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Competitive or not?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by justin342, May 16, 2002.

  1. justin342

    justin342 Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2002
    I always hated these type threads, as I'm sure many of you do, considering how random admissions can be. Rather than sit here and continue to wallow in my own self-pity, I figured I'd ask all of y'all, based on my current stats, whether or not I've got a chance at getting into med school. I guess what I'm looking for is either some positive encouragement, or someone to tell me I better start looking for a job :)

    overall gpa: 3.52
    sci gpa: 3.44
    EC's: volunteer work at church; volunteer at hospital (help teach CPR classes, setup for inservices, file papers, run errands); 2 years employment as a hospital orderly
    MCAT: still waiting on my scores

    I know my stats are far from stellar, but above all I have a great desire to be a doctor, and I know I could be a good one just given the chance.

    And please, refrain from bashing me too much for this thread. I'm sure all of you remember when you were at the stage of self-doubt. :)


    I should probably include that I'm a Texas resident. And unfortunately, included in that GPA are two C's, one D, and one F.
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  3. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    Well, you're fine. It's all up to your MCAT scores now. Don't forget to apply to schools like Finch, Albany, and New York Medical.
  4. AntGod22

    AntGod22 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    apply DO man if u really want to become a good caring doctor thats the route to go. I have little less stats then you, and im definitly applying to both, ill be happy anywhere as long as im becoming a doctor.
  5. efex101

    efex101 attending Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2002
    As you said yourself your stats are not stellar but not everyone that gets into medical school has stellar stats. Medical schools are looking for a diverse class so if you apply to a wide range of schools and apply early you should be fine. Good luck!
  6. racergirl

    racergirl Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2001
  7. otter

    otter Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 31, 2001
    It all depends on how you did on MCAT, how your grade trend was and, to some extent, which undergrad you went to. Of course, it's also very important where your home state is.

    Assuming that your grade trends were even or upwards and that you got 29 or higher on MCAT, I think you'll have a good chance of getting 3, 4 or possibly more interview invites by applying to a mix of about 20 mostly mid- to lower-tier schools.

    Anyways, all in all, you seem like a competitive applicant. :)
  8. oldman

    oldman Senior Citizen 10+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    stat don't look too bad. be wise
    1. apply early
    2. apply to many
  9. justin342

    justin342 Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2002
    The D and F I got were in the first 2 years of undergrad and over the past two semesters I've earned around a 3.85. I'm definitely not shooting for any top medical schools - I'll be happy just getting in anywhere.
  10. spacecadet

    spacecadet Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2001
    Houston, TX
    Definitely go for it Justin. Be persistent. I think you have a good chance. That upward trend in your grades will definitely look good!
  11. Sweet Tea

    Sweet Tea Girl Next Door Physician 10+ Year Member

    Hey Justin, I'm in a similar situation and I'm hoping that my MCAT is good and that adcoms will look more at my last 2 years of school than my less than lovely first 2 years.

    Apply early, apply to lots of schools, and I don't give up. :)
  12. time quaker

    time quaker Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 18, 2001
    Make sure you apply to all the schools in Texas. I'm not sure about applying outside of Texas but your chances in state are certainly much much higher. There are plenty of schools in Texas and they are all cheap. Personally I think if you are a Texas resident and you just want to go to school, you are in a special category and can get away with only applying instate. If you have the money to apply out of state then go ahead though.
  13. vyc

    vyc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2002
    i think your GPA is decent.
    you'll get in somewhere, apply to a wide range of schools and you'll be fine.
  14. justin342

    justin342 Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2002
    I guess I won't give up hope just yet then.
  15. Daredevil

    Daredevil Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2001
    Go for it.. I hope your MCAT score turned out well (>29) Just prepare to have an explanation for your bad grades in your earlier years.

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