1. J

    I’m in a pickle, could use some advice!

    So with Covid, things are interesting. I took a semester off during Covid because of some personal stuff but upon returning last fall things were different for sure. I didn’t take any sciences this past fall but taking orgo II, biochem, microbio and a writing this course this semester in...
  2. S

    Do Admission Committees look into course descriptions?

    The answer to my question is likely no as that would be very time consuming, but I was just wondering if admissions committees ever scrutinize university course descriptions to make sure certain courses covered all the topics that they deem essential knowledge for a course. I have seen one...
  3. M

    Would this class count as an upper-level biology lab?

    I am considering taking a class called " Laboratory Techniques in Biomedical Research" that is a 400 level class in the physiology department. However, it is an online class. Would I have to take an in-person lab next year as well, or would this satisfy my upper-level biology lab requirement...
  4. X

    How does the admissions committee timeline work (infrequent meeting)?

    Hi, all. I have heard some talk about admissions committees meeting very infrequently at some schools (e.g. once a month) and am confused about how this works. Does this mean if they meet, say, when info is transmitted this year on July 10th, everyone who was verified on the day of July 11th is...
  5. D

    Waitlist Inquiry

    Hey everyone! So I'm currently sitting on 6 MD waitlists and 1 DO acceptance. I have an institutional action on my application for plagiarism/misattribution from two years ago which I thoroughly discussed on my app and it was only brought up in two of my interviews. I was just wondering whether...
  6. R

    MPH to MD possible with high MPH gpa and high MCAT but low undergrad GPA?

    Okay so I’m really looking for some solid advice because my situation is always a little different from other people on here. So I graduated last May with a degree in biology with a 2.98 cum gpa (sGpa is a little lower). I’m currently enrolled in an MPH program that takes approximately 2 years...
  7. A

    Questions for the adcoms out there: What is your opinion of Student-Athletes?

    1. What is your honest opinion about NCAA D1 student-athletes? 2. What had your experience been like when you interviewed them? 3. If you went on to accept them, did your opinion about them change? Thank you in advance from all the SAs out there.
  8. M

    Diversity topic?

    Hi all, Would either of these topics be good for diversity secondaries? My background- grew up in a well-off Asian family in a rural New england community. 1. Talk about rural upbringing and attending schools where the majority came from poverty-ridden families (ie greater awareness of the...
  9. M

    Appropriate topic for diversity secondary?

    Hi all- I'm from a rural community in the Northeast. (meaning rural, but not to the extreme of locations in the midwest per se). This was my idea for a diversity secondary and I would appreciate any feedback: -I want to talk about coming from a rural area and a public school system where...
  10. M

    Adcoms- Listing volunteering on amcas

    So I started a non-clinical volunteer position summer before the 9th grade and was a full time summer volunteer for 5 years and did part time work since (currently a college junior). Is it fine to put the date range as 2012-2019 865 hours and then explain in the description part when my full...
  11. M

    Listing parent for shadowing on AMCAS...?

    I apologize if this has already been answered but is it okay to list a parent on AMCAS for shadowing? My dad is in primary care and I spent two weeks shadowing him all day in our family run clinic for about 60ish hours (2 years ago) and I wanted to list it but I wasn't sure how it would...
  12. M

    Medical Mission Trips

    Hey everyone, I was wondering how to approach talking about medical mission trips on my "Experiences" for the AACOMAS application. I went to Costa Rica for a week to volunteer. I know there is this idea of "rich" kids going to a 3rd world country to look good on their application. I am not rich...
  13. M

    Anyone know anyone who has gotten into medical school (either MD or DO) with a 499?

    Anyone know anyone who has gotten into medical school (either MD or DO) with a 499? If so, what was their ECs, GPA, which medical school was it, ... etc? Thank you!
  14. P

    MD wamc

  15. 9

    Personal Statement review?

    I am on draft 12 of my PS and think I am on or near my final draft. Would anyone care to provide feedback (particularly med students or faculty...?) TYIA
  16. J

    Army medic experience and injury

  17. 3

    Recovery from addiction in my application?

    So I'm a premed undergrad, and currently over 2 years sober from drugs and alcohol. My recovery is a huge part in my wanting to go into medicine. I want to help people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders (so Psychiatry, though neurology and neurosurgery seem appealing as well)...
  18. Franzliszt1

    Updating adcoms the proper way

    Dear SDN, Hope you are all doing well. I have an update to give to adcoms as I joined a new research lab. The update process for some of these schools is to upload a document. i.e. "choose file." I'm wondering if anyone has any tips on formatting these word documents for upload. Obviously, I...
  19. S

    Interview for admissions committee

    I'm interviewing for a spot on my school's admissions committee. I have no idea what kind of questions I will be asked. I would appreciate any advice on the types of questions if anyone has been through this in the past. Thanks!
  20. scarlettsky

    help GPA: 3.34 no volunteering experience, Middle Eastern

    Can anyone provide me with advice on my situation? I'm a Pre-Med bio major and am going to enter my 4th year undergrad this fall. I did fairly well in my first few semesters but due to personal responsibilities and being overwhelmed with taking too many credits, my grades suffered...
  21. J

    How do adcoms view dual enrollment courses on application?

    Hello, I’m a rising senior (technically) in high school, but I’m a full time dual enrollment student and haven’t even been to the physical high school since I was a sophomore; I have about 40 credits and will have my associates degree this coming spring. There is a slight problem, due to...
  22. Franzliszt1

    Will this make an Adcom roll their eyes?

    Dear SDN community, Hope you are all doing well. If I have to write about a time I failed (and how I responded), what is the general wisdom on writing about my organic chemistry course. I scored around a 55% and a 65% on my first two tests, didn't panic, turned it around, earned an A on the...
  23. DoctorOrdinary

    Boundaries of Volunteering, Making myself a "well rounded" applicant

    Many medical schools love insane amounts of volunteering, whether clinical or non-clinical. I do the typical box-checking stuff to meet the 100-200 hour "requirement" to make myself a better applicant, but I've only recently started and I will be applying next cycle. However, I also founded an...
  24. S

    Native American but not considered URM

    Good Evening fellow SDN'ers, I'm just a lurker, but I haven't really found the answer to my question so I had to ask! This is not a troll whatsoever, in fact it's simply a yes or no question. Throughout my childhood I was considered Native American. That's only because my father was 75% NA...
  25. R


    I'm not sure what to classify this class from my freshman year. We read research papers from science and non science disciplines and talked about research methods and critiqued the papers. Description from school website catalogue: "Introduction to the Intellectual Foundations program and...
  26. N

    A few questions regarding dental application

    I have a theoretical scenario I can't seem to find an answer to.. I hope someone can help me out. Suppose I took the DAT in May and my scores are average. If I apply and get denied from my schools is it possible to retake the DAT in September, get a higher score and reapply in the same...
  27. P

    Dog Agility Training as an EC?

    I have had my dog (Mini Australian Shepherd) since August, and we have recently started agility training to compete locally. This is something that I like to do in my free time as a stress reliever, but it has now become a huge part of my life. This training has really taught me how to...
  28. M

    Expressing an interest in psych

    Hello! I'm a premed (sophomore) set on being a doctor (not a psychologist). When thinking about specialties, my primary interests would be either IM or psych. In terms of research, I currently do lab work in a basic science/translational psych research lab, and am leaning towards ultimately...
  29. H

    Describe Statements that have stood out to you/why?

    To any ADCOM members, Pre-Med Advisors, Doctors, Med students, etc. who have experience reading personal statements for medical school: think back to specific statements that have stood out to you, either for good or bad reasons. What about those letters made them stand out? What did the writer...
  30. LindaAccepted

    Medical How to Get Into NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine [Episode 250]

    Our guest today, Gina Moses, is the Director of Admissions at New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to taking this position in 2016, she worked for almost ten years as the Associate Director of Recruitment and Application Services for the American Association...
  31. Green Turtle

    To withdraw or not to withdraw

    I've been reading through endless threads on this topic, but would love some advice on my particular situation. Thanks in advance. Situation: I am currently in Calculus 2 and slowly falling behind. We have daily quizzes that I underperform on, and have taken one exam of four that I received a...
  32. M

    Personal Statement Advice

    Hi everyone! So I am in the process of writing my personal statement. I've been seeing a lot of different information on the internet. Is it better to tell a story that conveys characteristics that show you'd be a good doctor or write about your motivation to be a doctor? What do admissions want...
  33. M

    Which medical schools like student athletes?

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  34. M


    I have a question on whether it would be wise or not to mention my struggle with substance abuse on my application/ letter of intent. I believe it may be beneficial, however others have advised me against it (None of which are pre-med students or advisors). There are many factors involved in...
  35. Isoval

    Random Thought: What do adcoms think about interviewees who miss minutiae of formal clothing?

    How do adcoms perceive an interviewee that forgets to unbutton his/her jacket when sitting down and/or hasn't cut the stitch holding jacket tails together, or misses any other formality? Don't care? Red flag?
  36. A

    FAQ on med school affirmative action and URM recruitment from an adcom member (emeritus)

    Dear members of the SDN community, I am an internist with over three decades of experience on medical school admissions committees. As I am recently retired from this particular duty I can speak freely here, and give some insight into the workings of affirmative action among those of us who...
  37. papi_md

    Is volunteering as red cross first responder also considered a clincal experience?

    Hello sdn, Im planning to go to med school. Currently I work as an IT consultant and I hold a degree in physics. As I mostly read here in sdn, non trad students should get clinical experience regardless. I live in the philippines btw and would like to go to a US or even carribean med school...

    Contacting/ Meeting with Adcoms in Undergrad?

    So I talked to my advisor today about what her previous students have done that have gotten into Dental School, and she told me that one of her previous students, (A non-urm girl if it matters) had a OGPA of 3.3 and a science even lower than that. However, since her sophomore year, she had been...
  39. Doctorordietrying

    Show Don't Tell Personal Statement

    I'm struggling to see where I keep telling rather than showing. Aside from family, two readers have told me that my personal statement is not showing enough. I was advised to make my essay warmer and more telling of my character. If anyone wants to read my essay and tell me where I am lacking...
  40. M

    Submitting secondaries before updated MCAT score?

    A few weeks ago, I submitted my primary application to medical schools. In this application, I included my first MCAT attempt score (507) but I retook the MCAT a few weeks ago and won't have my updated score until August 1st. I indicated this on my primary app. I have received secondaries to...