Hi everyone, hope you can help me with this big gap in my application.
I am an older nontraditional, 30+ premed applicant which I graduated back in 2015. During that time after 10+ years of schooling, I graduated with a 2.1 cGPA, 2.2 sGPA. Yes, it was very horrific and there were many reasons beyond it, but mostly it was my fault. Most of the courses were science and math classes which I have C for all of them. Apparent we can graduate with C’s, but that doesn’t take you any further.
After a few years, I was working on my maturity, focus, and gather clinical experiences. I came back to school doing DIY postbacc at a local university and was able to have a 3.7 GPA after 30 credits. However, thanks to your handy Mappd, I could only raise my GPA of about 2.4 cGPA and 2.5 sGPA. I could take additional 90 credits to get over a 2.75 GPA, but that would take 4 more years and I do not have the resource to continue paying for classes. I did take an MCAT which I scored a 510. In addition, I have a substantial amount of volunteer hours and clinical experience.
I have spoken to many MDs and DOs schools to see if they would ever consider my application with a low 2.4 GPA. I even tried to sell myself as a potential candidate to them. However, as I feared, I was shut down for the most part. Most of them required at least a 2.75 cGPA despite being considered a holistic review. Some schools would recommend me to do their very pricy master’s program, but my GPA would not let me be eligible as most master’s programs have a hard GPA cutoff, and the admission I have spoken said there would be no further consideration.
However, there were some schools that do look at the last 30 units which I have a shot at, but my options are very limited to the very few. And no, I would not ever consider Caribbean or foreign schools as I have a young family.
I am very frustrated and lost during this process. My past GPA pretty much anchored down of any hope of getting into medical school. I have worked so hard for the past few years to reinvent myself, but odds are that I would not even considered for the majority of them. I am also ORM and do not have any military experience which gives more odds to overcome.
So everyone and Dr. Ryan, what are my options here if I am not considered for master and SMP programs? Should I continue to take more classes and hope for the best or just cut my losses despite how far I have come?
Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.