Hello, Below in bold type is a post I wrote two months ago in the Osteopathic Medical School Specific Discussion. Three things have changed since then. So I retook the MCAT (with the hope of doing better). My AAMC practice test average is a 29. I know the general rule is to expect to get around three points lower than your practice average, so I might be back at 26 again. Lets hope not. My GPA's have also changed. I think I must have entered the course work incorrectly. My sGPA is a 2.96 (very very sad) and my cGPA is 3.11. It seems like the sGPA golden rules are competitive sGPA starts at 3.4 and anything below a 3.0, don't even bother. I know that a high MCAT score will help, but what if I get a 26 again? Hope to hear from you soon, Metoo 2014-2015 admissions cycle. - sGPA 3.00 - cGPA 3.10 - MCAT 26 - Took one graduate level class, Gross Anatomy at the John A. Burns SOM. Got a B. - 2 MD shadow (Urologist and Pediatric Surgeon). - 1 DO shadow (Family Medicine). This doctor works at Hawaii's CHC. She's a preceptor and teaches 2nd year OMM. She let me attend the class, the students were amazing. She has written a LOR for me. - Have another DO LOR. Only a mentor, did not shadow (Retired). - Publication. Illustrated a chapter in a college level textbook. The chapter was on the reproductive system. - Publication. Psychological research concerning stress related illnesses seen in first responders. Findings presented at Utah Legislation Conference. - Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. - Volunteer: Emergency Room, Boy Scouts of America-Asst. Scout Master, Hurricane Katrina cleanup (slept in a tent with other individuals who were part of the cleanup team), homeless shelter, play ground construction, medical supplies drives, and Church involvements. - Phlebotomist at plasma center. - Research Tech. for pharmaceuticals company. - URM Native American (Lumbee Tribe). - First gen. High School grad. - 29 years old. Married with one child. Perhaps it will show that I am mature; I don't know.