525 MCAT, 3.70 cGPA, 3.63 sGPA

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    My stats are: 3.70 cGPA, 3.63 sGPA, 525 MCAT (131,132,130,132)

    I attended a top 5 Liberal Arts college where I majored in mathematics.

    I am a non-traditional applicant (26 years old) who just completed a post-bac program at an Ivy League institution, where I took 12 courses and fulfilled almost all of my med school requirements. (The only science courses I had already taken were in physics.)

    My undergraduate GPA trend was 3.92, 3.58, 3.5, 3.43.

    My lower grades during my junior and senior year were partly because I was distracted by a serious illness in my family which I discussed in my primary app essay. (But I did not frame it as an excuse for those mediocre grades.)

    My Post Bac GPA was 4.00

    Clinical Experience:

    110 hours as a volunteer ED clinical research assistant screening, consenting and enrolling patients

    Research Experience:

    450 hours as a laboratory assistant on a high energy particle physics research project.

    450 hours designing and programming an algorithm to analyze Gamma Ray Burst photon lags in an attempt to discover new upper bounds on Lorentz violations. Unfortunately, no posters or publications from this work.

    Shadowing Experience:

    ~70 hours of shadowing including critical care, oncology, pathology, hospitalist and primary care internal medicine

    Non Clinical Volunteering:

    I spent 9 months living in a poor neighborhood in a foreign country and volunteering as an English teacher and tutor. (~1400 hours)

    Briefly volunteered at an LGBTQ advocacy organization in same country (~ 60 hours)

    Other Extracurricular Activities:

    I spent a year teaching and tutoring in under-resourced school through the Americorps program City Year. (~ 1800 hours)

    I spent my first year after college working as an IT consultant/programmer.

    Relevant Honors or Awards:

    Nothing since high school sadly ;-).

    Other Information:

    I have a long term (6 years) partner who works in writing/journalism, so I am doing my best to get admitted to a medical school in a major city if possible.

    I am hoping to do some scribing & some clinical research during my gap year (2017-2018).

    Applications:

    I have been writing the secondary applications for the following schools, but haven’t submitted any yet because my primary has not been verified.

    I welcome all suggestions! I am worried that my list is too top heavy, but in trying to be attentive to places that would have good educational/career opportunities for my partner, I have found that many “second tier” schools are not in ideal locations.

    I am planning to apply to:

    Penn
    UCSF
    Duke
    Columbia
    WashU
    Yale
    Michigan
    Pritzker
    Pittsburgh
    Feinberg
    Cornell
    Mount Sinai
    Emory
    UNC
    UVA
    Wisconsin
    Brown
    BU
    Tulane
    Georgetown
    Tufts
    Miami
    Jefferson
    Temple
    George Washington
    Saint Louis
    Drexel
    Hofstra
     
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    CleverAntelope

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      @Faha Thank you so much for taking the time to advise me on my list!

      After looking more into Einstein, it seems like it could be a really good fit-- I'm not sure why I didn't have it on my list before.

      I wasn't planning on NYU because my cGPA/ sGPA are around its 10th %tile, so it's helpful to hear that its still worth sending an application.

      Thanks again!
       
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        My stats are: 3.70 cGPA, 3.63 sGPA, 525 MCAT (131,132,130,132)

        I attended a top 5 Liberal Arts college where I majored in mathematics.
        I am planning to apply to:

        Penn
        UCSF
        Duke
        Columbia
        WashU
        Yale
        Michigan
        Pritzker
        Pittsburgh
        Feinberg
        Cornell
        Mount Sinai
        Emory
        UNC
        UVA
        Wisconsin
        Brown
        BU
        Tulane
        Georgetown
        Tufts
        Miami
        Jefferson
        Temple
        George Washington
        Saint Louis
        Drexel
        Hofstra

        Fine list; delete UNC if you're not a Tarheel. Replace with Vandy and/or Mayo AND Einstein. NYU is a stats *****...they won't sneer at the GPAs.
         

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          @Goro That is very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to advise me!

          A big reason that my list was decent in the first place was because I was able to find lists that you had made for applicants with similar stats.
           
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