Low GPA/MCAT Success story

Hi All! I was recently accepted to medical school with an MCAT score of 21 (highest 22), and a gpa below 2.5. I am also a urm, non-traditional student. It has been a long journey that has included a masters degree, having a child, and a ton of other things. I started a blog back in December to document my journey, as well as to offer some advice to those in the same path. I would love it if some of you all would check it out and let me know what you think. I also have a tab on my blog called “applying to medical school” which addresses some of the questions I get asked most frequently. www.aspiringminoritydoctor.com

Hi there! I came across your blog through a forum on the SDN (Student Doctor Network) about a couple of weeks ago and have been following since. Very inspiring blog and I will be sure to follow you along your journey as well as along my own. God bless!

Thank you so much for reading! All the best to you on your journey


Great story!!! This is why i love this forum. I am certain that with those MCATs many people told you to quit/stop trying. We recently had a gentleman with MCAT of 18 and GPA 3.1 (not as low as you mentioned) but clearly there are avenues available.



Much belated congratulations!

I hadn’t attended a brick-and-mortar school since the early part of 1984, and have lived the past few years where the only B&M schools offer only trade school certificates and associate degrees in general studies. So, I went the online route to finish: BSc in biology and psychology from Excelsior College (GPA 3.32 overall, 3.90 in the biology major), then did the MPH program at American Military University, also online, although with a practicum component that involved 200 hours at a local physician’s practice (specialising in occupational medicine) and a capstone thesis, finishing with a 3.25 GPA in that program. Since I still have some GI Bill benefits and that program WON’'T pay for a doctorate, I’m finishing up a Master of Science in aerospace science, using FSA to cover the difference, and using some of the excess to pay for a much-needed biochemistry and organic chem course that I DIDN’T get to take as an undergrad.

All course work quite relevant to my career goal (aerospace medicine), as I returned to academia after being displaced from my previous career as a charter pilot.