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MD 3.67c, 3.6s, 36MCAT, non-trad. Advice appreciated

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by omega2r, May 16, 2014.

  1. omega2r

    omega2r 2+ Year Member

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    California resident 35 y/o
    raised in Pennsylvania (age 1-18)
    3.67 cGPA
    3.6 sGPA
    36 MCAT (13,11,12)

    - MS in Chemistry with 3 Publications (1 first author publication)
    - >3,000 hours paid employment as NP seeing patients in clinic serving low-income and undocumented
    - 100 hours administrative volunteering at another community clinic
    - Spanish proficiency "fair"

    Can anyone suggest a school that I should consider that is both non-trad friendly and OOS friendly?

    My GPA is low so I would appreciate recommendations for "safer" schools. Thanks in advance!

    School list:
    All CA schools (except Riverside and Loma Linda)
    OHSU
    Penn State
    Drexel
    Temple
    University of Pennsylvania
    UVM
    Columbia
    Einstein
    Mt. Sinai
    NYU
    Jefferson
     
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  3. breakintheroof

    breakintheroof MS-Zero 2+ Year Member

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    To clarify, you have an NP degree as well as an MS?

    Be sure to also check out the non-trad forum.
     
  4. omega2r

    omega2r 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks for your reply, I will definitely look at the non-trad forum.

    Yes, I have an NP degree as well as an MS.
     
  5. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Moderator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

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    Your stats may be too high for some of your OOS "safety" schools. You are better off with mid range selectivity for these.
     
  6. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

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    Concur. Consider Pitt, Duke, Dartmouth, BU, Tufts, or Miami.

     
  7. omega2r

    omega2r 2+ Year Member

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    Thank you Gyngyn and Goro for your responses.

    I am a little confused. Comparing my stats to those "safety schools" I noticed that my GPA is at the median or lower than 3 of those schools. (according to MSAR)

    My MCAT scores are considerably higher than the median, however. Are you saying that MCAT scores are more important than GPA for non-trads like me?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  8. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Moderator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

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    As long as your gpa is ok, the MCAT tends to be used to compare you to other candidates since grading, majors and regional differences are so variable.
     
  9. omega2r

    omega2r 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks, that definitely helps.

    Would you thus suggest choosing "reach" and "safety" schools based on MCAT scores rather than GPA (my GPA is 3.6)?

    Thanks in advance GynGyn
     
  10. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Moderator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

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    In your case, yes (since you meet threshold gpa for just about anywhere). But you need to include all other pertinent factors: research/clinical strength, OOS interview and matriculation data, regional bias and mission...
     

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