Good pre-med schools around Illinois for a B- student?

<p>Hey everybody. I'm currently a junior in hs. I'm taking the Act in two months. After high schools over I will end up with a 4.1 or 4.2 gpa out a 5.0</p>

<p>Freshman and sophomore year I've had a bad showing in education and I will continue to progress. I'm not in high class im in low-normal level classes. Hopefully that wouldn't take into effect.</p>

<p>Take a look at the Premed Topics subforum, there's a sticky thread that talks about what characteristics to look for in an UG college.</p>

<p>Let me get this straight...you want to be a doctor?</p>

<p>yea that's my dream job</p>

<p>If you are a B- student, medical school may not be a realistic aspiration. Why are you getting the B- grades? How do you rank academically in relation to your peers? How do you score on standardized tests?</p>

<p>You certainly have a lot of time to turn yourself around, but if you are interested in working in the medical or allied health fields, you might want to investigate other alternatives besides going for an M.D. if you cannot pull high grades in difficult classes. I am not trying to discourage you from your dream but I'm just trying to get you to consider a wider array of options. There are many, many jobs available in health care that require good interpersonal skills and intelligence without requiring the numbers needed for admission to medical schools.</p>

<p>Anything is possible, but why are you in low-normal classes? Do you have a learning disability? You may not be intellectually qualified for an MD, but may find that another career in the med. field fits you better. Even nursing school can be very rigorous, with a lot of math and science, especially chemistry to understand medications, etc. You need to be realistic about why you are in low-normal classes, as opposed to being able to handle higher level courses. If you are struggling with high school, what do you think Medical school will be like?</p>

<p>If you are looking for excitement in a medical environment, you might consider becoming a paramedic instead. Our local community college offers a certificate program.</p>

<p>OP, if you are having academic troubles in spite of working hard, then some of the other advice on this thread may be appropriate.</p>

<p>However, if your grades are low because you haven't been applying yourself to your studies, then all is not lost.</p>

<p>What you may consider doing is this: (1) Bear down and do the best you can do through the rest of high school. (2) Go to a community college for two years and excel, and prove to the world (and to college admissions committees and to yourself) that your high school record does not reflect your abilities or your work habits. (3) Transfer to a four-year school, complete your degree, and apply to medical school.</p>

<p>With all that, let me add an important caveat: becoming a doctor is a long, hard, and expensive path, and it's not a rose garden waiting for you at the end of it. I was talking to a friend of mine last weekend whose daughter is a sophomore (chem major, I think, or maybe bio) at a so-called "top 20" university, and through the first three semesters has straight As except for one B. She went there as a pre-med hopeful. But after taking a hard look at the road ahead, and thinking through her main interest in medicine - working with patients - she's now seriously considering going the physician assistant route instead of the M.D. path.</p>