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> Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 18:18:29 EST
> Subject: question about admissions
> Hello. I have a question regarding the admissions process for MS. I will be
> receiving my M.S. in Speech Pathology in Dec of 2001,with a 4.0 GPA in
> graduate school, and 3.8 in undergraduate. I have always had an overwhelming
> desire to be in the medical field and recently decided to complete my pre-med
> requirements. Through working and coursework, I found I will have my basic
> class requirements completed by summer of 2003. However, I know the MCAT is
> offered in April and August. My question is would it hurt me to take the MCAT
> in August 2003 for admission for fall of 2004? My problem is that my last set
> of science-Organics-won't be completed until summer of '03. I know that is
> necessary for taking the MCAT. I really have no other way to set up my
> schedule unless I waited and applied for '05 admission. I would rather start
> in '04. Do you think this is feasible granted I score well on my first MCAT in
> August? Thank you so much for your help. Your site has been very helpful.
> Kristen H. in Omaha, NE
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. Based on the information
> Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 22:16:34 -0800 (PST)
> I just discovered your site and I noticed alot of people asking specific
> personal questions, so I was hoping that you could answer mine.
> I graduated from UCLA with a 3.2 (upward trend in my grades, took some hard
> engineering courses just out of interest that lowered my GPA).
> Now I'm at Columbia doing a premed postbacc. I expect to finish the program
> with about a 3.5. If I can get an MCAT score around say 32, what are my
> chances of getting into to a California state school.
> I've done community volunteering and I've done research with one of the top
> heart surgeons in the US, and publised one paper.
> Any input would be helpful!! Thanks so much
Based on the information you have provided, I'd estimate that
you have a
> Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 17:45:34 EST
> Subject: Discouraging overall/science GPAs?
> You have a great site going! Currently, I'm 21 years old in my junior year at
> Arizona State, majoring in molecular bioscience/biotechnology and minoring in
> philosphy. I just got finished with my first semester of organic chemistry. I
> got a 'B' in this class as well as a 'B' this semester in my last biology
> course. My overall GPA is about 3.4 and my science GPA is a little over a 3.0.
> I also got a 'C' in my 2nd general chem class. I still have two years of
> school after this one (five total) and many more science classes - including
> physics. Right now I'm feeling pretty bummed out having not received more 'A's
> so far. Do you think I'll be in good shape for med school if I pull an 'A' in
> my 2nd organic class and mostly 'A's in my future science courses? I'm trying
> to pump myself up for this and try even harder next semester - and start
> working in a hospital then (a good idea, I hope).
> Any response would certainly reduce some of my anxiety over all this! Thank
The answer is yes, but as you suggest you really need as many
"A"'s as you
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 23:25:28
Hi Rich, my name is Nova. I just found
out about your web. It's great and
I was wandering is it possible to get
to a BS/MD program even though I'm
At this point I do not believe you have a shot at a "BS/MD
program". I think
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2002 08:35:14 -0800
My name is Tara and I am soon starting my second semester of my
Sophomore year. And I am interested in becoming a Radiologist. I was
wondering what kind of classes for the rest of my High School years do you
think that I should take. And also what web sites would you request for me
to visit in looking for information in different school and academics. Thank
you for your time.
As far as useful classes to take, I'd stick with the standards:
> Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2001 17:54:56 -0800 (PST)
> Subject: International student
> Hello Rich! My name is George and I'm attending the 2nd yeard of PreMed in
> Europe,more exactly in Romania. Is there any chance I can transfer/finish
> PreMed in US,so I can prepare for a MedSchool also in US? Are there any
> programs reserved by universities for PreMed international students? Thank you
> for your time. Sincerily,George.
There is a chance. Look at MSAR for the schools that accept
> Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2002 01:07:31 -0500
> Subject: Requirements
> I was wondering if there are any year-long programs for college graduates who
> didn't take pre-med courses in college. (a course that includes the
> requirements for applying to med school).
> Thanks so much!
Yes, there are a number of "post bac" programs --
many are listed online.
In truth, except that post bac programs intentional avoid
Best of luck,
> Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 13:39:51 -0500
> Subject: MCAT prep classes
> I was studying abroad this past semester and am planning on taking the MCAT's
> in the spring. My mother signed me up for Princeton Review courses, but I know
> a lot of people seem to be doing Kaplan and I haven't really researched the
> options. What is the difference between the Princeton Review and Kaplan MCAT
> prep courses? Thank you
The difference isn't huge, in fact it may have more to do
I'd recommend finding out about who will be teaching your
class -- do not
After the instructor, I'd pick getting a convenient class
schedule as the
Finally, Kaplan's courses tend to be stricter, and Princeton's
> Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2002 20:56:03 -0500 (EST)
> Hi there Rich!:)
> Stumbled upon your website and I think you are doing a wonderful job and
> providing a wonderful service for people like me.
> I'm a double major in Biolgy and Women's Studies, with a 3.5SciGPA, 4.0
> NonSciGPA and 3.7 Overall. I will take the MCATS in April but I've been
> scoring 13+V, 12B, 12P on my practice tests.
> My questions are:
> If I am not getting clinical experience until the spring semester of my junior
> year of college, does not make me "suspect" as a candidate for medical school?
> My interest in medicine stems from my women's studies research on health care
> for low income individuals and other underserved populations. By the time I
> decided to seriously pursue a career in medicine, it was already the start of
> my junior year. Due to commitments and what not, I have not been able to
> start gaining any clinical experience until now. I guess part two of my
> question would be, if I spent the next 7 months (Feb-Aug) volunteering at my
> school's health center, a health clinic and shadowed area physicians- would
> that convey to the admissions people my commitment to medicine and that I have
> an idea of the career I am getting into? I feel like clinical experience is
> the part where I way fall short on.
> Thanks a lot. Sorry if I wrote too much. I look forward to hearing your
Hi there Elke,
You can (and should) make up for your lack of clinical experience
I wouldn't sweat it. Just go ahead an make up for lost time.
Your GPA is
> Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 11:29:53 EST
> I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE TIMELINE FOR BECOMING A OBGYN IF YOU CAN HELP ME I
> WOULD BE VERY HAPPY.
Here is a sample residency training schedule from UMass Med
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