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GrapesofRath

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    I think it's a good idea to seriously consider waiting a year. Your application just isnt quite ready. 50 hours of hospital volunteering for clinical experience. No shadowing. No non clinical service. These are pretty big weaknesses. You are judged by what youve already done when you submit an app not what youll do during a gap year.

    These ECs in particular wont work for top schools if that's what you are targeting. South Carolina is a fantastic state for MD admission but even with stats this high the areas your ECs are lacking in will make things dicey even despite being in such a lucky state with multiple lenient state schools. Address your weaknesses, apply in a year, and you wont have problems getting an acceptance. Keep in mind only 4% of South Carolina applicants(30 of them) matriculated OOS last year. Those 30 likely got into top 20 schools or had other unique circumstances. In other words, really applying to any OOS school that isnt a high end one is likely not worthwhile.
     
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      I think it's a good idea to seriously consider waiting a year. Your application just isnt quite ready. 50 hours of hospital volunteering for clinical experience. No shadowing. No non clinical service. These are pretty big weaknesses. You are judged by what youve already done when you submit an app not what youll do during a gap year.

      These ECs in particular wont work for top schools if that's what you are targeting. South Carolina is a fantastic state for MD admission but even with stats this high the areas your ECs are lacking in will make things dicey even despite being in such a lucky state with multiple lenient state schools. Address your weaknesses, apply in a year, and you wont have problems getting an acceptance. Keep in mind only 4% of South Carolina applicants(30 of them) matriculated OOS last year. Those 30 likely got into top 20 schools or had other unique circumstances. In other words, really applying to any OOS school that isnt a high end one is likely not worthwhile.
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        Honestly, your volunteering is low but enough. What you really lack is the shadowing. You have to know what you're getting yourself into. Squeezing in shadowing right before submitting is pretty obvious that you did it for the sake of doing it. Take a year off to get more shadowing in and carefully assess using your new experiences whether medicine is right for you or not. It is a long road and you really do want to be sure before diving in.

        An extra year is almost necessary for you to get into a MD school. A year will not make you competitive for top schools.
         
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          I think with such great numbers, if you take a year off to brush up on the ECs you have a potentially phenomenal app. Applying this cycle would be a waste IMO. Since you graduated early it also wouldn't hurt since you're way ahead of the curve and waiting would show maturity.
           
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