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Chances?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by DM27, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. DM27

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    Hello,

    I applied to medical school in August this year and had all secondaries completed between Mid August to Late September with the majority in Late August and Early September.

    My stats:

    Cumulative GPA: 3.5

    Science GPA: 3.3

    MCAT: 35T (13V 12P 10B)

    Extra-curricular:

    1 year volunteer in Hospital ED
    2 Semesters Research Experience
    Currently working at a medical research company

    I applied to about 15 Schools

    I received 3 rejections within a month of my application and 1 interview within 2 months. The other 10 schools are still unaccounted for.

    As it is approaching January I am wondering if it is becoming too late.

    Any help is much appreciated, and thanks for reading.

    P.S. I am a re-applicant from last year (stats then were 6 month volunteer, 3.46 GPA, 32S MCAT)
     
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  3. wonderfulname

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    Which schools did you apply to?
     
  4. DKS

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    I've applied across the Northeast to both allopathic/osteopathic schools
    MCAT 36
    GPA 3.45, science gpa is approx the same
    def increased GPA during my years in undergrad
    volunteering/bench work/held down jobs/letters of rec i assume are fine

    I did get a very crappy grade in gen chem lab but other than that I don't see why I havent heard back from schools

    Do you think its the ONE lab grade? or did i apply too late?
     
  5. DM27

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    I am a Massachusetts Resident and I applied to:

    Albert Einstein University
    Boston University
    Creighton University
    Drexel
    George Washington University
    Georgetown University
    Loyola University
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Mount Sinai
    New York Medical School
    Saint Louis University
    Temple
    Tufts University
    University of Massachusetts
    University of Southern California
     
  6. Mobius1985

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    The very nice MCAT score should compensate nicely for the low GPA. You have a good variety of selectivity among your schools, but didn't apply to very many of them. You also applied later than the optimal period. Your ECs seem pretty standard, with no WOW factor from what you wrote. Still, I think you should be patient while your application works its way from the bottom of the stack to where someone actually will read it. There is a good chance you'll get another interview or three. Despite this chance, you should plan for the worst and continue to improve your application with more clinical experience, shadowing, and altruistic volunteerism, and maybe better Letters of Reference, so your application would be even better next year.

    DKS, one poor grade in Gen Chem lab is not going to sink your application.
     
  7. DKS

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    haha i hope you're right
    it just sucks that i havent heard back from any of the schools--not even waitlisting...i guess i applied too late and have to wait for the next round?
    i've been hearing that the next set of interveiws start in mid jan and goes on till the schools think their seats are filled?

    anyone else hear anything similiar or am I on a completely different track...?
     
  8. Mobius1985

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    DKS, a lot of med schools are on hiatus over the winter break and nothing much happens as staff take time off. Interviews will resume sometime in January, and continue until schools have enough candidates to fill their seats as well as a long waitlist in case too many candidates choose to go elsewhere. My last interview was offered at the end of May, and the first at the end of january.
     
  9. DKS

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    end of jan? that is very comforting to hear!
    you're right about xmas break..i know nothing will happen for these couple of weeks..just hope i hear something from someone in jan like you did
     

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