Any advice would be much appreciated - 3.58 cGPA, 3.52 sGPA, 32 MCAT

Mazdave

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    Hey guys, just wanted to know what if anyone could help me decide what a good list of schools would be for applications, and how decent you think my chances are.

    I'm a Nevada resident

    I know my GPA isn't as strong as I'd like to be at 3.58 cGPA, 3.52 sGPA

    I have 3 C's on my transcript

    I took the mcat twice, last July I got a 25 (PS 8 VR 8 BS 9) and
    this past January i retook it and got a 32 (PS 12 VR 10 BS 10)

    I have three years experience as a tutor at an elementary school and as a teacher for homeless children at a shelter

    I also volunteered at a hospital for two years in high school with 250+ hours (don't know if that is t00 old to be acknowledged?) as well as for the past two years at another hospital which I am currently still with.

    Started shadowing last summer and went on and off. Still doing it now about once a week.

    No lab research but I worked with a doctor last summer and we published a clinical research poster that was on display at the ACG 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting in D.C

    Last but not least I have been a part of the American Medical Student Association for the past three years, the last year of which I have been a humanitarian officer.

    Not sure how the package is overall but any feedback would be fantastic. Tips for allopathic schools that allow a more generous percentage of out of state matriculants close to my scores would be much appreciated! So far some general schools I'm looking at listed below. I know some (or a lot) might be out of reach but I plan to apply broadly and am open to all suggestions. Thanks :)

    University of Nevada School of Medicine
    USC Keck
    Creighton
    Loma Linda
    Chicago Medical
    Drexel
    St. Louis University
    Wake Forest
    Wayne State
    Tulane
    New York Medical
    Jefferson
    Penn State
    Temple
    Vermont
    Albany Medical College
    Virginia Commonwealth
    West Virginia

    Rochester
    Boston
    OHSU
    Brown
    Albert Einstein
    Dartmouth

    Overall your list is not bad. A few suggestions:

    WVU and OHSU are not OOS-friendly and I would consider removing them.

    A large percentage of the incoming class at Brown comes from their BS/MD program and so there aren't many spots for regular applicants. It's up to you if it's still worth applying.

    Loma Linda has a lifestyle contract that you should be familiar with and comfortable with before applying.

    A few suggestions: If you are looking at CMS (RFU), I would also look into Loyola and Rush. From what I've heard, Arizona intends to start accepting a much larger percentage of OOS students in the near future so that might be worth looking into as well if you want to stay in that part of the country.
     
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    EvryDayImHustln

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      The school list looks good. You can definitely include significant high school activities as well
      Hey guys, just wanted to know if anyone could help me decide what a good list of schools would be for applications, and how decent you think my chances are.

      I'm a Nevada resident

      I know my GPA isn't as strong as I'd like to be at 3.58 cGPA, 3.52 sGPA

      I have 3 C's on my transcript

      I took the mcat twice, last July I got a 25 (PS 8 VR 8 BS 9) and
      this past January i retook it and got a 32 (PS 12 VR 10 BS 10)

      I have three years experience as a tutor at an elementary school and as a teacher for homeless children at a shelter

      I also volunteered at a hospital for two years in high school with 250+ hours (don't know if that is too old to be acknowledged?) as well as for the past two years at another hospital which I am currently still with.

      Started shadowing last summer and went on and off. Still doing it now about once a week.

      No lab research but I worked with a doctor last summer and we published a clinical research poster that was on display at the ACG 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting in D.C

      Last but not least I have been a part of the American Medical Student Association for the past three years, the last year of which I have been a humanitarian officer.

      Not sure how the package is overall but any feedback would be fantastic. Tips for allopathic schools that allow a more generous percentage of out of state matriculants close to my scores would be much appreciated! So far some general schools I'm looking at listed below. I know some (or a lot) might be out of reach but I plan to apply broadly and am open to all suggestions. Thanks :)

      University of Nevada School of Medicine
      USC Keck
      Creighton
      Loma Linda
      Chicago Medical
      Drexel
      St. Louis University
      Wake Forest
      Wayne State
      Tulane
      New York Medical
      Jefferson
      Penn State
      Temple
      Vermont
      Albany Medical College
      Virginia Commonwealth
      West Virginia

      Rochester
      Boston
      OHSU
      Brown
      Albert Einstein
      Dartmouth
       

      theseeker4

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        I didn't realize it was so strong, but since you mentioned it I will definitely look into that!

        My father did residency at Wayne State, don't know if that helps at all or not?
        Well last year, the in-state matriculates were over 77% of the class. If you can give a good reason why you would want to come to Detroit, and why you would want to stay in the area after graduating, you probably have a decent chance, but if you just selected Wayne based on the numbers and have no real desire to live in Michigan/the Detroit area, they might not seriously consider you. I have no idea whether the fact that your father was a resident at Wayne will help you, it could, or it might not, I don't know. It probably depends on whether he has any contacts at the med school still, whether anyone will say "oh, your father is Dr. so-and-so? I remember when he was an intern!" Either way, good luck!
         

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          We have somewhat similar stats. Yours are a bit higher, but close enough that some of the schools I looked at could be helpful to you.

          Here are some potential schools to add:

          RFU
          EVMS
          Medical College of Wisconsin
          University of Arizona - Tuscon
          University of Arizona - Phoenix
          Oakland
          Rush
          University of Toledo
          University of Cincinnati
          University of Louisville
          University of Minnesota - Daluth
          Hofstra
           
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