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MD & DO CA res 3.55 cGPA, 3.64 sGPA, 35 MCAT, poor ECs

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by lostatsea13, 10.30.14.

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  1. lostatsea13

    lostatsea13

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    Hi y'all. Non-trad CA resident here wondering if I could get some feedback on my school list. I don't have a shot at MD/PhD programs but I'm still leaning towards research oriented schools. I'm also trying to beef up my ECs over the next few months so any advice on that would also be appreciated.

    Graduated in 2013 from a mid-tier UC with 3.55 cGPA/3.64 sGPA.
    MCAT: 35 (9VR, 12PS, 14BS)

    Research experience:
    currently working as an RA at biotech start-up (most meaningful)
    summer internship at big pharma company
    2 years working in a lab on campus in undergrad (poster presentation)

    Volunteer experience:
    talk line grief counselor 6hr/wk (most meaningful)
    volunteered at DV shelter through community service honor society in college

    Clinical exposure:
    currently shadowing a doctor, looking into other specialties
    volunteered at university med center: 80hr
    planning on working at a hospice starting next spring

    School list:
    **applying to all schools in CA just because I'm a resident and figured I might as well. Still researching DO schools.
    UCI
    UCLA
    UCSD
    USC
    UC Davis
    UC Riverside
    Virginia Tech
    Meharry
    Quinnipiac
    Tulane
    Albany
    NYMC
    Loyola
    Oakland
    Western Michigan
    Howard
    Suan Juan Bautista
    Universidad Central del Caribe
     
    Last edited: 10.30.14
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  3. alpinism

    alpinism Give Em' the Jet Fuel Bronze Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Why the last 3 schools and Meharry? Are you Puerto Rican/Hispanic or have experience working with Hispanic populations?

    Those schools typically accept URM students or those with a history of working with minority populations.
     
  4. lostatsea13

    lostatsea13

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    thanks for letting me know! I had made a really preliminary spreadsheet of schools that had similar stats but now i'm looking more closely at them. just posted here to see if i was on the right track
     
  5. Goro

    Goro 5+ Year Member

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    Goro suggests getting more clinical volunteering and aiming for:

    UCI
    UCLA
    USC
    UC Davis
    UC Riverside (only if you're from the Inland Empire)
    U AZ
    Georgetown
    U Colorado
    Miami
    St. Louis
    Albany
    Albert Einstein
    Rochester
    Rush
    Duke
    Rosy Franklin
    BU
    NYMC
    VCU
    EVMS
    Wake Forest
    Jefferson
    Temple
    Drexel
    Creighton
    George Washington
    Emory
    USC
    Tulane
    Dartmouth
    Loyola
    Penn State
    Creighton
    Any new MD school, especially Hofstra
    Any DO program
     
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  6. ProudMD

    ProudMD

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    Agree with Goro. Beef up your clinical hours, and you'll have a very strong application.
     

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