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I have already posted here before, but I recently got my July MCAT scores which were much better than my July. I also have had to change my schools. Are my aspirations realistic? Should I apply to more "safety schools"?

GPA: 3.92c, 4.00s
MCAT: MAY: 78-88th percentile overall- 509
PS, BS, - 85-100%
CARS - 53-68%
Psych/Soc 61-76%

JULY: 519-overall- 98%
PS- 132- 100%
CARS-129-93%
Bio/Biochem-129-93%
Psych-129-93%


  • Economics Major, Biology and Chemistry Minor
  • Kentucky Resident
  • Small Liberal Arts College in Kentucky
  • Pakistani Male, but born and raised in US
  • Senior in Undergrad
  • Both parents are doctors
  • Rhodes Scholar applicant. Already received university backing, waiting on potential interview invite. Trying to get Msc in Public Health so I can go into policy making after getting MD and practicing as a primary care physician for a few years.


EC's

  • University of Kentucky Transplant Center- No publication yet, but working through summer. Fingers crossed!
  • Awards/Honor Societies-ODE (econ honor society), ODK (Leadership honor society), Rara Avis award (awarded to most distinguished Econ major in every class)
  • Taught a month long Freshman orientation course
  • Shadowed a physician in Cuba for a month (had special education visa. Legal I promise!)
  • Shadowing Oncologist
  • Put together a Hunger Banquet
  • Single handedly put together an International Minority Violence Seminar where hundreds of people attended, distinguished members of academia in various fields came from across the nation to speak.
  • Worked as a paid employee in Marketing Department of Rural Hospital. Got to shadow a lot of different specialities.
  • Data Analyst for international philanthropic organization that works to cure preventable eye disease. Have been to Ghana, Pakistan, Iraq to assist with eye camps
  • Raised $20,000 for Hazara people in Quetta, Pakistan.
  • Taught employees in how to use excel and word in a new hospital in Iraq that family started.
  • Worked with Lions Club international to set up an eye clinic in a rural village in Pakistan.
  • Capitan of DIII Collegiate tennis team
  • Youth Leader for an Iraqi Refugee Center of both Gulf Wars.
  • Rhodes Scholar Applicant
I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to over 25 different countries, sometimes being able to work in the healthcare system in these foreign nations. That is definitely the focus of my application and personal statement, and I hope this gives me a unique angle in this process.

LOR
1: my pre-health committee letter. Applicants are rated 1-5, and thankfully I got a 5. 90% of our applicants get into medical school with a recommendation, (anything higher than a 3 rating). A 5 is pretty rare, and is usually given once every couple years. I'm really banking on this helping me out!
2: President of World Sight Now, the international Eye Disease Organization I was data analyst for.
3: Oncologist I shadowed.


School List

Duke
Emory
Harvard
Indiana
Georgia
Miami
Toledo
Alabama
Florida
Kentucky
Louisville
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Wake Forrest
Vandy


UPDATED:
UK (in state)
UofL (in state)
Toledo
Cincy
Vandy
Emory
Duke
Harvard
Johns Hopkins
Chicago
Northwestern
Case Western

Should I add or remove some schools? Thanks for the advice! Sorry for any grammar or spelling errors! My main concern is that I hope I'm not too late in the cycle, because I have not even submitted primaries to schools that were in the updated list.
 

md-2020

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You have a ton of state publics that won't give you a shot b/c you're OOS. Those would include: Indiana, Georgia, Toledo, Alabama, Florida, UNC, SC, Tennessee on your old list.

On your new list, all but UK+UL & maybe CWRU are long shots. Cincy and Toledo show Ohio bias. I'd add more low tier privates just to be safe, though your chances at UK and UL are excellent.

Top tiers are a reach for you, IMHO. 519 MCAT is nice but adcoms will consider the first attempt (~30 old) too. Your ECs are nothing special for those schools as well, unfortunately.
 
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Ditch all the useless state schools you are OOS for like md2020 said. Is that data analysis research? Everything else is looking good; but for research powerhouses you want solid research. How long have you been doing work in the Transplant Center?

Assuming you have research I am more optimistic than @md2020 about your chances for the big names. You have interesting experiences and it sounds like a fair amount of volunteering. Many top schools put alot more weight in the most recent score and even for the schools that average your score comes out to a 34. A 3.9/34 can still have a shot at top 20's.

You really don't need that many safeties. Kentucky is a lucky state; both UK and Louisville interview at least half their applicants.

Here is what I might look into

Miami
Saint Louis
Tulane
Tufts
Creighton
Medical College Wisconsin
Jefferson


Hofstra
UVA(maybe)
Ohio State(Maybe)
Case Western
Emory
USC
Rochester
Mayo
Einstein


NYU or Mt Sinai
Northwestern or Pitt
JHU or Harvard
Duke
Vanderbilt
Cornell or Columbia
UCSF(maybe) or Michigan


I tried to group these into tiers. The least competitive, middle tiers and the big names. Perhaps 3-4 of the lower tiers, 5 of the middle group and 6-8 of the last group would be a good way to go about it.
 
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very helpful. Much appreciated. I've been there for three months. Mostly data collection from a variety of sources and conducting regressional analysis looking at which variables pre-op and during surgery affected post-operative transplant failures and deaths. It's mostly my own project, focusing on socioeconomic factors, but I do have medical guidance from a physician when looking at blood test results, medications, etc.
 
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