Hi everyone, I hope all the SDN'ers are doing well. I would really appreciate some feedback on how I should precede with applying to MD/PhD programs. My main issue is my MCAT score that I just received. A 28Q (12-PS; 5-VR; 11-BS; Q). Not very good at all, and I have always struggled in reading comprehension sections of standardized test in grammar school. I also taught my self for preparation for the exam, that probably was a bad idea. I am non-trad, multilingual, minority student. I am 26 years old and didn't plan to go college after high school. I eventually was a business major for 2 years at a city college and struggled. I later found my appreciation for science and medicine and switched to studying science at another junior college and did really well. I transferred to UC Berkeley and graduated in 2010 with departmental honors and completed my optional honors thesis doing research at UCSF. My cGPA from Berkeley was a 3.7, which was higher than my Junior college GPA. My overall sGPA is 3.75. Lets see here is my list of experiences. Research Experience: 1) 2 years undergraduate work at UCSF for my honors thesis at UC Berkeley. This is a translational based type of research with some basic science involved in researching an alternative therapy for Muscular dystrophy. The researcher is an MD, an associate clinical professor at UCSF that is trying to get established in research (this is still an ongoing involvement and I am an author on the manuscript). Not yet published. I presented in a poster session at UC Berkeley. 2)1.5 years at UCSF full time as an SRA, collaborating on a few projects in my lab and with other labs, which has led to 3 other authorships on manuscripts, not yet published (this is ongoing). The PI is well established and well known in the field of cell trafficking. This type of research is very basic science, protein-protein interactions, cell biology and lots recombinant cloning. I have given lab meeting and journal club regularly in this lab and am a very involved and counted on lab member. 3) 3 month summer internship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in an immunology lab that involved basic science type of research. I gave an oral talk and presented in a poster session about my research during the 3 months. Clinical Experience: 1) 2 years as a Muscular Dystrophy camp counselor. Essentially for one week of the year I take care of a camper and all their medical needs; g-tube feeding and meds, by-pap, caught assist, suctioning, leg and arm splints, wheel chair transfers, changing, bath etc. and making sure they have a fun time. Its about 250 hours from the two years. The MD that I do research with is the camp doctor here. 2) 2 years shadowing at UCSF in pediatric neurology clinic with the MD from #1 research experience and the same MD as the camp doc. I got to see the clinical side of the research that we were working on and the patients that came to camp. This was a great experience and more than just shadowing, because of my relationship with the MD he was teaching me a lot and would ask me all sorts of questions and really got me involved. I felt like part of the team of other med students and fellows that he was also teaching. Teaching Experience 1) 6 months as an educator at San Quentin State Penitentiary- 5hrs a week 2) 2.5 years tutor at a Junior college-15hrs a week. Other Experiences: 1) 6 months- car salesman at a dealership-full time 2) 4 years- grocery clerk at a supermarket-full time 3) 3 years 5K runner for race for the cure-part time 4) 2 years Attended AACR conference 5) Awards/honors-student of distinction for department of chem My LOR's are: 1) My current PI (from #2 research) 2) The MD/mentor (from #1 research, my shadowing experience and camp doctor) 3) My Professor/honors thesis advisor (from UC Berkeley) 4) My O-chem professor from my JC ( nominated me for the award of distinction) 5) My molecular bio professor from my JC ( got me involved in research and AACR Conferences) I know everyone says this but my letters are really strong. I have solid relationships with all of these individuals and they have been involved and watched my growth as an individual. They all have a PhD's, except for #2 which has an MD. Almost all of them sent me email in the end of the spring asking me how I was doing and if I was applying to school this summer and if I would like that they would write me a wonderful letter. I was a little surprised by that and didn't see that coming. But I guess I am lucky and made a good impression on these individuals, so I didn't even have to ask. Sorry for this post being really long, but I wanted to be a little thorough. I really appreciate any advice that you may have to offer. Thank you!!