Oh wait my bad, I thought I added the appropriate tags when I posted this.What are your career goals? Do you mind MD/DO?
When are you planning on applying. next cycle im presuming?
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.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.
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?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
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.
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
- 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
-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.
I appreciate the help, Goro!I suggest:
Loma Linda (but read their list of don'ts)
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.)
Any DO school, starting with LECOM, UNECOM, NYITOM and PCOM