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Do you have any time left for your hobbies ,or you Only think about medicine and that stuff? Do you have social life?
We definitely make time to socialize and do fun things with friends!
For research, do you suggest emailing multiple professors you're interested in working with? What if more than one of them says yes? How do you decline the other one?
Email first. If you do get more than one positive reply/interview, politely decline the one you are less interested in. Be honest about accepting another position elsewhere and thank them for their time. Keep it short and sweet; professors understand that students need to pursue the opportunities that make them happy.
Would taking classes at a community college raise my GPA even after I've graduated?
As long as you add it to your AMCAs application, it will be calculated into your GPA. Medical schools may treat these classes differently in regards to fulfilling prereqs, but your actual GPA would reflect the changes.
Hello! I was wondering if you could give me methods of raising my GPA. For instance, can I take classes at a community college after I've graduated? Thanks so much!
This answered question should help. You can definitely take classes at a CC or through a university’s extension program too. Remember that your science GPA and your cumulative GPA will be calculated separately in your AMCAs so focus on taking science classes for higher grades.
Hello, I just wanted to say that the blog you guys/gals have up is amazing so thank you for that! I have a question about frustration.. did you guys ever feel frustrated from some of the basic science classes? I feel as if the subject matter is very difficult for me but some medical students are telling me that after the 2nd year of medical school it will be mostly over. Is this true and what do y'all think about built-up frustration over basic science classes?
First, thanks! :)
I def feel this way a lot of the time (in fact, I have an exam on Friday that I’m clearly not studying for).
I find it helpful to engage in activities that provide me with patient contact. I spent my summer pursuing a health-related internship and shadowing. During the school year, I volunteer for health fairs, free clinics, community events, community service projects at school, and other types of outreach when I have time. Simple things like helping with health education at community events or taking blood pressure at the the health clinic help me stay focused on why I chose this profession. I even learned how to draw blood at a health fair during my first year (at my school, we learn this during orientation before 3rd year)!
Despite all this, staying focused on the basic sciences is still tough for me. Studying in groups makes the process bearable and even fun! Regardless, it is a work in progress, even for a med student. Hang in there!
do you retake chem, ochem, and bio classes in post-bacs to strengthen your record? or how does the program work?
Most programs have you take a typical med school’s prerequisite science courses or the classes that you would take during year 1 of med school, all for a grade. They also provided personal statement workshops, interview help, and other academic counseling services to help with your application.
What were your favorite Neuro upperdivs? do you have any specific profs to definitely take or avoid? thanks!
I loved NS 102 (Neuroanatomy) w/ Dr. Schiebel (who has since retired) and all the classes taught by Dr. Chandler Module 1 of NS 101A and NS M145 (Mechanisms of Movement). The NS 101 series was interesting b/c it was the first set of classes that focused on the details of neuroscience. I also took an unexpectedly interesting NS upper div on research methods & neurodegenerative diseases. I wasn’t very interested in research methods, but I liked how the professors emphasized the clinical application.
I go to UCLA and i feel like sometimes the professors don't want you to succeed, specifically in the science prereqs. Does it get better in the upper divs? (plz say yes haha)
Lower div science classes are tough in general. I like to maintain a positive outlook on my professors, but I did think that it got better with upper divs. For me, I think it got better because I was more interested in the subject matter presented in the classes.
One thing I noticed is that many professors are much more approachable and supportive when you take the time to meet with them one-on-one. Try reaching out to your professors and TAs!
Hi! I recently graduated from UCLA, and I didn't decide I wanted to pursue a career in medicine until the end of my third year. I didn't do so well in my upper divs (I was an MCDB major, lots of B's with a couple C's), and I didn't do any research, aside from taking the MCDB research lab course (104 AL/BL). I have no idea what the next step is. Do you have any advice? Thank you for your help!
The answer we gave here should help. With a few C’s, you could definitely benefit from taking more science classes to help boost your GPA through a post-bac or special master’s program. You could also look into finding a job ER scribing for the clinical experience or a research assistant position while you’re still in the UCLA area.
The next step is always tough, but you have lots of options!
Hi there, I am in a similar situation with the last anon where I struggled in my pre-req science classes (not a single A but lots of B's and a few C's). I am thinking about doing a MPH as both a backup plan and a way to boost my application (it's also something I want to pursue in addition to a MD), however I've heard caution against it because a non-science Masters would not do much to remedy a bad science GPA. Would it be better to do a post-bacc instead?
Best option? Find a program that incorporates both. A few of my classmates did such a program in Boston before coming to med school. They now have MPHs and received the benefits of the post-bac program.
Either way, taking time to further your goals always looks good. Another word of advice, only apply when you are 100% confident with the entirety of your application. Applying only once when you are totally ready will save you lots of time and money of having to reapply later.
I'm going to be an incoming freshman in college. I'm taking anthropology 101, calc 2, chem 101 and bio 101. I took ap bio, ap chem, and ap calc in high school. Do you think I'll be able to do well this semester or do you think I should take easier classes? I want to do well and I'm not sure what these classes entail. Thanks
Hrm, every school & every class is different, so I really can’t say if you can or cannot handle the classes you’re describing. Personally, I enjoyed taking 3 classes per quarter at UCLA with only 2 being science classes. I did take 2 quarters of 4 classes (3/4 being science classes), but those quarter were challenging.
Having AP credit should help, but every teacher is different, so be prepared to work no matter what. If you have flexibility with the number of credits you take per quarter, perhaps you can try taking all 4 for the first week & then drop anything you think you can’t handle.
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