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Am I throwing away 100k by going SMP with a 3.5/3.4/516?

anonmeds

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I applied this cycle only MD and ended up with 1 II and 1 waitlist. I made some mistakes with my application though. I had a research heavy app, weak clinical experiences, and was complete late (October).

Other relevant info: -I have taken ~30 credits of post-bacc courses and have gotten a ~3.7 (got a D in my first semester of post-bacc because of mental health issues, but all As the last ~20 credits). -This past year I have scribed + added lots of clinical and non-clinical volunteering, so I should be in the hundreds of hours in those categories. -TX resident

I am seriously considering going SMP if the waitlist doesn't work out because I feel like my big flaw is my weak GPA and questionable academic history. However, a part of me feels like if I just get my application in this month (May), I may end up doing alright with my new experiences + early application. Is a 80k SMP that will end up 100k+ when interest is considered a huge financial mistake for someone in my position?

I also understand that I am in a good position for DO programs and would apply to some this cycle, but I would like an MD program because I am interested in a becoming a physician-scientist and my (perhaps incorrect) understanding is that it is much harder to achieve because of the unfortunately unwarranted bias against DO. As for why I am not applying MD/PhD, I've been told that road is closed for me now because of my weak stats.
 

anonmeds

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Can't recommend an SMP.

What was your school list?
State Of residence?

Compete when?

Suggest working in interview skills, rewrite all essays, and have DO schools on your list. Beggars can't be choosy.

School list was just the TX schools because I am a TX resident. From my research it seems like low stats ORM TX residents are not advised to apply OOS. You think that I should maybe try some OOS schools for my reapplication?

I was complete in October, which I know is a bit of a death sentence and probably a significant factor in my lack of success this time around. The reason I was thinking about the SMP is because I look at the TX school GPA medians via MSAR and can't help but feel like I have no shot without some sort of serious GPA remediation, but maybe my postbacc is enough?

As for your suggestions, yup agree with you on all points and will be doing everything you listed.
 
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Talldoctor96

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DM ME. You absolutely don’t need to do that. Your gpa is honestly 25-50th percentile for most mid to low tier MDs. And you have an amazing MCAT! YOU DONT NEEd an SMP DONT DO IT. if anything you need to improve your ECs, essays, secondaries etc.
 

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You have the stats to get in, apply EARLY and broadly to mid/low tier schools, and have at least 5-10 DO schools in the mix as well, address any shortcomings and highlight your growth.


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Talldoctor96

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you are very inconsistent but I think you do not need an SMP
as you pointed out, mistakes in app, not enough clinical, complete late. Those seem to be more of what you need to fix
Exactly you need to apply EARLY they have about same GPA and much better mcat than me I got 6 MD II because I applied earllyyyy
 
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