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How Do You Get into Medical School with a Low Average GPA?

Updated on July 12, 2012

The Medical School Admissions Guide

The eBook How to Get into Medical School with a Low GPA
The eBook How to Get into Medical School with a Low GPA | Source

The Medical Schools Admissions Process

Every premed knows how difficult it is to get into medical school. Each year, over 40,000 pre-med applicants take their chances of getting into med school but only less than half gain entry. Getting the approval to attend and enroll to a medical school in the U.S. is not an easy endeavor. With constrained placements available in med schools, the odds of getting in have gotten more competitive than ever. In fact, even exemplary students with high GPAs (Grade Point Average) and Medical College Admissions Test or MCAT scores are not guaranteed of being accepted. It certainly takes more than academic prowess. Students with below average GPAs must not lose hope. It is very much possible to get in so long as you do not give up on your dream of pursuing a medical career.

The ebook How to Get into Medical School with a Low GPA is a helpful reference guide offering ingenious ways on how to beat the odds in getting into medical school. MCAT scores and GPAs should not stand as hurdles for anybody intending to pursue a noble medical career. The eBook is your ticket to fully understand the medical school admissions process. It is an instrument whereby you could learn from how to devise a strategic plan to improve your low GPA.

The e-book’s author, Dr. Suzanne M. Miller, a Harvard MD and medical admissions expert, presents helpful insights that will help you understand the medical school admissions process and effective techniques on how to achieve a favorable outcome in applications for med school.

Dr. Miller expounds on how to address a low GPA in descriptive paradigms. Increase it, ignore it, spin it or determine the level of investment you would put in, in order to improve your low GPA. But getting into medical school with a low GPA takes more than just improving your grades. You have to spend time and put in extra effort to achieve your goal. The level of investment you put in your quest to get into medical school depends largely on how low your grade point average is.

  • If you have a marginally low GPA, consult an admissions expert to guide you in creating your personal statement.
  • If you have a moderately low GPA, you need to take additional science courses, perform more research, or increase your clinical experience.
  • If you have a significantly low GPA, you definitely need to take some time “off” and accomplish a special masters program or post-baccalaureate course or find a full time job in the in the health care industry. The level of investment you will need to put in depends largely on where the GPA bar sits or how medical school admissions committees will categorize your particular situation

The eBook presents the “six buckets of medical school admissions” that show how anyone with a low GPA can overcome the stigma and eventually achieve that elusive medical school placement. The idea is to fill these buckets up prior to your plans on applying for admissions.


The Six Buckets of Medical Schools Admissions Process

Fill The Six Buckets to succeed getting into medical school with a low GPA
Fill The Six Buckets to succeed getting into medical school with a low GPA | Source

MCAT Score

Get a minimum of thirty in MCAT score and you're good to get into medical school.
Get a minimum of thirty in MCAT score and you're good to get into medical school. | Source

The Academics Bucket


The academics bucket is where your Grade Point Average and MCAT score is put. The MCAT test is a tough exam on purpose. Having an above average score would surely get you into medical school. The MCAT has four categories namely, Biological Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences and Writing Sample. The first three categories are rated in numbers while the fourth, a writing sample is graded in letters. The highest score you get in each of the first three sections is 15. It is more likely that if you aim to get a perfect score of 45, your low GPA will be obscured and may divert the admissions committees’ attention to your MCAT rating.

What is Out There to Know?

Reseah is an important element in the process of how to get into medical school with a low GPA
Reseah is an important element in the process of how to get into medical school with a low GPA | Source

The Research Bucket


Research is an important element in the medical admissions process. To get into medical school, you need to do some form of research. It does not necessarily spending most of your time to pipet the lab. There are various research programs that you can participate in, like volunteering to be a research assistant for a clinical researcher or professor. Research can be in any niche you are interested in. The only important factor is doing it for a consistent and considerable amount of time. It is your doorway to getting the attention of medical school admissions committees and highlighting your ability to be analytical and capability to solve any problem.

Reach Out to Lend a Helping Hand

Help yourself get into medical school by helping people in need of your service.
Help yourself get into medical school by helping people in need of your service. | Source

The Community Service Bucket


The general idea is to reach out and lend a helping hand. The more people benefit from your services, the better credits you gain. You can fill this bucket with all the worthwhile experiences in helping and caring for people from all walks of life. Volunteer work in a soup kitchen, in your mosque, church or synagogue or in a community hospital or clinic. Dr. Miller points out that what the admissions committees really want to see is that “you are committed to specific community service, and even better, that you’ve stayed with something long enough to gain leadership in it.” If you have just one community service to your credit, then make sure that you have been committed to it for a long period of time.

Make Yourself Stand Out

Obscure that low GPA by making yourself standout in extra-curriculars. Be a leader and be a friend.
Obscure that low GPA by making yourself standout in extra-curriculars. Be a leader and be a friend. | Source

The Extracurricular Bucket

This is the fun part to fill in because it is any and all activities you do outside school and definitely nothing to do with academics, research, community service or any of the other buckets. This is where you can make your personality shine by relating your favorite activities like sports, hobbies, learning different languages, the arts and so much more. The medical admissions committees would see you in a different perspective if you excel and develop leadership in your favored activities. In short, this bucket will make you stand out.

Know What It is Like to Be a Physician

How to get into medical school is experiencing how it is like to be a doctor.
How to get into medical school is experiencing how it is like to be a doctor. | Source

The Clinical Experience Bucket

This is the bucket that must be filled. It would show how much you know what it is like to be a physician. Clinical experience is all about shadowing doctors, working in hospitals, being around patients, wngaging in clinical research and so many more activities that can prove to the medical admissions people that you can be a promising physician.

Create a Sterling Personal Statement

Lear how you can get into medical school even with a low GPA with a well-structured personal essay.
Lear how you can get into medical school even with a low GPA with a well-structured personal essay. | Source

The Application Skills Bucket


The application skills bucket is where you weave in all the experiences you have prior to application by:

  • Determining the kind of schools to apply for.
  • Considering applying to DO, foreign and offshore schools.
  • Creating a sterling personal essay which will highlight the characteristic facets in your life based on the first five buckets that you have filled.
  • Making a compelling personal essay of why you should be given a chance to get into medical school despite a low GPA.

What Drives You to Succeed?

It takes commitment and full dedication to face the hurdles and beat the odds on how to get into medical school with a low GPA
It takes commitment and full dedication to face the hurdles and beat the odds on how to get into medical school with a low GPA | Source

Tales of Success


The eBook further presents thirteen tales of success from students with low GPAs who have been accepted in several medical schools. There are likewise statistical data with a GPA Mitigation Activities List that provides more ideas on how to get a medical school entry.

The eBook also presents tips and advise on how to escalate your chances of getting accepted to any medical school. The most important information you may learn and discover from this eBook is how you can upgrade your overall qualifying status beneficial for getting into medical school.

How to Get into Medical School with a Low GPA delves into the details of the application form and the various steps in the whole application process. There are more detailed information about American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and some examples of well-written personal essays that can guide you in structuring your own piece.

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    • kbdressman profile image

      kbdressman 

      3 years ago from Harlem, New York

      Great article! Getting into medical school is definitely not easy, but people with lower GPAs do it. Thanks for taking the time to write this out!

    • medicaribbean profile imageAUTHOR

      medicaribbean 

      6 years ago from Caribbean

      Thank you for hiking by. I wish you well in your pursuit of a medical career. I am sure you would do well in preparing for the applications if you just fill up those six buckets. You can find more info at Dr. Miller's website (howtobepremeddotcom) or search st. george's in grenada. Saint lucia schools are good too. Good Luck!

    • luv2hike profile image

      luv2hike 

      6 years ago

      This is a very informative article. I am taking pre-med classes and am hoping to head in this direction myself. I always find myself stressed out by even thinking about the application process of getting in and what happens if they say no. Thanks for sharing, I enjoy reading.

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