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do you think i have a chance for 2002??

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by sandhar, Mar 14, 2001.

  1. sandhar

    sandhar Member
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    Hello everyone, i hope everybody is doing fine. I am gonna apply in june 2001. my gpa shaky. i started of by doing s year in college and ended up with a gpa of 2.8. I also went through a family tragedy, which had a big hand in my downfall. Then i transfered to a university and i have done very well ever since. I have raised my science and total gpa to 3.16. I am taking the mcat in april. I am gonnaapply early.The schools i am interested in are AZCOM, LECOM AND COMP. Do youguys think i have a chance? Any opinions will be appreciated.thanks
     
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  3. AP

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    I do think you have a good chance. Anytime you have a G.P.A. over 3.0 and if you can get above a 28-29 on the MCAT you have a chance. You have to make sure to factor in recommendations, any scholarly research, difficulty or thoroughness of your undergrad. schedule (meaning whether or not you took stimulating courses or took golf,archery, and essentials of caching as your main courses two years in a row with no other tough courses), and, most importantly, hospital or medical experience. This last characteristic is highly sought after as it shows a dedication and a true committment to the endeavor you hope to undertake. Trust me on that one since three school rejected me primarily b/c that( I had the grades, MCAT's, recs, but little hospital/medical experience so they questioned my true motive for applying). Luckily I did get into one of the schools I had wanted to - that's another story for another time. Hope this helps. Good luck in the future
     
  4. bustinbooty

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    I completely agree with the previous reply. Of uttermost importance is gaining clinical experience. Some good routes to take here are gaining EMT cert. or Nurse Assistant Cert. However, these positions are in no way a substitute for spending quality time with a D.O. Volunteer, beg, do whatever you have to do to get strong exposure to D.O. life, and of course, aim for the positions in primary care settings...you will be able to get a lot closer to the patients.

    Med schools want assurance that the applicant knows what they are getting into when applying. Clinical exposure gives you that.

    Personally, my grades and MCAT score were competitive, but not good enough to get me into school on those merits alone. Undoubtedly, my exposure to the clinical primary care setting and the wonderful experiences I had while doing this are to thank for my med school acceptance.

    Good Luck!!
     
  5. Atlas

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    Hey fellow Belleville citizen! I'm from the Belleville area and I have a few questions for you. Are you currently an undergrad student? where? SWIC? SIUE? SLU?, etc. If not, are you currently a DO at one of the two "fine" hospitals we have in B-town? If not, are you considering applying to osteophatic school in the near future? Tell me what's up because I think it's cool to have someone from my town on here!
     
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    Oh sorry...to the original poster. I think it doesn't hurt to apply. I think you'd have a good shot granted you did well on the MCAT. Go for it! Life experiences are weighed heavily and they're a BIG part of my application. I have pretty solid GPAs (3.6 overall and 3.3 science) and have yet to take the MCAT. If you have questions, do be afraid to ask because I LOVE to talk about medicine in general! Oh yeah..same goes out to my poster from B-town! Hook it up!
     
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    wait..typo! DON'T be afraid! sorry [​IMG]
     
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    Sorry..one more thing. I see that the original poster is from Canada. How do you think this will affect him/her? I don't know if US med schools, in general, accept too many Canadian students. But, if you'r US citizen staying up in Canada, You'll be fine for sure. Just wanted to point that out! Peace

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  9. bustinbooty

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    Atlas What's up man. I graduated from Truman State in Kirksville a year ago. I am an exercise physiologist for Associated Physicians Group in O'Fallon right now. I will start school at either OSU-COM or possibly head back for another wonderful two years in Kirksville, haven't decided myself yet. I gotta have my money into OSU by monday though so I guess I better get on that. What's your situation?
    Sorry to the poster for posting something unrelated to their question.
    BB
     
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    Hey Booty,

    That's crazy! I LIVE in O-Town!...kinda closer to shiloh and B-town though. I went to O'Fallon High School and don't live too far away from where you work! Anyways...I'm at SWIC transferring to McKendree next fall. I've been told they have a great medical school placement. I was told by the associate director of admissions there that for the last few years they've had 100% placement into med school! It's comforting to know that I'm going to a strong program where I can be around the best! So..you've been accepted to OSUCOM? That's pretty damn impressive! Kirksville, UHS, Des Moines, CCOM are my main DO schools at this point. I really like DO schools for a variety of reasons and have a few more on my list but I'm not sure if I'll applyto them. I'm applying to most if not all of the in-state MD schools as well. Mckendree has excellent connections with SIU School of Medicine, which is my top choice (for very obvious reasons...close to home, inexpensive tuition (in-state), the list goes on and on)! Tell me...what are your credentials like that got you into Med school? I think its neat meeting someone from the same neck of the woods! We need to keep in touch because it's rare finding someone from my town on these forums! Anyways..best of luck to ya!

    Peace

    P.S. Don't get me wrong..I am applying to allopathic schools, but still have a strong desire to be a DO. If it came down to choosing one or the other...I'd have a hard time deciding! I truely believe in the Osteopathic philosophy and that I'd make a great osteopathic physician. We'll have to see where my chips fall!
     
  11. bustinbooty

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    Atlas, this keeps getting crazier because I actually live right between shiloh and belleville off of Lebanon Rd. (On Archview Dr. if you know where that is, right next to a huge ass cornfield.) Next thing you know, we are going to find out we are next door neighbors.
    As far as your questions about my credentials, I would say that my "stats" are fairly median for accepted students. GPA 3.54 (Cum.) MCAT 28. My strongest points were in all the clinical experiences I had, both at work, Scott AFB Hospital, ST. E's, etc. I did a lot of shadowing and with my current job I got tons of hands on experience. Best of luck getting into SIU. Before I became committed to Osteopathy, that was my first allopathic choice. How much more undergrad do you have? If you need some contacts for shadowing, etc., we should get in touch. If not, best of luck to you.
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  12. Atlas

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    Booty,

    I would TOTALLY LOVE to get the hook-up for some contacts! I'm having trouble getting into doctors offices! I don't know what it is, but maybe I'm looking in the wrong places! I asked one of the head honchos of Opthalmology at Barnes-Jewish to let me shadow and he said no. I understood because Barnes is picky about how many people can be hanging around. Plus..he'd have residents and students from Wash U in the OR, so I'd be out of place. My mom works in the hosptial on base and I happen to work at St.E's as a Nutrition Care Assistant. Wow! Small world huh? I don't have much formal experience but I have plenty of real world, personal family experiences/medical tragedies to supplement my application. I've been looking to do some volunteer work with Big Bros and Big Sisters, but I'm too busy with school at this point. Also, I have a couple of extra-curricular activities I'm currently involved in. Is there anymore stuff I can cram in there?! lol. No doubt..I'd LOVE to go to SIU. Hell, it's practically in my backyard! Thanks for the best wishes. I really hope I can go there! My stats are pretty similar to yours. I have a 3.6 overall and almost a 3.4 science. I haven't taken the MCAT, so I'll have to wait on that one. I'm in the second semester of my second year. So, I've got a couple years to go before I'm off to the promised land! Let's chat shall we!? What kind of contacts do you have? I'm sure you're pretty tight with the docs over where you work, right? Fill me in with some info. I'll be waiting to hear from you in the meantime!
    Thanks again and best wishes!

    Peace
     
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    I just re-read your post and caught that SIU WAS your first choice for awhile. Was that before or after you "found" osteopathy? Your numbers are about on the money for their averages. Did you get an interview there? If so, how did it go? If not, what was their reason for not granting you one? I'm really curious because SIU is my top choice and I want some feedback from someone who's been there!

    Thanks again
     
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    I had a couple more questions...

    were you accepted to Kirksville COM as well? I read your post and it sounded if that's the case.

    Since you're going to Ohio, what are your intentions after school? Where would you like to do your residency? St. Louis? Ohio?And, What specialties interest you at this point?

    Thanks

     
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    Well I'm a Granite City girl who would be very interested in finding some good contacts for shadowing. Do you mind if I e-mail you bustin? Best of luck to everyone.

    mj
     
  16. bustinbooty

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    Atlas, to answer a couple of your questions, I never applied to SIU, or any other allopathic school. Once i began researching osteopathy I decided that it was the only way for me. When I first began the research and application process, however, SIU was the school I was most interested in because it IS a fantastic school. I chose osteopathy because 1)I love the philosophy and the enhanced ability to use my hands to treat and diagnose 2) My undergrad background largely dealt with the musculoskeletal system (exercise Physiology) and I want to continue along these lines, most likely in orthopedics.
    Do you have any specific interests yet? I'm sure you know that at this point in your education, it is best to sample a lot of different things. You are at a great advantage because you are already starting some important processes which I wish I would have started sooner to make my road easier.
    To answer another question, I was accepted at Oklahoma State and I anticipate acceptance to KCOM early next week. I had to mail 100$ to OK this morning to hold my seat in the class because KCOM is stalling on notifications right now. It's all part of the game I guess.
    To Atlas and MJ: Feel free to contact me via email if you want, it's in my profile.
    Here is some general info about area shadowing.
    1) Scott AFB has a great volunteer rotation system set up in the hospital. IT is done through the Red Cross. YOu have to put in an application with the red cross office next to the health and wellness center on base, and then they do a background check and you have to watch a video, blah, blah. tHen they send you to the red cross office in the hospital and they set up a rotation for you based on what you want. I got to see a lot of stuff that way.
    2) It is really easy to find docs to shadow in local small hospitals. Don't try to get a shadow with the world renowned specialist in cardiology. Admissions commitees will not be any more impressed with that than if you get a shadow with a country doc who makes house calls out in the boonies (actually I'm sure you are aware that admissions commitees are attracted to applicants with a desire to practice primary care medicine). Check with some of the smaller and more accessible hospitals around the region where you will get to see and possibly do more than you would in big ST. Louis hospitals.
    To MJ) There is a great little hospital right there in Granite City. I am getting ready to start a part time job there as fitness director in the wellness center of the hospital (just something to kill time before school starts this fall, butI want to take a break from full time work before I start school) Anyway, there are many opportunities there, especially to see a lot of primary care and occupational medicine (a lot of the cases being the steel workers). This is a great resource right in your backyard. You could call human resources there at 798-3250 (I think it is under providence healthcare) to find out what opportunites are available there for volunteering or part time jobs.
    To everyone, best of luck. You are ahead of the game, so keep playing it and HAVE FUN!! Remember that life is what is happening while you are planning for your future, so have fun through the entire process.
    Keep chatting if you want or email me.
    BustinBooty



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