I met with the new advisor of my post-bacc program (who started in February), and she was concerned about 2 B’s. I am a career changer whose cum GPA is 3.6 and sci GPA is 3.5. I got A’s in all my science classes so far, aside from 2 B’s in gen chem 1 and ochem 1 lectures and a P in gen chem 2 lecture (which schools will accept). P aside, I consider B’s good grades, especially since my undergrad degree was not in a science discipline. Also, I have done/am doing well in ochem, which is no small feat as it’s a weeder course. I am really proud of my science grades since it wasn’t always my academic strength!
My outside premed advisor who is a non-trad on her school’s adcom said B’s are fine, especially with my GPA. She got into her school with a lower GPA than me and low MCAT score. Friend who got in as a 2nd time applicant didn’t say B’s were bad but that too many could lower my competitiveness. As for my friend, I don’t totally disagree and know that too many could rule out MD schools. Other than the stats I posted above, I am planning to apply primarily or even exclusively to DO schools. May apply to some MDs depending on the grades in my remaining prereqs and MCAT score. I know my GPA isn’t competitive for an Ivy League or many higher tier MD schools, but my current GPAs meet or exceed those of DO and some MD schools. I honestly don’t care where I go to school (aside from some Catholic/fundamentalist Christian med schools that I’m not planning to apply to), and plan to apply early and broadly in 2022 or 2023. My goal is just to get into A med school - it doesn’t matter where I go, just what I become in the end. As a veteran patient, I don’t care where my doctors go to school and I’ve been told patients usually don’t care where their doctor went to school.
WIth that information, should I be stressing over B’s or is this really a scare tactic by my advisor? If there are any podcasts or posts from Dr. Gray on this topic, please let me know!