse practitioner, but
> I've been thinking about this plan. I want to do more than a nurse. I want to
> go to medical school after I become a licensed nurse. I would like your
> opinion on this: is it possible for me to become a medical student? I also
> would like to know how many Chemistry, biology, and physics courses should I
> take to be able to take the MCAT's? Should I be taking these courses and
> review classes as well?
> I don't mean to bombard you with so many questions, it's just that I'm
> interested in talking to as many people that can help as possible. I would
> appreciate it if you could write me back with some possible insight to my
> questions. Thank you for your time.

------ reply 04/30/00

Yes it is possible for you to become a medical student after becoming a
licensed nurse, in fact it is not that uncommon. You need 1 yr. of general
chemistry, 1 yr. of organic chemistry, 1 year of physics, and 1 year of
biology, all with lab, prior to taking the MCAT. Review courses are
optional, depending on your specific needs.


> Hi Rich,
> I have recently graduated (DEC 99) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
> with a 4.0 GPA in Electrical Engineering. I love engineering, but I feel that
> I would enjoy a career in the medical field substantially more because of the
> patient interaction. If at this point I take the necessary prerequisite
> courses (biology, org. chemistry, ect.) and do well on the MCAT, would it be
> feasible to apply to MS? I would love to work in the field, but am afraid
> that since I haven't planned for it since high school I would just be laughed
> off. What are my chances at being accepted? Also, is it adequate taking the
> prerequisite courses from a community college, or should I go to a university.
> Any guidance is greatly appreciated.
> Gabe

------ reply 04/30/00

Hi Gabe,

> If at this point I take the necessary prerequisite courses (biology, org.
> chemistry, ect.) and do well on the MCAT, would it be feasible to apply to MS?


> What are my chances at being accepted?
Well above average.

> Is it adequate taking the prerequisite courses from a community college, or
> should I go to a university.

Take full loads at a university. Get a high GPA. Learn about the MCAT now, and prepare for the MCAT as you take your prereq's.

Good Luck!

> Hi Rich, Do you have any information on applying to medical school as a
> minority student? Do they look for different things in the application
> processs? Thanks, E

------ reply 04/30/00

Hi Erica, Yes, see Chapter 9 in MSAR { see } No, the fundamental things apply.


> Hi,
> I don't know if you know much about Canadian MS's (where I will be
> applying), but you can answer this question in a general sense. I'm in
> second year Biology and my GPA is about 3.6 and I do alot of volunteer work
> as well as health care related summer work. I have all of my MS pre-req's
> except part of physics (which I plan to do in the next year or two). My
> question is that I have the chance to enter an advanced standing for nursing
> at my university and I am very interested. Will my chances for MS
> acceptance be changed, for better or worse, with a nursing degree but good
> marks in the pre-req's as well as extra curricular activities?? I hope you
> can answer this!! Also, do you know of any information centres that focus on
> Canadian schools? I find the US system is a bit different, but you're
> website is awesome. It presents a great amount of useful information.
> Thanks!!
> LD

------ reply 04/30/00

Hi, The advanced standing for nursing will not hurt, and probably will help
your chances. The MSAR { See } has info
on Canadian schools most of which have web addresses were you can find
additional information. Thanks for your comment concerning my website.


> Rick,
> I am a recent graduate of Northwestern University with a BS in Communications.
> After a recent heart surgery, I have a new found love of science and medicine.
> Where could I go to "catch up" on all of the science require's that I didnt
> take in college...
> Thanks,
> Matt

------ reply 04/30/00

The best way to get an idea of what school you wish to attend is through the
internet. After that you can call or write the school for additional
information. There are so many different schools to choose from that I am
unable to make any recommendation, however you may wish to select a school
with a well organized pre-health (premed) post baccalaureate program.



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