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3.9GPA, 32MCAT, Weak ECs, Chances?

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Kered

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I am really hoping to apply this cycle:

I graduated in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin, majoring in microbiology with a 3.9 GPA and a 32 MCAT.

I did not do a whole lot of ECs during my undergrad as I worked (sometimes two jobs) to pay my way through school.

Research:
4 years in infectious disease (~15 hours/week during semester, 40 hours/wk during summers, no pubs yet)
Relevant Jobs: 1 year as and RA, 1 year at a pharmaceutical company

ECs
2 semesters as a freshman mentor (~10 hours/week)
Created university staff training for LGBT issues (~40 hours)
Founded a Freshman-specific Gay-Straight Alliance for university residence halls
Local Food Pantry (~20 hours, ongoing)

Shadowing/Clinical
Primary Care (15 hours)
ER Volunteer (~10 hours, ongoing)

I know that my ECs are really weak. I will be adding at least a few hours to some of them this summer, but nothing too drastic.
I am from a very small, rural town in Wisconsin and plan on talking about that in my personal statement. It would be a dream to go to the University of Wisconsin, but I would just like to know my chances at getting in for now.
 

YellowSpade

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Decent chances. Research looks good and stats are fine, could make up for weaker clinical XP. Now just apply broadly and nail that interview.
 

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Your ecs would actually be really good if you had even a years worth of clinical volunteering.

But I do think you'd still have a shot.
 

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I've seen people on this thread with weaker ecs than you hoping that their excellent ecs will make up for less than steller numbers...
 

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I don't think your ECs are as weak as you indicate, but clinical volunteering would be a welcome addition.

Four years in the same lab without any pubs/posters does make me wonder about your productivity, but I guess that doesn't matter much if you aren't gunning for top research schools.
 

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I think you'll get interviews, but then wait listed. You really need to show us you know what you're getting into. Think of it this way: would you buy a car without test-driving it?


I am really hoping to apply this cycle:

I graduated in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin, majoring in microbiology with a 3.9 GPA and a 32 MCAT.

I did not do a whole lot of ECs during my undergrad as I worked (sometimes two jobs) to pay my way through school.

Research:
4 years in infectious disease (~15 hours/week during semester, 40 hours/wk during summers, no pubs yet)
Relevant Jobs: 1 year as and RA, 1 year at a pharmaceutical company

ECs
2 semesters as a freshman mentor (~10 hours/week)
Created university staff training for LGBT issues (~40 hours)
Founded a Freshman-specific Gay-Straight Alliance for university residence halls
Local Food Pantry (~20 hours, ongoing)

Shadowing/Clinical
Primary Care (15 hours)
ER Volunteer (~10 hours, ongoing)

I know that my ECs are really weak. I will be adding at least a few hours to some of them this summer, but nothing too drastic.
I am from a very small, rural town in Wisconsin and plan on talking about that in my personal statement. It would be a dream to go to the University of Wisconsin, but I would just like to know my chances at getting in for now.
 

Kered

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The study I was working on was a longitudinal MRSA infection study that spanned five years, so the pubs are coming, just not yet.
 
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