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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by wind0angel, Jun 19, 2012.

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  1. wind0angel

    wind0angel 5+ Year Member

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    Hi everyone!

    I have 3.6 sGPA 3.7cGPA from Stony Brook University.
    29 MCAT twice :( first time it was 9P 10 V 10 B this time it was 11P 9V 9B
    Graduated with Chemistry BS degree, Magna Cum Laude

    Volunteered in Stony Brook Hospital and did research in Stony Brook in High School - I'm not sure if I should put that in application.

    Volunteered in veteran's home for 2 years,
    Cancer research 2 years
    chemistry TA 3 years
    Shadowed Oncologist 8 hrs/week in May
    Patient Care Assistant in a critical assess hospital in Pennsylvania- started job June 4th
    Shadowed in Peds 8hrs/ week till now
    Shadowed in Pain/Surgery 8hrs/week till now

    VP and Secretary for 2 clubs and Illustrator for Phi Delta Epsilon

    Deans List every semester
    Full Scholarship

    Any school suggestions on schools? Which school should I put as my safeties?


    Thank you so much!!!:)

    Taking MCAt twice and getting the same score kinda bummed me out. :(:(:(
     
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  3. FrkyBgStok

    FrkyBgStok DMU c/o 2016 10+ Year Member

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    You are good. Check out my mdapps. I have very similar stats and got interviews everywhere I applied. You are solid for every DO school in the nation (minus the regional preference).
     
  4. dntke1518

    dntke1518 5+ Year Member

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    You will do fine just like Frky said...

    There's your boost of confidence that you were looking for.
     
  5. Bacchus

    Bacchus SDN Senior Moderator 10+ Year Member

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    WAMC thread. Moving.
     
  6. Thego2guy

    Thego2guy 5+ Year Member

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    Are you a NY resident? If so, you definitely have good enough stats for all of the SUNY's!!!
     
  7. wind0angel

    wind0angel 5+ Year Member

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    I would definitely take the SUNY's. But my volunteering isn't strong because I really loved the research I was doing and did research over summer and during the semester. I only volunteered in the veteran's home (1hr/wk) through my honor society and stopped after I found my research. I'm trying to boost up my chance by getting a job at a hospital but it started in June and I'm nervous about how much it will help me when they look at my application.

    Should I even bother apply to better schools like NYU? Do you think they would just throw my application out because of the 29 MCAT twice?

    I have all schools in NY that has MCAT range of 29-?? on MSAR listed as possible schools to apply to.
     
  8. Thego2guy

    Thego2guy 5+ Year Member

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    My response will be limited (on my phone), but NYU would be the "lower tier" school in Manhattan, so I suppose it is worth a shot if you can afford spending the extra bucks. However, you would really need to stand out for them considering your MCAT. MUCH crazier things have happened though. I would advise you apply to Einstein. It is "less" prestigeous than NYU, but still awesome, and I think you would have a good shot. (a buddy of mine in residency finished Einstein right after Cornell, has a high 3.7 and a 29. It did help that he had some one put in a call for him though... So....utilize your networks wisely). Aside from that, PSU seems pretty OOS friendly. UMDNJ, not so much. If you are a good fit (you are, stats wise) for schools like GW and Drexel, then definitely apply there. Lets not forget. NYMC + all the SUNY's, and places such as Jefferson, and a few schools in Connecticut/Boston area (Tufts, Temple - don't bother with BU).

    Your EC's in general appear worthy, and decently strong. Especially the way you present the volunteering as "two years". The research is real nice, and being a TA is not such a big joke either. don't undersell yourself. You didn't cure the common cold in South America, but you still dedicated a wealth of your time on things that can only reinforce your application.

    Are you a girl? Are you URM? If so, you are in an even better position!
     

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