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Lower GPA paired with RPCV status

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by ScienceBrah, Sep 21, 2014.

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  1. ScienceBrah

    ScienceBrah insufferable know-it-all 2+ Year Member

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    Hi!
    I have a cGPA3.38 sGPA3.12 undergraduate. I haven't taken the MCAT yet. I worked as a nursing assistant for a year and am now in the Peace Corps as a health volunteer for the next two years. I also worked with refugees and immigrants in college. My dream school right now is Howard University as they have a huge push for serving the underserved.
    Thoughts? Chances? MCAT score to shoot for?
    I'll be taking inorganic 1 and 2 when I get back and taking an MCAT prep course seeing as I've been outta the game awhile.
     
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  3. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    Howard is one of the 3 HBCU medical schools. 25% of the black physicians practicing in the US attended Howard. Not all of their students are UIM but the large majority are. They are looking for folks with a lifetime commitment of service to their target population. An MCAT of 27 (their median) or better would be a good target if you are not a representative of their target community.
     
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    ScienceBrah insufferable know-it-all 2+ Year Member

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    So I feel like I fit the bill for a lifetime of service and I don't have to fake it.
    Is it worth a shot without killing myself to raise my GPA? I need to take inorganic chem anyway so that'll do something. Not much but something. I was thinking about tacking on a few extra science classes but if I can do well on the MCAT and well in inorganic too, then should I forget the extra classes?
     
  5. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    You can absolutely become a physician with your current gpa and an MCAT of 27 or better.
    Depending on your state of residence, it may be at a DO school.
     
  6. ScienceBrah

    ScienceBrah insufferable know-it-all 2+ Year Member

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    Realistically, how far does Peace Corps go?

    I'm not using PC as a resume booster, but since it is anyway I was just wondering.

    Thanks for the input! That definitely makes me feel better.
     
  7. Goro

    Goro 7+ Year Member

    I don't think it will rescue your GPAs, but with a killer MCAT score, you might get some love at more service-oriented MD schools. As of right now, you're fine for most DO programs. I have a LOT of respect for Peace Corp volunteers and I'd go to the wall for one at my Adcom meeting.

     
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    ScienceBrah insufferable know-it-all 2+ Year Member

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    Thank you! :)
     
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    ScienceBrah insufferable know-it-all 2+ Year Member

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    Any thoughts on other service minded schools? Specifically DOs? Howard will be my top/reach but anyone else I should look into?
    I was thinking UNECOM since I'm from Maine.
     

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