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> Hi Rich,
> My name is ----- i live in Boston. In January 2001 i will start
> college, but since i didn't do well in high school and got a low SAT score i
> decided to take a short cut go to a 2 year college..Bay State College. Which
> i will study medical assistant. iI later plan to transfer my credit to a 4
> year college and if i do this do i still have to take the 4 years or will
> having this degree would actually cut down a year or 2 at undergratuate
> college?? Also after it i'm planning on taking the SAT to get into medical
> school...could you plz help me guide me in the right way...i mean what do you
> recomment i should do...i have already process at the papers to go into this
> college so now i must go there and i actually think it's a good idea because
> if i don't get into med school i'll have something to back down on.. Do you
> think this plan is ok or in what ways should i improve it?
> Thank you so much your words are greatly aprecciated.
You will need to consult with an advisor regarding transfer of credits from two
year to four year colleges.
While going to a two year college may put you at somewhat
of a disadvantage
> just a quick question. i have heard that volunteering is better than
> pay work. on your site it says the reverse. i know yu must be busy, but
> if you could reply it would be greatly appreciated
While I admit that many premedical students believe admissions committees
look more favorably upon the nobler aspects of volunteer work as opposed to
paid work, I know of no evidence that volunteering is better than paid work.
What is most important is getting solid clinical experience,
and since paid
> Hi Rich,
> My name is ----- and I am a sophomore at Stanford University in California. I
> am currently taking the Human Biology core here at Stanford, to which I have
> yet to receive any grades for yet. They will, however, count toward the
> Biology requirement.
> I have yet to take chemistry nor physics yet . However, due to a situation
> in my family I may have to take next year off and spend the year at home. I
> am from New Jersey , by the way, so the nearest University to my house is
> Rutgers University. My question is whether it is ok if I take my Chemistry or
> Physics/Organic Chemistry requirement at Rutgers and enroll part time or
> whether I should wait the year and take it at Stanford? Is there much of a
> difference between an institution like Stanford and Rutgers as far as premed
> requirements are concerned and as far as Universities are concerned? Rutgers
> is a University and not a comm. college. I don't want to seem as if I am
> taking the easy way out (though I would imagine...Stanford is much tougher).
There is a difference, but it is not a very big deal, on the
> I am a junior at an Ivy League school who has just received my MCAT
> scores from this summer's test. I recieved a 13 in PS, an 11 in BS, but
> a 7 in VR. The 7 in VR is a complete shock, for I never in the 6
> Full-Length Practice MCATs that I took as part of the KAPLAN course
> scored below 10 on VR. Moreover, I thought the VR on the MCAT I took
> was not nearly as hard as that on the KAPLAN tests. Also, adding to the
> oddity of my score of 7, on my SATs in high school I scored almost
> perfect in Verbal with a 770. In short, I have always done well on
> verbal tests (including MCAT verbal tests), so my score on this one
> remains a mystery.
> So, my question is whether there could have possibly been some type
> of mistake in the scoring of my test (e.g. could a stray mark have upset
> the scantron or could the person grading it have entered it into the
> computer as the wrong version--b/c I know there were several different
> versions of the test going around?) Anyway, I was wondering what I
> should do. Have you ever heard of the MCAT making a mistake on its
> grading somehow or someone having parts of his or her test regraded by
> hand and the score subsequently changed? Thanks for your time.
While it is not likely, it is possible that a mistake was made. You should
request that your VR be rescored by hand ASAP. The procedure for making this
request is explained on page 25 of the MCAT 2000 Announcement Booklet that
is part of the MCAT Registration materials. The cost is $30.
> Hey rich,
> well I have a question that I would like your advise on. I am
> currently a junior. Now my freshmen year...I didnt do too
> well...but since then I have slowly but surely been trying to
> climb out of that disaster. Now because of that freshmen year
> ...I am probably going to have an appro. 2.95-3.0 gpa...I know
> this isnt good for medical schools but I would like your opinion
> anyways. Do I have a chance? Now I do have a lot of clinical
> experience includig an intership which is highly competitve to
> get into( they have an application process, GPA, Essay and I am
> also heavily involved in campus organizations aswell. I am and
> econmics major with a minor in natural science....also I got a b-
> in ochem A...probably will be able to pull off a B in ochem B.
> and A-'s in physics and molecular bio. Also I have a second
> question. If I dont get in and then decided to purue a masters
> in econ and then apply again.....do i need to take the science
> courses over...in that I will be doing a masters in econ and not
> in a science. Or is there any type of specific program one can
> follow that is geared towards med school admission? Basically
> what are my options if I dont get in and still would like to
> apply again.
While a poor freshman performance is often discounted, a GPA of a 3.0 gives
you a very poor chance, even with the experiences you describe, with an MCAT
of 10, 10, 10, you'd probably have less than a 1% chance.
You do not need to retake the science courses, but a masters
Your best bet is to enroll in a serious Masters program in
Best of luck,
> Hey everyone- I sent my apps in end of August -mid sept and I
> haven't heard anything yet-I heard it takes about a month- how
> long does it take top hear- is all hope lost.
3 to 8 weeks. Usually a month. Hope is not lost until you get a l
etter that begins... "Thank you for ... we are sorry but..."
> Hi Rich
> Briefly.. UCLA 3.6 GPA major in Neuroscience. MCAT in April VR 7 BS 10 PS 10,
> August VR 9 BS 10 PS 11. Work in Cardiology dept for 2 years. Presented
> papers. Play Tennis, Golf and active in student affairs.
> I feel I am well rounded and love medicine. Would dearly love to go to any UC
> school. What are my chances now ? Any tips would help.
Based on the info above I'd estimate your odds of admission at between 40% to 50%,
depending on how well you interview. All the tips I can think of are posted at
> Hello and thank you very much for providing such a wonderful website. I'm
> glad to have stumbled on such a resource!
> Just received August 2000 MCAT scores today and I am a little worried. I
> graduated in the Spring with a 3.9 GPA and am currently doing research at
> National Institutes of Health-I plan to apply in the next couple of years. I
> have great references and lots of volunteer and clinical experience (7 years
> of hospital volunteering, Pediatrics work...) as well as 5 different
> research projects within biology, psychology and physiology, one of which is
> being published and presented at a conference in a few months.
> MCAT was a 28. Verbal 9, Phys 10 and Bio 9, Writing O
> I am disappointed, but would prefer to apply without retaking the MCAT-in
> your opinion, do I have a chance...or do I really need to retake?
> Any advice is much appreciated-my advisor is nowhere to be found.
> Thanks much-
I'm glad you found the website helpful. You probably do not
need to retake the
I inferred from your first email that if you applied yourself
> I really find your website, www.premed411.com,
very helpful! I have a
You do, a bio or chem degree is not needed.
> I am getting a minor in biology
and have taken a bunch of math courses which
The usual things, volunteer work stressing clinical experience,
letters of rec., club
> Also, I am thinking about taking
the MCAT's in August and take a prep
The timing is fine.
Best of luck,
> Hi Rich:
> Your website has been incredibly helpful. I was wondering is it
> possible to transfer from an osteopathic school to medical
> school. Thanks for your help!!
Yes, but you have to start over as a first year medical student.
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