With a low GPA, an application into Medical School might not be considered because of failing to meet the eligibility criteria set by the medical school. The possibility of low GPA in the examination can be because of a number of different factors. A single or a combination of factors can affect the final outcome of the student’s career.
Following are the factors affecting low GPA:
- Possibly one has decided very late to choose medicine career, during their undergraduate course.
- One can be immature or lacking necessary discipline for getting high GPA in the undergraduate scoring.
- They may not be able to maintain focus in the studies or make required ICS improvement in the habits.
- The shift from the high school to undergraduate courses was challenging and they did not deal properly.
- A shift in locality can cause maladjustment. Studies can suffer due to a loss of parental control and/or one feels like enjoying freedom rather than concentrating on courses.
- Lastly, there is always the possibility that a personal issue has affected the focus on their studies.
Fortunately, students having low undergraduate GPAs have options. Instead of applying a directly to medical school, one can circumvent the process so that they can improve their GPA. The BPCM GPA represents the average grade point in the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. There are many possibilities to carry on so that one can improve their GPA, with a focus on BCPM GPA.
5 possibility includes:
- Make plans to take a test at a prominent institution for required pre-med courses, especially if past performances were poor. While making a fresh attempt, ensure that an “A” is achieved to make up for previous shortcomings.
- One should think of joining a post-bac course, which at the end grants a certificate along with a good letter of recommendation from the science faculty of the institute. They will also arrange clinical exposure.
- Plan on taking graduate courses related to medical sciences to demonstrate your ability to succeed in medical school courses (also obtain a letter of recommendation from course instructors).
- One can also think of regular masters course in any of the three options of Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences. It is costly but is very helpful in scoring a higher GPA and preparing one for medicine school admissions. By doing a masters degree one will have experience in a clinical environment and research-oriented knowledge. These experiences can then be used to provide advisory services for MCAT preparation and AMCAS application preparation and submission.
- If one still wants to opt for getting admission school, besides doing masters degree to improve BCPM GPA. One should obtain recommendations from the faculty members, who can say some good things about your achievements. The faculty recommendations should speak about your focus, discipline and motivation. A higher GPA that was recently achieved, faculty recommendations, and new high scores on the MCAT should go in your favor among the decision makers of medicine school admissions.
Do you have any other tips you might have for undergraduates who have a low GPA but are still seeking to attend medical school?
Author: Joshua Likoa