DM27

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May 7, 2008
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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)
 

DKS

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Dec 16, 2008
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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?
 
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DM27

10+ Year Member
May 7, 2008
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454
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Attending Physician
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
 

Mobius1985

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Apr 4, 2007
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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.
 

DKS

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Dec 16, 2008
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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...?
 

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.
 

DKS

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Dec 16, 2008
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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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