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- May 10, 2014
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So, the medical school in my state is somewhat mediocre and has pretty low standards for a medical school, and my plan has always been to go there when I'm done with undergrad (at the same university). Because of this (and a few unfortunate circumstances that were somewhat out of my control), my ECs aren't extensive at all, although they are at a level that would be acceptable for my state school. However, I got back a 36 on my MCAT (12 PS/ 10 VR/ 14 BS), which was better than I was planning on getting, and since I have a 4.0 gpa, I was just curious as to whether or not I could maybe reach for a somewhat competitive school? My ECs are as follows:
*Two summer mission trips with my church, about two and a half weeks in total
*Somewhere between 50-70 hours physician shadowing by the end of the summer (when I'm applying) with a couple different specialties of doctors
*One semester research (data mining) where I was a co-author of a research abstract, although I unfortunately didn't put a whole lot of hours in
*Two summers working at a local grocery store
*About 200 hours volunteering as a chemistry tutor at my school
*About 50 hours miscellaneous volunteering elsewhere
So anyway, I realize my ECs suck, and it definitely would've been nice to have volunteering at a hospital. Unfortunately, my hometown hospital is not very open to things such as this, and it has been a struggle to try to get even shadowing going there, let alone volunteering. It's my own fault though, as is not having more research, because I waited until my sophomore year to try that, and I was unable to work it into my schedule. Like I said, I like my state school, and I have no problem going there--I have friends who will be going here, it's relatively inexpensive, etc.; I was just wondering if anybody thought I should bother trying to apply to a high level school? Or should I just not waste my time/money and instead only apply to my state school and lower-level schools as backups? Thanks, and good luck with everyone else applying!
Ok, can I do that now even if my committee LOR isn't sent in yet? Also, if I'm planning on volunteering at the hospital in the fall semester, can I put that on my application as well?