Another What Are My Chances Thread

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by gogogurt, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. gogogurt

    Jun 15, 2008
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    I'd like to apply to allopathic med schools this year, but am obviously past all the early application dates and am wondering if it is even worth the time. I have a 3.7 cGPA and a 3.8 sGPA. I've been scoring 35s on practice MCAT tests. I have about six months of experience as a hospice volunteer, and have volunteered for many non medical organizations over the past five years. I'm also a non traditional student. I have a bachelors degree in Theatre which I got when I was eighteen. I've had to work full time ever since then and started going back to school part time a year and a half ago to take care of premed credits. Between classes and work I haven't had a lot of time to shadow. I'm looking at applying to mostly second tier schools. Do I have any chance at all or should I wait a year and beef up my clinical experience? If I should wait a year what can I do to ensure that my application really stands out the next time around?
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  3. Mobius1985

    Apr 4, 2007
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    There's always a chance.

    It's not "too late" in mid June.]

    At least you have some clinical experience, though minimal, and adcomms will not be convinced that you know what medicine is all about.

    At this point, not knowing your MCAT for sure, your application will not stand out (though actively working in theater, if that is your job, would make you diverse, and you didn't specify your volunteer activities, so I can't comment about that). A year of more clinical exposure (some variety might be good) and some shadowing, would improve your application and make you more appealing to a variety of schools. Be sure to have some less selective schools in mind, too, not just mid-range, in case your MCAT isn't as hot as you are expecting. Also, do you plan or have any research experience? This isn't required, but again, would make your application more likely to be considered by a wider range of schools. It could be bench, clinical, or non-science, as long as it is a scholarly endeavor.

    I'm not saying you should not apply this year, but why not get all your ducks in a row first to give yourself the best chance of succeeding the first time you apply. Application and reapplication can get expensive.

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