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MD & DO Applying this summer.. What are my chances

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by jaymoe, 05.16.14.

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  1. jaymoe

    jaymoe

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    I am getting ready to apply this summer and am just curious about what others think my chances are. My premed advisor isn't very helpful so I honestly don't know where I stand.

    -cGPA-3.456 sGPA-3.3 (alot of B's from freshman and some of sophomore year, kicked it in gear and got A's in my chemistry classes and physiology classes)

    I'm taking the MCAT next week(05/22/2014)... eekk! I am hoping for a 32 have been getting 3o's and 31's on my latest kaplan practice tests.

    -Clinical volunteer activities- 25 hours HIV/STD tester

    -Physician shadowing-20 hours Pediatrician (MD)
    -65 hours Family physician (DO) Kinda worried about this one because he is my uncle
    -Research- Summer research fellowship with a professor (379 hours)

    -Nonclinical volunteer activities -100+hours coaching Special Olympics
    -25 hours Great Hospital Adventure (went into elementary schools and taught children about doctors and nurses)

    -Employment-Worked for Home Depot the summer before college.
    Worked for the city of my home town mowing lawns for two summers
    Hopefully working for a Special needs group home this summer

    -Clinical Experience-20 hours of CNA clinical experience during my CNA certification

    The DO schools i'm going to apply to are:
    A.T Still University in Arizona
    Pacific Northwest University in Washington (has a program for special acceptance for my state)
    Western in Oregon and California
    Midwestern in Chicago and Arizona
    Those are my top choices for DO

    I am also going to apply to some MD schools depending on my MCAT- worried my GPA is a little low for MD
     
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  3. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

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    Stats-wise you can see the chances of past applicants for MD based on your cGPA and various MCAT score outcomes here: Success rate of those who applied with your cGPA and MCAT

    For DO schools, if you apply to the new schools, you might be OK with a 26+.

    My concern for both MD and DO applications is that while I see a good amount of shadowing (85 hours, and yes, shadowing an uncle is fine as long as they don't write your LOR) you have very little active clinical experience (25+20 hours only). I'd hope you plan to fix that, ideally, before you submit your application.
     
  4. BrawnsNBrain

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    Agree with @Catalystik. I don't think MD is in your future, but you have a chance at getting some DO IIs.
     
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    Goro 5+ Year Member

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    The clinical EC hours are on the low side and might be a problem. The GPAs are fine for any DO program, inclduing mine. For MD schools, well, they're circling the drain. MSAR Online is your friend. Aim low.

     
  6. jaymoe

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    Thank you guys for the feedback! I know my clinical areas are my biggest weakness but I just don't know if I have enough time to fix it. Lets just hope I get a good MCAT score!
     

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