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Hey I was just wondering if anyone out there knows how heavily pod admissions boards weigh gpa/mcat vs shadowing/service/extracurricular/etc.
 

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Hi, it depends a lot with different schools. If you apply to AZCOM, chicago and DMU, you need to have around 3.2 and 22(good GPA compensates bad MCAT and vice versa)to be competitive. I am pretty sure most of the podiatry schools want a recommendation letter from podiatrist or at least have experience in that. I heard some good things about Temple too. However, if you don't have that, the bottom schools are easier to get accepted. You shouldn't sweat that. What's your stats?
 

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Hey I was just wondering if anyone out there knows how heavily pod admissions boards weigh gpa/mcat vs shadowing/service/extracurricular/etc.

MCAT is more important and can balance a low GPA. The LORs are good to speak about your character and dedication to what you have been involved in. Extra curriculars show if you are a leader, member or joiner.

Most important is your dedication to being a podiatrist.

It is too small a profession to just want to get in. Not being the best you can as a pod makes it harder for the rest of us to make a good image of the profession.
 
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Hi, it depends a lot with different schools. If you apply to AZCOM, chicago and DMU, you need to have around 3.2 and 22(good GPA compensates bad MCAT and vice versa)to be competitive. I am pretty sure most of the podiatry schools want a recommendation letter from podiatrist or at least have experience in that. I heard some good things about Temple too. However, if you don't have that, the bottom schools are easier to get accepted. You shouldn't sweat that. What's your stats?

DMU's class profile a little higher than you quoted. I would have about a 24 on the MCAT to feel comfortable applying to DMU.
 

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What's your stats?

I'm not too worried about the academic factors. I've got a 3.9 but haven't taken the mcat yet. I haven't done any shadowing yet, but plan to do so soon. I want to apply this summer. My main worry is that about 95% of those that get into the better schools have a bachelor's degree, and I won't have completed mine. I was also too late to start the committee letter process at my school by the time I realized that I could apply. I'm just worried that a lack of extracurricular activities, bachelors degree, and committee letter would be enough to offset my academic factors. thanks for the replies.
 

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3.9.....not too shabby:thumbup:

You can go to APMA and click on "contact a podiatrist" and you can shadow a podiatrist. That is how I find one to allow me to shadow. What's the rush to go to grad school without a BA/BS degree?(save money) I thought in April you can take MCAT, right?
 

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I think the MCAT is available even sooner (on computer)
 

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The next date for the MCAT is April, unfortunately. But it will be given something like 20 more times this year.
 
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