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3.64 34P. What do you think?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by tcln, Jul 5, 2012.

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  1. tcln


    Jul 5, 2012
    Hi folks!
    I'm curious about my chances this cycle (2nd time around), with the following stats. I'd also love input about my school list.

    GPA: 3.64, MCAT: 34P, sGPA: 3.66 at an engineering school.

    RI Native
    ~150 hours of clinical volunteering,
    ~100 hours of volunteering at a variety of events ( blood drive, shelters, etc).
    4 months of medical research

    School list:
    -Boston U
    -Mount Sinai
    -Rosalind Franklin
    -Thomas Jefferson
    -U. Rochester
    I'm also considering applying to a few DOs schools.

    What are my chances? Any recommended changes to the school list?
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  3. Ironmandoc


    May 30, 2012
    Miami, FL
    Take off any research heavy schools since you have almost no research experience. Schools like Cornell are going to be a big reach. Also, schools like Loyola and Rosalind Franklin strongly favor applicants with strong service experience. Your mcat is solid, your gpa is a little on the low side for a lot of schools on your list. It shouldn't keep you out of those schools though...your lack of ECs will
  4. tcln


    Jul 5, 2012
    Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. Well, thanks for the advice. Are there any schools you would recommend that I haven't included in the list?
  5. TheShaker

    TheShaker 2+ Year Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    I'd like to hear somebody's opinion on his clinical volunteering since mine is pretty much the same. Is it sufficient?

    OP - I suggest you add some lower tier schools just for safety purposes. Your list has too many strong schools in my opinion.
  6. tcln


    Jul 5, 2012
    Yeah, I'll be sure to do that.
  7. PreMedOrDead

    PreMedOrDead I'm sure you'll get in... 5+ Year Member

    May 19, 2012
    A dark, dark cave
    4 months of medical research, wouldn't that be enough if he had been working full time and gotten publications? He didn't include that information, so I wouldn't assume anything more than he wrote, but just sayin'.

    In my case (my stats are 35+/3.8+) I'm applying to some research schools and I only have two summers of research (~6 months) but they are with programs with full-time research, meaning 40-50+ hours per week. That's up to 1,200 hours in the lab, which is more than double someone that does say 3 hours a week in the lab over 3 years...

    Of course the second likely has a higher chance of getting pubs, but that's not the point.

    Above all, I think AdComs (as LizzyM said) look at publications more than actual time in the lab or how much you took away from them, sadly, as I think that's pretty backwards. I can count several people who did 3 hours of research a week for a year and got published along with their PI who just happened to be working on a relatively easy, publishable topic. Whereas I've seen people do heavy research for a year (part to full-time) on a difficult project that was unsuccessful and didn't get published until long after they left, leaving them with no accreditation.... kinda back-asswards

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