shinosuke

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Unfortunately my MCAT is low, 8/8/8, and my GPA is not stellar...

-Clinical volunteer activities
300 hours in a hospital working with patients
-Physician shadowing (include specialties and total hours)
90 hours, shadowed a rotation of MD 2/3rd year residents
-Research
Internship at a company as a Chemical Analyst (worked with GC-MS) for half a year about 20 hours a week
-Nonclinical volunteer activities
Rotaract club for 2 years
-Employment
currently a full time Scribe, around 300 hours logged at the moment (just started 3 months ago though so it's not on my application and I feel like it's too late to add it)

I applied to

PCOM - Philadelphia
PCOM - Georgia
NYCOM
Rowan

Do I have a shot at any of them? I'm really concerned because of my MCAT...
 

hallowmann

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Your GPAs are good, but your MCAT is obviously low. The good news is that it's an even score, so you aren't struggling in a specific subsection. If you are sure you can improve, I strongly recommend planning a retake (you might want to do it before the 2015 change that will happen after Jan). You want to aim for at least a 2-3 score improvement.

Your list is also far too top heavy. For 3/4 of the schools you applied to, your MCAT is probably more than 1 SD below their averages. That doesn't mean you absolutely won't get in, but if you want to get in this cycle, you need to apply more broadly to the newer schools. PCOM-GA is fine, but they have some regional bias that you should be aware of.

Consider adding some newer schools like CUSOM, ACOM, MUCOM, & LMU-DCOM. I would also add LECOM, because they're not terribly far from the region it seems you want to be in, even though their MCAT average is much higher than yours.
 
Jan 12, 2014
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Your MCAT is on the lower end but the 8's won't get you auto-screened anywhere so that's good news! Definitely add a couple schools that hallowmann mentioned. Rowan also has an in-state bias so keep that in mind if you aren't a NJ resident. You could also consider WVSOM.
 
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shinosuke

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Thank you for the replies! I forgot to mention I am a NJ resident and would like to try to go to school near my family.

Would it be too late to add schools at this point? I have completed my secondaries for the schools mentioned above already and was hoping my chances would not be 0% in getting in..

My adviser had recommended I only apply to 3-4 schools this cycles and apply more broadly after I retake my MCAT and get more hours working as a scribe. I cannot guarantee I would get a better score on the MCAT either, I had higher averages on my practice and got a 24 unfortunately, so it makes me a bit worried.
 
Jan 12, 2014
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What were you scoring on your practices? If you're in no rush to get in and don't mind taking another year off, then I'd listen to your adviser. I wouldn't know your exact chances but I'm pretty sure they're not 0%, you do have a chance!
 
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shinosuke

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I was getting around the high 20s low 30s, but after my score came back I'm not so confident in my practice scores.

I applied this cycle because I felt I was ready (currently on my gap year) with only my MCAT holding me back. I don't mind working another year, but I would like to avoid it if possible!

Thank you for replying by the way, I appreciate it!
 

user3

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Unfortunately my MCAT is low, 8/8/8, and my GPA is not stellar...

-Clinical volunteer activities
300 hours in a hospital working with patients
-Physician shadowing (include specialties and total hours)
90 hours, shadowed a rotation of MD 2/3rd year residents
-Research
Internship at a company as a Chemical Analyst (worked with GC-MS) for half a year about 20 hours a week
-Nonclinical volunteer activities
Rotaract club for 2 years
-Employment
currently a full time Scribe, around 300 hours logged at the moment (just started 3 months ago though so it's not on my application and I feel like it's too late to add it)

I applied to

PCOM - Philadelphia
PCOM - Georgia
NYCOM
Rowan

Do I have a shot at any of them? I'm really concerned because of my MCAT...
you need to apply to far more schools. Add at least 10 more. Do not apply to CCOM, AZCOM, LECOM-B, or the Touro's.
 

Goro

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100% agree. Focus on the newest schools.

you need to apply to far more schools. Add at least 10 more. Do not apply to CCOM, AZCOM, LECOM-B, or the Touro's.
 
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shinosuke

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Sep 30, 2014
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Is it too late this cycle? I was told to apply very early or my chances were shot.