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theroadtomed

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It's a bit early yet (I know its still a few days yet before amcas opens), but I've done a fair bit of perusing of this years msar, and made up a preliminary list of schools that I think I'd like to apply to. I'm a GA resident, with a 3.8 gpa and a 35 mcat. I've shadowed about 5 different specialists and one peds doctor, but only have one semester of volunteer experience in a clinical setting. Ive done several non-clinical volunteer activities, and have extensive research experience with a firsth author pub submitted but not yet accepted. If anyone could give me any feedback I'd greatly appreciate it, be it schools I should reconsider or ones I should add. Thanks! :love:

1. MCG
2. Emory
3. U Penn
4. Wake Forest
5. Tulane
6. Vanderbilt
7. USC
8. Mayo
9. Duke
10. Harvard
11. Stanford
12. U Pitt
13. Yale
14. U Michigan
15. Johns Hopkins
 

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With your statistics I feel you've added too many top tier schools. You're not necessarily noncompetitive, but everyone that is applying to those places has the same stats as or above you so you might find some competition you weren't expecting. Try to add some "safe" schools.

Also, moving to What are My Chances?
 

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yeah, looks to be pretty top-heavy. All of the applicants at those top schools are going to be awesome, so unless you have something to set you apart (ECs or elsewhere) you might get lost in the stack. You have solid scores, obviously, but with a bit of bad luck you might be in trouble with that list. With a little luck (or mojo or whatever) on your side, you could clean up, though. ;)

I suggest adding (or swapping for) a few more mids, even better if the mids are in your region, or happen to like students from your undergrad. I'm not sure how it is for students from GA, but where I'm from my region schools aren't a sure thing, so I should have tried to apply a little broader and safer (which I didn't quite do enough of.. if I could go back, i would). If the GA schools have a super-high probability of hooking you up, you'd be able to stretch for those top schools and at least have an acceptance somewhere, but it's a risk.

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Here's an adjusted list. I tried to make it a little more balanced and inline with my chances, but I'm having a hard time picking good safeties, etc. I have to admit that I'm basing a lot on the lizzym score, which might be a mistake. What do you guys thing? Do you have any advice on which schools are good 'fit' schools and which are good safeties that are or aren't on the list? Thanks! Here my score, along with the list and each school's score:

*My LizzyM= 74

1. Medical college of Georgia - 69
2. Emory - 73
3. Stanford - 73
4. U Penn - 73
5. Case Western - 72
6. U So California - 71
7. Vanderbilt - 73
8. U Virginia - 72
9. Mayo -74
10. Harvard - 75
11. U Michigan - 74
12. U Pitt - 74
13. Baylor - 75
14. Rosalind Franklin 69
15. Georgetown -69
16. Wake Forest -70
 

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State schools should be the first schools on any applicant's list. What state are you from?

If you are using the Lizzy M score it will be easy for you to swap out for some less competitive schools. Add 5 or so schools that are well below your Lizzy M score. Then you should be fine. If you don't want to apply to that many schools, cut the top-tier schools first.
 

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I'm from ga, and we only have one public school. I put a few schools that are well below my lizzym, the only thing that bothers me is that most of them have huge numbers of people applying, so they hardly seem like safeties.
 

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Wait...doesn't Georgia have MCG and Mercer? Maybe Mercer's not public, but it only accepts Georgia residents, I'm pretty sure. Definitely add that.
 

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Mercer's kind of a special case. It's a private with stats that are absurdly low, and it's because they have a mission of producing rural care doctors. Historically, they tend to flatly reject candidates like me with high numbers and a bunch of research, etc., since they think these people probably don't fit in with their mission and will go elsewhere.
 

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this list is just like how i like my women - top heavy
 

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I'm from ga, and we only have one public school. I put a few schools that are well below my lizzym, the only thing that bothers me is that most of them have huge numbers of people applying, so they hardly seem like safeties.

Right, you put a few. You need more than a few. I'd say almost every applicant should apply to at least 12 schools at which he is very competitive. If you want to add Harvard and the others after you get that list, fine, but those schools are long shots for you and everyone else.
 

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I too am a GA resident with similar stats. I feel like I have a pretty good chance at getting into MCG, esp with my ECs. Or, at least, I have as good or better chance at MCG as any of the so-called safeties (ie. Georgetown, BU, Tufts, Tulane...), and I would pick MCG over one of those schools in a heartbeat.

So, is it a bad move to apply to only a few backups, MCG, and then a bunch of top-tier schools? My list would basically be my state school and then schools I'd pick over my state school.

Perhaps I am having too much faith in getting into my state school, but MCG is not an extremely competitive state school, so I'm reluctant to spend a lot of $$$ applying to less competitive, but super expensive private schools that I'd never go to.

Hope you dont mind me tacking this on to this thread, but perhaps this was what the OP was intending with his/her top-heavy list. Seems like OP would have a pretty decent shot at MCG.
 

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If you are pretty competitive at your state school(s), then there's nothing wrong to make a top-heavy school list. Go for it.
 

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OP, I would highly recommend adding UNC-Chapel Hill SOM. It's a superb school, and one that would probably fit well with your stats.

As for Mercer, from what I understand, it's the lowest-ranked allopathic school in the nation.
 

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I too am a GA resident with similar stats. I feel like I have a pretty good chance at getting into MCG, esp with my ECs. Or, at least, I have as good or better chance at MCG as any of the so-called safeties (ie. Georgetown, BU, Tufts, Tulane...), and I would pick MCG over one of those schools in a heartbeat.

So, is it a bad move to apply to only a few backups, MCG, and then a bunch of top-tier schools? My list would basically be my state school and then schools I'd pick over my state school.

Perhaps I am having too much faith in getting into my state school, but MCG is not an extremely competitive state school, so I'm reluctant to spend a lot of $$$ applying to less competitive, but super expensive private schools that I'd never go to.

Hope you dont mind me tacking this on to this thread, but perhaps this was what the OP was intending with his/her top-heavy list. Seems like OP would have a pretty decent shot at MCG.

I just wouldn't bank on your state school. There is a good chance you will get in, but anything can happen. Plenty of well qualified candidates get rejected from their state schools. Better to have more backup plans and less dream schools on your list. You also shouldn't be assuming acceptance and comparing schools to your state school when deciding to apply. Consider each school on its own.

I don't get why people think it's wasting money applying to schools they have a realistic chance at. Applying to Harvard is a waste of money for almost any applicant. Yet, instead of cutting Harvard to save money, people want to cut schools where they have a reasonable chance.
 

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agree with the above post. also, fill out as many primaries as schools you want to go to. then filter more with the $100 app fee secondaries (harvard will send you one automatically, so will many schools - but vandy won't). try to find out which schools send everybody a secondary app and include that in your decision on which ones to fill out.
i somewhat agree with some posts above concerning mercer. they are private and have a reputation for having a big push for primary care, although their grads go into several different specialties.
i applied to several schools with stats not much different from yours and got rejected (pre-secondary app) by vandy and mercer (post-secondary app) but got interviews with duke and emory - so you just never know.
 

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Your list is too top heavy. You need more safeties and to boost your clinical volunteer work. Do that and I think you'll be in great shape for several great acceptances.
 

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too top heavy. add more mid-tier schools. good luck!
 
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