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Undergrad: ivy in (NYC)
sGPA, cGPA: 3.74, 3.75
MCAT: 512 (129/124/130/129)
Race: indian

Research (3+ continuous years):
- Two 1st author publications in surgery (clinical) research journals
- One 3rd author publication in clinical psychology research (alcohol withdrawal)
- Poster and podium presentation at an international surgery conference
- Two more manuscripts (surgery research) in preparation (both 1st or 2nd author)
- Two poster presentations at undergraduate symposium

Volunteer:
- Received fellowship to do public service project in the city (4 months)
- 200 hours at a nursing home, 100 hours of shadowing
- Global Brigades @ South America (Establishing a self-sustainable clinic in rural areas)
- Fundraisers every summer: raised ~10k for children with mental disabilities

ECs:
- College band principal, captain of club sports team
Recs:
- Didn't see but all said that a "very strong" letter was written

My goal is to become a clinical researcher and I would benefit a lot from getting into a top research school but my MCAT... I want to retake the it but am also afraid that I might do worse.
 
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I personally think either one of your MCATs or GPA needs to be higher. I pretty much have the same stats, and I am a visible minority but my GPA is 3.87. Like people have said, there seems to be no sure answer but I second the above...
 

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Undergrad: ivy in (NYC)
sGPA, cGPA: 3.74, 3.75
MCAT: 512 (129/124/130/129)
Race: indian

Research (3+ continuous years):
- Two 1st author publications in surgery (clinical) research journals
- One 3rd author publication in clinical psychology research (alcohol withdrawal)
- Poster and podium presentation at an international surgery conference
- Two more manuscripts (surgery research) in preparation (both 1st or 2nd author)
- Two poster presentations at undergraduate symposium

Volunteer:
- Received fellowship to do public service project in the city (4 months)
- 200 hours at a nursing home, 100 hours of shadowing
- Global Brigades @ South America (Establishing a self-sustainable clinic in rural areas)
- Fundraisers every summer: raised ~10k for children with mental disabilities

ECs:
- College band principal, captain of club sports team
Recs:
- Didn't see but all said that a "very strong" letter was written

My goal is to become a clinical researcher and I would benefit a lot from getting into a top research school but my MCAT... I want to retake the it but am also afraid that I might do worse.
I think your chances for the Stanford/Harvard class schools are poor. I recommend:

Duke (maybe)
U VM
Pitt
Mayo
Miami
St. Louis
Albany
Albert Einstein
Rochester
Rush
Rosy Franklin
BU
MCW
Hofstra
NYMC
VCU
EVMS
Wake Forest
Jefferson
Temple
Drexel
Creighton
George Washington
Georgetown
Emory
USC/Keck
Tulane
Dartmouth
Loyola
Netter
Oakland-B
ALL SUNYs
Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)
 

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I think your chances for the Stanford/Harvard class schools are poor. I recommend:

Duke (maybe)
U VM
Pitt
Mayo
Miami
St. Louis
Albany
Albert Einstein
Rochester
Rush
Rosy Franklin
BU
MCW
Hofstra
NYMC
VCU
EVMS
Wake Forest
Jefferson
Temple
Drexel
Creighton
George Washington
Georgetown
Emory
USC/Keck
Tulane
Dartmouth
Loyola
Netter
Oakland-B
ALL SUNYs
Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)
Would his chances be raised any with a retake and a 520+?
 

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Would his chances be raised any with a retake and a 520+?
Yes, but SDNers should not fall into the trap that one can blithely retake and get into the 99th%ile. The majority of re-takers either go up a point or two, stay the same, or actually go down. To think that one can easily get up to 520 is almost magic thinking.

Besides taking a year off to re-take means a lost $200K in salary.
 

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Yes, but SDNers should not fall into the trap that one can blithely retake and get into the 99th%ile. The majority of re-takers either go up a point or two, stay the same, or actually go down. To think that one can easily get up to 520 is almost magic thinking.

Besides taking a year off to re-take means a lost $200K in salary.
It is hard to get a 520 or better. I'd say that two or three consecutive official AAMC practice tests north of 520 gives a person an excellent chance of doing that well on the real thing. Preparation counts for a lot; I took about a year to prepare for my test, starting out at a lowly 505 for my first full-length and earning a 519 on the real thing. In my opinion, most people could score about five points higher than they actually do, but their preparation methods are subpar, with not enough emphasis on correcting wrong answers and identifying knowledge gaps.
 
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