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506MCAT, 3.6 undergrad, 3.6 postbacc at university of pennsylvania

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by wv_philly, Jun 18, 2017.

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  1. wv_philly

    wv_philly

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    Hey all,

    I'm applying MD this cycle and am wondering what my chances are at getting acceptances.

    MCAT: 506
    phys: 125
    CARS: 125
    bio: 130
    psych: 126

    My undergrad GPA is a 3.6 and then I did a post-bacc program (didn't take the prereqs in undergrad) at the University of Pennsylvania and have a 3.62 GPA from that.

    I have worked full time in research (while doing the post-bacc) for the last year, and will continue working in my gap year.

    I have an MCAT retake test date in two weeks (ish) but my job has made studying at the appropriate level impossible. Wondering what my chances are WITHOUT a retake???

    If it matters, I am a white female... grew up in a rural area.

    Thanks!!!
     
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  3. Kingsmen2018

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    We really need to know about your ECs to give u a proper WAMC. Assuming they are your "cookie cutter" stuff you have a fair to lower chance. I advise that you really take time to retake your mcat. You really need to improve to justify a retake or else it will hurt your app. Unless your scoring 512+ on your practice tests rn I would say you should postpone it.

    GL
     
  4. Faha

    Faha 5+ Year Member

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    Do you have clinical volunteering hours or shadowing hours? Your best chances are some of the PA schools so apply to Drexel, Temple, Jefferson, Penn State and Commonwealth-Geisinger. Other schools where you could receive interviews with your stats include:
    Vermont
    Quinnipiac
    Albany
    New York Medical College
    GW
    Georgetown
    West Virginia
    Oakland Beaumont
    Western Michigan
    Medical College Wisconsin
    Rosalind Franklin
    St. Louis
    Creighton
    Tulane
    Your chances are ~50% for a MD acceptance with your stats. Consider also applying to at least 6 DO schools and you have PCOM and LECOM in PA.
     
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  5. wv_philly

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    Hi, thanks for the response! During my whole post-bacc, I have worked in research with human studies. I have extensive patient contact and observational/shadowing and research hours in inpatient, outpatient, and OR settings. I am an author on several abstracts and a couple manuscripts (not first author, my highest authorship level currently is third author). I am currently also working with a group of post-baccs under a resident to develop a program at Penn's refugee clinic for refugees who are new to Philadelphia to help them navigate the US healthcare system My LOR's (5) are all awesome and are coming with a committee letter from the University of Pennsylvania where I am doing my post-bacc. If it matters, two are from UPenn physician/researchers, one from a UPenn PhD researcher, one from an undergrad advisor, and one from a Penn Post-Bacc lecturer who I know well.

    My current struggle is that working full time has really not allowed me to appropriately study for my MCAT retake in a couple of weeks, and I'm worried I'll get a "bad" test for me with focuses in areas where I'm weak and my score will go down.....

    Do my EC's change your assessment at all??
     
  6. wv_philly

    wv_philly

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    I'm actually a West Virginia resident, not a Pennsylvania resident. I was actually already planning to apply to most (if not all, I would need to check) of those schools.

    As for my EC's... During my whole post-bacc, I have worked in research with human studies. I have extensive patient contact and observational/shadowing and research hours in inpatient, outpatient, and OR settings. I am an author on several abstracts and a couple manuscripts (not first author, my highest authorship level currently is third author). I am currently also working with a group of post-baccs under a resident to develop a program at Penn's refugee clinic for refugees who are new to Philadelphia to help them navigate the US healthcare system My LOR's (5) are all awesome and are coming with a committee letter from the University of Pennsylvania where I am doing my post-bacc. If it matters, two are from UPenn physician/researchers, one from a UPenn PhD researcher, one from an undergrad advisor, and one from a Penn Post-Bacc lecturer who I know well.

    Does that change your assessment at all?
     
  7. Kingsmen2018

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    So yeah, I advise you not to take the mcat if you haven't studied adequately for it. Assuming you apply to many schools with your 506 and 3.6 you will have a fair to lower chance.(lizzym=65 which means 43%) However your stats are a complete GO for DO schools across the country.

    Make sure to take a look at MSAR to see which MD schools you should apply to.


    GL


    Goodluck
     
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  9. gyngyn

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

    You are fortunate to be a W VA applicant! even without a re-take.
     
  10. wv_philly

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    So you think I'm competitive at, say West Virginia University SOM as a resident with my current MCAT, GPA, and ECs?
     
  11. gyngyn

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

    No question.
     
  12. wv_philly

    wv_philly

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    This makes me feel a lot better, thank you!!
     

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