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Chances and advice

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by niabrams, Jul 20, 2012.

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  1. niabrams

    niabrams 2+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2012
    So I already asked about my chances a while ago, but my situation has changed a bit.
    I have a 3.26 sGPA and a 3.3 cGPA. I graduated UG 2 years ago from WashU and went on to do a master's in finance. I realized, at the start, that my interests still very much lay in medicine, and so I am going back to do some post-bacc work to finish up my prerequisites (organic chem and bio). With the exception of shadowing/volunteering/research (no pubs) in the summer after my freshman year, I have little to no clinical anything.

    I had originally assumed I was a solid no-go for MD and DO programs. However, my advisors keep telling me that as long as I do decently on the MCAT in the spring and get in clinical and shadowing, I have a good shot at DO and an okay (well, low but still present) shot at low-tier MD schools if I apply in June 2013.

    That sounds dandy, but I'm worried that it is BS. So, SDN, what do you think?
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  3. Temperature101

    Temperature101 Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    May 26, 2011
    DO is your best shot now with a 28+ mcat. I think you would have to kill the mcat(35+) to have a shot at MD.
  4. mybubbles627

    mybubbles627 ASA Member 5+ Year Member

    May 10, 2011
    West Coast
    I agree with the above post and your post. You could have a very good shot at DO with a 28 and MD with 33 or so. What state are you a resident off? That will also affect your MD chances.
  5. niabrams

    niabrams 2+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2012
    California :'(

    I suppose I could claim residency in Missouri, as I went to UG there for 4 years and lived in an apartment/received mail/paid bills for a year as I did my finance degree. I really hope I can successfully claim residency in Missouri, as I would love to go to UMKC.

    I usually love my home state, but at this point I am really starting to hate it.
  6. Goro

    Goro 7+ Year Member

    OK for DO, but I see little chances at any MD school.

  7. niabrams

    niabrams 2+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2012
    Thanks SDN. Now if, for instance, I were to do well in my post bacc and raise my sGPA to 3.5+, would that significantly impact my competitiveness for either MD or DO? Honestly, at this point I just want to get into any school at all (just not a Caribbean one).
  8. coolingglasses

    coolingglasses 5+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    do not try to swim to europe
    I bet you're fine for DO as it stands. It would make you more competitive for MD but your MCAT hurts you a bit in that area too.

    Don't worry about being stuck in the Caribbean with those numbers.
  9. niabrams

    niabrams 2+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2012
    I suppose I'll just have to rock the MCAT then, nbd ;)
    And hey, if I go to the Caribbean and can't match, then I'll just have to flee to Cuba to escape all my debt!

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