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Hello everyone,
I am currently trying to decide/get advice on what my chances would be if I applied w/o doing a postbac or if I should do one before applying. I know my gpa isn't that ideal....I didn't do to well during first half of college (for several reasons but a huge one was I was discouraged from medicine and pushed towards something I really did not like: engineering. I tried to give that a shot and convince myself I would do med school after undergrad but my heart really was not in that major and taking so many math/physics classes that I did not do well in really brought my gpa down). Since then I decided to pursue what I really love (changed my major to biology), got my act together, and was able to bring up my gpa from a 2.94 to what will most likely be a 3.46ish cgpa by graduation if I continue on this track. I would love to shoot for MD, but also know that DO is more realistic. My advisor said I should consider postbac since I am borderline but some of the programs are very expensive. I'm open to it but wanted to know if I have a chance/what my chances are w/o it before spending so much money on them....any advice would be appreciated @Goro @LizzyM @Faha @Magus5454
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Strong upward trend,
went from getting around 2.5gpa each semester (total 2.94 for first half) to getting 3.9-4.0 gpa each semester last 2 years in upper division bio classes.
-CA resident, attending a Cal State university. Not URM, but not sure if ORM? (Middle Eastern)
-MCAT not taken yet
ECs-
-Research- In a cancer research lab (1.5 years by graduation. 15-20 hrs/week during school and 30hrs/week during summer).
-Chart review for two physicians (80 hours) on their surgical method for breast cancer lumpectomies.
-Volunteered at major hospital in LA area, about 500 hours.
-About 40 hrs physician shadowing completed (will aim for 100hrs).
-No non-clinical volunteering yet (will work on that after graduation).
-Tutor job at university scheduled for this year as well.
Thank you again everyone!
 

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You should receive DO interviews as long as your MCAT is at least 500. When are you taking the MCAT and when are you planning to apply ?
 

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@Faha I am planning on taking it 4-6 months after graduation (so around October-December 2019) and applying in 2020. Do you think a postbac would increase my chances for MD? Or would I only be competitive for DO with these stats as of now? Thank you again for the advice!
 

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A post bacc would help your chances for MD schools especially if you increase your cGPA and sGPA to 3.5 .
 
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Get some nonclinical volunteering at something like Habitat for Humanity. With two straight years of 3.8+ and a 513+ MCAT you might not need that postbacc for your state schools and low tier MD schools. A 515+ could open up midtiers like Dartmouth, and a 520+ might give you a puncher's chance - but not much more - at schools like WashU and Columbia.
 
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