Hi! I am considering a post bac program, but my GPA is a 2.6. I had personal complications during my college career. Some post bac programs require even a higher GPA. Should I even consider/bother going to medical school? I know for a fact that I can do extremely well. in preparing for it. Also, if I can’t get in a post bac program, can I take classes at a local University?
Initially, you need to decide if you want to be a doctor in the first place, because I sense some hesitation with the fact you’re not sure if you should consider going to medical school or not. Although, this most likely stems from concerns surrounding your GPA.
Don’t let personal complications from your undergraduate career prevent you from pursuing medicine. The great aspect about post baccalaureate programs: they are for all types of students and there are some geared specifically for people who find themselves in a situation such as yours. These are the Academic Record Enhancer programs.
These post bac programs are for students who need another chance to show they can perform at a level required for admission to medical school. Additionally, it will help you to gauge whether medicine is something you truly want to do as well. These post baccalaureate programs can be at two levels: Master program or simply Academic Record Enhancer. If you feel you can perform well now that your personal issues have been resolved I would encourage you to go the Master level route.
To learn more about your options visit: http://www.doctorpremed.com/post-baccalaureate.html
I encourage you to go the Master route because at the completion of your program you will have an advanced degree which can take you places whether you go to medical school or not, also in most of these programs you actually take some of the first year medical school classes too.
You show the persistence medical schools are looking for and I think you definitely should go for it, especially after acknowledging you are confident you can do extremely well.
If you cannot get into a post baccalaureate program taking classes at your local University (and not community college) would be a great way to improve your credentials for medical school admission. When taking classes make sure you take upper division courses in the sciences.
Also note whether the courses are graduate level or simply upper division undergraduate courses because they will have implications on your medical school application. Your AMCAS (medical school application) has a separate GPA for undergraduate coursework and graduate coursework. So if you have already taken a lot of courses as an undergraduate and did not fare well it may be difficult to improve your undergraduate science GPA. Otherwise, taking graduate courses will be great because it will give you a fresh GPA and it will stand alone from your undergraduate GPA.
Medical school admissions officers will consider this when reviewing your application and the graduate GPA can make a huge difference. Why? Because it is grad school so the courses are going to be more comprehensive, you have a new GPA that doesn’t consider your past performance as an undergrad, and more importantly medical schools like to see an upward trend in your grades. Therefore, if you have great grades in grad school it will do much for your application to medical school.