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[I] > Time: Wed, 13-Dec-2000 06:29:17 GMT6
> I graduated with an English degree and a 3.3 gpa, took a couple years off, and
> decided to pursue medical school. I am now taking the science prereqs, hoping
> for the best. My question is, does it make more sense to take more classes
> than just the standards, like taking Biochem, for example, to boost my gpa, or
> retake classes that I got B's in(gen chem). Does retaking classes help or hurt
> you? Finnaly, what is it like going to med school abroad(Ireland or St.
> martin), regarding getting residency or transfering to an american school.
> Your site is very helpful, thanks again
In your case, retaking will probably not hurt or help if you
go from a "B"
It is harder to compete for residency programs when you graduate
While it is possible to transfer into a U.S. medical school
from a foreign
You also may which to look at issues related to the USMLE,
[II] > Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 15:07:08 EST
> Great site.
> I intend to enroll in a MCAT prep course this summer, almost a year before the
> April 2002 exam, in order to strengthen and consolidate my test-taking skills.
> The problem is that I will not have taken Organic Chemistry as of this
> upcoming summer. (That class I will be taking in my Junior year, which starts
> in the Fall of 2001.)
> Is this a risky approach, a good approach, or is every approach the same?
Glad you like the site!
I do not recommend taking an MCAT course unless you have taken
Starting an MCAT course around November 2001, running through
Time: Tue, 26-Dec-2000 22:42:36 GMT IP: 220.127.116.11
> I would want to become a radiologist and am starting my undergraduate studies.
> Now I have heard countless advice to not major in biochemistry or sciences
> that don't interest you just to get into med school. Now I truly have a
> desire for physics which brought me to the path to become a radiologist.
> However I would like to minor in computer informatio systems. Would the
> technical part stunt my chances for admissions to med school as long as I
> complete all the biology requirments?
As long as you put in the time to be adequately prepared for
the MCAT*, and
*You may need to do more reviewing of biology, because you
will have taken
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000
your site is outstanding! love it! i was wondering, i am attending a small
no name community college. I am planning to transfer to a great 4-year
school with a great reputation for their high acceptance rates for med
schools.Where can i find a list of the top schools that med. schools look
at? and also, i know there is a scale that Med. schools look at to
determine how rigorous a small school is compared to a larger school. is
there anywhere there is a list or formula that i can compare my grades to?
thanks a million!
Thanks for your comments!
Medical schools all make independent evaluations of the "strengths"
Love your site. I was curious since there are so many MCAT prep books on
the market, what is the best overall one book. I heard Kaplan new Book is good
for P. Sci, and Bio, but not good for verbal. Which book should I compensate
with to get a good verbal understanding. Also, since some of the old AAMC tests
are not similar to the new MCAT format, which tests are the best of (I --> IV) that
will prepare me for the April 2001 MCAT?
Since you both emailed at the same time with similar questions...
As far as review of science content, Kaplan's Comprehensive
MCAT Review is
The only major change in the MCAT has been in the physical
sciences, so for
By the way, here's some advise from the site...
...When you are taking practice tests do not look at the answer
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 01:13:10 -0500
Now I have two years of high school
teaching experience under my belt and I
The short answer is that your undergraduate record will have
> Time: Sun, 21-Jan-2001
> I am a year one Accounting student and would like to know what extra courses
> I'll have to take to statisfy the MedSchool admission process while still at
You will find a complete list of premedical requirements,
both generic, and
> Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001
> Dear Rich,
> Thanks for taking the time out to help all of us pre-meds =). It's very kind
> of you. I've got a question for you that may be of interest to your other
> visitors, but first here's my background. I'm currently in my fourth year as
> a biology major in a competitive university. I'm a student who had too much
> fun and did very badly my first and second years, netting a 2.75 for two
> years. Then I got my act together, and since then, once this semester ends,
> I've been getting a 3.85. Sadly, my overall GPA is about a 3.35. My MCAT
> scores are a PS:12 VR:11 WS:S BS:12. I have excellent recs, been doing 2
> years of clinical research, ER volunteer experience, and leadership experience
> in founding an award winning campus organization dealing with neglected and
> abused children. The thing that's really killing me is my GPA.
> Here's the question. I'm trying to decide when I should send in my
> application. I could send it in right away in June with a 3.35 GPA. Or I
> could send it in right after I take summer school, which would raise my GPA to
> a 3.41. I've heard that it's very important due to rolling admissions to get
> the AMCAS in ASAP. However, I would also really like to improve my GPA before
> applying. The transcripts for the summer term won't be ready until
> mid-September and I hear that AMCAS takes a while to forward them on to the
> medical schools. Will my chances actually be worse if I wait until September
> with a higher GPA than apply earlier with a lower GPA? And finally, another
> option for me would be to wait until the next year to apply. I'm planning on
> graduating in 4 and 1/2 years, so I'll be able to raise my GPA up to a 3.5.
> However, I'd prefer to apply this year and get into a good medical school. If
> I don't have a good chance of getting into a a good med school, I'd rather
> wait. What do you think about all this?
> Thanks so much for taking the time. Trying to make up my mind has been pretty
> stressful, and hopefully I can put some closure on the issue of whether I
> should apply in June, September, or next June.
With your MCAT scores you do not need a great GPA and you
can update your
The truth is your GPA is going to be a low, but high enough
> Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001
> I am an RN working in a clinic that cares for the needs of underserved
> communities in the Amazon jungle. I am a volunteer, and I have been here for 3
> I have an associate degree in Nursing, and a bachelor's in Psych. I am wanting
> to apply to med school sometime in the next 2 years.My problem is that my
> degrees were both earned through the University of the State of New York's
> external degree program. Basically, all of my credits are from proficiency
> exams and correspondence courses. I am now taking correspondence courses in
> Chem, Bio, and Org. Chem to help prepare me for the MCAT.
> My question for you is whether medical schools will automatically throw out my
> application because of the 'unusual' training I have had. Does it help that I
> am an RN? Also, I notice that most medical schools require labs with all the
> sciences. Would they still accept someone without those lab hours, if they at
> get those credits before they start med school? Would a high MCAT score
> nullify the need for those lab hours?
> Anxious for your opinion/response,
> Kristene RN
Yes, being an RN does help and your particular experience
as a volunteer in
Even if your MCAT scores are very high most medical schools
will reject your
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