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MCAT 29 - 3.53 BCPM 3.62 overall

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by The quiet one., Sep 27, 2014.

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  1. The quiet one.

    The quiet one.

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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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  3. gyngyn

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

    I hope you are from a "good" state?
     
  4. The quiet one.

    The quiet one.

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    I'm from California... And I go to a UC
     
  5. gyngyn

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

    If you are not SDA or from the IE, you are much more likely to be accepted OOS.
    Would you care to share your list?
    Is this your first application?
     
  6. The quiet one.

    The quiet one.

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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?
     
  7. gyngyn

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

    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.
     
  8. The quiet one.

    The quiet one.

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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.
     
  9. gyngyn

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

    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.
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2014
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  10. Goro

    Goro Probationary Status 5+ Year Member

    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.
     
  11. The quiet one.

    The quiet one.

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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.
     
  12. Zelda840

    Zelda840

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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?
     
  13. gyngyn

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

    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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