You're NOT average.Hello!
I'm having a lot of trouble creating a list for MD schools.
MCAT: 514 (taken August 2018)
ECs: minor research, hundreds of hours of med/clinical volunteering, competitive dance team, co-founder of a club, ~100 hrs of shadowing.
I also did NOT attend a CA school if that matters.
My stats are definitely not high enough for CA schools. I am a re-applicant. Tbh I applied to A LOT of schools last cycle, ~35, and received 6 interviews: Rutgers NJMS, WVU, SLU, Drexel, NOVA, and Wayne. Rejected at Drexel was on the WL for the other 5 and definitely do not expect to get in at this point.
But I'm really having a hard time choosing schools this time around. I figured I would have good chances at private schools and public schools with low-ish MCAT/GPA averages. However, it seems like a lot of lower tier public schools prefer IS which makes it difficult that I wonder if I should even apply to them.
I recommend the following, but work on interview skills first. Also ask Admissions Deans from where you interviewed if they can give you feedback on your rejections. And rewrite all essays and have multiple eyeballs vet them
Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)
your state school(s)
As you're on your second cycle, have some DO schools on your list. Beggars can't be choosy.
ANY DO program. I can't recommend Nova, Wm Carey, BCOM, ICOM and LUCOM, for different reasons. MSUCOM? Read up on Larry Nasser and you decide. LMU has an accreditation warning, which concerns me. CUHS is too new and appears to be too limited in rotations sites. UIW refuses to post their Boards scores, which is fishy.
@Goro Thank you so much! Yes I have just submitted my DO app yesterday and luckily none of the schools you mentioned were on my list. Thank you for the list of MD schools and I will definitely reach out to the admissions deans form the other schools. I really appreciate it!!