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MD 3.52 cGPA, 3.49 sGPA Chances?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by punnykid, May 15, 2014.

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  1. punnykid


    Sep 15, 2013
    I am a BME/Electrical engineering double major at a top 10 school.
    Permanent resident of Michigan.
    My GPA suffered freshman and first semester sophomore year but it has improved.
    My sGPA is a 3.49 and cGPA is 3.52.
    I am planning on taking the MCAT next month and is aiming for a 33-36.

    My EC's are:
    Vice-president of an engineering club w/ awards at competitions
    Summer volunteer at foreign hospital for 2 months (full-time, minimal clinical encounters)
    Summer medical volunteer trip 1 week (clinical-heavy)
    Tutoring (1 semester)
    Shadowing (1 doctor, ~50 hrs)
    Research: 1.5 years in one lab. I am in a new lab now (~1.5 years)

    Both parents are doctors (foreign country)
    ORM (Asian male)

    What are my chances?
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  3. punnykid


    Sep 15, 2013
  4. Goro

    Goro 7+ Year Member

    Chances are poor with no non-clincal Ecs, limited clinical ECs (Adcoms are not impressed with foreign trips, BTW), AND a below avg GPA. The GPAs are still competitive.

    You need to show your altruism, and demonstrate that you know what you're getting into. 4.0 automatons are a dime-a-dozen.

  5. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    You need more evidence of your commitment to service, especially local clinical service and volunteerism. I agree with @Goro that those foreign "mission" trips are often poorly received. At least the two month one hopefully gave you insights into health care in other countries that can use as a counterpoint to your impression of US healthcare.

    A strong upward trend and a very good MCAT will help. Are you planning on next year's cycle?
  6. candbgirl

    candbgirl Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Was the shadowing with your parents?
    Last edited: May 17, 2014
  7. punnykid


    Sep 15, 2013
    Thank you everyone for your replies.
    @Goro @gyngyn, I was planning on applying this cycle but am starting to think otherwise. Would it be smarter to get those clinical experiences in and apply next year?

    I shadowed a colleague of my parents. Would this be a negative? I am looking for a shadowing spot I can experience while I prepare for the MCAT this summer.
  8. Goro

    Goro 7+ Year Member

    I submit that it is best to apply with the best possible app. in your case, it definitely means taking a gap year. Shadowing a colleague of your parents won't be an issue.


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