Is it worth applying DO this upcoming cycle?

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    I'm a Canadian/American who has applied unsuccessfully twice(albeit with a waitlist this year) in Canada where I reside. I was slightly hesitant about applying DO since American schools look at all undergraduate years in GPA calculation where I did extraordinarily poorly early on (cGPA 1.7 at the time) and many Canadian schools forgive this by examining only the final two years of GPA.

    Where I stand now:
    ~3.2 cGPA and ~3.16 sGPA MCAT: 507
    Approximately:
    150 hours of volunteering (hospital + mentorship opportunities) + 100ish additional hours.
    Various work experience during school and continuing presently.
    ~ I am trying to arrange some DO shadowing in the USA to add to my application, a bit of a challenge since I am just cold calling (advice?)


    Would it be worth the money to throw in an application at this point? As a non-traditional applicant who is a father of a one year old sometimes making time for volunteering hasn't been a tremendous priority lately, but I hope to expand on some of the hours I have now.

    Cheers!
     
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      Definitely. I had a 3.2cgpa/507 MCAT with a post bacc, applied November and have interviews at ~1/3rd of the schools I applied to, 1/3rd silence and 1/3rd rejections.

      Are you international though? It might be inadvisable if you're a Canadian resident applying for US schools without more grade repair.
       
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        Definitely. I had a 3.2cgpa/507 MCAT with a post bacc, applied November and have interviews at ~1/3rd of the schools I applied to, 1/3rd silence and 1/3rd rejections.

        Are you international though? It might be inadvisable if you're a Canadian resident applying for US schools without more grade repair.

        Fortunately I was always an American citizen before I became Canadian, I just happened to live in Canada throughout high school and undergraduate. Also how many schools did you apply to?


        On a sidenote is the US different in that once you get an interview the admissions decision is based on the interview?
         
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          Fortunately I was always an American citizen before I became Canadian, I just happened to live in Canada throughout high school and undergraduate. Also how many schools did you apply to?


          On a sidenote is the US different in that once you get an interview the admissions decision is based on the interview?

          About a dozen. I sent out more apps than that buy only submitted 12 secondaries. I’d have TUNCOM and both Lecoms at the top of your list. Neither have secondary essays and I had interviews for both.
           

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            It really depends on the cycle and how competitive it is, but your overall GPA is slightly concerning despite a good MCAT score. I was in a similar boat with a 3.1 overall GPA and 505 MCAT, I received 1 interview at the time and did not get into any schools. I only got accepted after I completed a Masters Program where I received a 4.0 GPA. If you are serious about going to med school I would highly advise doing either a post-bacc or Masters to boost your GPA. No matter your MCAT score, schools will have a hard time overlooking your overall GPA. You have to think that most of these schools are getting 8,000+ applications, so any red flag on your application is an easy way to put you on the not accepted pile when there are only 150-200 seats.
             
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              Definitely. I had a 3.2cgpa/507 MCAT with a post bacc, applied November and have interviews at ~1/3rd of the schools I applied to, 1/3rd silence and 1/3rd rejections.

              Are you international though? It might be inadvisable if you're a Canadian resident applying for US schools without more grade repair.
              Could you PM me? We have similar stats but my cycle didn’t go as expected.
               

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                With an update, it looks like if I include some courses that I took at a flight college (still post-secondary, likely non-accredited but still required by AACOMAS) my overall GPA on my application is brought up to ~3.4

                I was enrolled in this college for flight training and these courses were included in the program. As I have said, the program is likely not regionally accredited (private institution on in Canada), but AACOMAS requires me to report the grades.

                Would this have any bearing on my application?
                 

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                  It really depends on the cycle and how competitive it is, but your overall GPA is slightly concerning despite a good MCAT score. I was in a similar boat with a 3.1 overall GPA and 505 MCAT, I received 1 interview at the time and did not get into any schools. I only got accepted after I completed a Masters Program where I received a 4.0 GPA. If you are serious about going to med school I would highly advise doing either a post-bacc or Masters to boost your GPA. No matter your MCAT score, schools will have a hard time overlooking your overall GPA. You have to think that most of these schools are getting 8,000+ applications, so any red flag on your application is an easy way to put you on the not accepted pile when there are only 150-200 seats.
                  Are you saying that overall GPA is more weighted than science GPA?
                   

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                    Definitely. I had a 3.2cgpa/507 MCAT with a post bacc, applied November and have interviews at ~1/3rd of the schools I applied to, 1/3rd silence and 1/3rd rejections.

                    Are you international though? It might be inadvisable if you're a Canadian resident applying for US schools without more grade repair.
                    Question- how well did you do in your postbac? Just asking bc I’m in a similar situation and am doing a post bac
                     

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                      I'm a Canadian/American who has applied unsuccessfully twice(albeit with a waitlist this year) in Canada where I reside. I was slightly hesitant about applying DO since American schools look at all undergraduate years in GPA calculation where I did extraordinarily poorly early on (cGPA 1.7 at the time) and many Canadian schools forgive this by examining only the final two years of GPA.

                      Where I stand now:
                      ~3.2 cGPA and ~3.16 sGPA MCAT: 507
                      Approximately:
                      150 hours of volunteering (hospital + mentorship opportunities)
                      Various work experience during school and continuing presently.
                      ~ I am trying to arrange some DO shadowing in the USA to add to my application, a bit of a challenge since I am just cold calling (advice?)


                      Would it be worth the money to throw in an application at this point? As a non-traditional applicant who is a father of a one year old sometimes making time for volunteering hasn't been a tremendous priority lately, but I hope to expand on some of the hours I have now.

                      Cheers!
                      With that MCAT score alone, you have to apply DO. As a reinventor, doubly so.
                       
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