IH8ColdWeath3r

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Junior, now at a 4 year-University (UTSA). Completed my first 2 years at CC, transferred w 65 credit hrs and 3.66. (took BIO I&II, Gchem I&II)

Last semester I took
17 hrs, 4.0-(Genetics, Genetics lab, Ochem I, Ochem I lab, biostatistics, human disease & epidemiology

This semester-18 hrs, pretty much locked up the 4.0 again (Microbiology, Ochem II w Lab, Physics I w lab, neurobiology, economics.)

No research. ALOT of volunteer work...volunteered at 2 hospitals, one for 11 months the other for 7, Salvation army volunteer, currently volunteering at a shelter for neglected and abused children. I will be an organic TA next sem. What should I do to improve my app? what are my chances. What are my chances specifically in the state of texas??

Only shadowed a Pediatrician.
 

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You need more clinical exposure. Sacrifice some of the volunteer work if you have to to allow time for shadowing. Do some research if you can/are interested. Keep up the good work with your grades, and get a 30+ MCAT and you'll be good for TX. 33+ to have a decent shot at UTSW and Baylor. UT-H is creeping up there too.
 
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If you're aiming for the most selective Texas schools, get in some research, like at least a year's worth before you apply. Otherwise, with some additional variety in shadowing, your clinical experience is coming along fine. You'll have teaching and nonmedical community service which is great. I don't see leadership mentioned byt maybe you can get something in this next year for that.

You're doing great with your coursework. Keep up the good work.

When will you take the MCAT?
 

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Junior, now at a 4 year-University (UTSA). Completed my first 2 years at CC, transferred w 65 credit hrs and 3.66. (took BIO I&II, Gchem I&II)

Last semester I took
17 hrs, 4.0-(Genetics, Genetics lab, Ochem I, Ochem I lab, biostatistics, human disease & epidemiology

This semester-18 hrs, pretty much locked up the 4.0 again (Microbiology, Ochem II w Lab, Physics I w lab, neurobiology, economics.)

No research. ALOT of volunteer work...volunteered at 2 hospitals, one for 11 months the other for 7, Salvation army volunteer, currently volunteering at a shelter for neglected and abused children. I will be an organic TA next sem. What should I do to improve my app? what are my chances. What are my chances specifically in the state of texas??

Only shadowed a Pediatrician.
I would recommend shadowing more.....

Also, try and get some leadership and tutoring......research only if you want the top school in Tx or like it.

A 30+ MCAT would set you up nice but a 28+ will give ya a shot.
 

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Yeah, I will be shadowing a oncologist soon, and hopefully an orthopedic. I REALLY enjoy tutoring/teaching and it is something I am very passionate about. I've helped tutor several of my friends before organic tests and thats what gave me the idea to start tutoring, and I think this passion will show in an interview. The only reason I haven't started earlier is b/c I was a transfer student, I needed to have 24 hrs completed so....yeah.:rolleyes: Also, wouldn't tutoring groups of 30-40 students before be a leadership position? I mean, I moderating group discussions/cooperative learning yet still helping individual students when they need help? How is that not a leadership position...besides other things (showing that I can work well in group environment)

And Guys, about this RESEARCH. I DON'T LIKE RESEARCH. Really...like when I see the 3 years research on these apps what do they mean...you mean all these pre-med kids that did research really thought of the study, did conferences, 1st authored on pubs? or did they just come to lab and help set up equipment???

There is a lab at my school conducting Alzheimer's research, which I am actually interested in. I could start research with them for 1 year, b/c id be applying next may and moving back home. should i contact the prof? that would mean my next sem would include 14 hrs (biochem w lab, phsio w lab, physics lab, neuropsychopharmacology), research, shadowing, volunteering at shelter + tutoring 10 hrs week.:eek:

jeez....I just want time to work out!
 

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I will be taking the MCAT in september, preparing this summer w TPR prep course, and im currently reviewing with BR and EK series.

I should mention that I will concurrently enrolled in cell bio for 10 weeks (twice a week) and physics for 5 weeks (4 times a week for 1.5 hrs) during the summer. The two classes overlap but don't start until june, so I have all of may to study.

I would LOVE to go to UTSW. I'm from Dallas, volunteered at Parkland, I'm familiar with the doctor's, residents, and several of the med students. Many of them are reviewing my personal statement, including the director of the board of admissions. Hopefully all this will help me if I don't do research!! :xf: bc as you know, UTSW LOVES RESEARCH!!
 
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If you'd really love to go to UTSW, get involved in the Alzheimer's research.

Tutoring is generally listed under Teaching, another valued category. If you feel it qualifies as Leadership, your description needs to be convincing. Since you will be a TA next semester, consider dropping the tutoring if you are short on time.
 

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Also, it the research that I would be doing would be from August to may, so about 9 months. Is that significant? Doesn't it look like I just joined a lab my senior year to get some research slapped on my resume?...Honestly what I should have done was start research much earlier in my college career, but again......I don't enjoy research. What should I do??