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MD Chances? 4.0 and 41

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Sword_Eater, 10.01.14.

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  1. Sword_Eater

    Sword_Eater

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm a long-time lurker on SDN, this is my first post :)

    I just got my MCAT score yesterday and so I was starting to think of my chances of getting accepted to various med schools. My top schools (as of right now) are Johns, UMich, Pritzker, and WashU.
    Stats:
    4.0 GPA/4.0 sGPA
    41 MCAT (12/15/14)

    Now, before a whole bunch of you just tell me "well duh, you have a big chance!" I'd just like to mention that I have always been a "numbers-heavy" student; i.e. in high school I had a 4.0 unweighted GPA and a perfect ACT and I didn't get accepted to my top choices, which were a couple of ivy schools. What I'm really worried about is that my above stats will be good enough to give me an interview but my ECs are not good enough to land me a spot.

    So here are my ECs:

    Research:
    I've been researching since semester 1 of freshman year; switched labs at the end of freshman summer after a summer fellowship. I'm working towards an honors thesis but I highly doubt that I have anything publishable. I have had a couple of poster presentations though.

    Leadership:
    Logistics chair of two student orgs: one a pre-healthy org about providing free medical screenings to uninsured people in our city and the other an org about providing opportunities and support to females in STEM fields.
    Vice-President of a student org I helped start up this year. The org is about increasing collaboration in STEM disciplines and providing a study support network.

    Volunteering:
    I have close to 200 hours, 80 of which can be said to be clinical (50 hours hospital volunteering and 30 hours of patient interaction in the medical screenings I help to set up). I'm looking to increase that number this summer (hopefully that's not too late?).

    Shadowing:
    This is a weak point, I have only shadowed 15 hours so far. I did a 120-hour intensive internship in high school with an oncologist, I'm not sure if I can count that though since it's in high school.

    Work:
    2 semesters of work as a study group leader for organic chemistry (you tutor a group of 10-13 students)
    starting this semester, I'm an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry.

    Other:
    I have never gone on one of those overseas pre-med missions; should I consider it?

    What do you guys think? What areas of my ECs should I boost to get a better chance at getting into top-tier schools? How many hours of shadowing/volunteering would you recommend? I have one year to make my application pop out but I fear that my ECs are pretty average.

    Thanks everyone! :)
     
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  3. Sword_Eater

    Sword_Eater

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    Also if anyone has any suggestions about my med school list, I would really appreciate it! What would be some good safeties? I'm an Ohio resident.
     
  4. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    I don't recommend "missions."
    All your state schools are safeties.
     
  5. Goro

    Goro 5+ Year Member

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    Aim high!

     
  6. darklabel

    darklabel MS3 2+ Year Member

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    Aim high! Congratulations on those stats.

    Go for WashU, Harvard, Yale, Mayo, Pritz, Columbia, Emory, UMich, NYU, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, UPenn, etc.

    As Gyngyn said, all the Ohio schools are your safety.
     
  7. Sword_Eater

    Sword_Eater

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    Thanks everyone! What do you think of my ECs; what should I improve before I apply?
     

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