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Extracurriculars not strong enough? chance at top 20 non existent?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by woopsi, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. woopsi


    Jan 15, 2014
    I feel like theres no one thing that I really focused on on building up my volunteer hours, I just did things when I had the time. i just want to get into ANY MD med school, low-mid-top tier doesnt matter. but WAMC at each? should i even bother sending an app into a top 20

    These are what i expect my hours/stats/EC to look like in may when im going to apply:

    3.9 gpa, no mcat yet, ok recommendations, asian

    500 hours, 1 poster presentation

    Non-Clinical Volunteering:
    60 hours Habitat for Humanity over 2 semesters
    30 hours as Big Bro/Big Sis over 2 semesters
    20 hours medshare over 2 semesters
    50 hours miscellaneous volunteering --soup kitchens, pasing out flyers, fundraising, etc

    Clinical Volunteering:
    40 hrs Medical Mission Trip
    100 hrs at hospital over 3 semesters
    40 hours volunteer service trip 6 days


    30 hours - 2 docs

    60 hours internship at underprivileged school, 1 semester
    Over 200 hours tutoring neighborhood kids in very basic homework over 4 years---is this listable? its not verifiable as I just do it for free. I guess the kids parents could be listed as contact?--please answer.


    Officer of Service organization 2 semesters as member, 2 semesters as officer
    Officer of Another service organization 1 semester as member, 1 semester as officer

    2 scholarships
    member of honor society

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  3. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Inside the tesseract
    Chances and schools to focus on will depend heavily on the MCAT score you get. You can look at historical odds for applicants with your GPA and various MCAT outcomes at:

    Except for light shadowing, your ECs look pretty good to me. To satisfy most school expectations, I suggest 20 more hours and be sure a primary care doc is included.

    Yes, you can list the ad hoc tutoring as an activity, using parents' email or phone info for a contact.

    Be sure to include hobbies and artistic endeavors, too.
  4. nemo123

    nemo123 5+ Year Member

    Jul 22, 2011
    Yes, agreeing with Catalystik here, your ECs look fine to me. However, it's hard to gauge what your chances are without an MCAT score.
  5. mcloaf

    mcloaf 5+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2012
    ECs aren't going to drop any jaws at top schools, but they're strong enough that some would consider you if you had an excellent MCAT to go with your app. And definitely list your tutoring.
  6. darkjedi

    darkjedi how did this get here I am not good with computer Physician 7+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2009
    Get a 36+ and you'll have a decent shot at most of the top 20's.
  7. Drakeyboo


    Jan 14, 2014
    Wow, those are actually extremely good. You have a good shot at top 20s and top 10s, assuming your mcat is good too. nice job
  8. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Somewhere west of St. Louis
    As usual, I 100% concur with the Cat.

  9. woopsi


    Jan 15, 2014
    thanks! i do not know any primary core docs (aka no connections) and cold calling has done me absolutely no good. the 2 docs i shadowed were family friends. is it really THAT detrimental if i dont shadow a primary care doc?
  10. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Inside the tesseract
    Some schools will be specifically looking for it and others won't care so much, but having it helps your application appeal to a broader audience. Even if you plan to specialize, it's a good idea to have a view of medicine from the trenches, so to speak, as it's where you'll start out. And having that view of longitudinal care helps you answer a lot of common interview questions.

    What about asking your pediatrician or your folks' doctors. Or, can your current shadowees refer you?

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