In a very old post, Mary Renard stated,
- Mary Renard Said:
& lt;br>Lots of folks get into medical school with a C - or worse - somewhere on their transcript.
But it’s a different story for the new grades - they are going to look a LOT more closely at them, because they reflect your current thinking as someone who has decided to make a major career change. These grades speak volumes about you, your decision, your intention to go into medicine - they need to be GOOD. There may still be room for a C in there - but it should look pretty lonely in a sea of mostly A’s, maybe a few B’s.
Think of your new grades as a case of “put your money where your mouth is.” If I’m an AdCom member, and I’ve read your impassioned personal statement about how much you want to be a doctor, I want to see that desire backed up with good school work. If your transcript is uneven, it would be too easy for me to conclude that you may have a lot of desire, but you’re not taking this seriously enough. (I know that’s harsh, but AdCom members are reading through dozens of files at a sitting, they are making snap judgments rightly or wrongly, and that’s just the way it is.)
Ther e will always be exceptions to these breathtaking generalities, of course!
Unfortunately, my new post-bacc grades are a sea of mostly B's, a few A's, and 3 C's, two W's. This semester, I am headed to at least one definite A, one possible B, and the other course is a toss up. So, is my cause a lost one? I entered post-bacc hoping to do well, and the opposite has happened, I'm doing worse. It's not a lack of studying: all I do is study, but as I've mentioned before, I just have difficulty recalling information under test situations. For example, yesterday, we had a quiz in biochemistry: I drew reaction pathways repetitively from memory in preparation for the quiz, but once on the quiz, I could recall all but one pathway that I had practiced. So I got a C on the quiz. I'm having the same problems on the lecture exams. Today, in my microbiology class, we had a test. I could not recall clearly an experiment; I could see the image in my mind, but it was all blurry. But when the test was over I was able recall the image clearly, and was able to tell the professor the answer that I should have put down. Unfortunately, this scenario has repeated itself countless times during my post-bacc years, and no amount of practice seems to help. I realize that when AdComms are going to see my transcript they will probably think that I am not serious about school; which is incorrect. I study almost all the time; I even stopped working (I was self-employed) to devote time to school. But I know that AdComms won't see things that way. So my question is, can I overcome a sea of "B's" with a sea of A's? Or should I give up now?