Low GPA/High MCAT CA ORM nontraditional

oneplus

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    1. 3.1 cGPA/ 2.99 sGPA (after DIY postbac of 21 science only credits: 2 A- (all other classes were A's))
    2. 519 MCAT: 130/130/130/129
    3. CA
    4. Asian ORM
    5. Top 25 uni
    6. Clinical experience (volunteer and non-volunteer)
      1. 2800 hrs as paid ophthalmic tech
      2. 70 hrs as pt transport volunteer in hospital + 100 hrs during high school at same hospital (can this be included in my app?)
      3. 40 hrs as volunteer translator at community health fairs
      4. 40 hrs as volunteer translator on service trip
    7. Research experience and productivity
      1. published 1 paper after 80 hrs research
      2. 50 hrs in different lab/no paper
      3. 30 hrs in different lab/no paper
    8. Shadowing experience and specialties represented
      1. 20 hours in ED - followed residents
      2. 10 hrs ophthalmology
    9. Non-clinical volunteering
      1. 20 hrs adult english literacy tutor at local library (cut short by COVID)
      2. 40 hrs crisis text line (ongoing)
    10. Other extracurricular activities (including athletics, military service, gap year activities, leadership, teaching, etc)
      1. Student advocate for campus health (associated with uni's office of health and wellness)
    11. Relevant honors or awards
      1. Recognized volunteer by CA Senate
    Please give me suggestions for which schools might give me a chance with such a low GPA. I am not sure if I should keep taking classes during the application cycle (and hopefully update schools with new grades) or look for another clinical job.
     

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      I suggest these DO schools with your stats:
      WESTERN
      TUCOM-CA
      AZCOM
      TUNCOM
      KCU-COM
      ATSU-KCOM
      DMU-COM
      MU-COM
      UIWSOM
      ACOM
      LECOM (all schools)
      PCOM
      UNECOM
      For MD schools you could try these:
      Loma Linda (if you fit their mission)
      California University
      Vermont
      Quinnipiac
      Albany
      New York Medical College
      Seton Hall
      Drexel
      Temple
      Jefferson
      George Washington
      NOVA MD
      TCU-UNT
      Creighton
      Loyola
      Medical College Wisconsin
      Western Michigan
      Oakland Beaumont
      Wayne State
       
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      oneplus

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        How? I worked in a biochem lab at my undergrad (also a T20) for 2+ years and still haven't managed to get my name on a paper.
        If you've been working there for 2+ years with no publication, I would urge you to reconsider your involvement in that lab. I tried 2 labs before finding a 3rd one where I got published because the PI was receptive to my dedication to the project and input.
         
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