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3.64 GPA, 37 MCAT, CA resident. How do my schools look?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by wurdy5176, 05.18.14.

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  1. wurdy5176

    wurdy5176 Dr. Jan Itor

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    Alright. So I am a first time applicant. I have a 3.64 GPA and a 37 MCAT, born and raised in California. I have a significant amount of international experiences (I studied in Argentina for a year and I now live in China as a teacher), though I don't think im that non-traditional because I am only taking 2 gap years.

    I am a little nervous about having to do two application cycles (and spend all that extra money) if I don't apply to enough schools (which will also cost money). Believe it or not, a chinese salary is not great.

    I have research experience, public health experience, tutoring, teaching, shadowing, etc. The major gap in my app is actually working for a hospital in a paid position (like scribing).

    Here are my schools.

    Baylor
    Brown
    Creighton
    Duke
    Loma Linda
    Loyola
    Northwestern
    OHSU
    Saint Louis U
    Stanford
    UCD
    UCI
    UCLA
    UCSD
    U North Carolina
    University of Chicago
    University of Illinois
    USC
    U Virginia
    U washington
    Vanderbilt
    Wake forest
    Rochester
    Wash U

    What do you think? What should I add? Remove?
     
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  3. Goro

    Goro 5+ Year Member

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    Good list. Nothing wrong with aiming high. I would delete Brown because they like your own UGs. U WA favors WWAMI applicants, so delete as well. I have pulled some reaches because your GPA is, well, avg.

    Creighton
    Duke
    Dartmouth
    Hofstra
    Loma Linda
    Loyola
    Saint Louis U
    Stanford
    UCD
    UCI
    UCLA
    UCSD
    USC
    Vanderbilt
    Wake Forest
    Rochester
    U AZ
    Pitt
    Einstein
    BU
    Tufts
    Miami
    MCW
     
  4. wurdy5176

    wurdy5176 Dr. Jan Itor

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    Thanks Goro! I was wondering, what are my chances of getting in to at least somewhere? (I know thats a near impossible calculation) I am not concerned about prestige of school. I care more about quality of life while in medical school, and just getting the education. So thats all to say I don't really care about "aiming high", if you get my drift. Have you heard of schools where students are particularly happy (and still get the same good education)?
     
  5. nemo123

    nemo123 5+ Year Member

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    What do you exactly mean by "The major gap in my app is actually working for a hospital in a paid position (like scribing)."? Do you have some kind of clinical experience besides shadowing?
     
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    wurdy5176 Dr. Jan Itor

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    No, sorry I will be more clear. I have shadowed multiple times in hospitals under various situations, but I am missing the scribe or CNA experience (hands on patient interaction) that I feel a lot of good applicants have.
     
  7. Heplayer92

    Heplayer92 2+ Year Member

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    I don't think that necessary "hands on patient interaction" nor a "paid clinical experience" is necessary. Shadowing is good, but do you have other clinical experience, such as volunteering? I think that's what nemo123 was referring to.
     
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    wurdy5176 Dr. Jan Itor

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    Yeah, (as far as clinical goes) I volunteered at a children's hospital every week for a year. I did not do anything medical. I basically comforted patients and brought them food and that sort of stuff
     
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    Heplayer92 2+ Year Member

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    Still counts as clinical volunteering =)
     

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