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For pre-med students

greeneisnewpinkgreeneisnewpink Posts: 15Registered User New Member
edited April 2013 in Wake Forest University
I want to address this and repost most of what I said in that one thread regarding pre-med at Wake. I think it's important. I don't want to scare you guys off from Wake because IT IS A GREAT SCHOOL! But, I do want to address some things I wish someone had told me before I applied.

I'm an alumni, and a current medical student. I am doing really really well in school, and feel that Wake really did prepare me for med school. But you have to understand that ***BEFORE YOU CAN SHOW HOW WELL WAKE PREPARED YOU, YOU HAVE TO GET INTO MEDICAL SCHOOL FIRST.***

Not many do get into medical school RIGHT AFTER they graduate from Wake. How many of them get into medical school after graduating by doing 1 or 2 more years of school (Masters maybe?), then I do not know.

I was a Chemistry major and had graduated with a 3.2 GPA. My humanities GPA were all great, it's my sciences that dragged it down. So, I had to take a year off and do a post-baccalaureate program (pre-med graduate program) after I graduated...then, I reapplied to medical school and got in. What bites about it is that ***MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN MY CLASS YEAR AT MEDICAL SCHOOL ARE FROM STATE SCHOOLS WHO GOT IN RIGHT AFTER THEY GRADUATED!***

Not to bash state schools, but we all know they're not up to par with nationally top ranked universities like Wake. To make matters worse, there's the health professions committee at Wake. A lot of schools have them (it's a committee that recommends you to medical school). Everyone gets a recommendation as long as you apply. HOWEVER, Wake has a ranking system as to what your recommendation will say..."The Health Professions Committee recommends ____ w/ (good confidence, confidence, little confidence, and no confidence). The application process is already as much a hassle as the med school application itself. I was recommended with "little confidence" because of my GPA...(thanks a lot, Wake!)...my friend with a 3.6 was recommended with "confidence". That's what irks me is that they can't even give you support by writing you a good recommendation letter. Clearly, I made it to medical school and rocking GPA wise, so they're WRONG! But, you get my point.

I wish that someone had told me this before I applied as a pre-med student at Wake. ***IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO GET A DEGREE AND GO STRAIGHT TO WORK AFTER, THEN WAKE IS A WONDERFUL SCHOOL. YOU LEARN A LOT AND YOU COME OUT PREPARED. IF YOU'RE SET ON GOING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL RIGHT AFTER GRADUATING, THEN IT IS A RISK GOING TO WAKE.*** It makes you question whether or not you're good enough or whether medicine is the right field...which is awful, from a personal point of view.

The main point is this...

*** IF MEDICAL SCHOOL IS THE GOAL, THEN KNOW THAT COMING FROM "WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY" DOESN'T CARRY ANY VALUE ON THE APPLCIATION PROCESS.***

***As long as you're coming from ANY LEGITIMATE 4-YEAR UNIVERSITY, all medical schools care about is 1.) GPA 2.) MCAT 3.) Extracurriculars, in that order.***

If you still really want to go to Wake as a pre-med, then don't let anyone stop you by telling you about the workload. Yes, the workload is hard at Wake. Yes, there is hardly, if any grade inflation. But, clearly, it's doable or I wouldn't be where I am now! Just make your decision on whether or not you want to really challenge yourself (Wake) or you really want as much guarantee as you can get that you get into medical school (harder to do at Wake).

With that said, personally, 1.) I did LOVE Wake 2.) Although, I do regret going to Wake as a premed 3.) I do wish someone had told me this from a premed point of view. I hope this helps, and good luck with your decisions/getting in! :)
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Replies to: For pre-med students

  • NREliasNRElias Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
    great post thank you
  • tim719tim719 Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Awesome post. Thanks a lot!
  • freshcoffeefreshcoffee Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    Are you sure it was grades? Were your friend’s MCAP scores higher than yours? Or maybe it was the All CAPS attitude that put them off?
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Posts: 5,195Registered User Senior Member
    Ummm, this OP is from 2011. That withstanding, it is not shocking that he or she didn't get into medschool on first attempt with a 3.2 GPA. That is way to low to get into ANY medschool. A 3.5 or 3.6 is generally the minimum to be a successful applicant. Wake wasn't their problem, the GPA was.
  • mcbabysheepmcbabysheep Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    edited March 29
    My friends at Wake who are pre-med who have tried have all gotten into good med schools. Sorry to sound like a dick, but a GPA of 3.2 just doesn't cut it for the top tier med schools you lament about. If you try at Wake you can get a Science GPA over 3.4 and a humanities GPA of over 3.7 (source: pre-med roommate who just got into Johns Hopkins med school). There are a lot of people at Wake who are pre-med and who don't recognize that it's a pipe dream for them. It just isn't for everyone. I'm sure you're really smart but honestly the problem isn't with Wake Forest or we wouldn't have so many graduates going to top tier med schools every year...just because you had a rough experience doesn't mean everyone else will too; that's utterly irrational.
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  • DragonBoatGirlDragonBoatGirl Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
    edited August 23
    Can I ask (from OP, if s/he's still around, otherwise from anyone else who went to or is familiar with Wake Forest) - why are the science grades low? Apparently one reason is the lack of grade inflation. Are there also killer 'weed-out' chemistry courses, or are classes graded on a curve, or....?

    My DD isn't interested in medical school (and I doubt she will become interested), but she is interested in going to Wake Forest as a chemistry major, so if the chemistry courses are 'weed-outs' or professors are demanding without being supportive, that's not a good sign. She's extremely bright, and of course every major (and professor) has stresses, but there's a difference between challenges that come up as a matter of course and purposely trying to make studies difficult.

    I'd love to hear from anyone who has gone through chemistry, or other sciences, at WF.

    I appreciate the OP's posting of this, and think the caps are o.k....he's trying to help people by making a point; even if it doesn't apply to everyone he's doing this for good reasons.

    Thanks!
    Post edited by DragonBoatGirl on
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