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3.5 cGPA, 3.5 sGPA, 3.6 gGPA, 30 MCAT, California resident

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Edward Park, 05.12.14.

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  1. Captain Flint

    Captain Flint 2+ Year Member

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    Hey guys, I've been a constant lurker around these forums and am now going through the application process. I would like an opinion on if I would have a chance at getting in! I'm applying both MD and DO, but really want to get into MD so I can match into residencies easier.

    Stats: 3.5 cGPA, 3.5 sGPA, graduate GPA 3.6, 30 MCAT (9 vr, 10 bs, 11 ps) taken only once

    Finished undergraduate at USC in three years, and went to do their graduate medicine program in Global Medicine in a year. I took business classes with MBA students as part of the program and had a significant interdisciplinary experience which helped me grow more than the three years of my undergraduate.

    Extracurriculurs:
    1. Published a paper on Maternal Smoking and Spontaneous Abortion in American Journal of Epidemiology, took about 2500 hours of research, we have another paper on perinatal mortality coming up this summer
    2. Volunteered 270~ hours at a hospital in various departments including Emergency Room and Fast Track
    3. Went on clinical medical trips to Peru and Uganda - Set up 4 linux computers before the Uganda trip to provide educational computing to a secondary school in Uganda, got to see a cesarean section and do stitches on someone in a traffic accident in Peru
    4. Did research in a neuroscience lab for a semester
    5. Did research on thirdhand smoking for a summer
    6. Worked for a summer at my school's housing department (just to make extra money)

    LORs:
    OB/GYN Doctor in my graduate program
    Infectious Disease Doctor in my graduate program that went with me to Uganda
    Respiratory Doctor, Head of Department of Preventive medicine at USC
    MBA professor with Marshall School of Business
    Neuroscience Professor I did research for
    Biology Professor that I took a class for
    Research Supervisor for my publication

    Things that might hurt me:
    Got a C+ in Ochem B
    Took only 11 units my first semester of graduate year
    Got no A in a Biology class

    Schools that I'm applying to:
    UCLA
    UCSD
    USC
    Dartmouth
    UCD
    UCI
    UCR (I live a hour away, maybe some ties?)
    Georgetown
    Indiana U
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Temple
    Tufts
    Every SUNY
    U of Vermont
    Jefferson
    Rush
    St Louis
    University of Oklahoma (i know their OOS is low, i was born there)
    University of South Florida
    Creighton
    Drexel
    West Virginia U
    Eastern Virginia Med
    NYMC
    Albany
    Loyola U (Stritch)
    Meharry
    Penn State
    Tulane

    DO schools:
    All Touros
    Both Westerns
    Rocky Vista
    Nova Southeastern
    Midwestern Chicago
    NYIT

    Will I have a chance at these medical schools? I'm scared about my low GPA/MCAT. Also, are there any schools on this list I should not be applying to or I am missing? I picked em after evaluating their average stats, their OOS/In state giving interview ratios, and their OOS giving interview ratios. I would also like your opinion on my list of DO schools, was a little more picky and factored in location. Thanks so much guys!
     
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  3. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    I count 11 -13 MD schools where you have a fair to good chance of an interview (including SUNY's).
    That's not bad. How many times have you applied or taken the MCAT?
     
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  4. Captain Flint

    Captain Flint 2+ Year Member

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    I've only taken the MCAT once in August 2013. So should I not apply to the rest of the schools?
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Your list is a personal choice.
    I tend to focus on odds of success and only recommend deletions if requested, since risk tolerance ($) and writing skills (secondaries) vary tremendously.
     
  6. Captain Flint

    Captain Flint 2+ Year Member

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    Thank you! Well, although money isn't a factor because my family is willing to invest in my future this first year, I would still like to know which 5 schools (or less) you would delete off that list and why. Of course, you don't need to answer it at all :)
     
  7. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    I'll bite. UCLA, USC, UCSD, Miami, Tulane and Dartmouth all for the same reason.
    GW and GT for a different reason.
    Meharry for another reason altogether.
     
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  8. Captain Flint

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    Perfect, Miami and GW are gone. Their OOS acceptance is abysmal. I'm opting for all the California schools for that slim slim chance and Dartmouth is my only "reach" school outside the California schools. Thanks!
     
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  9. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Telling a CA applicant not to apply to CA schools has never worked! Good luck and let us know how it goes.
     
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    I will still be taking advice! (awkward accidental post because I can't delete replies)
     
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    I don't understand why Miami should be taken off. Half their class is OOS, it's a private school, and has median stats of 3.7 and 32. I have around the same stats as you too (+ same school fight on!), so I'm trying to understand why Miami isn't a good option? And also George Washington has a ton of OOS matriculants + have median stats within our range, why is GW not a good option?
     
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    And also, according to the MSAR SUNY's are public NY schools with low OOS acceptance. Why would those be a good option, gyngyn?
     
  13. Captain Flint

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    Awesome! Good luck! We're all gonna need it.

    I thought that too at first, but Miami accept 3.8% of OOS and George Washington accept <1%. I guess there's no point in taking those chances when gyngyn said that there's already 11-13 schools that I'll have a good chance at receiving interviews. I also looked at the ratio of giving acceptances to applicants for OOS/In state numbers for the SUNY schools and they were favorable, with SUNY Downstate at 0.45. That's pretty significant as most state schools have a ratio of <0.1
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    For whatever reason, SUNY's take a lot of CA applicants like OP.
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    I have observed that Miami is taking high stat applicants from CA. This may be a sampling bias since these are also students we have taken, but given that OP is near the 10th % for them it seems low yield compared to many of his other choices.
     
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    do you mean 3.8% of all the OOS applicants? and is there a list of these ratios or are you calculating them by yourself? also, do you mean acceptances or matriculants because I can only find info for matriculants on the MSAR
     
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    oh I see. Thanks for the input!
     
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    With an MCAT of 30? I would think that the taxpayers in NY would be more inclined to like someone with similar stats from CT or NJ, since they'd be more likley to stick around.


    For whatever reason, SUNY's take a lot of CA applicants like OP.


    OP, my suggested list:
    UCR (if you can fit their mission)
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Temple
    Tufts
    Jefferson
    Rush
    St Louis
    Creighton
    Wake Forest
    Drexel
    Eastern Virginia Med
    NYMC
    Albany
    Loyola U (Stritch)
    Penn State
    All new MD schools
    ANY DO school
     
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    I would have thought so too.
     

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