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1. Try and get a little bit more clinical experienceWhat are MY chances? Anybody who can make an educated, informed guess? (Hopefully someone who has "been through it".)
I have been really interested in going to medical school since my sophomore/junior year. I turned to academics in university, plus work due to financial hardship. Only after graduation did I seriously go about applying for medical school. This is my pre-med CV, so to speak:
1. Hospital or clinic volunteer experience (total about ONE HUNDRED hours, throughout 1.2 years) doing adminstrative work in a university affiliated hospital, working on the floor with patients and nurses, referring and accompanying homeless in a clinic, and briefly shadowing a physician in organ transplant.
2. Lab research experience, for ONE semester, under a university nutrition professor, I screened medical articles to support his drug research and helped out in a nutrition study on rodents, during my junior year.
3. Academics: B.S. in a science major, cumulative GPA ~3.6, depending how they calculate it, it might be higher. My letter of recommendation writers are pretty good quality, I either got a national award as a novice, or did in the top 20% of an extremely challenging class.
4. Honors in some extracurriculars, like a national award in public speaking (totally non pre-med students there), a state championship for sports.
5. Clubs: I briefly joined a Pre-med club, then joined a couple honor societies. But I DIDN'T continue into my junior and senior years with this.
6. Other work and volunteer, like tutoring, managing for work in college (to make $), helping out elderly immigrants, international volunteer in Latin America, mentoring as a Big Sister, tutoring, teaching abroad, etc.
I took the MCAT between junior and senior year, got an OK score. I didn't apply then, though. My senior year shows a DIP in grades, esp the chemistry and bio ones, due to some personal, financial and family crises. However, I didn't apply until recently (for this 2010 application season), since I took almost a year off after my graduation (in 2008) for family issues and full-time study abroad, returning in early 2009. Right now, I am part-time working (non medical related, too bad), after trying to work in a volatile-chemicals lab where I grew sensitive to the chemicals, so much for that (and I am a CHEMISTRY major, too bad again). Now it's the 2010 application season. I am re-taking the MCAT in a few months, since I feel I could do WAY better with a little more prep. So, long story short, I was REALLY pre-medical, got sidetracked by academics and work during college, and am re-pursuing my dream. Gosh, I feel hecka "old".....
I am applying "two years out", that is, two years AFTER graduation. What are MY chances?