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Advice on which SMP to choose.. LMU-DCOM or USC-South Carolina
Hi everyone, I am looking at two different SMP's and wondering which would be the best for me, given my stats, to gain admission to a D.O/M.D. program starting Fall 2014. First I will present my stats and then the programs I am looking at. I'm 24 with a B.S. in Biology. My overall GPA is a 3.25 and my science GPA is a 3.11. I have done 350 hrs shadowing physicians with 2 LOR (one MD and one DO) and 150 hrs volunteering in the ED. I have yet to take the MCAT, but am scheduled for June 20th, and plan to take at least 2 more times this summer (july & august). I have been studying through Kaplan test prep for a month and r...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - May 16, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: CCUmed Tags: Postbaccalaureate Programs Source Type: forums
2013 PharmD Interview for Western Univ of Health Sciences
Hellow! I finally got an interview at Western U (seriously after about 4 or 5 years of trying). It'll be in exactly 10 days from now. I'm a bit nervous. I don't know what to expect. I read their prospective student/interviewee webpage as they suggested. It says that there will be 3 people in the panel and that the questions are behavioral-based as opposed to academic. One thing I'm iffy about is whether or not I should steer away from mentioning that I am married with four children. I feel like this will go against me because the interview is their chance to find a student that will fit their hectic curriculum. In those ye...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - February 14, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: zwitterion13 Tags: Pharmacy School-Specific Discussions Source Type: forums
Should I retake Gen Bio I or wait until the Fall?
I'm so lost on what to do. I received a D in General Biology I lecture this fall. I passed all my other courses I took and got B's and A's in them. I feel like I'm such a disappointment for receiving that grade. I just don't know if I ruined my chances for getting into pharmacy school now. The only General Biology I offered is 'online' around me because I live in the middle of no where right now and the private colleges are NOT offering it in the Spring. I really want to get into Wayne or University of Michigan and I'm wanting to apply for Fall 2014. I talked to a few colleges and they sounded like it was okay to take the...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - December 23, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: seekfinelines Tags: Pre-Pharmacy Source Type: forums
Which Biology Labs Count?
Sorry, I've asked this question a few months ago, but I think people misinterpreted the question at the time. For biology, I completed Molecular Biology and Cell Biology. However, due to high demand, the associated cell biology lab is impossible to get into (think about asking 2 years in advance) and the molecular biology lab is poorly taught (has awful reviews). Would some random labs in the biology department like "Nucleic Acids Lab" or "Electron Microscopy Lab" or something else fulfill the 2 biology lab requirements? How about "Microbiology", etc. I can take the "Molecular Biology La...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - November 28, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Bethany555 Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums
Cell Biology versus Biochemistry II for medical school prep
I am a senior (non-science major), and next semester I am planning on auditing either Cell Biology or the second semester of Biochem in preparation for medical school. I have already taken the MCAT, so this would be just for "fun," so to speak. I am in Biochemistry I right now. Which course do you recommend me taking that will serve me better in med school? Thanks for your help! (Source: Student Doctor Network Forums)
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - November 14, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: mllethenardier Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums
Low GPA - What can I do?
Hi everyone, Just found this board and after some time going through the wealth of information available already, decided to ask for some advice for my situation. I've recently decided that I want to pursue medical school without any reservations and am willing to do whatever is necessary to get to that point. I attended a top 20 ranked university in the United States and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Molecular Cell Biology with a specialization in Neuroscience (cGPA 2.69, sGPA 2.52). Understandably, my GPA is a huge deterrent to getting into medical school, but I do think that there are a number of factors that ca...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - October 28, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: solarix1991 Tags: Nontraditional Students Source Type: forums
2014 MCAT, do I only need the Few Four?
I'm wanting to take the MCAT in summer 2014. Since I'm not taking the updated version, should I only need the classes General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, and Physics going to be enough to get me a good grade if I know those four subjects well? Assume I'll get a 15 on the Verbal Reasoning. What do you think? If anything I will take a Genetics and Cell Biology course as well regardless. (Source: Student Doctor Network Forums)
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - October 10, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: MayoMedSchool Tags: MCAT Discussions Source Type: forums
Is LOR from my P.I. neccessary? How to win affection?
There are older similar threads on the topic, however i was wondering if anyone knew how important it is to have a letter of rec from my P.I. I will be applying this next cycle. I currentl have one solid letter from a professor PhD, one letter from another professor, PhD (have no idea how this letter turned out, genetics professor was nice, i had the highest grade, some office hr visits. he didnt have the nicest personality) and another from the physician i shadow, MD. a letter from my church pastor, and potentially another letter from another MD if i can build a solid relationship. I worked in stem cell research for nea...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - October 1, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: 1cor1311 Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums
DO Chances at MD or DO?
Hey folks, I'm currently a Senior at a State University and having practically an anxiety attack. This is my first post so sorry if I made a couple of mistakes. what do you guys thought my chances are and what do you guys think I would need to get accepted into DO, Caribbean-MD, or possibly US-MD. Examples of Accepted Applications/Resumes for DO schools would be AWESOME Any input would be much appreciated cGPA - 3.11 | sGPA - 3.08 | MCAT - not taken Major: Cell Biology & Neuroscience Minor: Psychology Upward trend in GPA with Upper Level Science Course (Molecular Biology,Biochemistry, etc.)Freshman & Sophomore...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - September 23, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: ejk1123 Tags: What Are My Chances? Source Type: forums
"Vinegar test" as alternative to cytology
I just heard a story on NPR about a clinical test that involves application of acetic acid to the cervix to identify precancerous lesions. The gist of the story was that this screening method was somehow more accurate than traditional cytology. Usually NPR is pretty good, but I have doubts about this claim. Anyone hear of this test? (Source: Student Doctor Network Forums)
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - September 18, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Enkidu Tags: Pathology Source Type: forums
More postbac ??? Need advices. Please help..
So some of you might know that I come from very lowest possible GPA of 2.1 sgpa/bcp and 2.56 ogpa.:( Postbac for 70~80 semester unit sitting at 3.8 BCP/SGPA alone, resulting in 3.0 BCP/SGPA/OGPA (for about 2.5 years) Recent DAT 22AA/23TS/22PAT Half of those units are pretty much repeats of all prereqs and the other half are additional courses that I took. -This are new classes under my belt: Intro to molecular biology - lower division Genetics - lower division Anatomy w/lab Human Physiology w/lab Cell Biology w/lab Biochem 1,2 Immunology w/lab Embryology w/lab Evolution Human Nutrition -This summer and fall I'll be compl...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - August 10, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: LaughingGas Tags: Pre-Dental Source Type: forums
TPRH Science Workbook Topics
Hey guys, So sometimes I see people posting that it's annoying that the TPRH workbook doesn't list what questions are for what topic in each subject, so I figured I'd post it. This is for the most recent edition of the workbook, but I suspect it's basically the same for the old ones. q = questions, p = passages Physics Kinematics: q 1-62, p 1-2 Mechanics I: q 63-113, p 3 Mechanics II: q 114-140, p 4 Mechanics III: q 141-200, p 5-13 Fluids and elasticity of solis: q 201-247, p 14-23 Electrostatics: q 248-269, p 24-25 Electricity and magnetism: q 270-294, p 26-38 Oscillations and waves: q 295-327, p 39-51 Sound, light, an...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - August 2, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Sahren Tags: MCAT Discussions Source Type: forums
US College Student Wants to Study Medicine in UK
Hello. I am currently in my third year at a prestigious university in the US and I am studying Biology. I am thinking of studying medicine in the UK since I am going to move there after I graduate from college (college and university is the same thing in the US). Now my question are: 1. How should a US applicant prepare to apply to medical school in the UK? 2. What should the gpa be? 3. I know that the medical schools expect US applicant to take AP exams but my high school did not offer the courses. However, I have taken upper level biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and calculus. I am also working on a Biol...
Source: New Media Medicine - June 21, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Palooza007 Tags: International Medical Students Source Type: forums
MD & DO Application: Fall 2012 + Choice of Schools!
Hi guys, I did post a thread here last year (so some of the information may look familiar) and received some good feedback. I have changed/added several activities and my general application has been changed. So, I thought it would be best to start a new thread rather than resurrecting a thread from the great beyond. I sincerely hope some of can provide me with your input in regard to what is discussed here. My stats are as following: Major: BS in Biomedical Sciences, BS in Business Administration cGPA: 3.831 sGPA: 3.793 MCAT: 13/9N/10 (32N) - Took the 09/01/2011 exam My extracurricular activities are as following: Vo...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - June 4, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Abi123 Tags: What Are My Chances? Source Type: forums
I messed up my grades/future at a German university
Hi everyone. I have been "lurking" on SDN for several years now and finally decided to post something in case anyone has the time to give some feedback. I have always wanted to be a doctor. I started college when I was 16 through a state-funded dual enrollment program but was a bit immature, and intsead of focusing on my biology classes, got a 4.0 in every single German course I took. I was obsessed with Germany. I kind of checked out and decided that I would just go to a German university once I graduated high school with two years of university under my belt and study "whatever." :thumbdown Well I m...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - May 31, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: expatriatechick Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums
Advice needed regarding LORs
So, I am currently having a dilemma about the Letter of Recommendation requirements. It seems like most schools require you to have at least 2 LORs from science faculties that have taught you, and 1 LOR from non-science. I have 1 from an English professor, 1 from a science faculty, and 2 LORs from doctors who I do clinical and research for. What do I do with that 2nd LOR from science professor required for most med schools?!? Should I go ahead and ask LOR from a professor (upper division cell biology) who doesn't know me at all but I got an A+? I go to a UC school so every single one of my class has at least 150+ studen...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - May 16, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: smile8888 Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums
Need Help: Foreign College Bio major + US PhD in Biomedicine?
Hello,everyone. Here is my situation and I have some questions that need your help. Thanks very much in advance: I finished my B.S. degree in biological sciences in a national accredited foreign college. During college, I have completed all the courses required by the medical school application in US including biochemistry, chemistry, physics, math, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, animal physiology etc. and also lab researches. My GPA was 3.7. Then I came to US and obtained my PhD degree in biomedical sciences during which the first two years of courses included graduate leveled biochemistry, cell biology and...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - April 25, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Frederick Tags: Nontraditional Students Source Type: forums
Choosing Biology Electives
In addition to "Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology", "Genetics", "OChem I/II", "Biochemistry", and "Human Nutrition", which I will have complete by the MCAT, which of the following biology-related courses do you guys recommend? Honestly, I'd like to take them all, but I can't. I can take four from the following: (Two before taking MCAT, and two more before MS1.) Vert. Physiology Cell Biology Microbiology Virology Immunology Hematology Histology Cancer Biology Parasitology Neuroscience Neurophysiology Psychopharmacology Abnormal Psychology Adv. Human Nutrition (r...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - April 19, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: JESSFALLING Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums
MD What Are My Chances? 3.77GPA 37MCAT with an IA
I am a Junior studying Molecular and Cell Biology, planning on applying this semester. I have a 3.77 GPA, and BCPM of about 3.7. The first time I took the MCAT I got a 33N, but improved to a 37P (12PS 11V 14BS). I have had an upward trend in my grades so far: Fall 09: 3.32 Spring 10: 3.74 Summer 10: 4.0 Fall 10: 3.87 Spring 11: 3.78 Fall 11: 4.03 This spring and following semesters I am aiming for 4.0, and hopefully reaching around mid 3.8 by graduation. I have over 100 hours in hospital volunteering, 70 hours shadowing 3 doctors, about 100 hours in local school teaching. I have had 2 TA positions in biology courses. ...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - February 3, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Member 7519 Tags: What Are My Chances? Source Type: forums
Calling all Murdoch Vets and Pre-Vets :)
Hi everyone. I'm enrolled in the pre-vet at Murdoch. Im currently in QLD and was wondering if the students currently enrolled in vet could tell me a bit about the campus and the program. What they enjoy/dislike, teaching, facilities, you name it I want to know about it :). I am getting most of my pre-vet courses exempt except for Cell Biology, the biology course I took doesn't meet their requirements...so I wont be heading to Murdoch until second semester. This is the first forum I have really read with Murdoch vets in them. So I would really love to hear your experiences/thoughts about Murdoch :) (Source: Student Doctor Network Forums)
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - January 27, 2012 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Miss Mustang Tags: Pre-Veterinary Source Type: forums
Will these courses prepare me for the MCAT?
I'm a freshman in college majoring in biology. I want to make sure I'll get all the right courses in before the end of my junior year to be prepared for the MCAT. Per advice, there's lots of English in my schedule before the MCAT so I can keep up with the critical thinking involved on the MCAT. I'm aiming for a 32 at the least. I've compiled this schedule to be in line with my college's core curriculum, my major's curriculum, the MCAT suggested courses, and my medical school's required and suggested courses, so if something looks out-of-place, its for a pre-requisite (like Standard English Grammar), or my school's core (li...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - October 6, 2011 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: NGCSUstudent Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums
Schedule difficulty -- possible to get As in all of these classes?
Summer schedule (its an 8 week period):Biochemistry Genetics Fall schedule:Honors Biology I and lab Honors Organic Chemistry I Physics I (algebra-based) and lab Intro to Cell Biology an undergrad research course -- i get 3 hours credit, but perform 15 hours of research per week. Do either of these look particularly difficult? I'm mostly concerned with summer. I don't know how hard biochem and genetics are supposed to be, and if thats too much to take crammed into an 8 week period. I can hold off on one of them if you guys think it might be a bit difficult to achieve As in both -- because I REALLY need As in everythi...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - May 22, 2011 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Chelslen Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums
Books for sale
Hey guys, Firstly, congratulations on securing a place at Leicester! Although there will be time for play, unfortunately you do have to read a few bits and pieces from time to time and that's where I come in; I've got loads of books from phase 1 (I'm now in phase 2, so they helped me get there), that I'm wanting to sell. Most are on the reading list or are pretty standard text books for most medical students e.g. crash course books which tbh, is all you need at that stage. If you are interested in any of the following, then let me know and we can negotiate prices. I know it seems too early to be thinking about books etc...
Source: New Media Medicine - April 29, 2011 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: physiohannah Tags: Leicester Medical School Source Type: forums
neglected Bio, Do the TBR books really help?
So, I am a bio major about to finish my senior year and prior to taking the mcat I had just finished a semester with biochem, biochem lab, human physiology, and neurobiology. Previously, I had also taken classes in cell biology and microbiology and bio was definitely my strong point (SO I THOUGHT) for the mcat. I was scoring highest on my practice tests in the bio section and at times I neglected studying to do more PS and VR since those were my weak areas but I ended up getting crushed on the real thing (8). I was wondering how I should approach studying this time around. I used the TPR science book for PS, which I str...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - April 6, 2011 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: plzNOCarribbean Tags: MCAT Discussions Source Type: forums
Suggesting classes for Junior year/senior's avtivities count toward application
Hi everybody, I'm a new predental member of this forum and I have some questions that I'd like to reach out for your helps. I'm currently a sophomore major in Bio and minor in MCB/PNB. It's very stressful now as I'm trying to figure out my schedule for my Junior year. I'll post here my potential schedule and it will be very very helpful if you guys could give me your opinions/suggestions: Fall 2011: + Organic Chemistry Lab +Cell Biology (2000 level) +Genetics (2000 level) + Animal Physiology (2000 level) +Sociology (GenEd) Spring 2012: +Physics 2 +Biochemistry (2000 level) +Biology of the Brain (3000 level) +Mammalian E...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - March 28, 2011 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: pooh29791 Tags: Pre-Dental Source Type: forums
For Sale Object Marker - Cell Dotter
Nikon makes an Object Marker/(Cell Dotter) for microscopes. This is a cool little tool that allows you to place a small 1.8mm removable ink circle over the particular area of the specimen you are pinpointing. The Object Marker screws into your microscope's Nose piece like an objective, and spins into position when you're ready to use it. The Object Marker is popular amongst Cytologists and is available online at the following link:Nikon Microscope (Source: Student Doctor Network Forums)
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - March 22, 2011 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Mikes Placebo Tags: For Sale and Advertisements Source Type: forums
MD & DO Apply now or wait a year?
Hi guys, I am currently building my application for the Spring 2011 application (Fall 2012 admission) and am contemplating whether it would be better to continue with the current application cycle or wait a year (or two). I would greatly appreciate your input in regard to this matter. I had a poor experience with science at high school; therefore, I started off as a business major in college. During sophomore year, I decided to give science another try (so I do not have any regrets later in life), and I loved it. I continued to follow through with science classes while satisfying the requirements for my business major. ...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - February 17, 2011 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Abi123 Tags: What Are My Chances? Source Type: forums
I need help (too heavy classes?)
Hi, my registration period is about to end in another day or so and I need to have my schedule finalized soon. However I am in a bit of a dilemma. Just as background, last semester I had to deal with an unexpected medical issue and missed the week of classes just before my finals. I was already taking three heavy sciences including Organic and Physics. Along with that I had to put several hours into two clubs (6-8 hours a week) and I was doing research. The illness was just the final blow and I had a pretty rough semester. I was able to frantically catch up in a few days and barely got through my finals. My GPA is stil...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - January 20, 2011 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: zeppelinpage4 Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums
Anyone else having regrets about this program? The program doesn't seem at all interested in making you a better applicant. Its just like theyre funneling students through as another means of income. It's almost impossible to find an advisor who would actually help you out or give you advice, they all seem to give one sentence replys and direct you elsewhere. There's 100+ students in every graduating class, and about 3/4 will do the 1.5 year route... meaning 175+ people in the program each year and a LOT of people applying to dental/medical schools each year. I don't know what the success rate is... but from what I'm seei...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - November 16, 2010 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: studentdoctor32 Tags: Postbaccalaureate Programs Source Type: forums
*** Writing my MCAT in summer of second year ***
Hey guys, Been searching some threads and have not found a specific answer to my question. I am hoping some you that are more experienced can help me out here. Right now I have planned out my courses so that I can finish all of my pre-reqs by the beginning of summer of my sophomore year. This leaves me with the summer to study and write the MCAT (I am from Canada). This reason for this is that everything will be fresh in my mind. I would of just finished a year of organic, a year of cell biology, a year of physics and only a year before that the rest of the pre-reqs (i.e. English, general chem and bio). However I do not ...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - November 10, 2010 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Lunasly Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums
Spring 2011 Classes? Post-Bacc Already Accepted
I have already been accepted to medical school to one of my top 2 schools. I was wanting to take some classes next semester in order to help prepare me a little bit for medical school. I have taken all of my pre-reqs as well as several upper level biology courses. The courses I have in mind are: Histology, Cell Biology (2nd semester), and maybe an elementary spanish course. Anyone else have any thoughts or suggestions??? Plan on relaxing next summer before matriculation, but want to try to get some good courses in next semester. (Source: Student Doctor Network Forums)
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - November 1, 2010 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: ericflem4286 Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums
Need advice from SDNers about post-bacc
Dear SDNers, I am in a bit of a jam as to what post-bacc program/master's I would fit into with my current academic situation. I have done plenty of research on programs but now would like advice from the people that have been there, done that. Expected graduation GPA (I'm a senior): 2.7-2.8 MCAT: 22 1st time, 19 2nd time (I was very sick for the exam unfortunately) I have taken many upper levels and am taking right now : (Anatomy & Physiology, Histology, Genetics, Cell Biology) and will be taking 2 more next semester. Many extracurricular, medical experiences. Obviously I am not ready for medical school, b...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - October 6, 2010 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: imaking Tags: Postbaccalaureate Programs Source Type: forums
Dear seniors, I am intending to apply to PH school in Epidemiology, Fall 2011. However, I don't know whether I am possible to apply to public health without the experience in this subject. I got the bachelor degree in Biochemistry and master degree in Molecular cell biology. So all of my experiences are related to molecular and cellular biology. I think that my experience somehow might useful for my education in public health, but I am not sure. So, my question is that could I apply to master degree/or/and Phd degree in Epidemiology? Is there anyone who had similiar situation? Please give me some advice. My GRE score is...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - October 5, 2010 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Sweetie84 Tags: Masters of Public Health [ MPH ] Source Type: forums
Will this prepare me for the MCAT?
I'm a freshie. I've made out an entire four year course plan and I was wondering if you guys could review it and tell me if you think there is enough natural science in here to properly prepare me for the MCAT. My intent is to major in philosophy and minor in psychology, but I want to make sure that I have enough BCMP. Also let me know if you think I'm overloading myself in any of these semesters. *Note: I'm aware that I have no calculus courses in this plan. My top school choice, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, doesn't require Calculus. The physics courses I have listed are not calculus based. If you want mo...
Source: Student Doctor Network Forums - October 1, 2010 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Buddhasmash Tags: Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ] Source Type: forums