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It is almost that time of the year again!

Please feel free to share your cGPA, sGPA, MCAT, Major, if you're non-trad, your ECs, etc. and ask and answer questions! I won't be applying 'til next year, but I'm sending good vibes to all!

Dates:
AMCAS Opens - May 3rd
Application Submission - May 27th
Completed Applications Transmitted to Medical Schools - June 25
 
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State Residency: GA
Undergrad: Ivy
Major: Human Biology
cGPA- 3.6
sGPA- 3.4
MCAT- 502 (124/12
4/126/128) --> 504 (124/127/126/127) --> one last take in early june
Research- ~400 hours of biochemistry + nutrition research assistant in undergrad, conducted my own project (designed and applied/received grant funding) and wrote/defended an Honors Thesis. Working as a CRC in my gap year program but just started so ~20 hours currently
Clinical Volunteering- ~500 hours of volunteering in a free clinic (reception, discharge, community health advocate assigned to certain patients), COVID Testing Volunteer (swabbing people)
Nonclinical Volunteering - mentor for 2 organizations, Food pantry volunteer
Work: ~800 hours as a Medical assistant post grad. ~200 hours with various undergraduate jobs with alumni affairs
Shadowing- ~1000 hours Dermatology, Primary care
Leadership- VP of minority mentoring club, President of campus org for my national scholarship, Student Body Rep for my colleges Alumni association
Other- intermediate spanish speaker, a couple of college level awards from undergrad

School List:
Planning to only apply MD. Currently have a list with all HBCUs and state schools. not sure where else, @Faha would you be able to help? my stats are on the lower side and im not sure how far to reach with MD.
I suggest these schools with your stats:
Mercer
Medical College Georgia
Emory
Morehouse
Howard
Meharry
UCLA Drew
Miami
NOVA MD
Tulane
TCU-UNT
Creighton
St. Louis
Loyola
Rush
Medical College Wisconsin
Oakland Beaumont
Wayne State
Eastern Virginia
Georgetown
George Washington
Drexel
Temple
Jefferson
Seton Hall
New York Medical College
Vermont
Quinnipiac
 

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State: MA
Undergrad: T50 Undergrad

Major: Biology
cGPA - 3.91
sGPA - 3.88

MCAT - 509 (130/124/127/128) *all my homies hate CARS* --> Retake 513 (127, 127, 130, 129) *all my homies hate physics :/*
LizzyM, WAMC - 71, 89

Research (Gonna list from beginning to end):
- Research assistant in Drug Delivery lab within a large metropolitan hospital (~1000+ hours): Nature Pub co-author (under review): I would talk about what I learned and how this experience introduced me to research

- Research assistant in ChemE lab on campus (~500 hours): Resulted in two second author publications. I would talk more about how out of my field this research was (very electrochemistry focused) and how it helped me appreciate the nuances in actually understanding what I was researching.

- Research assistant in a BioE lab on campus (1500+ hours and will be here for my gap year): Working on two independent projects. Multiple successful internal grant applications. 4 Posters, 1 first author publication (currently under review), will most likely have 2 other second author publications by the end of the year.

Clinical work- 1000+ hours as an EMT, going to continue working part-time during my gap year. Can talk a lot about this from starting with just regular patient transports to eventually getting more and more emergencies.

Clinical volunteering - 250 hours of volunteering at a local hospital (patient transport in the ER department, as an assistant in the proton therapy department of the same hospital)

Non-clinical volunteering - English tutor for immigrants in a local elementary school (~100 hours), Volunteer at a local food pantry that focuses on those suffering from chronic diseases (~150 hours), Volunteer for an global organization that works with families to build latrines providing (~120 hours)

Shadowing - ~100 hours split between an EM physician, cardiologist, and my PCP

Leadership- Treasurer of Bio Honors Society, VP of volunteer organization (focuses on volunteering domestically as well as an alternative spring break globally), Secretary of a faith group on campus that focuses on reaching out to other college students (might not add this in because I've heard medical schools frown upon faith)

Other- Honors Program, Honors Thesis, multiple undergrad grants (academic and research focused), and a lot of undergrad awards
Tri-lingual (English, Swahili, Spanish (intermediate, but I tend to use it a lot with my spanish-speaking patients during my EMT shifts)

School List:

Main list
- Harvard
- Tufts
- Boston University
- UMass
- Brown
- Dartmouth
- Duke
- Cornell
- Stanford

Additional (haven't submitted but might)
- Vanderbilt
- Mount Sinai
- Pittsburgh
- Buffalo (Jacobs)
- Northwestern
- UChicago
 
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URM - AA, Male, First Generation, Emigrated to the US when I was in middle school
State: MA
Undergrad: T50 Undergrad

Major: Biology
cGPA - 3.91
sGPA - 3.88

MCAT - 509 (130/124/127/128) *all my homies hate CARS* --> Planning a retake but debating on just applying with my current score
LizzyM, WAMC - 69, 84

Research (Gonna list from beginning to end):
- Research assistant in Drug Delivery lab within a large metropolitan hospital (~1000+ hours): No major publications, just a poster presentation, but I would talk about what I learned and how this experience introduced me to research

- Research assistant in ChemE lab on campus (~500 hours): Resulted in two second author publications. I would talk more about how out of my field this research was (very electrochemistry focused) and how it helped me appreciate the nuances in actually understanding what I was researching.

- Research assistant in a BioE lab on campus (1500+ hours and will be here for my gap year): Working on two independent projects. Multiple successful internal grant applications. 4 Posters, 1 first author publication (currently under review), will most likely have 2 other second author publications by the end of the year.

Clinical work- 1000+ hours as an EMT, going to continue working part-time during my gap year. Can talk a lot about this from starting with just regular patient transports to eventually getting more and more emergencies.

Clinical volunteering - 250 hours of volunteering at a local hospital (patient transport in the ER department, as an assistant in the proton therapy department of the same hospital)

Non-clinical volunteering - English tutor for immigrants in a local elementary school (~100 hours), Volunteer at a local food pantry that focuses on those suffering from chronic diseases (~150 hours), Volunteer for an global organization that works with families to build latrines providing (~120 hours)

Shadowing - ~100 hours split between an EM physician, ortho, cardiologist, and my PCP

Leadership- Treasurer of Bio Honors Society, VP of volunteer organization (focuses on volunteering domestically as well as an alternative spring break globally), Secretary of a faith group on campus that focuses on reaching out to other college students (might not add this in because I've heard medical schools frown upon faith)

Other- Honors Program, Honors Thesis, multiple undergrad grants (academic and research focused), and a lot of undergrad awards, Tri-lingual (English, Swahili, Spanish (intermediate, but I tend to use it a lot with my spanish-speaking patients during my EMT shifts)

School List:

Main list
- Tufts
- UMass
- Jacobs school of Medicine (Buffalo)
- GWU
- Georgetown
- University of Maryland
- Drexel
- Brown
- Dartmouth
- Temple

Reaches
- HMS
- Columbia
- Cornell
- Boston University
- Duke
- Northwestern
- NYU
- UChicago (Pritzker)

I originally wanted to apply MD/PhD and then the MCAT score came back so we got realistic. Currently, I want expand my school list to schools that have an emphasis on research while also serving vulnerable populations (e.g. educating the community, clinics, etc..). Was originally scoring around a ~515 average in my FLs the first time around, and I'm currently scheduled for a retake on 5/20 (First FL will be tomorrow!). However, is it worth retaking (was going to void if the exam doesn't feel too hot after taking it) or would focusing on the strengths of my app be more worthwhile? I have 6 really good letters which all touch upon different aspects of my application, and think if I'm given a II, I could really sell myself to some of these schools, even the reaches.

This leads me to my main question; is it worth applying to these reaches? I have a couple friends and mentors (currently attending these schools) who have mentioned that I might be able to sneak by and get an interview, even with the low MCAT (relative to the schools). And if not, what score should I shoot for in this retake to give myself a better shot at these schools?
With your score you can get into some of your reaches its just that taking that risk I would apply more broadly. I know someone with your score at Duke and pritzker. Check the 10th percentile of some of the top 25 schools and add more options. Add UCSF. Also add the HBCU's add UCLA Drew and UCLA. Make sure to add all your state schools.
 

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With your score you can get into some of your reaches its just that taking that risk I would apply more broadly. I know someone with your score at Duke and pritzker. Check the 10th percentile of some of the top 25 schools and add more options. Add UCSF. Also add the HBCU's add UCLA Drew and UCLA. Make sure to add all your state schools.
Coincidentally, I personally know two people with acceptances to Pritzker and Duke this cycle with similar stats and similar stories, hence why they're in my list (Basically why I'm leaning on not going through with the retake, but we'll see how the FLs go).

And I'll add those schools to my list, thank you! Also, Massachusetts only has 1 state MD school, so UMass would be my only state option!
 
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Hi all!

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AA Female, from a medically underserved city/disadvantaged
Undergrad: T30 school
Major: B.S. Virology, with Honors (C/o 2020)
MCAT: 518 (129/129/130/130)
cGPA: 3.51
sGPA: 3.43 (amcas), mostly Bs/B- in prereqs, with an upward trend
nonsgpa: 3.89(amcas)
Research:
  • 2,000+ hours, 3 years in cancer biology: 1 co-authorship, student research grant, 2 posters, both first author and presented as oral and posters at many national and international conferences.
  • 320 hours through summer research program (dry lab): 1 presentation, first author
  • Published in humanities undergraduate journal
  • Published in school newspaper
  • 400 hours anticipated through an NIH-funded research experience, summer 2021
  • Co-authored course-based meta-analysis paper, in review
  • Health disparities research grant, in progress
  • MD/PhD research prep program
Leadership:
  • Interned at US Department of State
  • Treasurer of professional fraternity house
  • Founded a pre-surgical club at my school
Paid Employment med: 250 hrs, 3 months, (cut short due to COVID), Tech position in our school's affiliated hospital
Volunteering not med: Various criminal reform activities with over 10K in grant funding
Volunteering med: 250 hrs, 2 years (cut short due to COVID) founded a club to accompany patients and complete activities with them (grant-funded)
Shadowing: ~80 hrs, primary care, and specialties (in-person and virtual)
Artistic Endeavors: 1200hrs, painting, since college.
Awards: many national awards, University awards, and merit scholarships, totaling ~100,000 dollars

I'm interested in MSTPs! @Faha Is this a good school list or too ambitious?


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Penn State University School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Medicine
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
University of Miami School of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University (Joint Program)
Princeton-Rutgers M.D.-Ph.D. program
Ohio State University College of Medicine
University of Virginia Health System
Case Western Reserve University
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering
Northwestern University Medical School
Duke University Medical Center
University of California, Los Angeles
California Institute of Technology
University of California, San Francisco
School of Medicine
Mayo Medical School
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York University School of Medicine
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
 
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Hi, everyone! Really excited to take this journey with you all.

URM: AA, Female, FAP recipient
State Residency: IN
Undergrad: Ivy
Major: Health/Human Biology
cGPA: 3.8
sGPA: 3.65
MCAT: 513 (128/128/128/129)
Research: ~900 hours total across a child health research internship (presentation + publication), a summer research project on health disparities (poster), and senior thesis on health disparities
Clinical Volunteering: ~100 hours of volunteering in a free clinic (cut short due to pandemic) + projected 1000+ hours in a reproductive health clinic (bonus year)
Nonclinical Volunteering: ~1100 hours teaching/mentoring youth at an inner city elementary school (four year, social justice oriented fellowship)
Work: Summer mentor at the same elementary school (~100 hours), Cashier (~165 hours), summer resident advisor (one summer only),
plus some other opportunities in the leadership category
Shadowing: 28 hours (peds)
Leadership: Leader for the teaching/mentoring youth, coordinator for a program that serves to increase the number of underrepresented STEM (~300 hours), resident advisor for women who received specialized training in dealing with gender issues and sexual violence (400 hours), teaching assistant for public health course (250 hours)
Other: intermediate Spanish speaker, won fellowships and research grants mentioned above, runs a blog for mentoring underrepresented pre med students
Interests: MD/MPH program, social justice, community-based partnerships, public health research opportunities, primary care

Still working on my school list (thanks Faha and Goro), but maybe I'll update this post when I finalize them. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to mention them.
 

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Please help, I just got my MCAT score back and I'm not sure if I should apply or to what schools:

URM: AA + Mexican, Female
State Residency: AZ
Undergrad: State school
Major: Medical Studies
cGPA: 3.9
sGPA: 4.0
MCAT: 504 (126/125/125/128)
Research: NASA Space Grant Intern + poster presentation (~400 hours), COVID-19 + Indigenous populations research (200 hours), Honors thesis + research grant (~400 hours)
Clinical Volunteering: ICU Volunteer (50 hours), Street Medicine Volunteer (~50 hours), Medical Examiner's Intern (investigations/autopsy) (150 hours), Clinical Research Assistant (350 hours)
Nonclinical Volunteering: Victim Services Intern w/ International Rescue Committee (135 hours), Children's program w/ International Rescue committee (~250 hours), Rural Health Intern (~150 hours), Biology teacher at state prison (~200 hours), Sexual violence service project (+ won a grant) (~175 hours)
Work: On-campus job (2000 hours)
Shadowing: 8 hours (forensic pathology), 28 hours (virtual shadowing- various specialties), (am scheduling more conventional shadowing before June)
Leadership: Vice President of Pre-health organization (~100 hours)
Other: Intermediate Spanish
Interests: rural health, primary care, social justice

School list: MD- UA Phoenix, UA Tucson, UA Phoenix-Pathways, UA Tucson-Pathways, Creighton, U Colorado, Merharry, Howard, Morehouse, U Vermont, TCU, U NV-Reno, Medical College of Wisconsin, Albany, NYMC. DO- AT Still, Midwestern, Rocky Vista, University of New England, Campbell University, NYIT, Incarnate Word, UNT, Pacific Northwestern (I wanted to apply mostly MD schools, but I am honestly not in a place to be picky)

@Faha I would appreciate any suggestions, if you have time! Thank you!
 
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Please help, I just got my MCAT score back and I'm not sure if I should apply or to what schools:

URM: AA + Mexican, Female
State Residency: AZ
Undergrad: State school
Major: Medical Studies
cGPA: 3.9
sGPA: 4.0
MCAT: 504 (126/125/125/128)
Research: NASA Space Grant Intern + poster presentation (~400 hours), COVID-19 + Indigenous populations research (200 hours), Honors thesis + research grant (~400 hours)
Clinical Volunteering: ICU Volunteer (50 hours), Street Medicine Volunteer (~50 hours), Medical Examiner's Intern (investigations/autopsy) (150 hours), Clinical Research Assistant (350 hours)
Nonclinical Volunteering: Victim Services Intern w/ International Rescue Committee (135 hours), Children's program w/ International Rescue committee (~250 hours), Rural Health Intern (~150 hours), Biology teacher at state prison (~200 hours), Sexual violence service project (+ won a grant) (~175 hours)
Work: On-campus job (2000 hours)
Shadowing: 8 hours (forensic pathology), 28 hours (virtual shadowing- various specialties), (am scheduling more conventional shadowing before June)
Leadership: Vice President of Pre-health organization (~100 hours)
Other: Intermediate Spanish
Interests: rural health, primary care, social justice

School list: MD- UA Phoenix, UA Tucson, UA Phoenix-Pathways, UA Tucson-Pathways, Creighton, U Colorado, Merharry, Howard, Morehouse, U Vermont, TCU, U NV-Reno, Medical College of Wisconsin, Albany, NYMC. DO- AT Still, Midwestern, Rocky Vista, University of New England, Campbell University, NYIT, Incarnate Word, UNT, Pacific Northwestern (I wanted to apply mostly MD schools, but I am honestly not in a place to be picky)

@Faha I would appreciate any suggestions, if you have time! Thank you!
I suggest these schools with your stats:
Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson)
Howard
Meharry
Morehouse
UCLA Drew
TCU-UNT
Creighton
Colorado
NOVA MD
Miami
Emory
Virginia Commonwealth
George Washington
Georgetown
Drexel
Temple
Jefferson
Pittsburgh
Seton Hall
Einstein
New York Medical College
Albany
Vermont
Quinnipiac
Ohio State
Indiana
Wayne State
Oakland Beaumont
Medical College Wisconsin
Loyola
St. Louis
You should receive several interviews from this list. Apply in June and submit all your secondaries by July.
 

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I suggest these schools with your stats:
Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson)
Howard
Meharry
Morehouse
UCLA Drew
TCU-UNT
Creighton
Colorado
NOVA MD
Miami
Emory
Virginia Commonwealth
George Washington
Georgetown
Drexel
Temple
Jefferson
Pittsburgh
Seton Hall
Einstein
New York Medical College
Albany
Vermont
Quinnipiac
Ohio State
Indiana
Wayne State
Oakland Beaumont
Medical College Wisconsin
Loyola
St. Louis
You should receive several interviews from this list. Apply in June and submit all your secondaries by July.
Thank you so much!
 

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Good Luck to you all this cycle. Glad to see that this thread still gets created every year!
 
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Just popping in to say good luck to all this cycle! You miss all the shots you don’t take, so if you really want to apply to a lot of “reaches,” don’t hesitate to do so! Just make sure you have plenty of other “more safe” options, as well. That “what if” feeling can be a killer, so if you have the bandwidth, shoot for the stars!
 
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Also popping in to say good luck to all of you!! Not asked but wanted to give two quotes (paraphrased)that I really meditated on this year:
1. What is meant for me will never miss me and that which misses me was never meant for me
2. Choose those who choose you

Yall have made it through years of hard work and should be proud of that right off the bat! Also, dont be afraid to PM especially if interested in UChicago 🤗
 
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State Residency: MO
Undergrad: State School
Major: Business Marketing
cGPA- 3.46
sGPA- 3.66
Postbacc GPA - 3.84 (all science courses and pre-reqs because undergrad degree was business, only 2 Bs were in OChem)
MCAT- haven't taken - 502 diagnostic w/o any studying but really lacking content
Research - 100 hours bench during postbacc
Clinical Volunteering- ~600 hours (inpatient volunteer on hem/onc unit of local children's hospital, intern in free clinic working with underserved/uninsured population, COVID vaccination volunteer in underserved location)
Nonclinical Volunteering - ~1000 hours (Big Brothers Big Sisters, international opportunities focused on education accessibility, various undergrad volunteering - therapeutic equine therapy, literacy tutoring, Teach for America advocate, etc.)
Work: ~12,500 post-grad in first career (non-profit industry: senior level director & now regional consultant), 1 year of scribing in ED, ~1500 hours with various undergraduate jobs and summer internships
Shadowing- ~30 hours in person - OBGYN (restricted due to COVID, confirmed plans for 20 more this summer), 25 Virtual
Leadership - Many leadership roles held in Greek organizations/other student orgs in undergrad, served as chair of local nonprofit fundraiser post-grad

Potential School list: State schools, SLU, Loyola, Georgetown, Rush, Colorado, Vermont, TCU, Dartmouth, Tufts, @Faha would love any other thoughts!

Insight on applying without MCAT score? Do many schools review w/o score or send secondaries? I applied to a 'throw away' school June 2nd soI am verified and I feel really great about it along with 8 strong LORs to choose from. I'm concerned about my MCAT score coming back on the low end if I send in my application to other schools now, but also concerned about applying late as I test on July 30 so won't get my scores back until Aug 31 and don't love the thought of that being the first time schools see my application. Going through this process blindly as a career changer has been an uphill battle so I greatly appreciate any thoughts/advice/feedback - thank you!!!
 
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Schools will not review your application until you have a MCAT score so there is no point in adding schools until then. When are you planning to take the MCAT ?
 
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State Residency: WA
Undergrad: State School
Major: English/Molecular Bio
cGPA- 3.0 AACOMAS
sGPA- 2.8 AACOMAS
SMP - 3.7 28 ish credits?
MCAT- 502
Research - 100s of hours + secondary author on pub
Clinical- ~6000+ hrs as EMT/ MA at inpatient mental health center/rehab
Nonclinical Volunteering: Americorps: 400 hours at community centerfood bank, Stop the Bleed Instructor: 300 hours, Low income tutor: 20 hrs, Boys and Girls club: 200 hrs
Work: 2000 hrs in patient facing admin role, worked through high school and college at bowling alley, catering, etc.
Shadowing- 16 hrs at rural farmworkers clinic, 20 at mission hospital, 20 at children’s hospital
Leadership - 3 years on leadership of minority pre health club in undergrad

Potential School list: State schools (MD and DO), Western COMP Lebanon, UIWSOM, AT still, LECOM. I know my MCAT is low for MD, are there any realistic schools I wouldn’t be wasting an application at @Faha ?
 

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URM- Mexican, Rural, Underserved
State Residency: WA
Undergrad: State School
Major: English/Molecular Bio
cGPA- 3.0 AACOMAS
sGPA- 2.8 AACOMAS
SMP - 3.7 28 ish credits?
MCAT- 502
Research - 100s of hours + secondary author on pub
Clinical- ~6000+ hrs as EMT/ MA at inpatient mental health center/rehab
Nonclinical Volunteering: Americorps: 400 hours at community centerfood bank, Stop the Bleed Instructor: 300 hours, Low income tutor: 20 hrs, Boys and Girls club: 200 hrs
Work: 2000 hrs in patient facing admin role, worked through high school and college at bowling alley, catering, etc.
Shadowing- 16 hrs at rural farmworkers clinic, 20 at mission hospital, 20 at children’s hospital
Leadership - 3 years on leadership of minority pre health club in undergrad

Potential School list: State schools (MD and DO), Western COMP Lebanon, UIWSOM, AT still, LECOM. I know my MCAT is low for MD, are there any realistic schools I wouldn’t be wasting an application at @Faha ?
Apply to more DO schools and I suggest these:
CHSU-COM
PNWU-COM
ICOM
BCOM
WCU-COM
ARCOM
NYIT-AR
MU-COM
WVSOM
UP-KYCOM
ACOM
PCOM Georgia and South Georgia
LMU-DCOM
Noorda-COM
You could try some MD schools and I suggest these:
U Washington
Washington State
Arizona (Tucson and Phoenix)
Creighton
Loyola
Medical College Wisconsin
Wayne State
TCU-UNT
NOVA MD
George Washington
Drexel
Temple
Seton Hall
New York Medical College
Einstein
Vermont
Quinnipiac
 

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Hi, does anyone have input on a school list for me? I had one generated by @Faha a while back but that was without my new MCAT and experiences. I’m verified and finally got my new MCAT back!

First-gen Mexican American female
cGPA: 3.51
sGPA: 3.31
MCAT: 500 (9/4/2020), 507 (6/4/2021)

Major: Biochemistry a
Clinical volunteering:
-20 hours Spanish medical interpreter
Non-clinical volunteering:
-600 hour peer health educator and peer counselor
-30 hours food bank, ongoing
-10 Crisis Text Line, ongoing
Clinical job:
-250 hours as scribe at an underserved community
Non-clinical job:
-1200 hours in retail
-80 hours teaching algebra to recent immigrants
Research:
1000 hours
-presented work at national conference
-gave seminar on research
Shadowing: 10 in cardiology, 8 pediatrics, 5 family med, 5 virtual
 

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Hi, does anyone have input on a school list for me? I had one generated by @Faha a while back but that was without my new MCAT and experiences. I’m verified and finally got my new MCAT back!

First-gen Mexican American female
cGPA: 3.51
sGPA: 3.31
MCAT: 500 (9/4/2020), 507 (6/4/2021)

Major: Biochemistry a
Clinical volunteering:
-20 hours Spanish medical interpreter
Non-clinical volunteering:
-600 hour peer health educator and peer counselor
-30 hours food bank, ongoing
-10 Crisis Text Line, ongoing
Clinical job:
-250 hours as scribe at an underserved community
Non-clinical job:
-1200 hours in retail
-80 hours teaching algebra to recent immigrants
Research:
1000 hours
-presented work at national conference
-gave seminar on research
Shadowing: 10 in cardiology, 8 pediatrics, 5 family med, 5 virtual
You could add these MD schools to my original recommendations:
Einstein
Dartmouth
Brown
Tufts
Jefferson
Georgetown
Colorado
UCSD
USC Keck
UCLA
Kaiser
 
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Hi, I'm applying this cycle.

AA female with Ivy League undergrad degree
cGPA: 3.50
sGPA: 3.0
MCAT: 521
Major: Psychology

Clinical Volunteering:
- 10 hours volunteering at a hospital
- 5 hours volunteering at a dementia nursing facility
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Non-clinical Volunteering:
- 125 hours tutoring
- 10 hours volunteering, working with kids

Clinical job:
- will scribe for a year beginning this august (after submitting primaries)

Research:
- 55 hours research assistant

Shadowing:
- 19 hours (4 internal medicine; 4 Emergency medicine, 11 virtual)

I applied to
- NYU Grossman
- Columbia
- Vanderbilt
- Chicago - Prifzer
- Northwestern
- Harvard
- Duke
- Icahn
- Case Western
- UCSF
- University of Michigan
- University of Pittsburgh
- Boston University
- Emory
- Geisel/Dartmouth
- Davis Geffen
- UNC Chapel Hill
- Wake forest
- Tulane
- ECU Brody

Any additional medical schools I should consider applying to? or just general tips or advice when applying?
 
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Hi, I'm applying this cycle.

AA female with Ivy League undergrad degree
cGPA: 3.50
sGPA: 3.0
MCAT: 521
Major: Psychology

Clinical Volunteering:
- 10 hours volunteering at a hospital
- 5 hours volunteering at a dementia nursing facility
-
Non-clinical Volunteering:
- 125 hours tutoring
- 10 hours volunteering, working with kids

Clinical job:
- will scribe for a year beginning this august (after submitting primaries)

Research:
- 55 hours research assistant

Shadowing:
- 19 hours (4 internal medicine; 4 Emergency medicine, 11 virtual)

I applied to
- NYU Grossman
- Columbia
- Vanderbilt
- Chicago - Prifzer
- Northwestern
- Harvard
- Duke
- Icahn
- Case Western
- UCSF
- University of Michigan
- University of Pittsburgh
- Boston University
- Emory
- Geisel/Dartmouth
- Davis Geffen
- UNC Chapel Hill
- Wake forest
- Tulane
- ECU Brody

Any additional medical schools I should consider applying to? or just general tips or advice when applying?
Where is your state of residence ?
 

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Your best chances are your North Carolina schools. Your low shadowing and clinical volunteering hours will lessen your chances for interviews but your high MCAT of 520 will attract attention at some schools. I suggest adding these schools to your application:
Howard
Meharry
Morehouse
Miami
Ohio State
Cincinnati
Case Western
Hofstra
 
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Your best chances are your North Carolina schools. Your low shadowing and clinical volunteering hours will lessen your chances for interviews but your high MCAT of 520 will attract attention at some schools. I suggest adding these schools to your application:
Howard
Meharry
Morehouse
Miami
Ohio State
Cincinnati
Case Western
Hofstra
I will include these schools! Thanks so much for your help!
 
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I will include these schools! Thanks so much for your help!
that list is very top heavy. i had slightly higher gpas than you and a higher mcat with extremely strong ECs across the board (clinical volunteering, nonclinical volunteering, research, athletics, etc.) and a very compelling story as a non-trad, yet still got rejected from most of the schools I applied to (i basically only applied to t20 schools).
you only want to apply once so make sure you add more schools that aren't "t20." nothing is guaranteed!
 
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that list is very top heavy. i had slightly higher gpas than you and a higher mcat with extremely strong ECs across the board (clinical volunteering, nonclinical volunteering, research, athletics, etc.) and a very compelling story as a non-trad, yet still got rejected from most of the schools I applied to (i basically only applied to t20 schools).
you only want to apply once so make sure you add more schools that aren't "t20." nothing is guaranteed!

Would you be willing to share your list and where you received interviews and acceptances?
 
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Would you be willing to share your list and where you received interviews and acceptances?
Of top 20s:

Acceptances were HMS, Mayo Rochester, Northwestern, UChicago, Cleveland Clinic Lerner, Mt. Sinai.

interviews also at Columbia, Penn, Yale, Wash U, Vandy, Duke, 1-2 others I can’t recall off top of my head (no Cali schools but not a Cali resident).

Was waitlisted at all of these except duke where I was rejected post interview.

Earliest app was complete early/mid October, last one was in mid November.
This was by far what hurt me the most but I am non-trad and didn’t want to take another gap year.

worked out in the end since I got into my top choice but wouldn’t recommend people to apply before their ready, another year is nothing in the grand scheme of things especially for younger folks.

For reference, had 1000+ hours of clinical experience, 1000+ Clinical/non-clinical volunteering, 1000s of research with multiple high-impact publications (primary research articles). But I am a non-trad…
OP - get your stuff in early so that you give yourself the best chance. Good luck!
 
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Of top 20s:

Acceptances were HMS, Mayo Rochester, Northwestern, UChicago, Cleveland Clinic Lerner, Mt. Sinai.

interviews also at Columbia, Penn, Yale, Wash U, Vandy, Duke, 1-2 others I can’t recall off top of my head (no Cali schools but not a Cali resident).

Was waitlisted at all of these except duke where I was rejected post interview.

Earliest app was complete early/mid October, last one was in mid November.
This was by far what hurt me the most but I am non-trad and didn’t want to take another gap year.

worked out in the end since I got into my top choice but wouldn’t recommend people to apply before their ready, another year is nothing in the grand scheme of things especially for younger folks.

For reference, had 1000+ hours of clinical experience, 1000+ Clinical/non-clinical volunteering, 1000s of research with multiple high-impact publications (primary research articles). But I am a non-trad…
OP - get your stuff in early so that you give yourself the best chance. Good luck!
Thank you for this insight, congrats on your acceptances too!
 

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URM- African American
State Residency: MD
Undergrad: State School
Major: Neurobiology and Physiology
cGPA- 3.7
sGPA- 3.6
MCAT- 510 first time, 513 on the retake
Research - 100s of hours
Clinical- ~ PT tech, planning to be a medical assistant during a gap year
Nonclinical Volunteering: basketball camp counselor, one tent health (free hiv screenings),
Work: worked at papa johns during sophomore year of college
Shadowing- 100 hours of ortho
Leadership - president of be the match on campus, TA for cell bio

Based off stats alone im unsure of where i should aim to apply to. My current list includes UMSOM, Columbia, USC, and Duke. Was looking for any helping in making a list?
 

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URM- African American
State Residency: MD
Undergrad: State School
Major: Neurobiology and Physiology
cGPA- 3.7
sGPA- 3.6
MCAT- 510 first time, 513 on the retake
Research - 100s of hours
Clinical- ~ PT tech, planning to be a medical assistant during a gap year
Nonclinical Volunteering: basketball camp counselor, one tent health (free hiv screenings),
Work: worked at papa johns during sophomore year of college
Shadowing- 100 hours of ortho
Leadership - president of be the match on campus, TA for cell bio

Based off stats alone im unsure of where i should aim to apply to. My current list includes UMSOM, Columbia, USC, and Duke. Was looking for any helping in making a list?
You could add any of these schools to your application:
Dartmouth
Harvard
Boston University
Brown
Einstein
Mount Sinai
NYU
Cornell
Pittsburgh
Case Western
Ohio State
Cincinnati
Georgetown
Emory
Vanderbilt
Miami
Washington University
Northwestern
U Chicago
UCSF
Kaiser
 
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