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Hello! I am looking for some advice on my current situation and grades. Currently I am finishing up my last year of undergrad. Due to previous grades from 6 years ago my gpa's upon graduation are as follows:

(4.0 for last ~50 units)
cGPA: 2.55
sGPA: 3.45 (accomas) vs 2.98 (aamc)
Extracurriculars: 1000+ hours ED scribe, 500+ hours clinical research, 100 hours free clinic, and some other random things.

I have yet to take the MCAT, but given that I do somewhat well what route should I take? Would it be possible to get into an SMP program? Do I have a shot at DO schools? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

p.s. Im in California...if that matters

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You have a shot at a DO especially with that upward trend. Have you started studying for the MCAT?? With <3.0 can't recommend applying MD, but I'm not as familiar with MD stats.
 
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You have a shot at a DO especially with that upward trend. Have you started studying for the MCAT??
Yes I have started studying and will be doing a prep course through my University! They give us a big discount so I figured it's worth the value ($500 vs. $2000).
 
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Yes I have started studying and will be doing a prep course through my University! They give us a big discount so I figured it's worth the value ($500 vs. $2000).
Oh awesome! Based on your MCAT score, you should get some interviews at DO schools. You're applying for 2018-2019 application cycle?
 
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Oh awesome! Based on your MCAT score, you should get some interviews at DO schools. You're applying for 2018-2019 application cycle?
Yes I am! I'll also be continuing to work as a scribe, doing clinical research and studying for the MCAT. Are there any specific schools I should be looking at? My fear is that I will be autoscreened based on my cGPA which is quite low :/
 

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Yes I am! I'll also be continuing to work as a scribe, doing clinical research and studying for the MCAT. Are there any specific schools I should be looking at? My fear is that I will be autoscreened based on my cGPA which is quite low :/
I apologize as I misread your original post... I'm unfamiliar with cases involving that much of a gap between cGPA and sGPA. I hope @Goro won't mind if I defer to him here.
 
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Only apply D.O.

Your cGPA is way too low, and it will be screened out at many schools.

Try:
ACOM
ARCOM
NYIT-Arkansas
UIWSOM
RVUCOM-Utah
Idaho
Your state D.O. schools if you have any.

Also try writing a letter to explain your situation and your drastic increase in GPA in your last 50 hours. Some schools may let you pass their initial screening and look at your entire application; there's no guarantee though.

I'm not familiar with SMPs.

Good luck!
 
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I apologize as I misread your original post... I'm unfamiliar with cases involving that much of a gap between cGPA and sGPA. I hope @Goro won't mind if I defer to him here.
No problem I appreciate your help!

Only apply D.O.

Your cGPA is way too low, and it will be screened out at many schools.

Try:
ACOM
ARCOM
NYIT-Arkansas
UIWSOM
RVUCOM-Utah
Idaho
Your state D.O. schools if you have any.

Also try writing a letter to explain your situation and your drastic increase in GPA in your last 50 hours. Some schools may let you pass their initial screening and look at your entire application; there's no guarantee though.

I'm not familiar with SMPs.

Good luck!
Thanks for the reply! I did very poorly my first 2 years of undergrad and did not withdraw from my courses resulting in multiple F's. I will include the schools you listed when I apply!
 

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No problem I appreciate your help!



Thanks for the reply! I did very poorly my first 2 years of undergrad and did not withdraw from my courses resulting in multiple F's. I will include the schools you listed when I apply!
Are you planning to apply this cycle?
 

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Hello! I am looking for some advice on my current situation and grades. Currently I am finishing up my last year of undergrad. Due to previous grades from 6 years ago my gpa's upon graduation are as follows:

(4.0 for last ~50 units)
cGPA: 2.55
sGPA: 3.45 (accomas) vs 2.98 (aamc)
Extracurriculars: 1000+ hours ED scribe, 500+ hours clinical research, 100 hours free clinic, and some other random things.

I have yet to take the MCAT, but given that I do somewhat well what route should I take? Would it be possible to get into an SMP program? Do I have a shot at DO schools? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

p.s. Im in California...if that matters

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Do you have an MCAT score?
 
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Do you have an MCAT score?
Hi Goro! I do not have an MCAT score as of yet. I am planning on taking it after I complete my prep course and taking several practice exams.
 

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Hi Goro! I do not have an MCAT score as of yet. I am planning on taking it after I complete my prep course and taking several practice exams.
Come back when you have a score, and then we can advise.
 
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Come back when you have a score, and then we can advise.
Ok sounds good. Given my stats, what should be the baseline minimum to aim for on the MCAT? 505? 510? 515? Of course I want to do as well as possible, but it just helps to have a rough idea beforehand. Thanks :)
 

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Ok sounds good. Given my stats, what should be the baseline minimum to aim for on the MCAT? 505? 510? 515? Of course I want to do as well as possible, but it just helps to have a rough idea beforehand. Thanks :)
510
 
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