application advice

  1. O

    Should I take a second gap year? 4.0/525 with strong clinical, but no research/leadership.

    Context: I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life during college, and I basically wasted those 4 years. I never had to take anatomy, but I took it for fun my senior year, and halfway through my last semester of college something clicked and I realized that I want to be a doctor. I've spent...
  2. cold_urticaria

    Should I include HS non-clinical volunteering hours if I received a big award for it (but didn't continue in college)?

    Basically the title. In high school I accumulated roughly 170 hours of non-clinical volunteering with the Red Cross as a "Donor Ambassador" (checked in donors and walk-ins to their appointments, managed the post-donation area, monitored donors post-donation before they left) and I received the...
  3. R

    Describe an instance where something in your life didn’t go as planned

    I am completing an application and got this question: 3. Describe an instance where something in your life didn’t go as planned (academic, personal, professional, athletic or other). • How did you meet this challenge? • What resources did you use to overcome the setback? • What would you do...
  4. N

    Messed up my ERAS for fellowship

    P.S. I did try looking up similar issues in this thread but failed to find them. Apparently, there was a mistake during saving my previous work experiences (not much prior to residency as I was a fresh graduate) previous work experience included 2 away electives during med school and 3 away...
  5. Mr.Smile12

    ARTICLE PUBLISHED: Other Impactful Experiences

    Updating, the article is out
  6. S

    Need Help Making A School List For Next Cycle

    Hi all, I was looking for help making a school list for when I apply in May. I am also wondering what parts of my app are weak and need some more work in the months until then. I am going to project my work and volunteer hours to what I believe I will have by next May. Florida Resident. URM...
  7. C

    What to put and not put on dental school application

    I am currently a rising senior in the process of filling out my dental school application and am wondering if a couple things should go on my application or if I should leave them out. On the ADEA website it says to only include things you have done recently or during your collegiate career...
  8. F

    How should I manage my applications this summer?

    Hi everyone, As the title states, Im not sure how I should manage my summer with apps coming this cycle. I am currently working as an acute PT Tech at a very large hospital with a very supportive manager that will also help me obtain observation hours in other clinics. My current issue is that...
  9. P

    Should I list a high school research experience when applying MD/PhD?

    I've gotten very mixed advice on this and wanted some more opinions. Between my Junior and Senior years of high school I got a paid research internship at a pharmacology lab at the university I eventually attended. The internship lasted 8 weeks and I accumulated about 300 hours on the project...
  10. FF425

    CBSE Score Interpretation - What next?

    Background: DDS student Class of 2024 Began studying in late July 2021 and took Feb 2022 CBSE exam Aimed to score such that I wouldn't need to retake in July 2022 and instead could then use invest that time in other areas of application Attempting to come up with an arbitrary score cut-off...
  11. T

    Application help

    If my mom went to some college at a community college but never graduated with an associate's or bachelor's degree, am I considered a first-generation college student? Thank you!
  12. K

    Free Premedical Event

    Hi everyone! KAMSA (Korean American Medical Student Association) from the Medical College of Georgia is hosting a premedical online event on May 14th from 10AM-2PM. This event is targeted for premedical students hoping to learn more about different medical specialties, medical student...
  13. Mued->Doc

    Focus on clinical hours or research for my EC’s?

    Hello everybody, I wanted to get some advice on what y’all would focus in terms of EC’s to build the best application I can. Medical school is the goal for me, and I would be happy with getting into anywhere because I just really want to help people in the hardest of times, but I also want to...
  14. Chappy1

    MD WAMC: Low GPA High MCAT help?

    Hey all, first time user here. Looking for any advice in narrowing down/tackling my school list with the following general information. I've always read other posts and am trying my hand at asking based on my own situation... so any insight is appreciated! 3.36 c and sGPA (I believe my sGPA is...

    Premed to Predent

    So I'm finishing up my masters at Rutgers Biomed, however, I came in as premed. GPA has been a 4.0 but due to undergrad and copious credits I took, it only brings it up to above a 3.4. I'm Asian so if I continue w/ medicine I'm most likely going to osteopathic school. I'm not okay with becoming...
  16. sharmylilla

    Being a competitive applicant after deciding on vet school late

    Just like the title says - I am not technically a non-traditional student, but because I decided on vet school late (after my undergrad) I am seriously lacking in a lot of the areas needed for competitive applicants. I did my undergrad in the UK where your courses are predetermined, so I'm...
  17. T

    What will be my chances ( studying for MCAT need to set a goal)

    Hi, I am currently studying for MCAT. I know the higher the score the better, but I want to set a realistic goal. By the time I apply to medical school I will have: cGPA: 3.82 sGPA: 3.84 (upward trend) From 2nd Tier undergraduate school. Master's degree in Biology. 200~300+ Clinical hours...
  18. M

    Deferred from ED - Help!

    Hi everyone, I am going through a bit of setback at the moment given I was deferred from Early Decision at a school in NJ 2 weeks ago and I need some help. Since I received that decision I have applied to other schools (about 12) in NJ, PA, VT and NY. I was wondering what my chances look like...
  19. F

    Applying in Sophomore Year

    Hey everyone, this is my first forum post so forgive me if I've posted this in the wrong place. I need some advice regarding applications. For context, I am going to be a junior this fall. I originally was going to just take the DAT this year (which is about a week from now) and apply next...
  20. PreDentalProcess

    Is it too late to take the DAT in late August and Submit my application in the first week of September ?

  21. B

    International Medical Aid Shadowing

    Hey all! I recently stumbled across the IMA website and I was wondering if anyone has heard about it/knows if it is legit. I have some shadowing experience in the US, but I wasn't able to go abroad in undergrad so I thought this might be a good way to do both abroad work and get some clinical...
  22. M

    MD Application strength heading into the current cycle

    Hi! I'm new to forums, so I apologize if I'm doing any of this wrong. Also a bit long, please pardon my anxiety. To give some context, I am a current junior at my university, majoring in biology. I was on the research track for my first two and a half years, but ultimately I don't see myself...
  23. bikinitop

    Volunteer Hrs - How few is too few hours to list?

    I'm applying DO this cycle (after a gap year or two) and was preparing to submit but I reviewed my Experiences section and realized my volunteer hours are scattered across many organizations and are few. How few volunteer hours are too few to list with a specific organization? Since I have so...
  24. DocZen1

    Non-Traditional PhD to MD Applicant

    Hi everyone. I am a non-traditional 2020-2021 applicant and just wanted some advice. I will be defending my thesis for my Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, hopefully, Spring/Summer of 2021. I figured out I wanted to do medicine during my graduate career through some of my volunteer/life...
  25. BigCats

    VMCAS Questions and Rants c/o 2025

    Happy "VMCAS is open four months early" day, y'all :) Post your VMCAS questions and rants here for the 2020-2021 cycle! Good luck to everyone who's still waiting to hear back from schools and good luck to everyone applying this new cycle! VMCAS Customer Service (Help with the application)...
  26. strawberryskies

    WAMC - 4.0/524 but inconsistent non clinical volunteering

    Hi. I have a bit of a problem...while I’m really excited about the MCAT score I received yesterday, I’m starting to get concerned about choosing what schools to apply to because I made the huge mistake of not sticking to one non-clinical volunteer experience, and not keeping track of my hours...
  27. LindaAccepted

    Medical Strengthen Your Med School Application in One Hour

    Our webinar, The 5-Part Framework for a Successful Medical School Application, was a huge success. If you missed it, don’t worry – you still have the chance to learn Accepted founder Linda Abraham’s strategies for med school acceptance! The full webinar is now available to view, free and...
  28. E

    Do I have a chance at any DO school?

    My sgpa/cgpa are ~3.2 mcat ~505, but the problem is I don't have a DO letter. I was able to shadow a DO once for a day and have a lot of friends who are in DO schools and from them I have some knowledge of OMM but I wasn't able to see it in practice. A lot of the secondaries I am getting are...
  29. C

    Help With Diversity Essay

    Unfortunately, I did not make the smart decision of pre-writing my diversity essay. I have received a couple of secondaries and am beginning to work on them now. My app isn't verified yet though, so I'm hoping to really nail down my diversity essay before they start flooding in. One idea I had...
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  31. T

    WAMC: What Are My Chances

    MOD NOTE: We are now going to have one thread for all of the inquiries for competitiveness, what are my chances, do I have a shot, can I get into ABC University, etc. Most of the other SDN forums have found success with having one thread, so we are going to adopt that going forward. 1. Please...
  32. LindaAccepted

    Medical 4 Things to Do Before Submitting Your AMCAS Application

    The AMCAS system may be open for several months, but it’s to your advantage to apply earlier rather than later so that med schools can consider your application when they have more seats available to fill. On the other hand, you don’t want to submit your application before it’s truly ready to be...
  33. LindaAccepted

    Medical What Do You Need to Know to Get Accepted to a Physician Assistant (PA) Program?

    Your goal is to complete a top physician assistant program and move into a dynamic and exciting professional role as a PA. What are the steps you need to take to achieve this goal? What can you do to sharpen your competitive edge and get noticed from the overflowing applicant pool? What can you...
  34. LindaAccepted

    Medical 5 Dont’s for Your Medical School Personal Statement

    The personal statement is the only place in the AMCAS, AACOMAS and TMDSASprimary applications where you get to present yourself directly to the admissions committee. Here, you can persuade them to give you an interview, or – if you’re not careful – unknowingly reveal red flags that undermine...
  35. N

    Another MS or Work?

    Hello! So I applied to dental schools this year. At the moment, I am on one waitlist for Nova Southeastern University's School of Dentistry. I'm trying to figure out what to do next year on the chance that I don't get into their dental school. I'm about to meet with an academic advisor from my...
  36. S

    Supplemental Questions

    So I saw that UCSF has their supplemental questions posted on their website and was just curious if there were other schools that you know of that also do this? Also, are more dental schools including their supplemental questions in their primary app and doing away with the secondary app?
  37. aspiring-dentist101

    Importance of GPA/Acceptance chances?)

    I've been wanting to post about this for a very long time. I have been busy with family, interviews, work, etc. So I haven’t been able to post on sdn. I have decided to post it now for the sake of future applicants. This is intended for future applicants and most importantly for those that did...
  38. LindaAccepted

    Medical What Do You Need to Know to Get Accepted to a Medical School?

    You have a goal: to get into medical school and enter the field of medicine armed with the knowledge you need to succeed as a physician. What are the steps you need to take in order to reach this goal? What can you do to boost your candidacy and get noticed by the adcom? In our new admissions...
  39. LindaAccepted

    Medical Strengthen Your Med School Application in One Hour

    Our webinar, The 5-Part Framework for a Successful Medical School Application, was a huge success! But if you missed it, don’t worry – you still have a chance to learn Linda Abraham’s strategies for your med school applications! The full webinar is now available to view – free, on-demand...
  40. V

    Have an appointment with admission office before application

    Hi! I am applying for med school in a few months so I am thinking about talking to med school admission offices and see if they can give some suggestion on what I can improve. Do you know any med school admission offices that allow pre-med students from other universities to have an appointment...