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An impossible goal from one of the Caribbean MDS to me

Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:14 pm
by tangent1.57
I am an untraditional applicant who has a BS and MS in a biological/chemistry rich science field. I applied to a Caribbean MD school, and I'm not going to say which one, and the admissions counselor told me that after reviewing my application, that they recommend that I take 3 graduate-level post bacc classes and not general chemistry since I've already had those premed courses a long time ago. Moreover, I should get good grades in these courses. Taking these courses would not gaurantee my admissions into this school, but it would "pretty much guarantee an interview for the fall of 2011 session."

After looking at the post-bacc programs here, I realized that my challenges are now insurmountable.
The biggest problem is that the deadline for these post-bacc courses have passed for me to begin classes next week, and also I can't take 3 courses the way this MD school wants. It seems that you're obligated to taking one year of post-bacc courses. Many have minimum enrollments of one year, and I don't get the impression that there is an "a la carte" option with post-bacc programs, and I can't take 3 courses the way I want when I want.

While I show them proof that I have enrolled in courses like this, they will offer me a conditional interview (and possible conditional acceptance) if my GPA is good.

These are unfair hoops that I must jump through. It's not degrading, but I would rather retake the MCAT and score better. However, the ad-committee didn't state that my MCAT score was holding me back. It is the fact that it's been so long from when I was in school.

I want to share this information with my point-of-contact at that Caribbean college.

What suggestions/comments do you have? This is an unfair situation.

Re: An impossible goal from one of the Caribbean MDS to me

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:27 am
by AL_emt
Unfair? Will you elaborate?

What are your undergrad cumulative gpa, BCMP gpa, mcat, etc? Is your coursework old?

Re: An impossible goal from one of the Caribbean MDS to me

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:51 am
by tangent1.57
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Unfair? Will you elaborate?
What are your undergrad cumulative gpa, BCMP gpa, mcat, etc? Is your coursework old?
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Al_emt:

My GPAs were 3.2 in BS and 3.5 in MS both in engineering with chemistry and biological focus. My coursework is OLD - about 11+ years old. MCAT is high 20s. My numbers are good enough, but my coursework is old.

They should have told me this a long time ago!

Re: An impossible goal from one of the Caribbean MDS to me

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:56 am
by AL_emt
Ah, I see. That really sucks. Have you considered biting the bullet for another year and completing a post bac? You could knock out a grad cert in something if you didn't want to commit to a full post-bac program.

Re: An impossible goal from one of the Caribbean MDS to me

Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:24 pm
by hstdntsrvc-CAHSU
Have you tried applying for any other medical schools.... I am the Student Affairs Manager for Central America Health Sciences University in Belize, Central America.... maybe you would like to give another try...some other place.... consider it.... i can send you over some information if you email me at hstdntsrvc@aol.com.... thats for information on my university.... of visit www.cahsu.edu.... we look at students on another point as well..... everyone deserves a chance at there dreams!!