1. P

    UOP vs UW

    Hey guys I'm currently choosing between UOP and UW...I am interested in Pediatric Dentistry, but not sure whether UOP has less opportunities to specialize like some people say. Could anyone please share their ideas about this? Any advice is greatly appreciated!!
  2. D

    Should I Proceed with BCOM Interview?

    Hey all, so I just got an ii from BCOM today, however I have already received an A from KCU. Should I go ahead and schedule the interview with KCU? I know that KCU has quite the good reputation among the DO schools, however I haven't heard much on BCOM. Any input on the sentiment/quality of...
  3. J

    What happens if you don’t reach 25% of your internship hours as direct client contact?

    Hey all. Coming from an anxious intern, i have a site where I am not particularly close to 25% hours from a site being direct client contact hours, as opposed to support or supervision hours. The state in which I am planning to be licensed, Washington, has the following criteria under thier...
  4. J

    License Infraction (AADSAS) 100MPH

    Hello, On the AADSAS application (and other pre-med applications) there is a question that asks: "Have you ever had any certification, registration, license or clinical privileges revoked, suspended or in any way restricted by an institution, state or locality?" In which you are able to...
  5. A

    Rescind admission??

    Recently was admitted. However upon doing a background check it came up positive for a possession of marijuana charge from when I was 18. Charge was immediately dropped and I WAS NOT convicted. The marijuana was not mine, but I was the one driving the car. I did not mention this on any...
  6. E

    Non-trad post-bacc conundrum

    Howdy folks 👋 I've finally decided that it is time to do what I should have done a long time ago and commit to becoming a physician. I am still in the planning phases and have been doing a lot of research on post-bacc programs. Some background: I am a 32-year-old New Englander (and I plan to...
  7. D

    DO application date, and chances of acceptance based on stats, help on school list as well

    So, at the moment I am an Early Decision Applicant for an MD school, with the following stats Major - Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers cGPA: 3.83 sGPA: 3.82 MCAT 1: 129/125/128/128 510 MCAT 2: 130/127/127/127 511 this is my concern, I retook, and dropped on B/B and P/S ORM Asian Research...
  8. Melonboy

    Help! Name dropping in primary application

    For my most meaningful section, I included a patient's first name along with their disease and how it tied to their ancestry. Am I screwed??
  9. Lunargravity

    Working toward second degree while applying in 2024

    So I withdrew my application last cycle after voiding my MCAT and plan to rework and improve my application for 2024. However at the end of last year I revisited my interest in computer programming that I've have since high school and enrolled in an intro course at my local cc and will be...
  10. A

    Next Steps/ Guidance

    Hello, I am currently prepping secondaries, finished my MCAT and have my schools list sorted out. What are some other things I can do during the month of april in order to get ahead of the application proccess? Should I be scheduling CASPER or the AAMC prep exam? Ty!!
  11. A

    How does being an American Red Cross Phlebotomist help my chances?

    Hello! Still trying to work on my schools list going - wondering if I should write about my phlebotomy experience at ARC in my personal statement though Ive only been a phlebotomist for a couple months. Some stats: 1. 3.6 cGPA, 3.8 sGPA, 4.0 post bacc gpa, strong upward curve. 2. 511 total...
  12. H

    Sending an LOI to an absolute top choice pre-decision?

    Hi everyone, I interviewed at my absolute dream program last week. I was wondering whether it would be wise to send them a letter of intent. I have read so many mixed opinions on this, some say to wait until a WL, and some say it is ok to send after an interview and before the decision. I am...
  13. F

    Challenge essay ideas?

    Is it okay to write about dealing with the loss of a loved one as a part of the 'describe a time you face a challenging situation' essay? I am unsure if it is too emotional/personal a topic to be addressed. (If anyone is willing to look over a rough draft to see if it is appropriate, then I...
  14. bouncydidit

    Writing "challenge" secondary question

  15. HalJordann

    WAMC-School List help 3.9 GPA 511 MCAT CA ORM

    Hi SDN, I am making this post with the primary intention of helping with my school list for the next cycle. Any feedback on my school list or application would be great. Thank you all in advance! Stats and Background CA, ORM, graduated from small private school in SoCal cGPA=3.93 sGPA=3.87...
  16. H

    Any advice for gap year?

    Hi you all very nice people, I am taking 2 years off and applying during the 2023-2024 cycle! I would like to know if there is anything else I can do to improve my application during this year, especially about the leadership part. My plan wasn't for MD until my Junior year, so everything...
  17. H

    Gap year research or clinical experience for top 20 med schools?

    Hi y’all I humbly need some advice on this. I’m a graduating senior in biochemistry taking two gap years before med school. I have research experience in 2 organic synthesis/drug development labs over the course 2.5 years, yielding ~1200 hours tho with no publications nor thesis work (I forgot...
  18. deus_dominus

    School list help!! (MD ORM, cGPA 3.89, sGPA 3.86, 511 MCAT)

    Hi guys!! I am making this post to get help with making my school list as I get ready to apply for this upcoming cycle! Any feedback on my school list or what I should do for my application would be amazing. Thanks in advance!!! Stats/Background State: Maryland, ORM (AA), graduating senior...
  19. M

    Take Acceptance or Reapply

    Hey Everyone just looking for some advice on what to do, I recently applied to multiple schools but granted my fault I submitted late near October/September. This is my first app cycle and I am 22. My stats are as follows 3.91 cGPA, 3.85 sGPA, 505 MCAT, and solid EC. Because of my late...
  20. HalJordann

    School list help/advice 3.93 cGPA, 3.87 sGPA, 511 MCAT, CA ORM

    Hi SDN, I am making this post with the primary intention of helping with my school list for the next cycle. Any feedback on my school list or application would be great. Thank you all in advance! Stats and Background CA, ORM, graduated from small private school in SoCal cGPA=3.93 sGPA=3.87...
  21. send_help

    Do schools care about course load

    My senior year I took 20 credit hours both semesters while working part time in a research lab. Wound up with a B+ instead of an A in one class partly because I was stretched kind of thin. Will med schools looks at course load + job as mitigating or not really?
  22. N

    Help picking part-time clinical experience

    Hi, I'm looking to work part time next semester to gain more experience and have been offered several positions. What would you choose between: PCT in ICU 12 hours/week PCT Neuro 12 hours/week PCT Innovation floor 16 hours/week (tries out new ideas for the health care system, getting a robot in...
  23. N

    What areas do dentists need to be fully skilled in? Do they have to remember every topic they have taken in college? Such as math and physics?

    Good morning, everyone I keep asking myself what areas of topics do dentists needs to be skilled in. I have taken lots of math, college algebra, calculus 1,2,3, linear algebra, plane trigonometry, statistics, general education math, and differential equations. Those were one of the boring...
  24. snoopiewoo

    Clinical Experience vs MCAT

    So...hi guys. After lurking on this page for quite some time I finally find myself needing to post for some advice on MCAT vs. clinical experience. For some background, I just graduated this past May 2021 with a cGPA of 3.78 and started working as a clinical assistant at a dermatology practice...
  25. R

    Application updates for schools with no upload?

    Hi! I am a current EY2022 applicant who graduated in May 2021 so I am doing a gap year. Due to COVID-19 my plans were extremely tenuous at the beginning of the application cycle so I put down one of my degree plan options on the primary (Plan B), and then both of my possible options on all of...
  26. O

    Religion in Work/Activities Section

  27. Snoop32

    Volunteer/Service Mission Abroad

    Hello! Have a question about one of my most meaningful experiences. Thank you so much for helping me out. Spring break of my freshman year, I did a mission trip through my school to a children’s home/orphanage in a developing country. We raised money, and also had most of the trip covered by my...
  28. H

    Summer Classes and MCAT studying

    Hey guys I’m really confused as to what I should do and can really use some advice. (Also apologies if this is not the correct area to post this). I originally wrote my MCAT last summer and I didn’t do as good as I wanted to (Canadian). If I don’t get accepted to med school this year I should...
  29. M

    RN to MD! Obtain a BSN or BS Chemistry/Biology?

    Hello to everybody who's reading this. As you've seen, this question has been asked dozens of times, but I wanted an up-to-date answer for this. I'm currently a freshman in my second semester of college. After this semester, I only have one semester left to complete all my prereqs to get into...
  30. T

    taking another gap year?

  31. D

    Berkeley Optometry Admissions Question

    Hello! I applied to UC Berkeley's Optometry Program and I have a few questions: -I completed my application prior to the November 30 deadline. Thus, my interview notification date is January 4. Does this mean that is when the committee will make a decision to give me an interview or will...
  32. DuckDoc98

    Is submitting all my secondaries by August 8th too late for this cycle?

    Hi, This is my first post on SDN. I couldn't pre-write secondaries cuz of the MCAT and making school list. I will have something close to 30 secondaries coming my way soon. I would assume that most of the essays can be recycled for other prompts, so I think I can finish all by August 8th. Is...
  33. GreatSageDoc

    MCAT AAMC BB Section Bank #20

    Hello, I don't understand why we would look at the initial velocity instead of vmax for competitive inhibition. Wouldn't it be simpler to look at the vmax and see if there is a difference? Please help.
  34. bsneuroscience

    Is it worth it?

    Hi all, I am currently a junior in undergrad on the premed track and I would appreciate some guidance on my path before I continue forward. I posted this in the r/premed forum but I wanted to get more insight. This pandemic has given me a lot of time to think, reflect, and soul search. One of...
  35. I

    IVC filter and Pulmonary embolism- make it make sense!

    Hi all, Would really appreciate someone explaining this one to me. For patients that have an established pulmonary embolism that have a contraindication to anticoagulation how do IVC filters actually help? My understanding is that the embolism is now sitting in the lungs and so has passed the...
  36. a_zed24


    Hello, there! So we know antacids are bases and they neutralize the stomach acidity, but why antacids do not rise the pH above 4? What exactly would happen if our stomach would be neutral? I know about achlohydria and rebound acidity, but I was wondering, is there any other significant...
  37. R

    Medical Oncology (without hematology)

    Completing a palliative care fellowship and matched to heme/onc fellowship that starts in July. I would be very happy to find a job (open to private practice or academic) as a medical oncologist or even split position palliative and medical oncology. That being said, I am considering medical...
  38. J

    Clinical Experience vs Clinical Volunteering

    After reading a lot of threads here on SDN, I'm getting a little confused at what exactly is "clinical experience". Going with the whole "if you can smeel the patient, it's clinical experience" definition, I always thought volunteering at the hospital would be considered clinical experience...
  39. J

    Does being a part time student your whole college career look bad when applying to medical school?

    So, my whole college career I have always been a part time student because I have needed to work to afford to live/pay for school. I have had a few semesters where I had 15 credits, but the vast majority were 12 or less. I don't know if it makes a difference that I have been working as an...
  40. whosnisarg

    Rutgers NJMS 3 Year PC Program

    Hey guys! I was looking into Rutgers NJMS 3 Year Primary Care track. Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Question: In the FAQ, they discourage anyone in the accelerated program from sub-specializing. However, if we would be board certified in Internal Med by the end, what prevents going onto an...