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MD 4.0/516 School List Help

catsandscrubs

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Hi all! I'm applying this cycle (submitting by June 1st), and I'm having difficulty making a school list. I would appreciate any feedback/recommendations!

cGPA/sGPA: 4.0
MCAT: 516 (128, 127, 129, 132)
Major: Biochemistry
Undergrad: Full-ride to public CA state university, graduated in May 2019
Residence: California
Other: White female, first in family to go into medicine

Clinical Experience
- 5200 hours of paid ED scribing with additional 400 hrs of leadership roles within the program
- 300 hours hospice volunteering with patients

Research
- 750 hours chemistry research at my undergrad. Presented 2 posters at a local conference and submitted a senior thesis

Shadowing
- 30 hours split between interventional cardiology and neurosurgery. I was planning to also shadow in pediatrics and general surgery but these were cancelled due to COVID

Non-clinical volunteering
- 80 hours at various community events
- 40 hours peer tutoring in chemistry

Leadership
- 150 hours as Co-President of university's pre-med club x1 year
- 250 hours as Vice Chair of a Board of Directors relating to a few facilities on my campus x2 years. I led an oral presentation on our campaign strategies at a regional conference

Publications
- First author of a clinical image report that I worked on with physicians and submitted to a peer-review journal. Hasn't been accepted yet but I'm crossing my fingers that it will be within the next week or so. If not, I'll try to mention it on my secondaries!

Letters of rec
- Committee letter: probably strong
- Volunteer coordinator: very strong
- ED physician: strong
- Research PI: probably good but not great

Hobbies
- Taught myself piano during college

Other
- Organic chemistry award from university
- Various merit scholarships

School list so far (planning to apply to ~ 25)
UCSF
UCLA
UCSD
UC Irvine
UC Davis
UC Riverside
USC Keck
OHSU
Stanford
Kaiser Permanente
California Northstate University
California University of Science and Medicine
U Arizona - Tucson
U Wisconsin
Brown?
Loyola?
Albert Einstein?
Mt. Sinai?
Cornell?
Columbia?
Northwestern?
Yale?
Boston?

I'd like to either stay in California or live in a big city, but I'm having a hard time differentiating between a lot of the mid-tier schools in bigger cities. Hoping to apply to ~ 25. Thanks in advance for your help!!
 
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Faha

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OHSU and Arizona accept few non residents with no connection to the state. I suggest these for your OOS schools:
Boston University
Brown
Hofstra
Einstein
Mount Sinai
Rochester
Pittsburgh
Jefferson
Case Western
Cincinnati
Georgetown
George Washington
Miami
USF Morsani
Tulane
St. Louis
Loyola
TCU-UNT
 
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catsandscrubs

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  1. Medical Student (Accepted)
OHSU and Arizona accept few non residents with no connection to the state. I suggest these for your OOS schools:
Boston University
Brown
Hofstra
Einstein
Mount Sinai
Rochester
Pittsburgh
Jefferson
Case Western
Cincinnati
Georgetown
George Washington
Miami
USF Morsani
Tulane
St. Louis
Loyola
TCU-UNT
Thank you very much!!
 
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