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MD cGPA: 3.87 sGPA: 3.92 MCAT: 36; Process making me sweat

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by UCIpremed, 09.19.14.

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  1. UCIpremed

    UCIpremed

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    Hey guys!

    -cGPA: 3.87
    -sGPA: 3.92
    -MCAT: 36
    -Biomedical Engineering: Premedical major (if that matters)
    -2 (and continuing) years of hospital volunteering at 4hrs/wk
    -2 years of clinical research at 12hrs/wk (1 publication, 5 symposium presentations, and 2 fellowships awarded for grant funding)
    -2 years work experience as a Community Assistant (like RA)
    -Held leadership positions (President, secretary, co-founder of org, coordinator, and camp counselor) in several on-campus orgs
    -Non-clinical community service through fraternity
    -Currently volunteering in hospital, working sales in an office (gotta make $), and am an assistant high school cross-country/track coach

    Medical schools applied to (sent secondaries back):
    Yale
    Columbia (Columbia-Bassett program)
    Boston
    USC (4-year MD/MPH program) (Only II)
    Arizona - Tucson
    UC Davis
    Stanford
    Perelman
    John Hopkins
    Harvard
    UC Irvine (alma mater)
    UCSF
    UCSD
    UCLA

    All letters of recs and scores are in. Secondaries sent and completed from early Aug. to early Sept. (Arizona sent 2 days ago). Boston told me that a letter of rec didn't have a letterhead, and am working on that currently. Would this be a potential issue?

    I know most of these schools (9 our of 14) are top 15, which concerns me. What are my chances/Am I being dumb by not applying to more schools? I am definitely tight on money, but obviously the investment is worth it IF necessary...hence my desire for feedback.

    Thank you guys so much! I truly appreciate it, and good luck to everyone applying!
     
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    Goro 5+ Year Member

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    Nothing wrong with aiming high, but I would have also tried schools like Vandy, Baylor, NYU, U VA, U MI, Pitt, etc.

     
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    Thank you! And yea, I should've widened my scope...applying to new schools isn't really an option this late in the game, correct? I'm also waiting on a secondary from Washington, and am sitting on UC Riverside and Duke's secondaries but wasn't planning to submit them...is that wise?
     
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    Goro 5+ Year Member

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    Actually, my learned colleague @gyngyn suggests that it's NOT too late to submit now.

    Are you a CA resident? If not, how would you meet UCR-specific mission?

    Other schools that might be of interest are Hofstra, Northwestern, Emory, USC, Dartmouth, Cornell, and Mt Sinai

     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    U of WA rarely interviews non-UIM CA residents.
    I see 6 schools where you have a fair to good chance at an interview. I see you already have an II at one of them! That's usually a little scanty for CA. It not too late to add Tulane, Einstein and a few of @Goro's picks. I usually recommend at least 10 where your odds are fair to good.
     
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  7. UCIpremed

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    I am a CA resident, and awesome I'll check some of those out!
     
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    Thank you for your input! I just submitted my secondary to UCR, so hopefully that can bump my 6 to 7!
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Are you from the IE? It's a mission-based school.
     
  10. UCIpremed

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    I'm unfortunately not from the IE. I grew up in the south bay, would this be a disadvantage?

    EDIT: Just read another forum where you answered this. Looks like I just wasted $70.
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Sorry.
     
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