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should i take a gap year or apply. Please Advise

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by angldrps, 03.04.12.

  1. angldrps

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  2. Iliketoytles

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    I think you have plenty of clinical experience. Your ECs look very well-rounded and great! Yes, starting a small business would be leadership, for sure. Your MCAT is fantastic, and will make up for your lower GPA.

    I don't think you should take a gap year. You seem to have everything ready to go already, including LORs. Why wait? :)

    Gogogo!
  3. help2

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    Agreed. You have a great shot :)
    Don't put it off unless there is something else you really want to do before you go to med school (keep in mind, you can always work in a clinical setting during the year you are applying).
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    I had similar MCAT, similar GPA, and although it's hard to compare EC's you prob have me beat there. I got waitlisted at a few MD programs but accepted at the only osteopathic school I applied to and never looked back. I see no reason not to go for it this year.
  5. angldrps

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    there really isn't anything else i want to do. i graduated in june and spent all my time until January to study for the mcat. i knew with a 22 no school would even consider me. now, all i want to do is fulfill my dream of becoming a D.O. hopefully, at least one school will consider me good enough and give me a chance.
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    I think you'll have no problem getting interviews as long as you raise that MCAT to about a 27-28.

    Oh, and apply EARLY. This really matters a lot more than people think (of course, there are the exceptions... but don't risk it).
  7. eccentric jet

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    He/she already said they got 32 on the retake!
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    Oh ya! Ha... never mind then!
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    ^^ :thumbup::thumbup:
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    bump for some more opinions.
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    I think you're good to go, though some exposure to sicker US patients than found in an eye clinic would be nice to see. If you could get in two-three months of volunteering with acutely ill or injured patients before you apply and continue through the application season (letting schools know about ongoing involvement through update letters), I think you'll have satisfied the most stringent expectations. Consider looking not just at hospitals, but also clinics (private, free-, low-income, VA, family planning, etc), skilled-level nursing homes, and rehab centers, depending on what is nearby.

    Do you have an upward grade trend in the sciences? Any upper-level Bio or Biochem yet?

    What kind of X-Rays are taken in an eye clinic?
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    yes i do have an upward trend in grades. I had on accident typed the xray detail next to the wrong activity...edited now. i am going to start volunteering in a nearby clinic which will give me 2 months until i submit my application and will continue to volunteer during app. season.
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    What kind of clinic?
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    sorry for not replying sooner. i have been researching the best opportunities for me to gain clinical experience. i am going to apply to be a scribe, which will provide me with more patient contact than volunteering in a hospital/clinic would.

    my only concern is that the application process for a scribe position is longer than applying to be a volunteer at a hospital, however, by the time interviews come in, i should be already working as a scribe.

    Can you please give me your input on this.
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    Catalystik Providing Herd Protection SDN Advisor

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    A scribe position is an excellent source of clinical experience, which most would feel also includes a shadowing component.

    How competitive is the position? Are you likely to get it, and what factors determine who is picked?
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    I have inquired about the competitive level of the position and have not been give a straight answer- just kept getting told to submit an application. I have a friend who is a scribe for the company I am applying for who told me that they are most interested in accepting those who can make themselves available for the rigorous working hours/schedule.Since I have already graduated and not working any place else else, I will be able to satisfy the demand to work long hours.
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    Since it takes awhile to get trained, they often require a 1-2 year commitment to contue with the position. You might get a heads up from your friend about that, too.
  18. md2be89

    md2be89 To infinity, and beyond!

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    I'm a scribe, actually I'm at work right now. It's a great experience and strongly recommend anyone who is given the chance to do it. However, I applied in like November of 2009, interviewed in January 2010 and didn't start training until June of 2010 and have been a scribe since. I say you just apply. Your stats are great and you're a well rounded candidate. Maybe volunteer in a nursing home or something that would require less time while you apply. I don't see any reason not to apply - go for it!

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