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Considered a White male.

-Your cumulative and science GPA (following AMCAS or AACOMAS calculation standards, as applicable)
cGPA: 3.62 / sGPA: ~3.53
(BCPM is 3.53)

-Your MCAT score (if available)
28, first attempt. PS:11, VR:6, BS:11.
29, second attempt PS:10 VR:9 BS:10

-Clinical volunteer activities
Over 100 hours.

-Physician shadowing (include specialties and total hours)
around 50 hours.

-Research
Nothing.

-Nonclinical volunteer activities
Over 50.

-Letters of recommendation.
1 from an Ochem professor, one from a physics professor, 2 from Physicians that I shadowed

-Extracurriculars.
Soccer player (pursued it professionally).


-Employment
Good amount of employment over the years


Applied to over 25 schools (only MD).

What are my chances according to sdn?
 
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Schools recieved 2's from and completed:
University of Chicago,Illinois
Georgia regents University
Loyola university
UCI
University of Miami
FIU
Univ of Pennsylvania (Perelman)
Rutgers NJ
U of A
Temple University
Penn state
UF
Nymc
UCR
UCD
Jefferson
MUSC
EVMS
Georgetown
U South Carolina
FSU
Ucf
Drexel
USC keck
University of Kansas

No secondaries from UCSD or UCLA

I'm unfamiliar as to what does SDA means?
 

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Schools recieved 2's from and completed:
University of Chicago,Illinois
Georgia regents University
Loyola university
UCI
University of Miami
FIU
Univ of Pennsylvania (Perelman)
Rutgers NJ
U of A
Temple University
Penn state
UF
Nymc
UCR
UCD
Jefferson
MUSC
EVMS
Georgetown
U South Carolina
FSU
Ucf
Drexel
USC keck
University of Kansas

No secondaries from UCSD or UCLA

I'm unfamiliar as to what does SDA means?
7th Day Adventist.
I count 7 schools where you have a fair chance of an interview. That's a little scanty for a CA applicant with your stats. Rutgers has never taken a CA applicant to my knowledge and you are an extreme long shot for many others on your list (including IS schools). It would be reasonable to identify another handful of schools where you might get an interview, stat.
 
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All right thank you for your input.

I agree with you, some of those schools are definitely long shots due to my MCAT, but if I don't buy a ticket I will never win the lotto.
 

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All right thank you for your input.

I agree with you, some of those schools are definitely long shots due to my MCAT, but if I don't buy a ticket I will never win the lotto.
I see this theory every day that I screen. It makes me sad. We don't need your secondary fee as much as you do. Screening is not random, like the lotto.
A "reach" is a school where you have at least a 5-10% chance and a reason to believe that you will be considered for more than a moment...
I know it's too late this cycle for the schools where you have already submitted a secondary. I hope this observation won't be needed in the future.
 
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Heed the very sound counsel of my very wise colleague gyngyn. Your MCAT is below avg and will hurt except at the bottom ot the low-tier schools.

Of your list, you best chances are:


Loyola university
FIU
Temple University
Penn state
Nymc
Jefferson
Georgetown
Ucf
Drexel


For next years cycle, invest in MSAR and target schools whose median MCAT score is closest to your own.

You're fine for any DO program, and so TUCOM-CA and Western are in your backyard.
 
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Gyngyn - You are right, i don't think, "If i don't buy a ticket I won't win the lotto" was the right statement... I meant that if I do not apply there is a 100% chance I will not get in to those schools however if I do apply I have a higher chance of getting in as oppose to 0%.

Goro - Thanks for your input and naming the schools that you think I have a shot with. I still have hope for this cycle I'm not looking towards next years cycle just yet. This cycle is still young.
 
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A "reach" is a school where you have at least a 5-10% chance and a reason to believe that you will be considered for more than a moment...
How would one go about identifying those reach schools where you'd have a 5-10% chance? For example, I have a 29 mcat also and a gpa of 3.88. What kind of schools would be my reaches? Would I just disregard gpa and look for ones with a 10th percentile mcat that matches mine?

OP - Have you considered adding Rosalind Franklin or Rush?
 

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How would one go about identifying those reach schools where you'd have a 5-10% chance? For example, I have a 29 mcat also and a gpa of 3.88. What kind of schools would be my reaches? Would I just disregard gpa and look for ones with a 10th percentile mcat that matches mine?

OP - Have you considered adding Rosalind Franklin or Rush?
This would be a fine way to identify appropriate reaches. Make sure that you are not marginalized for another common reason, though (%OOS, mission...).
 
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