Hi guys! Our account is made up of four medical students currently in our second year and we had very different journeys to reach here. One of us is a traditional student, and three of us took gap years (one of us took 1 year for mental health, one of us took 3 years for a masters and working in health tech industry, and one of us took 7 years working in a different field and then getting a post-bacc before applying). It was a challenging journey to say the least and we didn’t have family members in healthcare to advise or guide us. If y’all have any questions we can answer, please ask and we’ll do our best to answer! We created an instagram for this purpose. Not looking to become an influencer or anything, but we truly do just want to help future students with the experiences we’ve had. Either leave a message here, or shoot us a DM (we check those more often and are new to this site) and we will try to get back to you! Good luck! It’s a long, but worthwhile journey.
I am a Junior in my undergrad and I am looking for opinions on what my best options would be going forward. So I’m sitting at a 3.4 Cum GPA, plan to graduate with a 3.58 ish. Since I have a relatively low GPA, I want to beef up my application with paid clinical experience. My other attributes include 4-year student-athlete, extensive research (plan to publish soon), upward trend, Tri-beta, and Pre-med association clubs, and shadowing hours (100+). I have not taken my MCAT yet. So my plan was to take summer classes while also pursuing an ECG technician certification at my local community college, then go on to complete my senior year. After graduation, I had planned to get a phlebotomy certification and get paid clinical experience in either ECG or Phlebotomy. I plan to take the MCAT after a semester of paid experience. After listening to the podcast, I realize that it looks like I am just “checking boxes.” So if anyone would be so kind to respond with any thoughts, I would greatly appreciate it.
I am most worried about not doing perfectly in my post bacc classes as a non-trad going back to school (I graduated in 2014) and trying to get through all the pre-reqs. I was wondering how you guys got through your post bacc classes successfully while also working full time, taking other classes, and shadowing, etc.