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Enough EC's to get in somewhere??

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by 229141, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. 229141

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    So when I am applying this June/July, I'll have the following stats

    GPA:
    3.90-3.95 (depends on this brutal semester ahead of me..)
    BCPM GPA: 3.93
    MCAT: Not yet taken (Averaging 35-36 on practices from AAMC and Kap)

    ECs

    CPR Certified (lol like this is hard...)
    150 hours volunteering in ICU/ER, other areas of the hospital (1.5 yr)
    50 hrs volunteering in homeless shelters
    50-60 hrs shadowing several different surgeons

    -About 7 LOR's from respected Profs, an MD, and a medical school teacher I research with.

    -2 years molecular biology research

    *I started my own original project
    * Received a major biomedical grant, working on 2nd one
    *Presented at 3 statewide conferences
    *Several Posters
    *Should have submitted a paper..so I will not be published but I will have submitted it. I should note that I will be the primary author
    *Also helped with other side projects


    -1 year gender psychology research
    *Not as intense as my bio research but we took a lot of data and are submitting it to a journal this summer


    -Competitive Bodybuilding

    *Competed in 3 city/state bodybuilding shows (yes, these were steroid free shows)

    *Won my division twice, and 2nd overall in a recent comp
    *As a side note, it takes me typically 20 weeks of strict dieting to get in shape for these...I plan on writing quite a bit about how bodybuilding has made me more dedicated and got me involved in my undergrad research


    -Tutoring/Mentoring/Clubs

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    Orgo tutor for 1.5 yrs, Gen Chem tutor 1.5 yrs, Tutored the student athletes for 1 yr in biology, etc

    - Was a student mentor in the Honors College for a year
    - Several positions held in our Pre-Med club
    -Member of Golden Key, few other medical clubs too
    -Few other small things



    Schools I'm Planning to Apply To:

    -Univ Washington (Via Alaska WWAMI)
    -Nevada Reno (they accept a few Alaskans)
    -Colorado
    -Vanderbilt (long shot probably...)
    -Iowa
    -Med College of Wisc
    -Wisconsin
    -Indiana
    -Ohio State
    -Univ Cincinnati
    -OHSU
    -Tulane
    -Vermont
    -Arkansas
    -Creighton
    -Nebraska (if they take OOSers
    -Univ Toledo
    -South Carolina
    -Minnesota

    **My goal is not Ivy league or anything, I'd be perfectly happy at any of these places!***


    My plan is to get EMT certified this spring...would that help at all? I'm also shadowing and volunteering weekly to get more clinical. I think my biggest focus right now should be to make sure I do very well on the MCAT..

    You guys really know your stuff it seems...should I go ahead and get that EMT certification?
     
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    Having the certification will only help you if you actively use it in a volunteer or work situation regularly.
     
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    I don't know about that...are you saying the 150 hours of practical training is useless (in terms of getting in)? If anything it shows devotion I think. And no I would not have time to volunteer regularly...rather I feel its important to know the essential skills.
     
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    I've heard the same thing. I guess it's because training generally isn't the most informative activity. It's what you do with the training that's going to help you with your medical career.
     
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    I became an EMT-B a couple of years ago. I never have really used it, and I really don't think it will make any difference on my application. I'm glad I took the class for my own personal gratification, but to be honest, it's not a major accomplishment and I don't think med schools are going to be all that impressed with it if I list in on my EC's.
     
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    Aww..Any suggestions what to do instead? I can't travel this summer and will still be doing research/volunteering/shadowing.

    Yeah the main reason I want to do it is because I want to- I just figured it'd look good on an app. Hmm if only there were more hours in the day! :)
     
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    if you do well on MCATS ( 32+ ) and little more visible leadership roles in clubs... I think you'll have a damn good chance at your schools and even better ones.
     
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    OP, with the tutoring and mentoring you've done, and the mentioned "positions" held in the Pre-Med Club, you probably have enough leadership experiences to list. Don't overextend yourself. Schedule a bit of time for "fun" to keep your batteries recharged next summer.
     
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    Thx for the tips! I am prepping hard for the MCATs, which I'll take late spring or whenever I am fully ready. This next semester I should have more time to do more community stuff with the clubs...trying to organize a few events etc. It feels like a never ending journey sometimes! LOL
     
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    Whew! Good to know I'm on pace...definitely working hard but making sure to balance out my life too. I took on too many classes and EC's this semester and survived..but it was quite frustrating at times! Thx for the advice
     

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