2+ Year Member
- Jul 24, 2016
- Medical Student
Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely get that.Can't help you too much with ECs because I feel like they should be pretty personalized. Everything depends on how it broadens your view of medicine and how much it impacted you.
For the schools, get the MSAR! It is the best $30 of the whole process. You would learn the regional bias for UCSD is pretty big in comparison to Keck, etc (Sadly...I would love to go to UCSD as well!). They also give their mission statements which will help you guide your decisions.
Are you a Texas resident? If not, don't bother with Houston.Hi all! I'd like some advice on what to focus on during my last year of school before taking the MCAT in the Spring and applying for MD and DO schools. Some of the schools that I would like to apply to with good chances of getting in are: University of Florida - Gainesville, University of Illinois - Chicago, University of Texas - Houston, University of Wisconsin - Madison, and University of California - San Diego.
Right now, I have a cumulative GPA of 3.71 and a science GPA of 3.48. This year, I will be taking physics 1 +2, astronomy, general biology lab, anatomy 1 + 2, and biochemistry. I plan on bringing both of my GPA's up this year. I've calculated out with a mixture of A's, A-'s, and one B+ that I could get my science GPA up to 3.63 with the classes listed above.
I have not taken an MCAT practice test yet and cannot predict my scores.
I've worked in the surgery department of a hospital, and as an ophthalmic technician in an ophthalmologist's office for the past two summers. At school, I'm currently the president of my sorority. Our philanthropy involves helping a local women's shelter. In addition, I volunteered at a nearby primary school this past semester. I'm a member of the American Medical Women's Association, but I'm honestly not that involved. I've been involved in our school's dance marathon, and the Miss America Association which both support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This upcoming semester, I'll be joining a kinesiology and neuroscience related research lab.
What EC activities should I focus on? Is there any key medical school app component that I'm "missing"? How should I begin studying for the MCAT - what classes are best/what books? Also, I want to do something over winter break and was thinking about applying to do the Atlantis Project - any thoughts, experiences, or other suggestions?
Thank you in advance!
If you applied to my school or to the other school in which I was accepted, you'd be on hell of a candidate. However, MD apps are not guaranteed by any means, so be sure to apply broadly. Also, make sure you ace the MCAT the first time.I work 7-8 hours 3 days a week at the ophtho office, so I'll have around 240 hours there for this summer. I worked only 2 days a week last summer. I work directly with the ophthalmologists there and they bring me into the rooms frequently because they know I'm premed. I take histories, perform diagnostic testing, instill drops, check muscle balance and pupils, etc. At the hospital, I get 10 hours a week. I'll get 70-80 hours from there this summer. Last year, I had a little bit less than that. In the surgery department, I move patients to and from surgery tables, run specimens down to the lab, turn over rooms, grab equipment for different surgeries, etc. I'm allowed to go into watch surgeries sometimes and a couple of the doctors know me and have had me come in multiple times. I try not to be a check-box premed, but I want to make sure I'm not missing something huge that would hurt my chances of getting in. I definitely have a few EC's that are not typical for a premed. Thank you for all of the advice! I probably will not do the Atlantis Project, maybe I'll try to take an extra class abroad or something.
Sorry for the late reply! No, I did not end up doing the Atlantis Project