Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Overmjnd, 11.02.10.
SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads)
What's with this ridiculous **** that I keep seeing of people with 3.5+ GPAs thinking about SMP programs?
You are an URM with 3.5 s/cGPA, a 34R and you want to do a SMP...Seriously.
You have an 82.9% chance of getting an acceptance, and your GPA is not boderline since you are an URM.
All those people, including you, are insane if you think you're anywhere near the SMP level. The only thing that can hold people with your stats back is yourself i.e. poor essay writing, being boring outside of academics, being awkward during interviews, etc.
I gave you stats...What else do you want? Did you click on that link?
yes, stats are good. I'll take a 82.9% admittance rate.
Overmjnd, I'd also hope you have a few more ECs than those you mentioned in your brief post. Your numbers are fine. Try not to have too drastic a downward trend right before applying.
Your grades are pretty good with a strong upward trend. You do not need an SMP. Your MCAT is great. Your activities cover the bases (your interest in rural health is pretty unique and could be your application hook, provided you show sustained interest).
Few questions to really assess how you will do.
1. What state do you live in?
2. Sorry if this is personal: do you consider yourself economically disadvantaged?
3. What was your research in?
4. What was did your clinical work entail?
5. Who is writting your LORs?
6. What are your career goals?
thanks guys, do appreciate it.
2. My family's as middle class as you can get, so I'd say no.
3. In total I've worked at 3 research institutions: 1 in DNA recombination (wet lab), 1 in the molecular pathways of lyme disease at a national laboratory (wet lab), and then currently I study the hippocampus through behavioral studies in primates. Last job was for two years, first two add up to 1 year collectively.
4. I've been a ER volunteer for the past 2 years, and then that medical trip I mentioned above.
5. Two science teachers from my Neuro classes- fairly respected in their field, but I wish I had gotten to know them better. I have 1 letter from a MBBS doctor (international MD-like degree) that is probably very good. My non-science LOR is in the works right now, will definitely have one by the end of the year, perhaps from my writing professor.
6. Career goals are to bring subsidized health care to poorer populations if all goes to plan.
I think you are pretty solid overall.
When you apply, try to develop a hook with your application (ie, a central theme of some sort) and how everything you have done so far (and plan to do) falls into this package. This strategy is especially important considering you are a CA resident.
Separate names with a comma.