So I am currently a junior and I have been thinking about this for a while. In short, I had taken organic chemistry 1 freshman year during COVID, and had to drop it near the end of the semester. I retook it last semester and unfortunately ended with a C minus. Will one C minus in organic chemistry make me ineligible to apply for med school, and if so should I retake it for a third time senior year?
Thanks in advance.
Thanks for your questions! Starting right off the bat, I want to let you know that by no means does one grade nor mess-up make you unfit to apply to medical school! Grades are not everything as medical schools use a holistic approach and look at multiple aspects of an individual, including personal statements, MCAT scores, extracurriculars, clinical experience, and research! I also want to add that improvement is factored into your application and medical schools love to see areas of improvement.
Orgo I is, arguably, one of the hardest classes at the University of Michigan. I also took it during COVID as a freshman and it was definitely a rough experience. That being said, however, in your case I would recommend retaking Orgo 1. The biggest reason being is that Orgo If builds off of Orgo I and if you lack the foundational basics of organic chemistry, it will be challenging to do well in that class as well. This time around. I would advise you to take it with a different professor so you can gain experience with the same material being taught in a slightly different way. There are also a significant amount of resources available that I would recommend you check out such as SL.C drop-in tutoring. Professor Office Hours, and GSI office hours (which are highly underrated).
I hope this helps! Feel free to stop by our advising hours (on Sunday – Wednesday from 6 PM – 10 PM) if you have any further questions!
Javeria, PMH Advisor