Frogger27

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What are your career goals? Do you mind MD/DO?
When are you planning on applying. next cycle im presuming?
 
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medhopeful83

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What are your career goals? Do you mind MD/DO?
When are you planning on applying. next cycle im presuming?
Oh wait my bad, I thought I added the appropriate tags when I posted this.

I would prefer MD over DO, but not completely against DO. As for applying this cycle or the next, that is up in the air. I have my application ready to go and everything, just debating on whether its worth it financially to apply this late.
 
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Frogger27

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Oh wait my bad, I thought I added the appropriate tags when I posted this.

I would prefer MD over DO, but not completely against DO. As for applying this cycle or the next, that is up in the air. I have my application ready to go and everything, just debating on whether its worth it financially to apply this late.
You have a very slim chance at MD if you apply now due to timing... you could apply now and have a handful of DO acceptances, so if that is what you want then go for it.

I would recommend waiting until next year... Are you graduated? Take some post-bacc upper level science classes and try to get that sGPA to a 3.5...Your ECs seem really good, maybe continue some service to people less fortunate than yourself... you have a decent shot at MD if you apply early and broadly, and you are a strong DO candidate
 
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medhopeful83

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You have a very slim chance at MD if you apply now due to timing... you could apply now and have a handful of DO acceptances, so if that is what you want then go for it.

I would recommend waiting until next year... Are you graduated? Take some post-bacc upper level science classes and try to get that sGPA to a 3.5...Your ECs seem really good, maybe continue some service to people less fortunate than yourself... you have a decent shot at MD if you apply early and broadly, and you are a strong DO candidate
I just graduated, so I will look into taking more upper level science courses. Could this be done at my old University or does it have to be through an official program?

Also, this may be a borderline dumb question, but what does it mean to apply broadly? Are you referring to apply broadly in terms of stats, or region (in state vs out of state)? Could you suggest any schools that I would have a decent shot at if I waited?

Thanks for the advice, btw!
 

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Take clases at any 4 year university (not community college).... Maybe try to take 1-2 night classes a semester.... I bet that GPA will move a decent amount if you can take like 16-20 credits with a 3.7+ GPA...

Applying broadly means applying to a lot of schools... As a candidate with lower stats, you have to cast a wide net because you never know who will bite....

I have very similar stats as you... .When I graduated, I had a 3.5 GPA and a 3.35sGPa, with my last two years being close to a 3.9... I just completed a post-bacc, which rose my gpa to close to a 3.6cGPA/3.5sGPa..... I took the MCAT and scored a 507 (about same as you)... I have received 2 interviews this cycle so far!
 

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I suggest:

Temple
Jefferson
Drexel
WVU
Rosy Franklin
MCW
SLU
Creighton
Loma Linda (but read their list of don'ts)
Albany
NYMC
VCU
U VM
Oakland-B
Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)
Rush (note: very service/experience oriented with a 150hr service requirement. Avg student has 800 hours of community service, and >1800 hours of health care exposure.)
Netter
Any DO school, starting with LECOM, UNECOM, NYITOM and PCOM



Hey everyone, I am fairly new to SDN and looking for some guidance as to how to proceed/my chances at med school. I am a white male applying from PA. I graduated with a degree in neuroscience with minors in chemistry and linguistics.

MCAT: 127/125/127/127.

cGPA 3.5, sGPA 3.4. I do have a pretty steep upward trend. My first half of undergrad I have two semesters under a 3.0 (2.4, 2.8). During the second half, I had two 3.9 semesters with A's in key science courses such as biochem, physics 1/2, etc. I retook a couple classes but I already factored that into the GPA calculation.

I like to think I had pretty strong EC's:
- Hockey player all 4 years in college, awarded captain my senior year and helped lead the team to a conference championship. The first one for the school in decades.
-Member of a social fraternity, and I eventually joined the Academic Committee to help brothers with their schoolwork. Got way too involved with Greek life my first couple semesters, and my lack of focus caused the poor grades. Decided to refocus and apply myself.
-Member of a academic fraternity
-I joined a program through Americorps that focused on teaching the basics of the English language to pre-school children from poor economic backgrounds. I primarily focused on two children to try to improve their spelling and grammar skills (300 hours total without pay).
- I do have clinical experience volunteering in a local cancer center (159 total hours)
-I have five total semesters of research experience (2 fall, 2 spring, 1 summer). I volunteered in an otolaryngology lab that focused on tracking developing auditory neuronal circuits in rats. I primarily did data analysis, but also fractioned and mounted brain slices using a microtome, and used an electron microscope with fluorescence to take images.
-20 total hours of job shadowing with an anesthesiologist, internal medicine specialist, and a ophthalmologist
-Worked at a local fast food restaurant on the weekends for two full years
- I was a TA for 3 different classes senior year. Two of them were for a science professor, and one was for an introductory course into the University


LORs:
- 2 science
-2 nonscience (one is from a Deaf professor, and I think this is going to be a deal breaker bc the Deaf and medical communities generally do not get along). Obviously I took some ASL courses in college.
-4 from extracurriculars, including one from a residency program director/department head of anesthesiology

Awards:
-Received the Ripple Award from the Americorps program for encouraging success in the face of challenges.
-I also was an Academic All-American my junior and senior year
-I received the Order of Omega award for strong academics and leadership within the Greek community

I am also an EMT, and a Type One Diabetic. I have been told that the T1D would help me a little, and I was also told that it is meaningless. I decided to include it just to see what you guys would say.

Recently accepted a paid research position that focuses on concussions.

Sorry for the long post lol just wanted to get everything out there. Don't hold back, especially with the academics. I am open to the idea of a postbacc or MCAT retake.
 

Frogger27

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Goro's list is good... I have an II from one of those schools as well as a state school with similar stats... Good luck!
 
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medhopeful83

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I suggest:

Temple
Jefferson
Drexel
WVU
Rosy Franklin
MCW
SLU
Creighton
Loma Linda (but read their list of don'ts)
Albany
NYMC
VCU
U VM
Oakland-B
Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)
Rush (note: very service/experience oriented with a 150hr service requirement. Avg student has 800 hours of community service, and >1800 hours of health care exposure.)
Netter
Any DO school, starting with LECOM, UNECOM, NYITOM and PCOM
I appreciate the help, Goro!

What do you think about the additional schools I have on my current list that you didn't list:
Tulane, Northstate, Cooper, ETSU, Eastern Virginia, George Washington, LSU? Any particular reason you didn't list Penn State, Commonwealth, or Thomas Jefferson for in state schools?
 
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medhopeful83

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Goro's list is good... I have an II from one of those schools as well as a state school with similar stats... Good luck!
That's some very encouraging advice, especially cause you have similar stats! Thanks, and good luck with the current cycle!
 

Goro

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Low stats:
Tulane, Eastern Virginia, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson

Doesn't like OOS:
Cooper, ETSU, LSU? Commonwealth,

Puts its financial concerns over its students
Northstate,

Parent body protected a child molester for > 25 years.

Penn State,
 
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