SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I attribute my lack of success to a lack of maturity in applying full effort in my first undergrad years. I finished my BA in social sciences in 2007 cGPA 2.22, sGPA 1.61. My transcript is a mess. Lots of Cs and Fs, even in premed requirements. (I wasn't pre-med when I took these. Just dabbling in science/math.) I retook all my failed classes and med school pre-reqs over the last two years, took upper division biology courses, and now my GPA looks like this: AMCAS cGPA: 2.71, sGPA: 2.74 (yeah... I know I'm screened out of most (all?) MD schools) AACOMAS cGPA: 3.18, sGPA: 3.71 since returning to school, 48 credits at 3.79 GPA (full-time while doing research) 32P mcat (10P-11V-11B) Research: 1 3/4 years research at time of application, 20-35 hrs/week, every week. student employee of the year nominee poster presentation (I didn't present it personally, but will get a chance to, is this significant?) hopefully a publication, which we have started writing. wrapping up project now. Clinical: about 75 hours shadowing in Em. Dept. will be a scribe in gap year (it's set up already) Leadership: three years restaurant management after graduating, supervising mostly college students (about my age). it feels silly to use this, but I learned more than I ever did in school and it was NOT easy. Volunteering: very weak spot. I read to elementary students off and on, and Im going to start volunteering at a clinic soon. I have plenty of time this semester, what should my hours goal be? Miscellaneous: when I came back to school I changed my lifestyle and gradually lost 60 lbs. Thanks for any constructive criticism. I have three months to wrap up my PS, letters of Rec, and patch holes the holes in volunteering and clinical. edit- I plan to apply broadly to DO schools and in-state (Florida) for MD, if advisors think the latter is reasonable.