Quantcast

MD Help For a Friend (Good GPA, Not so good MCAT)

This forum made possible through the generous support of SDN members, donors, and sponsors. Thank you.

Chamomile Tea

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Joined
Jun 10, 2014
Messages
30
Reaction score
14
Hello!

I have a friend who is looking to apply this upcoming cycle. He has recently taken the MCAT and the score was unfortunately not what he had hoped for. He is wondering if he should retake the MCAT in August and try to apply in September or if he should go on and apply now. What is the best advice to give him?


I apologize for not being able to give more accurate information such as an exact number of hours of volunteering and the science GPA.

Residency: NC
School: Public State School in NC
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Major: Biology and Philosophy
MCAT: 500
Science GPA: He hasn't recalculated recently. Mostly As and A-. 5 Bs and one C+ in physics 2
Overall GPA: 3.715
Trend: Slight downward trend due to most recent semester, otherwise consistent

Volunteering: Immense number of hours as an EMT, camp counselor and more
Shadowing: Plenty of shadowing due to two medical mission trips
Leadership: Multiple exec positions in multiple groups
Letters of Rec: Stellar
Other: Lived in a dorm on campus with a prestigious program and also had a scholarship.
 
Last edited:

Chamomile Tea

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Joined
Jun 10, 2014
Messages
30
Reaction score
14
Even if he were a "legacy," his chances for MD are historically <25%.
Given his state of residence, I'm going say it's much less than that.
:( So I'm guessing his best bet is to retake and try next year? Also is having NC residence a bad thing? I should have added this to the first post but he goes to a public state school in NC.
 

gyngyn

Alta California
Staff member
Administrator
Volunteer Staff
Lifetime Donor
10+ Year Member
  • Joined
    Nov 4, 2011
    Messages
    26,236
    Reaction score
    48,204
    :( So I'm guessing his best bet is to retake and try next year? Also is having NC residence a bad thing? I should have added this to the first post but he goes to a public state school in NC.
    NC has an IS matriculation of 23%, only VA and FL are lower in the south.
    He's right at the 10th percentile for Brody (and they only have 80 seats). That means that he is vying for about 8 seats with a lot of applicants who may have overcome some serious stuff to get to this point...
     
    • Like
    Reactions: 1 user

    Faha

    Full Member
    7+ Year Member
    Joined
    Sep 15, 2012
    Messages
    14,281
    Reaction score
    6,636
    If your friend is interested in applying this year then apply to at least 15 DO schools. A September retake for the MCAT is too late to apply for this MD cycle. If he retakes in September or later it would be better to apply next June assuming his score is at least 508.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: 1 user

    Chamomile Tea

    Full Member
    2+ Year Member
    Joined
    Jun 10, 2014
    Messages
    30
    Reaction score
    14
    NC has an IS matriculation of 23%, only VA and FL are lower in the south.
    He's right at the 10th percentile for Brody (and they only have 80 seats). That means that he is vying for about 8 seats with a lot of applicants who may have overcome some serious stuff to get to this point...

    Oh dear. This is not what he'll want to hear. But I sincerely thank you for your input!

    If your friend is interested in applying this year then apply to at least 15 DO schools. A September retake for the MCAT is too late to apply for this MD cycle. If he retakes in September or later it would be better to apply next June assuming his score is at least 508.

    He told me that he'll be retaking in August and applying in September (I'll be sure to clarify that in the OP). He wanted to know why so many DO schools?
     

    Faha

    Full Member
    7+ Year Member
    Joined
    Sep 15, 2012
    Messages
    14,281
    Reaction score
    6,636
    Oh dear. This is not what he'll want to hear. But I sincerely thank you for your input!



    He told me that he'll be retaking in August and applying in September (I'll be sure to clarify that in the OP). He wanted to know why so many DO schools?
    A MCAT of 500 is competitive for perhaps half the DO schools. Schools where he would have a chance include:
    CUSOM
    WVSOM
    UP-KYCOM
    LMU-DCOM
    ACOM
    WCU-COM
    VCOM (all 3 schools)
     
    • Like
    Reactions: 1 user

    Chamomile Tea

    Full Member
    2+ Year Member
    Joined
    Jun 10, 2014
    Messages
    30
    Reaction score
    14
    A MCAT of 500 is competitive for perhaps half the DO schools. Schools where he would have a chance include:
    CUSOM
    WVSOM
    UP-KYCOM
    LMU-DCOM
    ACOM
    WCU-COM
    VCOM (all 3 schools)


    I see. My friend isn't really interested in DO schools, but he thanks you for the suggestions as do I. I think he's going to try the MCAT again and hopefully it will go a lot better! I really hope he does a lot better because other than the MCAT he appears to be a good applicant.
     

    gyngyn

    Alta California
    Staff member
    Administrator
    Volunteer Staff
    Lifetime Donor
    10+ Year Member
  • Joined
    Nov 4, 2011
    Messages
    26,236
    Reaction score
    48,204
    I see. My friend isn't really interested in DO schools, but he thanks you for the suggestions as do I. I think he's going to try the MCAT again and hopefully it will go a lot better! I really hope he does a lot better because other than the MCAT he appears to be a good applicant.
    Tell him to take all the time he needs to do substantially better. Two weak scores are much worse than one.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: 1 user
    Top