Hello everyone. I am hoping for some sage advice. I graduated with a 2.1 science and 2.5 overall GPA in Bio and Premed (mixture of immaturity, ignorance and death of father). I knew I could handle the material though (excellent high school GPA and test scores), so I dared to continue pursuing medicine vowing to do what it takes to become a physician. Advice given then considering monetary and locale factors was to complete an informal post-bacc of retakes at my local community college. I have 2 children and must work, so I’ve been doing this part-time to ensure A’s. Including my summer calc class, I have retaken 26 credit hours with a 3.9 post-bacc GPA. My current AACOMAS is 2.6 science, 2.92 overall; AMCAS 2.42, overall 2.73. If I continue with my current plan, I will have retaken 43 credit hours by next spring (the full Gen Bio year, gen chem year, organic year, micro, and physics 2) to get an AACOMAS 2.99 science, 3.12 overall; AMCAS 2.65, 2.85 overall. I made the mistake of retaking the MCAT before redoing my prereqs (12 years outside of these classes), but studied a month and ended up with a 24N. I think I could really nail it this time, but since I didn’t know there was a limit and have already taken it 3 times (twice back in the day) I need a rejection letter to petition to take it again. I basically thought I should apply so I could get that rejection and retake the MCAT, though I would like to get accepted–just pretty sure I’m not competitive yet, but then some kind people convinced me I might have a chance. The more I read, the more I think the following:
- My part-time comm. college work is probably not going to be respected at all, even if it is a 3.9.
- After looking at the entrance requirements, I’m not sure I could even get into an SMP with this GPA, let alone the med school.
I’ve already applied to 11 allopathic and 4 osteopathic this cycle though. So I’m wondering, should I finish my planned retakes, then try for an SMP or would I have no chance getting into one yet? How about going back to a 4-year: my major was bio., so would I have to pick chemistry or physics and just fight my way through upper level science classes in those majors? Or can I pick a nonscience second major and then take science classes? Should I go 4-year full-time or is part-time okay? I really am frightened I am doing needless work at the CC when I should be at a 4-year full-time to even remotely be taken seriously. I so desperately wanted to attend that DC conference because I need to make some plans to keep moving towards the final goal, but feel completely confused about what to do. I know some schools have no problem with CC coursework, but since I’m coming back from such a low GPA, I’m worried maybe it’s not enough. I have the LORs and volunteer experience, just no research or fabulous EC. I’m a med transcriptionist and former CNA, and worked throughout college, but that’s about it. I really could use some expert guidance because I don’t want to even be remotely hopeful about this cycle if I seriously have no chance, and it’s feeling that way. I’m thinking best case scenario, I get a rejection letter and retake the MCAT in April. Then where after I’ve taken pretty much all the CC has to offer? Would, say, Loyola SMP (with their 3.0 cutoff) make an exception with the above numbers? Sorry if I rambled…just trying to give all the info I have because I’m feeling the door closing on this cycle before it has even really started and I’m trying to figure out what my next move is. Thanks!