With more and more students applying to medical school these days, it is extremely important that you evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and determine where you stand as a medical school applicant. If academic performance is one of your weaknesses, then this will without a doubt be the number one factor that will hinder your chance of getting into medical school.

Since medical schools look closely at your overall GPA, and more importantly your science GPA, you should already know that your academic credentials must be up to par. If you had a slip up in one semester but performed well in every other semester and continue to get good grades during your undergraduate career, then you can attempt to explain your circumstances and hopefully medical schools with hear you out. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you’ve gotten poor grades in more than one or two of your premedical courses, then there’s some work that you’re going to have to do.

So what if you’re in a position where you haven’t done well at all in your premedical course but still believe that you are capable of succeeding in medical school despite the story your not-so-impressive undergraduate grades may tell? Well, if you’ve got that “little engine that could” attitude and are determine to make it to medical school, there is still hope. Depending on what stage of your premedical career you are at, there are multiple ways to enhance your academic credentials to show admission committees that you can compete at a level required of medical students.