MrB

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Thanks for looking at this thread:

Here are my stats:
I have taken the MCAT twice 18N and 24P balanced
sGPA 3.44 and cGPA 3.61
3 publications; >500h volunteering medical; >60h shadowing... ect

My primary has been verified and I submitted my application to the following schools:
KCUMB-COM, LMU-DCOM, UNE-COM, MU-COM, ==> I sent secondaries
VCOM-VC, VCOM-CC ==> I have not heard past primary
PNWU-COM, ==> I have not submitted secondary
NSU-COM, PCOM-PA, NYIT-COM ==> I am not submitting secondary

-The main problem other than the low MCAT is that my MCAT will be over 3 years old from the time of matriculation and some of the schools that I called told me that they automatically screen for that. PCOM, NYIT-COM, NSU-COM (i had not chance of getting in any of them anyway)

Which other schools should I apply to?
Does anyone have an experience with MCAT over 3years old from date of matriculation

thanks
 

Goro

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At this point, sit tight and see how the cycle goes. Start thinking about another MCAT retake, but do NOT do so until you fix your substantial deficits. Do you have test-taking issues? Anxiety? If you're still in school, seek out your school's learning centerspecialists.

And, just to make sure, think about other career options.

Thanks for looking at this thread:

Here are my stats:
I have taken the MCAT twice 18N and 24P balanced
sGPA 3.44 and cGPA 3.61
3 publications; >500h volunteering medical; >60h shadowing... ect

My primary has been verified and I submitted my application to the following schools:
KCUMB-COM, LMU-DCOM, UNE-COM, MU-COM, ==> I sent secondaries
VCOM-VC, VCOM-CC ==> I have not heard past primary
PNWU-COM, ==> I have not submitted secondary
NSU-COM, PCOM-PA, NYIT-COM ==> I am not submitting secondary

-The main problem other than the low MCAT is that my MCAT will be over 3 years old from the time of matriculation and some of the schools that I called told me that they automatically screen for that. PCOM, NYIT-COM, NSU-COM (i had not chance of getting in any of them anyway)

Which other schools should I apply to?
Does anyone have an experience with MCAT over 3years old from date of matriculation

thanks
 
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Goro

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At this point, sit tight and see how the cycle goes. Start thinking about another MCAT retake, but do NOT do so until you fix your substantial deficits. Do you have test-taking issues? Anxiety? If you're still in school, seek out your school's learning center specialists.

And, just to make sure, think about other career options.

Thanks for looking at this thread:

Here are my stats:
I have taken the MCAT twice 18N and 24P balanced
sGPA 3.44 and cGPA 3.61
3 publications; >500h volunteering medical; >60h shadowing... ect

My primary has been verified and I submitted my application to the following schools:
KCUMB-COM, LMU-DCOM, UNE-COM, MU-COM, ==> I sent secondaries
VCOM-VC, VCOM-CC ==> I have not heard past primary
PNWU-COM, ==> I have not submitted secondary
NSU-COM, PCOM-PA, NYIT-COM ==> I am not submitting secondary

-The main problem other than the low MCAT is that my MCAT will be over 3 years old from the time of matriculation and some of the schools that I called told me that they automatically screen for that. PCOM, NYIT-COM, NSU-COM (i had not chance of getting in any of them anyway)

Which other schools should I apply to?
Does anyone have an experience with MCAT over 3years old from date of matriculation

thanks
 

edgerock24

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A 24 MCAT obviously, as you know, isn't great (let's assume that schools will judge you based on your highest score). However, is it a death sentence if you're only applying DO (paired with solid GPA's that you have)? I do not think so. I suggest applying to the newer schools, such as ACOM, Liberty, etc. You can email the admissions departments and ask if its too late to apply -- AKA it would be a waste of money at this point in the cycle. So, you may need to end up sitting out this cycle, and re-apply to the 'lower tier' schools next summer. In the meantime, you could consider retaking the MCAT (you probably have to because your score will expire) and continuing with EC's. Goro's advice about contacting a learning center to improve your standardized test taking skills is smart.

Also, do not start working on an "alternate career" or a "Plan B." All due respect, but that is bad advice and an awful mentality to have. Try your best to get into DO schools (I still think you can; heck, you could even do an SMP or something too if you felt like it). If worse comes to worse, consider the Caribbean if you truly believe you have the ability to make it out successfully.
 

IlDestriero

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Yeah, sit out a year or two and make no progress on a back up career doing research at 24k/yr, post bac programs, etc. Good advice. This guy may achieve success in a year or two, retake the MCAT, etc. But during that time he can be working on getting things together for plan B. That may be grad school, research, nursing to NP, business, whatever, but he needs to ID a real alternate plan and move forward with both options. Unless he wants to be a couple years behind on that as well. Maybe he's doing his dream alternate job now, but I doubt it.
Pursue both pathways, that's my advice. If medicine works out, great. If not, you're already on the way to the next best thing.
 

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Also, do not start working on an "alternate career" or a "Plan B." All due respect, but that is bad advice and an awful mentality to have. Try your best to get into DO schools (I still think you can; heck, you could even do an SMP or something too if you felt like it). If worse comes to worse, consider the Caribbean if you truly believe you have the ability to make it out successfully.
A parallel plan is a sign of maturity, not lack of commitment. No surgeon goes into a case with only a "plan A".