For those of you applying to medical school in the future, you should be aware that your grade point average (GPA) will be broken down into 3 categories on your medical school application:
1) Total: This is your average GPA for all of your courses.
2) BCPM: This is your average GPA for all courses that are considered biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
Sometimes it is not obvious which courses are considered BCPM. If you are unsure, you should refer to the American Medical College Application Service Classification Guide.
3) AO (all other): This category includes all courses that are not considered BCPM.
Undergraduate and graduate grades are converted to “AMCAS grades” (0.0 to 4.0 scale) based on conversion information from the institution at which the grades were earned. For more information about how your grades will be converted and viewed on your AMCAS application, contact your registrar and refer to the AMCAS Grade Conversion Chart and the AMCAS Instruction Manual.
When entering your coursework and grades into the medical school application, be vigilant. Any errors can result in a miscalculated GPA or verification delay. I advise applicants to have a copy of all transcripts to refer to when entering coursework and grades. EVERY course in which you have ever enrolled at any U.S., U.S. Territorial, or Canadian post-secondary institution, must be entered regardless of the credit earned, withdrawals, or grade earned.
JESSICA FREEDMAN, M.D., is president of MedEdits Medical Admissions and author of the MedEdits Guide to Medical Admissions and The Medical School Interview. Follow Dr. Freedman and MedEdits on Facebook andTwitter.
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