Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by angldrps, 03.04.12.
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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?
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).
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.
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.
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).
He/she already said they got 32 on the retake!
Oh ya! Ha... never mind then!
bump for some more opinions.
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?
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.
What kind of clinic?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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