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

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by jaymoe, May 16, 2014.

  1. jaymoe


    May 16, 2014
    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 Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Inside the tesseract
    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

    BrawnsNBrain Twitter: @BrawnsNBrain

    Apr 10, 2014
    Agree with @Catalystik. I don't think MD is in your future, but you have a chance at getting some DO IIs.
  5. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Somewhere west of St. Louis
    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


    May 16, 2014
    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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