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Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 12:46:03 -0700
Based only on your MCAT scores, you do not have a reasonable
> Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 11:44:44
Because of your extensive range of experiences, your chances
This is the first I've heard of "phone interviews".
You should contact the
> Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 11:23:27 -0400
> I was wondering if you might offer any suggestions for post bacc programs
> and what your opinion is regarding post bacc programs versus a MS
> program...what is better for acceptance into med school?
> Thank you
Both are fine, as long as they are well respected programs.
If you have not
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 22:01:31 -0500
I have a gpa of 3.86 and scores of 10-BS, 10-VR, and 7 in PS. I am planning
on taking the MCAT over in August. Do you think I should? Should I release
my first scores. I plan on applying soon?
You can retake and VOID your score if you do not feel you
did well. If you
> Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2001 04:59:14 -0700
> I found your site while researching the idea of going back to school as a
> Pre-Med student and found a lot of great suggestions for traditional and
> post-grad students. My question concerns the chances of a returning student
> being considered by a medical school.
> I started college when I was 17 with no idea what I wanted. By 19 I had
> finished my general education requirements and, still with no idea what to do,
> I quit. I became an Emergency Medical Technician and began working in EMS. I
> have been and EMT for 7 years and a Paramedic for 4 years. My GPA was 3.0. I'm
> 27 years old now and know what I want, I want to be a doctor. By the time I
> finish the courses I need to even apply I'll be closing on 30 years old. Would
> a medical school even look at someone who took 10 years to get on the right
> track? What is the average age of medical school applicants? And how tough is
> my competion? I look forward to your advice and your opinion, positive or
> negative. Thanks for your time.
The average age of all applicants is 25 yrs old, and the average
The decline in acceptance with age is, I believe, largely
due to differences
Right now about 40% of all applicants are getting accepted.
> Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 11:43:59 -0400
> Thanks for your response. Do you think with a master's degree there would be
> a better chance of acceptance than applying from a post bacc program? Also is
> a master's degree is something medically related, say public health, is this
> more likely to gain you acceptance or just a master's degree in general is
> what they look at for GPA regardless what it is in? Thank you for your time.
Medical schools are looking for evidence that an applicant
can perform well,
> Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2001 04:11:56 -0000
> I would appreciate if you could answer me what kind of disadvantages there are
> for an international applicant, other than lack of federal financial support,
> when English is no problem either. If it is financially viable, is an
> international applicant still at some kind of disadvantage at private schools
> or he is subject to no discrimination on lack of citizenship. I would be
> obliged to get an answer.
Some med. schools require that you are either a citizen or
The application process for citizens and non-citizens is the
All the information I have indicates that their is no discrimination
> Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2001 12:29:51 -0600
> Hi, here's my situation.
> I'm 28, have a BSc in Kinesiology, and am currently doing a 2 year MSc in
> Physiotherapy (course based). I did my BSc in Canada and am doing my MSc in
> Scotland. I am planning to apply to a med school back in Canada after I am
> done my current MSc. I feel as if I have the marks, life experience, and CV to
> get in to this particular University, but I have not written the MCAT yet and
> know I would get crushed if I wrote it right now. I did slightly above average
> in my university science courses, and never took physics. I've taken
> biomechanics, but that only touches on physics. So, I need to learn some new
> material before attempting to write the MCAT next August 2002. Can you tell me
> the best approach, or suggest a good review book or two. Do you think it would
> be in my best interests to take an intro physics course this summer, or just
> try to learn the info by books and practice MCAT exams?
> Best regards,
Your best bet is to take an intro physics course.
> Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 23:31:17 -0400 (EDT)
> Hello Rich,
> There's a lot of great info at your site, especially in the e-mail
> correspondence, but I' still have a few questions for you I can't find the
> answers to anywhere. My GPA was a 3.0 at a competitive state university
> (mostly hurt by organic chemistry c+ and D+) and after graduating I've been
> working full time in a molecular biology research lab. I took the MCAT's
> (VR=11, PS=9, BS=11), I'm volunteering as an EMT, and I'm retaking organic
> Chemistry during the summer at another respected university, all while working
> full time. If I pull high B's or A's this summer will some school's consider
> me or is my GPA still too low? I plan on taking a graduate level Physiology
> course during the fall and spring. Would A's in that solve my GPA problem? I
> got almost straight A's my senior year so i do have a trend towards
> improvement. Any advice you have would be really useful, thanks so much for
> your time,
Glad you found the site useful.
Even if you do well at Orgo the second time around it will
not help much.
> Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 14:49:41 EDT
> Thanks for your site, it was awesome! I just graduated from a liberal arts
> college in the Northwest with a 3.79 overall and a degree in Biology. My MCAT
> scores were V:12, P:10, B:13, WS:R. I have two medically related volunteer
> experiences and research experience as well. I just submitted my AMCAS
> application today because I was having difficulty accessing the website. My
> questions are: Do I have a good chance of being accepted to a California
> medical school? Is my application still considered relatively early in the
> process? Can I send letters of recommendation to schools before I receive
> secondary applications from them. Thanks for the help.
> Thanks for your site, it was awesome!
> Do I have a good chance of being
accepted to a California medical school?
>Is my application still considered
relatively early in the process?
> Can I send letters of recommendation
to schools before I receive secondary
> Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2001 21:07:04 -0400 (EDT)
> I have been exploring your webpage and wonder if there are any materials or
> assistance you can provide to someone residing in New York. I am currently a
> MPH student at Columbia University's School of Public Health. I am also a
> premedical student, but am struggling with the MCAT. I have been studying for
> the test off and on for 2 years. I took it once, but scored only a 25 and put
> off applying to med school. This was after attending the Kaplan prep course.
> I stuggle mostly with using the basic science facts (that are easy enough to
> memorize) and applying them to the information provided in the passages in
> order to get the correct answer. For example, if I am required to combine a
> piece of outside knowledge with a fact stated or (worse) implied in the
> passage, and add that to a piece of information provided in an accompaning
> graph, I almost certainly get that question wrong.
> Are any of your services available to "distance learners"? Can you suggest a
> method of study that might help me overcome the difficulty I have making the
> appropriate logic leaps from outside knowledge to information presented in the
> Thank you very much for your time.
The difficulty you mention, "making the appropriate logic
leaps from outside
The one piece of advice that does come to mind is to take
as many high
The rational behind this exercise is to give you the maximum
As far as practice tests, AAMC's are best. After working with
a large number
> Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 15:44:40 EDT
> Hello Rich,
> I will be taking the MCAT for the first time on August 18th. I'm not feeling
> as confident as I could be. I'm sure that's not uncommon. While I realize I
> will get a sense as to how I did just by taking the test, it would be very
> nice to see my scores to know if it's worth applying this time around.
> Originally I was planning to submit my AMCAS application just a few days after
> the MCAT - so that it could get to the schools and be evaluated as soon as my
> MCAT scores were available. I know I am already at a disadvantage applying
> this late in the year, but my question is this: Will my disadvantage be even
> greater if I wait the additional 4-6 weeks to see my scores before I submit my
> AMCAS application? Or would my completed application be available to the
> schools at about the same time in either case? I guess fundamentally, I'm
> curious to know how long it takes schools to receive the application after it
> has been submitted to the AAMC.
> Thanks for you site - it's a great help.
Now that the application process has gone truly digital, the
> I guess fundamentally, I'm curious
to know how long it takes schools to
Since your application can't be evaluated until your MCAT
score is received,
I'm not sure anyone can really tell you how much of a disadvantage
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