May 21, 2020
  1. Pre-Medical
Hi everyone! I just graduated and am taking a gap year doing full time research as well as volunteering, and I was planning on applying this cycle. I would really love some help on a school list, or even if I should take another gap year to get more volunteering hours and try for t20's?

  • Cumulative GPA - 4.0
  • Science GPA - 4.0
  • MCAT score and breakdown - 516 (128/128/130/130)
  • AZ
  • Asian
  • Research experience and productivity - 2,500 hours in two different labs, 5 poster presentations (regional and national), 2 poster presentation awards
  • Shadowing experience: 50 hours- orthopedic surgeon, breast cancer oncologist, geneticist
  • Clinical volunteering: ~220 over two years - volunteering in a medical clinic assisting the homeless
  • Non-clinical volunteering - 250+ over two years- support group counselor, crisis text line counselor,
  • Other extracurricular activities - Avid dancer and artist- performed for over 400 people, and ended up painting a mural in my town and volunteered with the organization that helped me put it up. I also started turning publications into comics and cartoons in an attempt to translate the work I was doing in lab, or the work I was reading about into terms that might be better understood by the public- the only artist is me, so I haven't be able to do as much as I'd like, but it's something that I have spent a significant amount of time on.
  • Relevant honors or awards - Merit Scholarship from university, Goldwater nominee, entrepreneurship scholarship, others..
  • Leadership/ Teaching- Speech and Debate Coach for high school students (1 year, 200 hours- essentially founded the "speech" team), Molecular Biology TA (80 hours)
My school list now looks something like this:

University of Arizona
University of Maryland
Penn Sate
Ohio State
University of Colorado
University of Michigan - top choice
Mount Sinai

Oakland Beaumont
Western Michigan
U Cincinnati
Albert Einstein

Any advice at all would be great! Thank you so much!!
Sep 15, 2012
  1. Attending Physician
You have several schools on your list that are very competitive. I suggest adding these schools:
USF Morsani

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