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Mre1123

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Hey folks,
Just looking for some input on my school list, and if there are any horrible red flags that you may notice. I am also not sure if I should include any DO schools on my list. Any criticism or comments are welcome! Thanks.

Currently , I am enrolled in my second semester of a M.S. in Physiology, I will be graduating in December 2020.

Country/state of residence: NY

Schools to which you are applying:

Target
Albany
Buffalo
NYMC
Quinnipiac
Temple
Drexel
Geisinger
Cooper
Seton Hall
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Reach
Upstate
Rochester
Downstate
Tufts
UMass
Thomas Jefferson
Rutgers NJMC
Vermont
Maryland
Virginia Commonwealth
Virginia Tech
G. Washington
Georgetown
Indiana

Far Reach
Einstein
Hofstra
Stony Brook
Brown
Dartmouth
Boston U

Cumulative GPA: - Undergrad: 3.38 Grad: 4.0 Combined: 3.42
Science GPA: Undergrad 3.26 Grad 4.0 Combined: 3.33
MCAT Scores: 516 (130/126/130/130)

Research – include any abstracts/posters/publications and how you were credited (eg. First author, senior author, etc):
At time of application, will be 1 year of basic science research. Will be a co-author on a paper that should be published before applications (something like a 10th author, its a collaborative project). Started my own project this January that (according to PI) will lead to first authorship probably by November/December

Volunteering (clinical) – include hours/sites:
5 years of volunteering at campus EMS agency. 1 of those years as officer. probably close to 4000 hours.

2 years as critical care emt (IVs, intubations, cardiac monitoring, etc.)

Physician shadowing – include hours/specialties:
Just got someone to agree to let me shadow, so by applications should be ~40 hours with Chief Resident in Anesthesiology.

Non-clinical volunteering:
none :(

Extracurricular activities:
TA for anatomy and physiology, 1 summer (LOR from this professor)

Employment history:
a lot. started working part time during sophomore year of college, mostly EMS jobs.

1 year interfacility transport EMS

1 summer with (local college) Men's lacrosse team first aid

2 years at 1 fire department (since resigned) working as first responder

1.5 years at current fire department working as first responder

6 months at a different fire department as first responder (noticing a trend?)

1 year at telemedicine company - I worked in a nursing home and provided emergency care to the patients there. basically I facetimed a physician, we made a treatment plan, I did the treatment, and we were able to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations. Plan on talking about this on essays/interview

Immediate family members in medicine? (y/n):
no

Specialty of interest: Emergency Med or Anesthesiology

Graduate degrees:
currently working on M.S. Physiology

Interest in rural health
no :(
 

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    FYI- MD doesn’t combine you undergrad and grad GPAs. DO does , or at least the consider it highly. Is your grad program a SMP?
     
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    FYI- MD doesn’t combine you undergrad and grad GPAs. DO does , or at least the consider it highly. Is your grad program a SMP?
    Yeah I know about the MD programs not combining GPA :( . not an SMP, but it's a masters with thesis at a University with an MD program. I'm not sure if this means anything, but we've had lectures from the MD program faculty, and our program director is on board of admissions for the MD program.
     

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    You need to work on non-clinical volunteering asap. Otherwise your app is dead in the water. Also include established DO schools to your list.
     
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    You need to work on non-clinical volunteering asap. Otherwise your app is dead in the water. Also include established DO schools to your list.
    I have been an instructor for Stop-the-Bleed training for various campus organizations, and my ambulance agency does this thing called "teddy bear clinics" where we go to local preschools and teach them about the ambulance and doctors, dress up their teddy bears with band aids, etc. Do you think I could emphasize this to cover myself for non clinical volunteering?
     
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    Yes always have DOs on your list.

    The connections with your admissions committee may matter a little, but if you don't have volunteering hours, you might not have a shot. Also you have to clarify your EMT as employment or clinical volunteering since your description seems to mix them. One can be on committee for a few years anyway.

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    I have been an instructor for Stop-the-Bleed training for various campus organizations, and my ambulance agency does this thing called "teddy bear clinics" where we go to local preschools and teach them about the ambulance and doctors, dress up their teddy bears with band aids, etc. Do you think I could emphasize this to cover myself for non clinical volunteering?
    So how many total hours? 100? 500? 1000?

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    I suggest these schools with your stats:
    All 4 SUNYs
    Albany
    New York Medical College
    Hofstra
    Vermont
    Quinnipiac
    Seton Hall
    Drexel
    Temple
    Jefferson
    George Washington
    Eastern Virginia
    Virginia Commonwealth
    NOVA MD
    Oakland Beaumont
    Western Michigan
    Wayne State
    Medical College Wisconsin
    Rosalind Franklin
    Loyola
    Creighton
    TCU UNT
    With your undergraduate GPA you should apply broadly to at least 8 DO schools and consider these
    UNECOM
    NYIT
    PCOM
    MU-COM
    CCOM
    DMU-COM
    KCU-COM
    ATSU-KCOM
    CUSOM
    AZCOM
    VCOM (all schools)
     

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    Hey folks,
    Just looking for some input on my school list, and if there are any horrible red flags that you may notice. I am also not sure if I should include any DO schools on my list. Any criticism or comments are welcome! Thanks.

    Currently , I am enrolled in my second semester of a M.S. in Physiology, I will be graduating in December 2020.

    Country/state of residence: NY

    Schools to which you are applying:

    Target
    Albany
    Buffalo
    NYMC
    Quinnipiac
    Temple
    Drexel
    Geisinger
    Cooper
    Seton Hall
    Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Reach
    Upstate
    Rochester
    Downstate
    Tufts
    UMass
    Thomas Jefferson
    Rutgers NJMC
    Vermont
    Maryland
    Virginia Commonwealth
    Virginia Tech
    G. Washington
    Georgetown
    Indiana

    Far Reach
    Einstein
    Hofstra
    Stony Brook
    Brown
    Dartmouth
    Boston U

    Cumulative GPA: - Undergrad: 3.38 Grad: 4.0 Combined: 3.42
    Science GPA: Undergrad 3.26 Grad 4.0 Combined: 3.33
    MCAT Scores: 516 (130/126/130/130)

    Research – include any abstracts/posters/publications and how you were credited (eg. First author, senior author, etc):
    At time of application, will be 1 year of basic science research. Will be a co-author on a paper that should be published before applications (something like a 10th author, its a collaborative project). Started my own project this January that (according to PI) will lead to first authorship probably by November/December

    Volunteering (clinical) – include hours/sites:
    5 years of volunteering at campus EMS agency. 1 of those years as officer. probably close to 4000 hours.

    2 years as critical care emt (IVs, intubations, cardiac monitoring, etc.)

    Physician shadowing – include hours/specialties:
    Just got someone to agree to let me shadow, so by applications should be ~40 hours with Chief Resident in Anesthesiology.

    Non-clinical volunteering:
    none :(

    Extracurricular activities:
    TA for anatomy and physiology, 1 summer (LOR from this professor)

    Employment history:
    a lot. started working part time during sophomore year of college, mostly EMS jobs.

    1 year interfacility transport EMS

    1 summer with (local college) Men's lacrosse team first aid

    2 years at 1 fire department (since resigned) working as first responder

    1.5 years at current fire department working as first responder

    6 months at a different fire department as first responder (noticing a trend?)

    1 year at telemedicine company - I worked in a nursing home and provided emergency care to the patients there. basically I facetimed a physician, we made a treatment plan, I did the treatment, and we were able to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations. Plan on talking about this on essays/interview

    Immediate family members in medicine? (y/n):
    no

    Specialty of interest: Emergency Med or Anesthesiology

    Graduate degrees:
    currently working on M.S. Physiology

    Interest in rural health
    no :(
    As a reinventor, you need DO schools on your list.
     
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