505 MCAT, 3.8+ gpa

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    Sup, got my MCAT score back today: 505, balanced: 127 phys/chem, 126 in all remaining sections. Old MCAT was a 29, so this was a retake. My sGPA and cGPA are 3.8+.

    In a nut shell:
    -4 paper pubs
    -600+ clinical volunteering hrs (so far, doing another 400 this gap year)
    -500 community shelter volunteer hours
    -Leadership in various clubs, Lead TA for several classes
    -Letters of Rec are a notch above average
    -NY state resident

    I'll be a reapplicant at:
    -SUNY SB
    -SUNY DS
    -SUNY Buffalo
    -SUNY Upstate
    -Drexel
    -Jefferson
    -Temple
    -Penn State
    -TCMC
    -NYMC
    -Albany Medical College
    -Netter

    Last cycle: I received 3 MD interviews (for the sake of privacy I don't want to say, but the 3 are listed above).

    QUESTIONS:
    1. Any suggestions on schools to add or remove? Thanks!
    2. Am I at an advantage, disadvantage, or neutral as a reapplicant?
    3. Is my 505 (70th percentile) directly correlated to a 28.5 (if you do percentile conversion that's what it is), or is it higher/lower, etc.?
     

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      Sup, got my MCAT score back today: 505, balanced: 127 phys/chem, 126 in all remaining sections. Old MCAT was a 29, so this was a retake. My sGPA and cGPA are 3.8+.

      In a nut shell:
      -4 paper pubs
      -600+ clinical volunteering hrs (so far, doing another 400 this gap year)
      -500 community shelter volunteer hours
      -Leadership in various clubs, Lead TA for several classes
      -Letters of Rec are a notch above average
      -NY state resident

      I'll be a reapplicant at:
      -SUNY SB
      -SUNY DS
      -SUNY Buffalo
      -SUNY Upstate
      -Drexel
      -Jefferson
      -Temple
      -Penn State
      -TCMC
      -NYMC
      -Albany Medical College
      -Netter

      Last cycle: I received 3 MD interviews (for the sake of privacy I don't want to say, but the 3 are listed above).

      QUESTIONS:
      1. Any suggestions on schools to add or remove? Thanks!
      2. Am I at an advantage, disadvantage, or neutral as a reapplicant?
      3. Is my 505 (70th percentile) directly correlated to a 28.5 (if you do percentile conversion that's what it is), or is it higher/lower, etc.?

      If you want to maximize your chances of being a doctor consider adding DO schools. Your stats would give you a fair shot at most of them.
       

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        I suggest the following:

        Temple
        Jefferson
        Drexel
        WVU
        Rosy Franklin
        MCW
        SLU
        Creighton
        Loma Linda (but read their list of don'ts)
        Albany
        NYMC
        VCU
        U VM
        Oakland-B
        Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)
        Rush (note: very service/experience oriented with a 150hr service requirement. Avg student has 800 hours of community service, and >1800 hours of health care exposure.)
        Netter
        Any DO school. Beggars can't be choosy. But I can't recommend Touro-NY, Wm Carey or LUCOM, for different reasons.

        Nothing has improved about your app stats-wise, so I don't see you having any luck with the schools you are reapplying to.

        I can't recommend retaking the MCAT anymore. You've plateaued.




        Sup, got my MCAT score back today: 505, balanced: 127 phys/chem, 126 in all remaining sections. Old MCAT was a 29, so this was a retake. My sGPA and cGPA are 3.8+.
         
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        Dr. Stalker

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          I suggest the following:

          Temple
          Jefferson
          Drexel
          WVU
          Rosy Franklin
          MCW
          SLU
          Creighton
          Loma Linda (but read their list of don'ts)
          Albany
          NYMC
          VCU
          U VM
          Oakland-B
          Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)
          Rush (note: very service/experience oriented with a 150hr service requirement. Avg student has 800 hours of community service, and >1800 hours of health care exposure.)
          Netter
          Any DO school. Beggars can't be choosy. But I can't recommend Touro-NY, Wm Carey or LUCOM, for different reasons.

          Nothing has improved about your app stats-wise, so I don't see you having any luck with the schools you are reapplying to.

          I can't recommend retaking the MCAT anymore. You've plateaued.

          Alright thanks! :)
           

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            Sup, got my MCAT score back today: 505, balanced: 127 phys/chem, 126 in all remaining sections. Old MCAT was a 29, so this was a retake. My sGPA and cGPA are 3.8+.

            In a nut shell:
            -4 paper pubs
            -600+ clinical volunteering hrs (so far, doing another 400 this gap year)
            -500 community shelter volunteer hours
            -Leadership in various clubs, Lead TA for several classes
            -Letters of Rec are a notch above average
            -NY state resident

            I'll be a reapplicant at:
            -SUNY SB
            -SUNY DS
            -SUNY Buffalo
            -SUNY Upstate
            -Drexel
            -Jefferson
            -Temple
            -Penn State
            -TCMC
            -NYMC
            -Albany Medical College
            -Netter

            Last cycle: I received 3 MD interviews (for the sake of privacy I don't want to say, but the 3 are listed above).

            QUESTIONS:
            1. Any suggestions on schools to add or remove? Thanks!
            2. Am I at an advantage, disadvantage, or neutral as a reapplicant?
            3. Is my 505 (70th percentile) directly correlated to a 28.5 (if you do percentile conversion that's what it is), or is it higher/lower, etc.?

            I mean...your MCAT score got worse this time. They are comparing percentiles now bc of the new/old MCAT. It's already hard to be a reapplicant, why would they choose someone who didn't improve their app much and did worse on the MCAT? I would apply DO schools as well as your MD schools.
             
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