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Mr.Smile12

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I think you need to expand your list to osteopathic schools. You really don't know how schools will screen your application given your lower sGPA, and MPH coursework doesn't help you in the eyes of allopathic school screeners, regardless of how high you score on the MCAT.
 

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Well that won’t help with Allopathic schools at all. I think DO schools consider all grad degrees. Your GPAS are below average (Especially your sGPA) for MD. Your current MCAT is low for MD too. You really need to consider DO schools. Your stats are within DO range. You have enough shadowing(you only need 50). Think about even mentioning your mission trip to Jamaica. Many ADCOMS will consider that voluntourism and that’s not impressive at all. What clinical experiences do you have? Anything with direct patient contact dealing with the sick, injured and dying? You need about 200 hours of that. When do you plan to apply? Good luck on your retake.
 
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Well that won’t help with Allopathic schools at all. I think DO schools consider all grad degrees. Your GPAS are below average (Especially your sGPA) for MD. Your current MCAT is low for MD too. You really need to consider DO schools. Your stats are within DO range. You have enough shadowing(you only need 50). Think about even mentioning your mission trip to Jamaica. Many ADCOMS will consider that voluntourism and that’s not impressive at all. What clinical experiences do you have? Anything with direct patient contact dealing with the sick, injured and dying? You need about 200 hours of that. When do you plan to apply? Good luck on your retake.

Yep! I have over 200-250 hours of patient care at a free clinic, in 2 hospitals, and at a pediatric practice.
Yeah I’ve been thinking about not mentioning it (the Jamaica trip) because it was horrible. Definitely taught me what voluntourism is though.

The only issue is that I don’t really agree with the DO ideology of medicine (the body manipulation) and I feel like it would be hard for me to pretend to be incredibly interested in it. If not only for the interview, but for four years.

I plan on submitting mid July and taking the MCAT at the end of July since the turnaround is quicker due to COVID, and they’re delaying transmission.
 

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Hello all!
  1. Undergrad cGPA: 3.45 , sGPA: 3.2. Graduate school GPA: 3.7
  2. I am retaking and aiming for anywhere from a 510-518. I'm going to be dedicating a lot of time to it, so I'm pretty hopeful. I took it without really studying in 2016 and got a 504.
  3. California legal resident, US Citizen, current in DC for grad school
  4. Very white.
  5. Southern state school
  6. 2013-2017: over 200 hours volunteering, 100 hours shadowing (peds CC, ped surg, pediatrics, dermatology, oncology, psychiatry), medical mission to Jamaica. 2020: Currently volunteering with the Red Cross at blood drives as a screener.
  7. Research experience and productivity: 3 years in a psych lab from 2014-2017, 1.5 years in an immunology lab from 2015-2017. Presented at a major conference. Received 3 institutional grants.
  8. Tutored underprivileged children for a semester, started an organization on campus that allows students to donate unused mealswipes to hungry and those experiencing homelessness
  9. Undergrad: President of two orgs, exec board of our blood drive and 2 fundraising organizations, student government member
    1. Since graduation (2017), I've worked on political campaigns and worked in legislative jobs, volunteered at a homeless shelter and with ARC, did work with UNICEF and the UN Foundation. Ive worked full-time in political positions and now I'm getting my masters part time.
  10. Typical senior awards : Who's Who at American Universities, Outstanding Senior, etc.

Haven't done anything super clinical since 2017 since I've been working full-time but I have a ton from undergrad. I'm originally from NYC and my whole family is still there. I am only applying Allopathic.

Potential school list:
Miami
USF
UCF
FIU
NYU (shooting my shot)
SUNY Downstate
SUNY Stonybrook
Columbia (shooting my shot)
Einstein
Icahn
Boston U
Tufts
Rutgers
RWJ
UCSD
UCLA
UCSF
UC Irvine
UC Davis
Maybe Kaiser?
GWU
Georgetown
U of SC
Once you have your new score, then we can advise properly.

You have a number of schools that will be donations even with a 526.
 

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