Jul 24, 2016
9
2
Hi ,
I just took my Pcat for the first time (2 -3 weeks prep). I needed some advice if I stand a chance in my number one choice of school.
My Pcat scores:
Bio- 91
Chem-66
Quant-48
Critical reading-38 (bombed as I panicked) even though English is my second language but I am good at it. In my high school (outside USA) I topped in English & was awarded by the governor of state. I took Toefl and my score was 103/115

Composite score: 64 ( no plans of retake because I have a course overload in Fall + part time job + a 3 year old beautiful daughter to take care of)

I am a foreign medical graduate, but I took all the pre requisites all over again because none of my medical school course compensated for the pre reqs ( both science & non science)
My current gpa is 3.89 but some of the courses are pending for fall & spring ( organic, phys, calculus& English & humanities). So practically I am taking all the courses again.
My Med school Gpa was 3.3 with no grade lower than a B. I also have 1yr of clinical experience as a Resident Doctor Outside USA.I have worked on a research paper too on burns care.
I have been living in USA since 2011(citizen) & have worked part time as a Care giver since then ( 5 years).With in USA I have done 2 externships under MD doctors; one of them was Medical Director of the hospital and he gave me a stellar LOR. I have volunteered under 3 different PA's but NOT under a pharmacist. ( total >500 hours)
I have done community service too at my local center.( 2 months).
I am an Illinois resident and my schools of choice for this cycle are:
1)UIC Chicago ( website says Pcat above 70 is competitive )
2)Midwestern University
3)university of Minnesota
4)Rosalind Franklin ( Pcat above 55 competitive)
5)Chicago state university
6)Roosvelt ( Pcat of 40) --- this is my last choice

Kindly let me know what do u guys think of my chances?
 
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JZC

2+ Year Member
Jul 17, 2016
40
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Pre-Pharmacy
Your extracurriculars will look amazing on the application. However, if you want to get into one of the top 3 schools you mentioned, I think you should retake the PCAT to at least get a 75th composite to look competitive in that area. You might get into one of the last 3 schools you mentioned if you decide to not take the PCAT. : )
 

Pharm_K1015

2+ Year Member
Jul 6, 2016
43
13
Status
Pre-Pharmacy
Hi ,
I just took my Pcat for the first time (2 -3 weeks prep). I needed some advice if I stand a chance in my number one choice of school.
My Pcat scores:
Bio- 91
Chem-66
Quant-48
Critical reading-38 (bombed as I panicked) even though English is my second language but I am good at it. In my high school (outside USA) I topped in English & was awarded by the governor of state. I took Toefl and my score was 103/115

Composite score: 64 ( no plans of retake because I have a course overload in Fall + part time job + a 3 year old beautiful daughter to take care of)

I am a foreign medical graduate, but I took all the pre requisites all over again because none of my medical school course compensated for the pre reqs ( both science & non science)
My current gpa is 3.89 but some of the courses are pending for fall & spring ( organic, phys, calculus& English & humanities). So practically I am taking all the courses again.
My Med school Gpa was 3.3 with no grade lower than a B. I also have 1yr of clinical experience as a Resident Doctor Outside USA.I have worked on a research paper too on burns care.
I have been living in USA since 2011(citizen) & have worked part time as a Care giver since then ( 5 years).With in USA I have done 2 externships under MD doctors; one of them was Medical Director of the hospital and he gave me a stellar LOR. I have volunteered under 3 different PA's but NOT under a pharmacist. ( total >500 hours)
I have done community service too at my local center.( 2 months).
I am an Illinois resident and my schools of choice for this cycle are:
1)UIC Chicago ( website says Pcat above 70 is competitive )
2)Midwestern University
3)university of Minnesota
4)Rosalind Franklin ( Pcat above 55 competitive)
5)Chicago state university
6)Roosvelt ( Pcat of 40) --- this is my last choice

Kindly let me know what do u guys think of my chances?

I'm just curious, why don't you practice medicine in the U.S. Instead of going for pharmacy?
 
OP
M
Jul 24, 2016
9
2
I'm just curious, why don't you practice medicine in the U.S. Instead of going for pharmacy?
I did my medical school from a country where pharmacy isn't considered a good career choice for women. High level Medicines and drugs with side effects are easily available at drug store without prescription. I was a good student then & wanted to go in health care. The best option I had to become a doctor. All my siblings studied medicine over there but after moving here in USA only one sticked to it as a career AS we had a lot to explore.
I am pursuing pharmacy , my brother is in DO school, one sister did Mba in health care & one is a practicing MD.
 
OP
M
Jul 24, 2016
9
2
Your extracurriculars will look amazing on the application. However, if you want to get into one of the top 3 schools you mentioned, I think you should retake the PCAT to at least get a 75th composite to look competitive in that area. You might get into one of the last 3 schools you mentioned if you decide to not take the PCAT. : )
Thanks for your reply:)