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bad Ochem grade

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:21 am
by sch3328
I took Organic Chemistry last fall semester and failed it. I am currently taking it again and have a B and am working to get an A. I want to know what my chances are of getting into medical school with an F in Organic on my transcript. I am an Exercise Physiology, with a minor in sociology, student with 4 A's and 3 B's in my science classes. my overall GPA (F included) is a 3.54.
I have volunteer experience in a PT office. I am also working toward becoming a CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist) and a health fitness instructor. I belong to ACSM, NSCA, Red cross club, DEI honors frat, and a discussion group called men's space.
During the fall when i failed organic I had been working 2 jobs, one of which was as a bouncer at a bar, so I could afford to go to school. I know it's not an excuse for my grade in the class.
What are my options? Should I do a post-bac in say biology or chemistry and show I can do the work and that semester was a one and only time thing?
I very much want to be a doctor I am very interested in orthopedics and am currently looking for volunteer experience under a physician on top of my experience working with a PT.

Thanks :D

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:00 pm
by wagdog1
You won't get into medical school unless you retake it and excel. You shoudl have late-dropped or withdrawn before an "F" went on your transcript.

On the upside, if you retake it and you're applying DO, AACOMAS will only factor your retake score when calculating your GPA (as opposed to AMCAS which averages retakes..) Many schools know that ochem is hard and will respect if you retake it... however, the brutal fact is that competitive allopathic schools have plenty of applicants without an F on their transcript... it's rough, but i don't want to falsify the reality... Best of luck and let me know if you have any more questions!!

For the record, the first time i took ochem, I had to late drop bc I was only going to get a C which was unacceptable to me. Retook for a B+ (almost had a A- had I gotten one more question right on ANY exam..)

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:56 pm
by jgroh623
You will be fine if you get a decent grade the second time around. However, they will ask why you failed. Have a great answer even if it is bull. For example, I would mention you were working two jobs but that you also got sick so you could barely work. It is an excuse but at least there is a reason and they will ask for one in an interview.

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:42 pm
by anamaky
even if you don't retake, it will depend on your final GPA when you apply and it simply is not true that if you get one F on your transcript you won't get in. You'll be fine as long as you end up with a GPA of above 3.5 and a good MCAT. The AMCAS will calculate in that F, so if you're around 3.5 with that F calculated in, you're in good shape, just don't get any thing below a B from now on (not that the world will end if you get a C, but you pretty much don't want your GPA to go any lower than 3.5).

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:37 pm
by jgroh623
One other thing, which is for everyone as more of a general reference, alot of schools will not accept science courses with a grade lower than a C. So make sure to retake classes or check the schools you apply to for such restrictions.