bluedevil5126

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Hey guys, it seems like everyone here has a unique situation and I was hoping for some feedback.

Non-traditional

-3.59 uGPA at a Top 50
-517 MCAT
-3.7 GPA at a Top 10 MS
-1000+ hrs of research during my M.S. In medical research
-worked full-time in pharma R&D for 2 yrs
-first author pub
-600+ hrs of medically related volunteering
-70 hrs shadowing
-300+ hrs of non-medical volunteering
- 2 non related internships in undergrad; pretty standard ECs otherwise

Worried about my uGPA and shadowing for sure... any insight you guys may have would be really appreciated. It seems all I hear about is GPA and MCAT when you go to the schools' admissions websites...

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GrapesofRath

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Your GPA and shadowing are fine. Primary care shadowing wont hurt to pick up if you dont have it

Your a fine candidate for many schools.
Go through MSAR and find about a dozen OOS friendly schools with an MCAT median around roughly 33-34 that get <11k apps(ie Miami, SLU etc).
Add your state programs or any regional schools with bias towards people from your area
Several dream schools on top of that is fine as well

You should be fine with that if the interviews go smoothly
 
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bluedevil5126

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Your GPA and shadowing are fine. Primary care shadowing wont hurt to pick up if you dont have it

Your a fine candidate for many schools.
Go through MSAR and find about a dozen OOS friendly schools with an MCAT median around roughly 33-34 that get <11k apps(ie Miami, SLU etc).
Add your state programs or any regional schools with bias towards people from your area
Several dream schools on top of that is fine as well

You should be fine with that if the interviews go smoothly
Thank you for your help on this. I just didn't know if the M.S. would account for much.
 

7331poas

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Hey btw, can you make a profile on MDApps? It helps the rest of us out next cycle. :)

Just keep your details ambiguous
 
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bluedevil5126

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Hey btw, can you make a profile on MDApps? It helps the rest of us out next cycle. :)

Just keep your details ambiguous
Hey 7331, what is MD Apps? Admittedly, I'm kind of new to SDN as you can see by my low post#'s.

Also, no II's yet guys but I appreciate the kind words.
 

7331poas

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Hey 7331, what is MD Apps? Admittedly, I'm kind of new to SDN as you can see by my low post#'s.

Also, no II's yet guys but I appreciate the kind words.
http://mdapplicants.com/myprofile.php

This site will help you and eventually help me. Basically past SDN members have used this site to post their "profiles" online. Its basically your MCAT + GPA (plus vague ECs if you want) and a list of schools you apply to. Then as your cycle moves forward you update the profile so readers can see where you interviews/accepted/rejected etc.

Basically it helps me so I know where I can expect to have outcomes based on stats and ECs.
 

Goro

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A 517 MCAT is nothing to sneeze at.
But no patient contact experience? ??



Hey guys, it seems like everyone here has a unique situation and I was hoping for some feedback.

Non-traditional (graduated 4 yrs ago)

-3.59 uGPA at a top 50 (biology)
-517 MCAT (96%, all sections >90%)
-3.7 GPA at a top 10 school in a top 3 program with an M.S. (biomedical engineering)
-1000+ hrs of research during my M.S. in drug delivery
-worked full-time at a big pharma company in pharmaceutical research and development for 2 yrs
-first author on a textbook chapter
-600+ hrs of medically related volunteering
-70 hrs shadowing
-300+ hrs of non-medical volunteering
- 2 internships in undergrad; pretty standard ECs otherwise

Worried about my uGPA and shadowing for sure... any insight you guys may have would be really appreciated. It seems all I hear about is GPA and MCAT when you go to the schools' admissions websites...
 
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bluedevil5126

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http://mdapplicants.com/myprofile.php

This site will help you and eventually help me. Basically past SDN members have used this site to post their "profiles" online. Its basically your MCAT + GPA (plus vague ECs if you want) and a list of schools you apply to. Then as your cycle moves forward you update the profile so readers can see where you interviews/accepted/rejected etc.

Basically it helps me so I know where I can expect to have outcomes based on stats and ECs.
Consider it done!
 
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bluedevil5126

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A 517 MCAT is nothing to sneeze at.
But no patient contact experience? ??
Medical experience for cancer patients and veterans.

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Goro

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You're more that fine.

I suggest the following. Nothing wrong with aiming high; the ones I have in bold are schools where your GPA score is 0.2-3 points below their avg, and your MCAT is ~ the same as the school avg. Thus, proceed with caution on these, but I feel you're in striking distance for some.


U VM

U Toledo (maybe)

Miami

St. Louis

Albany

Albert Einstein

Rochester

Rush (note: very service/experience oriented with a 150hr service requirement. Avg student has 800 hours of community service, and >1800 hours of health care exposure.)

Rosy Franklin

NYMC

EVMS

Wake Forest

Jefferson

Temple

Drexel

Creighton

Tulane

USC/Keck

Dartmouth

MCW

Loyola

USF Morsani

Emory

BU

Mayo

Duke

Case

JHU

Pitt

Northwestern

NYU

Vanderbilt

Columbia

Any new MD school, especially Hofstra. Skip Central MI and the three new FL schools. I can't recommend CNU.

Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)

Your state school(s).


I volunteer at the local hospital escorting patients to their destinations and in undergrad, I worked with pediatric cancer patients. Is there a certain type of patient contact experience you think adcoms may be looking for?
 
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bluedevil5126

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Wow, Goro.

Thanks a lot. I really appreciate you sending this list over. It's very helpful. I really appreciate you sending me this list. Did you go primarily off a LizzyM calculator or previous experience or ? If you don't mind me asking.