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  1. Thanks everyone for all your input! It seems like the general consensus is that a strong undergraduate GPA regardless of any other considerations. While I realize that this may be the fact, it's a difficult point for me to accept. It seems like a fundamental flaw in the philosophy amongst admissions committees to weight undergraduate GPA so highly for even non-traditional applicants. I understand that it is an important indicator of academic ability for people taking the traditional route to med-school, since it is a very recent measure of their success and abilities. However, most of undergrad is done in one's late teens and very early twenties, and for the most part people mature drastically throughout their twenties in terms of their work ethic, interests, and maturity, among many other things. For someone applying to med-school after nearly a decade or more of finishing their undergrad, why wouldn't an admissions committee consider more strongly what these people have done in the time since completing undergrad? Wouldn't that be a better indicator of their mindset and abilities? I don't understand the reason for this philosophy.
  2. It's definitely not just a passing fancy... I've been wanting to do this for years. Now that I'm done with the PhD, I'm only just starting to research the feasibility of it. I always figured that my undergrad performance wouldn't make it easy. Thanks for your frankness. I'll probably try the application process next year just to see what happens. It seems worth a try, and not too much cost to do so. However, I don't see doing more fulltime undergrad as a worthwhile decision. It's too much sacrifice for something that's probably a longshot anyway. Cheers!
  3. Thanks for your reply. It really does help to hear your perspective. Unfortunately, my 3rd year of undergrad was a GPA of 2.95. The problem was that I picked a very tough undergrad program (Engineering Science at U of T: 50% dropout rate when I was there). My 4th year was a lot better because my courses were mostly combined with the pure physics program, and so good marks were easier to come by. My grad-school GPA is high for the same reason. At my age, I don't think I'd be willing to start another undergrad degree. At this point, it's a sacrifice of too much time and money for something that may not work out anyway. From what you told me, it seems that my best option is to try (and hope) for an awesome MCAT score, and maybe to pick up a few extra undergrad courses (I may need certain pre-reqs for some schools anyway). However, I'll still need to pursue other career options simultaneously since there's a significant chance that my efforts will be for naught. In the best case scenario, if I were to apply next year and get admitted, I wouldn't be starting med school until September 2014, so either way I still need to find something else to do to support my family for at least two more years. That's life... Thanks again for your input.
  4. Hello everyone! I'm hoping for some perspective. I've been considering applying to medical school for several years, but am only now in a position to consider it seriously. However I'm getting older and have been in school for many years, so I'd like to have at least some idea of whether my chances of admission are realistic before I invest a significant amount of time and money in this pursuit. My situation is less common, and so I haven't found much relevant information online. I'm hoping to hear the opinions of some of you who have been through the application process and know it more intimately. My history: -32 years old, recently graduated with a PhD in Physics. -Finished undergrad 8+ years ago with a cumulative GPA of 3.15 (OMSAS scale) in an engineering program. -After my 3rd undergrad year, my grades have been much better: -3.83 in my final undergrad year -95% average over 8 courses during my masters and PhD programs in physics (3.99 GPA by the OMSAS scale, but don't know if this applies to grad school) I know my relatively low cummulative undergrad GPA might hurt me, but it was quite long ago and I'm hoping my more recent performances might better demonstrate my academic abilities. I'm considering taking the MCAT, and then re-assessing my situation from there. What I'm hoping to know from some of you is: 1. Will my relatively low cummulative undergraduate GPA be a significant factor in preventing me from gaining admission to med school, even though these marks are 8+ years old, and even though I have achieved very good grades since then? 2. If I manage to score significantly high on the MCAT, could that greatly improve my chances of admission despite these other circumstances? 3. (being hopeful) Would my PhD in physics be looked upon favourably by admissions committees? 4. If my chances of admission aren't very good, what would I need to do to improve my chances? Thanks for your advice! I appreciate any insight you can give.
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