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3.8/32Q List of Schools Advice Please!

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by music2doc, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. music2doc

    music2doc Student of Mad Doctoring
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    Hi, I am wondering if I could get some advice on my list of schools to apply to.

    I am a CO resident and have a 3.8+ cGPA and sGPA with a 32Q MCAT.

    I am somewhat nontraditional in that I took some of my prereqs right after graduating and, while I could claim URM status, I am not doing so because I do not feel I have had sufficient interaction with that part of my heritage (i.e., I marked myself as "Caucasian"). I am also fluent in Spanish at an advanced (but not native) level. I did not list it as a language I speak on AMCAS; however, it was mentioned throughout my ECs (e.g., that I interpret for Spanish-speaking pts).

    Here is roughly what I have:

    • 1.5 years of part-time hospital experience in both in-patient and ED areas (tech and clerical, including scribing) including some training experience
    • 1.5 years of clinical volunteering including some supervising/training
    • 1 yr training in a martial art (hobby)
    • 3 yrs teaching & tutoring
    • 2.5 yrs non-clinical community service
    • 1.5 yrs in leadership of pre-health professions/pre-med program (led successful initiative to gain funding for new program and new advisor and subsequent multidisciplinary approach to pre-med/pre-health program)
    • 48 hrs shadowing + many hrs of scribing
    • 0.75 yrs in a non-hospital clinical position (included administering meds, supervising, training, etc.)
    • Research: First author/project lead on 1 national presentation and 1 institutional/regional presentation
    • Research: 3 projects over 4 yrs
    • International Service: 4 trips (2-12 weeks in length) and 1 planned for next year (a major interest of mine is international health)
    • 3 yrs of peer mentoring (including leadership and training of mentors)
    • 4 yrs of music-related jobs and activities
    • 13 yrs as a freelance musician/EC musical activities

    LORs:
    • Biochem Prof -- A in class (top score in class), had as a supervisor (tutoring), worked on Pre-Health initiative with him
    • Human Physiology Prof -- A in class & worked with on Pre-Health/Pre-Med things
    • Lab Instructor Training Prof -- A in course & was closely involved with Pre-Health/Pre-Med initiative
    • Psych Prof -- A in 2 classes; research advisor; supervisor as a TA; known ~4 yrs
    • ED Physician -- scribe trainer; work with him in ED regularly
    • Free Clinic Medical Director -- medical director at the free clinic where I work
    Here is my list:


    REACH

    • NYU
    • Tufts
    • Emory
    • Wake Forest
    • OHSU
    • Penn State
    • Georgetown

    MATCH

    • U of Colorado
    • St. Louis U
    • Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Loyola
    • Virginia Commonwealth
    • Drexel

    SAFETY

    • GWU
    • NYMC
    • Loma Linda
    • Tulane
    • Creighton
    • Jefferson


    I would appreciate any advice you may have on my choice of schools. Thanks!
     
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  3. BMEN

    BMEN Bow ties are cool.
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    Can't say much but i know this much,

    For U of Kansas there is a strong in state ties. not to say they dont interview and accept oos. its just much later in the process and fewer in number. If you are an URM it sounds like they are a little more lenient on this.
     
  4. Whatyousay

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    Loma Linda requires their students to follow a strict code of personal conduct.

    I would just make sure that you're familiar with the details of the code to make sure there's nothing on there that you would have a problem following.
     
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    Looks like a reasonable list.

    I would nix GWU and add Georgetown due to your international health experience/interest, unless you really want GWU. I could be wrong, but I think Georgetown would have more international opportunities.

    Also, I know you don't have it listed but Penn State is a great school. I almost went there, but stayed in Cali instead. Their match list was ridiculous this last year. I know, I know, it doesn't matter, but they matched a bang of folks into mouth watering specialties and programs. You're definitely competitive - I'd add them to your list.
     
  6. music2doc

    music2doc Student of Mad Doctoring
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    Thanks. I'm not applying as a URM, so I went ahead and removed them. It's unfortunate the western states are all so closed off from accepting other states' students. We need more medical schools out here!

    Cool. I think I could live with it. Thanks!


    Thanks for the suggestions! I added Georgetown but kept GWU because it appears I'd have a strong chance there and I'd think it might make a good safety. Thanks for the Penn State suggestion as well! I added them as well.




    Anyone else have any thoughts?
     
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    http://www.llu.edu/central/apply/mdlifestyle.page
    Also see essay prompts here for more religious and health code information http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=823412 The rest of the thread does have some conversation about the lifestyle agreement as well, including perspectives from students at Loma Linda and other SDA schools

    Another section of the secondary has this (this is actually separate from the essay question asking if you are willing to abide by the lifestyle agreement. The only option here is to check the box or not):
     
  8. music2doc

    music2doc Student of Mad Doctoring
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    ^Great. Thanks!


    Any other suggestions on additions or schools I should remove? Am I applying to more schools than I need to do you think?
     
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    Hey, I'm from Colorado as well and thought I could give you a suggestion. Arizona, if it interests you, has upped their maximum out of state acceptance to 50% this year. I added them and if you like their program, then you are very competitive there and would fulfill your request for western schools.
     
  10. music2doc

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    Thanks! I'll check 'em out!
     
  11. music2doc

    music2doc Student of Mad Doctoring
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    Any idea how an OOSer with my stats would fair? I'd probably want to replace another school with Arizona, but I don't want to hurt my chances. For instance, do I have a better chance at Tulane (with its 10,000 applicants and 155 spots given to OOS students last year) or Arizona?
     
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    An OOS'er with your stats and the amount of Spanish you speak will probably fare really well. They like diversity a lot, and one of their questions is about how you have used other languages. I would take Tulane off personally. Arizona is a better school in my opinion with similar stats.
     
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    Tulane also has one of the highest tuition rates among medical schools, if that matters.
     
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    You built up a nice app, music.

    Good luck!
     
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    apply to some more reaches man...

    shoot for the sky, your app looks stellar.
     

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