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    is it even worth applying to Harvard?

    Honestly wondering what it takes to get into HMS. I have selected 15 or so MD programs, and considering HMS even though its practically impossible lmao.
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    WAMC - Need Help with School List and Feedback (3.80cGPA 3.85sGPA 518 MCAT)

    Hello all, I hope this thread finds you well. I'm hoping to gain some insight into what my odds look like for this application cycle. It's hard for me to judge and I have a hard time deciding if I should apply to some schools due to location, costs, and in-state biases. I would be delighted to...
  3. Seihai

    AMCAS Time to Verification Visualizations for Past Cycles

    One thing that I was always curious about when I applied and still even now is how long AMCAS took to verify during previous cycles and if it was possible to predict when the latest possible date one could submit and be verified in time to be in the first batch of applications transmitted would...
  4. LineHelix

    Combining Shadowing Experiences, is this okay?

    So I would like to combine my 3 shadowing experiences into one activity, so I have more room to talk about other activities. However, I have a couple of questions. I would appreciate help from anyone who's doing the same thing or did the same things in past cycles. I don't want to show bias...
  5. sasukeuchiha33

    AMCAS character count issue is making me bang my head against the wall

    Literally today has just been a weird day in general and this was icing on the cake... somebody please help me. I am currently experiencing difficulty with writing both my Personal Statement and Work and Activities in AMCAS. I know that both my PS and every Work and Activities entry is below...
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    Why can't I add some medical schools?

    I am applying for the AMCAS 2021 application cycle and am unable to add a few schools which are not in my list. They appear grey, like if I had already added them to my list. l know that they're still able to be submitted for the next 6 months. Anyone else running into this problem?
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    Which secondaries don’t ask about misdemeanors and/or criminal records?

    Hi all, I have a retail fraud misdemeanor from high school that will be expunged so I don’t have to report in primary. I’m wondering which schools’ secondaries don’t ask about criminal histories and misdemeanors. Mainly I’m trying to narrow down my school list. I’ll still apply to schools that...
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    AMCAS Disadvantaged Disability

    Hi all! I am looking for some input on whether to write a disadvantaged statement for AMCAS. The guidelines they provide are fairly vague (which I assume is intentional) and I couldn't find any previous scenarios like mine. My Situation: I have a chronic illness which caused me to be disabled...
  9. HumanAfterAll

    Splitting Up Shadowing (I Know)

  10. sherer1

    AMCAS Activities Section Template (Google Sheets)

    I made this to prewrite my activities section, I hope it helps you too. Color-coded yellow for most meaningful experiences. Google Sheets - AMCAS EXPERIENCES TEMPLATE
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    Don't Qualify for FAP because of Parents but Need Financial Assistance

    I am taking the time during the quarantine to work on my applications and look more into the actual process of applying this cycle (I am taking two gap years and am finishing my first now). As I'm looking into applying, I was trying to apply for the AAMC's Fee Assitance Program (FAP). I am...
  13. SubSum87

    AMCAS EC Writing Style

    Non-trad here with no undergrad pre-health advising office to ask these questions, so I apologize if it seems simple. What is the writing style admissions committees want to see for the 15 AMCAS Extra-curricular activities? Should they read like a more robust resume description, or should they...
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    MCAT test date

    Hello all - I am planning on applying to both MD and DO schools starting this May. I have a pretty good idea about which schools I want to apply to, but I am unsure on when to take the MCAT. I am currently taking my last semester of pre-requisites and I am contemplating waiting until May 9th...
  15. EnzymaticFuture

    WAMC for a reinvented student?

    Hello everyone!! Just looking for some advice on generating a school list for this upcoming cycle. I will be applying to MD and DO schools. For reference, I’m a black male from Nevada. I followed @Goro advice on reinventing myself after a subpar undergrad (3.0 gpa). My stats during undergrad...
  16. LineHelix

    Most Meaningful Activity too similar to Personal Statement?

    So my PS talks about how my experience working with homeless patients was a transformative experience that led me to want to become a physician. I thought it would intuitive to also include it as one of my most meaningful activities, even though the description of why its my most meaningful...
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    AAMC Preliminary background check. Does this make sense to you?

    Hello all, Question for you - I recently received my first acceptance (yay!) however I have come across some seemingly conflicting information in the 2020 AMCAS guide regarding preliminary background checks. I'm wondering if you all know if the preliminary report (which I participated in this...
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    Wrong hours on amcas advice

    So I did full time summer work and year research at the same lab. I put the whole research for this lab under one category and the summer under another I didn’t realize the hours weren’t supposed to overlap. What do I do, this makes the hours exaggerated for one of those activities? Should I...
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    BCPM Course Classifications

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    You & Another Applicant with Same Activity

    in the past, I had started a sports club and had previously written up a description for our website. a girl from my school, in the same club which isn't a very common one, is also applying this cycle. we don't talk with each other much and definitely not about applications. i have two...
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    Question about reusing hardship for secondary essay (UTSW)

    Hey guys, One of the questions for UTSW's MSTP secondary is: If you wish, please describe major hardships or adversity you have overcome to reach this point in your life (if none, please state “none”). I was wondering if I could reuse my hardship essay topic from my TMDSAS primary...
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    Early Decision & AMCAS Verification

    Hi everyone, I am planning on applying to an early decision program to my top school. My MCAT score comes back the first week of July and I did not want to submit my primary until then. Will my app be verified before the August 1st deadline? I have heard some say that the verification process...
  24. 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...
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    AMCAS and rural background

    I come from a rural underserved region and a large part of my application was built on this aspect and wanting to work with these types of communities. While AMCAS allowed me to describe my childhood home city as rural, when I generate a PDF of the application there is only a 'U' (for...
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    Is it okay to list a friend as a contact for a non-service club?

    About 2 years ago, I joined a recreational frisbee club on Campus and I had a great time playing for about two semesters. I want to put it down on AMCAS as one of my activities because I can speak pretty well about how it helped improve me as a future physician by making me more resilient when I...
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    Course information not on official transcript

    My current university gave credits to some courses that I took in my previous university (a foreign university). But on the official transcript of my current university, there are no detailed course names. Only a total number (39.98 credits). The detailed information of the transferred courses...
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    Unsure if I should mark that I am Disadvantaged!

    My situation is somewhat unique in that I essentially went from rather disadvantaged to quite the opposite during the span of my childhood. From my birth to about age 13 I would definitely say I was disadvantaged. During that time my family lived very close to the poverty line. Getting food on...
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    AMCAS Disadvantaged Essay??

    I'm applying as disadvantaged, but I'm kind of unsure how to go about the essay? Am I supposed to just say how my circumstances effected me (in school/psychologically/socially/etc)? Is this supposed to be on the side of creative writing (like the PS) or just listing facts? If anyone can link...
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    Transcript entry: transferred courses

    On the transcript of my current university, the summer courses that I took in CC didn't have a GPA, but a "T" which stands for "Transfer". When I am listing the course work on AMCAS, should I write the course information into my current university or in the community college part? (I listed...
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    Has anyone used primary/secondary application screening services? Opinions?

    I'm doing late-May MCAT with pre-verified primary application for late-June submission, so in between I will be focusing entirely on (initially) putting final touches on primary essay/application and writing many secondaries. I have a 3.88 sGPA and good range of ECs, so there is a real...
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    Move up from MCAT from May 23 date? (conflicting information)

    I am scheduled to take the MCAT May 23, score release on June 25. I wanted to maximize the time available to me to prepare for the MCAT, given the damage a poor score would might do to do my standing as an applicant (3.88 sGPA, EC boxes checked). I chose this MCAT date because it is the latest...
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    SAT - MCAT?

    Just curious. High MCAT scorers, what were your SAT scores? I got a 1650 and an 1800 out of 2400. So not terrible but not great. Wondering if it’s possible for me to get a good MCAT score? Like I know it’s possible but do I have natural limitations I should be aware of? Please let me know...
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    Will medical schools see my second MCAT score?

    So here is my current situation. I currently got a 499 on my MCAT (RIP) but I plan on retaking in August and I expect to do significantly better. My plan right now is to apply in June. My question is whether or not medical schools will see me signed up in August to take it again and whether...
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    AMCAS Personal Statement vs MD/PHD Essay

    Hi all, thanks for reading! I am having a lot of trouble writing different essays for the primary application Personal Statement and MD/PhD essay. For me, I have one narrative: how I've bounced between meaningful clinical inspiration and taken those experiences into basic research on the...
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    Proof of Extra-curricular activities

    Hey, how are we supposed to present our EC's in the application, and what sort of proof is required? Thanks in advance!
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    Overlap in AMCAS/AACOMAS Traffic Guidlines

    I’ve been accepted at a DO program since November but have interviewed at three allopathic programs as well. I’m currently waitlisted at all three schools, with two of them informing me that they expect to have a lot of waitlist movement around or after April 30th due to the AMCAS traffic...
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    Are MSAR GPAs AMCAS GPAs or the schools' interpreted GPAs?

    I've been looking through the new updated MSAR, and I was wondering where the GPA values MSAR reports come from. Are they AMCAS GPAs, or are they "interpreted GPAs" (like the last x units taken or something) that the school provides? My cumulative is not very salvageable but my science GPA is...