Med School - GPA requirements?

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Med School - GPA requirements?

Postby Guest » Tue May 25, 2004 12:19 am

heyy! I'm a sophmore in college and I'm a psychology major who plans on going to medical school. I wanted to know exaclty what gpa should you have to get into medical school? I know a 3.5 or higher is fantastic but would u get accepted say u have a 3.0??

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Re: hey need some info

Postby DrDave » Tue May 25, 2004 3:42 am

There is no EXACT gpa that you need to get into medical school. As I'm not on an admissions board, I don't know the relative range for schools, but based on people I've spoken to, I would guess that a 3.2-3.4 gives you some chance of getting accepted, but it might be a little tough, 3.5 and above is usually competitive, but below 3.2 would probably make things pretty tough.

Of course, this is all relative based on MCAT scores, competitiveness of undergraduate school, and misc factors - research experience, volunteer, other unique experiences, etc.

Remember, this is just my guess - if other people have their own experiences or perspectives, I'm always interested to hear!

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Re: Med School - GPA requirements?

Postby Guest » Tue Jun 08, 2004 2:56 am

Tough call... no-one can tell you EXACTLY what GPA will be needed to get into med school! There was a kid at my undergrad who had a 3.9+ in Biochem, outstanding MCAT scores, got interviewed at every school to which he applied... and didn't get in anywhere.

He was smart, sure... he was also arrogant and a social idiot. Who wants that kind of doctor?

I am a current med student, and I also work with the admissions and recruiting offices pretty regularly at my school. I would say that if you are at a 3.0-3.2 GPA, as Dr. Admin points out, you will likely need some help.

Help comes in the form of kick-butt MCAT scores, a winning (and genuine) personality, maturity, and some form of awesome experience. For some people (like me) that experience could come through the military. For another, one might travel overseas and do amazing things as a photojournalist. For still other people, they may work at a clinic in Africa for a year. Whatever it is, if you are passionate about it, and it relates to medicine in some way, it will help.

The main thing is, you are more than the sum of your parts... or you should be, if you do it right. :-P

Good luck, and keep on going for it. Med school sucks sometimes, but the payoff is worth it. (At least, it better be!) ;-)


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