Looking for some help on how to approach med school from my current position:
Undergrad cumulative GPA: 2.3
Undergrad major: Biological Systems Engineering
Undergrad minors: Engineering for Energy Sustainability, Technical Communication, Environmental Studies
I don’t have many of the pre-reqs, like organic chemistry, biology, biochemistry…
Two-time captain of varsity team captain
Club (4), collegiate (1), and elite (1) national championship titles (6 total)
Head of the Charles winner
USA Under-23 World Championships trials winner
USA Under-23 World Championships
Peer leader in the Life Skills Academy for incoming freshman student-athletes
Student Athlete Advisory Committee
Other activities during college:
Collegiate engineering magazine (graphic design, web design, and photography)
Environmental engineering research lab assistant
Two engineering internships (environmental and software)
Student software developer at the university
Volunteer rowing coach
Took a couple software engineering classes at HES
Attended software development bootcamp (so I could get a job to pay those loans)
Working as a software developer
Previously at a startup acquired by Google
Currently full-time at another startup
My GPA is largely due to trying to get an engineering degree, three minors, and make the national team in rowing. I also had a couple of injuries/illness and a surgery throughout my undergrad years. 2.3 is pretty low, though.
I know there are several routes I could take – SMP, formal post-bac, DIY post-bac. And I need to do really well on the MCAT, as well as shadow a few doctors.
Here are my questions:
- What are the best SMP/MS/post-bac programs that will give me the best shot at getting into a med school?
- What’s the best way to spend my time until I get into a post-bac program? Should I volunteer (where)? Do research (what kind)? I’m currently in Boston.
I am open to going anywhere and getting any type of experience. I would like to do this as efficiently as possible, though I know it’s going to be a long uphill battle with my GPA.
Can you think of any other advice?
Any and all advice is welcome and appreciated.