Former Dental Student Considering Medical School


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Jul 9, 2013
  1. Pre-Dental
I was in dental school for a semester but withdrew because I began suffering severe mental health issues. I've since acquired medication and haven't had issues with mental health.

I am currently in a Master's program in biology but am considering applying to medical school when I finish. I found that I didn't like dentistry when I was in dental school.

I scored in the 99th percentile on the DAT and am unsure how this translates to the MCAT (I'm guessing the latter is much harder).

I graduated from university with a 3.55 GPA, but my overall and science GPA are only 3.4 because of community college classes.

I don't have many ECs. What are my chances?
Oct 14, 2011
  1. Academic Administration
What kind of MCAT score should I be aiming for M.D.? DO?
I think most people on the premed forums say comfortable scores are 505+ for DO, 510-512+ for MD, 520+ for the brand names.

Shadowing 50 hours minimum, including some in primary care. Clinical volunteering 100+ hours. Significant community service commitment especially with domestic vulnerable populations preferred. Depending on the mission of the school you may have to have more service/volunteering/clinical hours. For brand-name schools, I also suggest doubling to 100 shadowing and 200 clinical volunteering hours. You can count some of your dental experiences but your majority should be in settings where doctors make decisions in a clinical environment.

There are many SDN tools for premeds, considering you have over 180 MD and DO schools to choose from (instead of 60-70 dental schools). Check out WARS and LizzyM scores.
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