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MD 3.99 cGPA, MCAT 35. Which schools and chances?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by majeec, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. majeec

    majeec

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    Stats
    Junior @ Penn State University
    Biomedical Engineering Major
    Cumulative GPA: 3.99 Science GPA: 3.99
    MCAT: 35 overall (13 PS, 8 VR, 14 BS) *will this unbalanced score hurt me or raise flags?
    PA Resident

    Research
    - Working in a biomedical engineering lab (expected 2 years)
    *Hope to write a thesis on my research

    Volunteer/Shadowing
    - Shadowed physician part time past 2 summers
    *Plan to do more shadowing these next two summers


    Extracurricular Activities
    - Global Medical Brigades (going on a volunteer trip to Panama)
    - Engineering Design Lab Assistant (past 4 semesters)



    I'd be interested to know what schools you guys think I should consider and what my chances would be at those places.
     
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  3. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

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    Without some honest-to-Gawd patient contact experience, your chances are not good. You need to demonstrate that you really want to spend the next 30-40 years being around sick people and that you know what you're getting into.

    The medical missions don't count for much.


     
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  4. majeec

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    I plan to get more clinical experience in the near future. How do you think the 8 in VR affects my chances at mid tier MDs?
     
  5. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

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    Probably will hurt, since 9 is their floor.

     
  6. majeec

    majeec

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    Bump
     
  7. johnlee2014

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    top 10 MDs = hopeful!
    Mid tier MDs = GO FOR IT!
     
  8. ciestar

    ciestar 2+ Year Member

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    I'm sure volunteering opportunities exist at Mt Nittany. There's also a ton of nursing homes in the area to get some clinical experience.
     
  9. majeec

    majeec

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    Is it worth retaking the MCAT to try and boost my verbal and make my score more balanced?
     
  10. claduva94

    claduva94 2+ Year Member

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    That would be a red flag at many schools.
     
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  11. majeec

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    retaking it or having an 8 on VR?
     
  12. gyngyn

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

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    Re-taking a 35.
     
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  13. majeec

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    But don't most schools have a 9 as there floor? I don't want to restrict myself from school options if I could possibly do better
     
  14. gyngyn

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

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    There are no schools that do not accept applicants with your scores (including the verbal).
    We are far more averse to the qualities associated with such a re-take than we are to an 8 in verbal.
     
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