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I graduated in 2013 and I was planning on going into PA and started taking micro, anat, and physio (currently in) after i graduated. I am studying for the MCAT right now because I want to go into D.O. my cGPA is around 3.3 and my sGPA is around the same. Assuming I do well on my MCAT (say 30 or whatever a 30 would be on the new MCAT) are my chances of getting in reasonable. I will also be taking an EMT course and working as an EMT for 6-12 months. I am also almost 25 years old, so I just feel like I will be too old to go if I apply in 2016. the main reason for the large gap, assuming I apply in 2016 is because I am trying to pay off all of my school debt before I go back. I have some research experience and I was the president of a student run volunteer program that helped out the homeless. I am planning on shadowing this year as well.
 

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With a 30 (or equivalent) on the MCAT, your chances are decent. Always easier said than done though.
 

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You will be fine with 30 in the MCAT...and you won't be too old starting med school at 27... I started about 2 months ago and I am in my mid 30s. Like @pericardium says, getting 30 in the MCAT is doable albeit not easy. There is reason why a 30 almost put you in the 80% percentile... Regardless, 26+ in the MCAT will get you in somewhere, but it might not be the most reputable DO schools...
 
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I'm curious as to what your other ECs are. A 6-12 month EMT means that you are still a Probie so I wouldn't rely on that as your sole EC. Do you have any shadowing experience or anything else? DO schools generally look for the whole person as opposed to just stats.
 
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I graduated in 2013 and I was planning on going into PA and started taking micro, anat, and physio (currently in) after i graduated. I am studying for the MCAT right now because I want to go into D.O. my cGPA is around 3.3 and my sGPA is around the same. Assuming I do well on my MCAT (say 30 or whatever a 30 would be on the new MCAT) are my chances of getting in reasonable. I will also be taking an EMT course and working as an EMT for 6-12 months. I am also almost 25 years old, so I just feel like I will be too old to go if I apply in 2016. the main reason for the large gap, assuming I apply in 2016 is because I am trying to pay off all of my school debt before I go back. I have some research experience and I was the president of a student run volunteer program that helped out the homeless. I am planning on shadowing this year as well.

I have a 36 year old first year classmate. You're never too old to do what you want to do!
 

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Dude are you serious? 25 and old...I am 27..will be 28 if i matriculate. In that case, i should be considered an "antique".
 
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Yes. 26. That's insanely old. Forget DO... start looking into collecting social security!

I'm 31 and applying to schools this cycle (and feel young relative to many I know applying). It's not about age, it's about desire (do you actually want to commit to this path or not). The oldest person I've met that was a DO student was an MS3 in her 50s.
 
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Your grades are above the cutoffs for every school. Just don't bomb the MCAT and you should get in somewhere.
 
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I'm curious as to what your other ECs are. A 6-12 month EMT means that you are still a Probie so I wouldn't rely on that as your sole EC. Do you have any shadowing experience or anything else? DO schools generally look for the whole person as opposed to just stats.
I was the president for a student run organization at my school (for a little over a year) where we helped the homeless with basic first aid and set up fundraisers for them to help them eat and wash their clothes every other week. I also volunteered to visit the elderly at their nursing homes and in hospitals for about 6 months. I have yet to shadow any doctors yet, but I am planning on shadowing both D.O. and M.D.s for contrast.

Also, I know my age isn't actually old, but seeing people I know get accepted just has me feeling a little down about myself. I have the drive and desire to become a physician though which is why I am still trying my best to obtain my goal.
 

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Don't feel old man.. I just turned 25 and I've worked as an EMT for about two years now, so you'll be about where I am when you reach 25
 

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I was the president for a student run organization at my school (for a little over a year) where we helped the homeless with basic first aid and set up fundraisers for them to help them eat and wash their clothes every other week. I also volunteered to visit the elderly at their nursing homes and in hospitals for about 6 months. I have yet to shadow any doctors yet, but I am planning on shadowing both D.O. and M.D.s for contrast.

Also, I know my age isn't actually old, but seeing people I know get accepted just has me feeling a little down about myself. I have the drive and desire to become a physician though which is why I am still trying my best to obtain my goal.

Listen Howard, I was older when I started than you will be when you start. You're still young. A ton of people in my class (easily 1/3) were around my age when I started.
 
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