Hey SDNers! Thanks for taking the time to check out my thread! I just have a few questions in regards to strengthening my chances of medical school acceptance. Any help would be greatly appreciated! My Information/Stats (thus far) I will be graduating this year with a 3.39 cGPA (calculated with the AMCAS GPA Calculator). Realistically, I am most likely going to be going the D.O. route and plan to utilize their grade replacement policy. I will be retaking three general courses that I have received a C in during my freshman year. Hypothetically, if I receive an A for these classes, I am looking at a 3.49 cGPA (according the the AMCAS GPA Calculator). Additionally, I have received mostly A's with a few B's for the science pre-requisites. Clinical/Shadowing Experience: 200+ hours volunteering at a hospice in-patient unit, spent 2 weeks on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua, ~50 hours shadowing physicians in various specialties Volunteering: Various 1-day events that benefitted health-care organizations, have participated in several charity motorcycle rides that benefited different organizations Work Experience: 3+ years working as a behavioral therapist for children with autism and related disorders. Leadership: Served as a senior therapist who is responsible for a team of junior therapists and training potential hires as well as parents. MCAT: Will be taking Sept 1st STRONG LORs * I am also an underrepresented minority in health-care (if that makes any difference) ** I do not plan on applying until next year so I have a good amount of time to build my application.. Questions: 1. What would be the best activities for me to take on in order to optimize my chances of getting an acceptance? I've been considering taking on a tutoring position, shadowing D.O.s, and getting involved with research, I am also in the process of organizing my own charity ride to benefit a health-care organization. Any good recommendations for non-medical volunteering? 2. I am slightly worried about my grades that I received for my last semester. My grades/GPA throughout my undergrad have been mostly consistent with a major upward trend only from my freshmen to sophomore year (when I decided to pursue a career in medicine). Other than that I have been receiving a few C's every few semesters (as well as my last). How will schools view this? Overall, I have recieved 6 C's in total, but as mentioned above, I am planning on retaking three of them.. Thanks in advance!