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- Feb 22, 2008
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Definitely apply! 31 is a good score, and your GPA is just fine. Your ECs are comprehensive too. As long as you interview well, I'd say you stand a real good chance at being accepted to an MD school
"I had an IA situation as a freshman undergrad first semester student, being in a room with alcohol. Though I didn't consume, I was still in the presence of it within the dorm, so I got written up for a campus violation. To make a long story short, on my AMCAS, I did include an explanation of why I made the choice to stay, what I realized by my choice, and how I found a way to change my approach to the college experience immediately after this incident first semester."
Ah didn't see that..... Where on your AMCAS did you address it? Was it in the part where it said,"have you been subject to IA, yadayada"? Or did you address it in your PS? Are you positive it is on your official record?
If you werent even drinking, and you made this explicitly clear, it shouldn't be a big problem. Granted, a small red flag is nonetheless a red flag, and there are a lot of applicants with your stats. I feel for you though - i've been in a lot worse of situations when I was younger and immature, and thankfully wasn't caught. We all do stupid **** when we're young
At Cornell, just finished 3rd year.
AMCAS Cumulative GPA: 3.67
AMCAS Science GPA: 3.60
AMCAS Non-Science GPA: 3.94
MCAT: 31O | P11/V10/B10 (Should I retake?)
Did about 700 hours of clinical research at Weill Cornell helping with study on atrial fibrillation surgical repair procedure called Cox-Maze.
A semester of lab research studying memory consolidation and discrimination in mice.
Student Advisor (RA-type) position in dormitory for year, second year beginning this upcoming fall.
80 hours as Emergency Dept Volunteer at local hospital, serving as research intern for clinical research.
Teaching Assistant for Biochem.
Week-Long Externship at LIJ Shadowing GI's.
Tech Chair for two clubs (one premed, one honors).
Typical office job for approx. 40 hours.
Schools of Interest:
Stony Brook University - School of Medicine
SUNY at Buffalo Medical School
SUNY Upstate Medical University
State University of New York Downstate Medical Cen
Tufts University School of Medicine
New York University......3.83gpa/sgpa (matr.)
Mount Sinai School of Medicine 3.6s/gpa
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Den
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Dartmouth Medical School
New York Medical College
Hofstra University School of Medicine
Something worth mentioning: I had an IA situation as a freshman undergrad first semester student, being in a room with alcohol. Though I didn't consume, I was still in the presence of it within the dorm, so I got written up for a campus violation. To make a long story short, on my AMCAS, I did include an explanation of why I made the choice to stay, what I realized by my choice, and how I found a way to change my approach to the college experience immediately after this incident first semester.
Any comments/criticism welcome.
I appreciate it Swiss Medical. Thanks for your words of advice. Definitely will consider it as I reshuffle my list of schools to apply to.
Any thoughts on Stony Med? That's a target for me, particularly because of costs. Realistic option or nay?
Stony's GPA is a little higher than yours (like 3.75 or so) and their MCAT is higher as well (33). I think coming from Cornell will help though, despite what many premeds on SDN think about all UG's being looked at the same. Adcoms will give you a slight GPA boost.
Thanks once again for the post bud, I really appreciate your input. Any thoughts on how much an IA incident first semester freshman year would affect those chances you mentioned? Would that significantly make me 'not normal'?
I had been averaging about a 31-32, so I guess it was right around target. I wasn't sure if the 31 with the IA would be too much of a damage to my overall application.
Just out of curiosity, is a PS11/V10/B10 a balanced-enough score for matriculation? Although I know a 31O isn't a fairly high score, does the balance in my three subjections somewhat counteract the low score and make me noteworthy to some of the aforementioned schools?
Most of the schools I've been looking at -- and some of the ones that Catalystik has mentioned in other threads -- seem to have higher median/average MCAT scores (~32-33) so would a retake be necessary given this balance?
I have similar stats, and it saddens me that you see them as subpar . I agree with the above posts- I think applicants like you and I have a shot.
You mean like the Mavericks last night..!!!
You guys have way more than a shot. Just don't only apply to those upper-tier reach schools...apply to safe ones too...
Only mention high school activities if you continued them in college.Sorry for the multiple posts -- Didn't want to make multiple threads regarding my questions about MCAT and AMCAS app. For the Work/Activities section, would you recommend only listing experiences accumulated during my 4 college years? Even if impressionable premed experiences occurred during HS as well? And are we expected to come up with our own "Experience Name" for each?
SJM, I've been following you since you got your score back from the 4/16 MCAT. Like I mentioned in my post above this, I was worried how a 31 + IA would mess with my app. But I actually wanted to get in touch with you because of the similarity in our scores. I guess "subpar" was the wrong use of words.