I created another post about MD chances (http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/average-in-all-regards-chances.1156292/), but I have to wake up and smell the roses. I need to consider just applying to DO next year.
Check out my specifics in the other thread, but here's the overview:
31 MCAT (12/7/12)
3.50 cGPA (3.95 sGPA)
Average amount of volunteering/shadowing
I've been told that I have good chances to some top-end DO schools, but it seems unlikely that I'm not good enough for MD schools yet am competitive for most DO schools.
I have nothing against the osteopathic philosophy (let's face it, it's essentially allopathy with the word 'holistic' attached to it), so let's not get into this debate. I have a couple DO physicians lined up to shadow in the spring of 2016 so that I can get at least one DO LOR for the schools that will require it.
How am I looking for DO? No MCAT retake? Will I have chances for top DO schools?
I don't understand this. If you want 5 DO schools, the only 'extra' fee you have is the first school. (I.e. 160 first, 35 second, 35 third, etc -- Same general method as MD schools). Ignoring the extra ~$100 charge for your first school, you can basically do any combination of MD or DO that you want.If this cycle is a bust, I'll be retaking the MCAT and this time I'll actually study for VR (CARS now, but I'll be using Ek101 I think); this will determine next years application. My main preference is still MD, but man, the application process is so expensive. I can only afford to apply exclusively to either MD or DO.
If I can't get VR above 8, then I'm dropping MD.