making myself the most competitive for UVM?

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Hi all, this might be an odd question, but do you have any advice on making my application tailored/competitive for Vermont? After doing diligent research, I love the school and the area because:
- happy students
- PF pre-clerkship and clerkship
- optional attendance
- uses NMBE (from what I learned, they use a mix of NMBE and inhouse exams)
- I'm from north NY and actually love our winter/colder months and the short/not super hot summer
- I love hiking, skiing, and windsurfing

I'm listing my stats and hours below. I would love to get any advice on particular things I could highlight to make myself stand out as an applicant. My PS talks about my background as an immigrant and the experiences that showed my ability and desire to work with various groups of people.
  1. Undergrad cGPA: 3.42
  2. MCAT score(s): 507 (124, 128, 125, 130)
  3. State of residence or country of citizenship: NY
  4. Ethnicity and/or race: ORM
  5. Undergraduate institution or category: T30
  6. Clinical experience (volunteer and non-volunteer):
    • EMT certificate: ~80 hours
    • Paid Medical Assistant: 2000 hours
  7. Research experience and productivity
    • Undergrad research: no publication: 400 hours
    • Gap year job: 1 pub, will have at least three more ~ 3800 hours (ongoing)
  8. Shadowing experience and specialties represented
    • neurology: 50 hours
    • Oncology: 50 hours
  9. Non-clinical volunteering:
    • English tutor: 300 hours
    • soup kitchen: 50 hours
  10. Leadership/other jobs
    • Resident Assistant: 1600 hours
    • Freshman mentor: 320 hours
    • College app mentor: 500 hours

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Your goal should be to get into a medical school. You cannot tailor you app to one particular school in most cases. The advice you received in a WAMC thread still holds true:

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