Your GPA is more likely your limiting factor, but also your choice of schools. You already have two WL's but with more clinical experience in hand in a reapp (scribing hours done), you might be able to do better. Add some DO schools in the mix, and you might have a good shot at an acceptance. You don't need to retake the MCAT if you choose schools wisely. You could probably be okay with postbac DIY coursework but a Master's would definitely help you if you can perform well in those courses.I graduated last summer with a double major with a GPA of 3.59 and sGPA of 3.35. MCAT of 513. Two years of research experience with one publication and plenty of volunteer work/leadership with on campus organizations. I was a little lacking on clinical experience itself but have spent this last year as a full time medical scribe at a rural ER. I was offered interviews from two schools, University of Wisconsin and USF Morsani (in-state), out of the 24 I applied to, and am currently waitlisted at both.
My current plan is to reapply in the 2021/2022 cycle. I am leaning towards a MSMS from USF with an anatomy concentration for this upcoming year (and do well in it) to show my academic competence and so I can do/learn something I am actually interested in. Also heavily considering to retake the MCAT because I am confident I can boost my score with proper studying. Will also join an on campus research lab once I’m settled to get more experience and will look for clinical/shadowing opportunities as well.
My question is whether or not the masters is a good idea to show admissions committees that I am capable of Med school academics. The gpa seems to be my limiting factor but will a masters help me overcome that or is there something else I should do to make me stand out?