Hello everyone! I am a third-year student currently, and I'll be applying next year and taking a gap year. I would like some feedback on my stats so far and how to combat the weaknesses in my application.
Anticipated cGPA: 3.56
Anticipated sGPA: 3.35
GRE: not yet taken, but anticipating over 310 based on practice tests.
PCE at time of application: about 1000 hours as CNA in a skilled nursing facility with long-term care and rehabilitation; 80 hours during a medical internship in India
Volunteering: ~40 hours at a free clinic, ~200 hours working with an NGO in India through a student organization; ~20 hours miscellaneous
Shadowing: 24 hours Internal Medicine PA; 24 hours NP; 8 hours MD (will definitely have more shadowing hours with PAs in the next year)
Recommendations: 1 science professor, 1 MD, 1 PA
Here's my major weakness - science grades:
BIOL 1/lab - A/A
BIOL 2/lab - C+, retake A/A
CHEM 1/lab - B/A
CHEM 2/lab - B/A
A&P 1/lab - C, retake A/C, retake A
A&P 2/lab - D, retake A/D, retake A
Genetics - C, retake A
Organic 1/lab - A/A
Organic 2/lab - B+/A
Microbiology/lab - A/A
Biochemistry - not taken yet, but anticipating B+
Physics 1/lab - not taken yet, but anticipating A/A
Do you think schools will be able to look past my rough patch sophomore year in which I did poorly in two very important A&P classes and genetics? I am in the process of retaking these 3 classes and am doing very well. I can definitely master the material, but my mental health in that period of time was holding me back. I went to counseling in the beginning of junior year and my grades picked up significantly, so I'm hoping the upward trend is respected.
How do I address this in my application, and do you think I have a chance despite doing very poorly in A&P the first time I took it? Any recommendations for improvement? Also, would you all recommend that I use a recommendation from a nurse I work with over the MD? I know the MD will write me a strong recommendation, but I'm not sure if a PCE supervisor would be stronger.