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Failing classes as a pre med student


Replies to: Failing classes as a pre med student

  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 10,118 Senior Member
    @Christopher James

    One bad semester does not completely ruin your chances to go to med school. (D1 had a pretty rough landing in college, but she recovered, did some post-bacc work as a career changer, was accepted to med school and is now a physician.)

    But you cannot afford any more C grades. Realistically, you cannot even afford to earn Bs. Because Bs won't do enough to remediate your GPA for med school admission.

    Here's what I suggest--

    First, accept you cannot take the traditional path to med school. At best, you will need to apply 1-2 years after graduation, maybe even longer, and probably after a grade-enhancing post-bacc.

    Next, retake your chem, psych and stats classes. Use every resource available to you to do better. If you ace them all (no Bs, you must earn all As), then you can move forward as a pre-med; otherwise you need to find a different career path.

    Lastly, there are many paths to med school. I know a number of people who worked in non-medical career fields for several years, but still felt the call to medicine. They went back to college, took (or re-took) their pre-reqs plus took a additional half dozen or so of tough upper level bio & chem classes to prove their academic chops to adcomms. They did their pre-med ECs, killed the MCAT and went to med school. (Some to MD programs, but most to DO programs which tend to be more welcoming to non-trads and those with academic blemishes in their distant past.)
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