08-06-12 02:56 AM - Post#84327 In response to VickiV
(I think the original poster is right to retake the bio courses given time and GPA)
I'll be better able to tell you after this application season if my decision NOT to retake bio but to take genetics (4 credits, no lab) to refresh my bio knowledge, and them simply take my o-chem (12 quarter credits, with lab), physics (12 quarter credits, with lab), and biochem (4 quarter credits, with lab)that I'd never had in undergrad. I graduated 15 years ago with a 3.81.
Two points that were made to me: 1) Your MCAT score will show schools how much of the "old" information you have retained, and 2)Biology is the science that (at the MCAT level) has changed the most in the last 10-20 years (from an old-premed doc at my work...went from school teacher to an amazing MD in her 40's.)
My background is strong in biology. For my BS in nursing, I had to take bio I&II, Human A&P I&II, microbiology, pathophysiology, and a nursing-level pharmacology course. Add in 14 years working as a nurse, and some of it actually stuck.
Bio was the easiest MCAT topic to refresh in for me. The fresh genetics course definitely helped, as did the biochemistry - these are both required at my hoped-for state school. And I test well, though I had to work for the MCAT. Using the AAMC practice MCATs, paying attention to timing and pacing, and reviewing my own "gaps" more heavility than the topics I was more confident in were key for me.
MD Candidate, Class of 2017
School of Medicine
Oregon Health & Sciences University