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MCAT DONE! Help with school list please?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by malamia, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. malamia

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    Hey all,
    I got my score back yesterday. 503 (61%) =27 on old scale. I have a 3.5 cGPA and plenty of EC's. I am also a URM coming from the University of Puerto Rico.

    I am applying both MD and DO. I think I have pretty good chances in all of the schools here (4) since the highest avg MCAT is 26. Doing research on osteopathic schools, however, is soo hard with no MSAR and many schools not sharing much info. Plus the whole in-state bias thing is a headache because I'm not a resident ANY state..
    Can you please help narrow things out?

    What I am looking for:
    1. ~6 schools
    2. Good chance at getting accepted.. not many reach schools
    3. IF possible, a low-ish tuition.
    4. I like big cities but that's not a huge deciding factor.

    If you reply, thankyouthankyouthankyou
     
  2. oOKawaiiOo

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    So, you are international?
     
  3. Drrrrrr. Celty

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    I wonder if the eventual movement of PR from commonwealth/ oversea territory to State will even help change this lol.


    But no, he's a US graduate and citizen if he's in PR.
     
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  4. Drrrrrr. Celty

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    Being entirely fair with a 3.5/27 you'll almost certainly get into one of the PR medical schools and if not then you're probably somewhat competitive for a few mainland MD schools.
     
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  5. malamia

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    What serenade said. US citizen, US grad.

    I would like to apply to more than 4 schools! Haha. I've heard that is one of the biggest mistakes one can make. Any suggestions?
     
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    Right, I personally recommend you apply to a selection of 15 or more schools outside of PR. Do your research on what schools are close to your averages while also paying some consideration on location and other factors.
     
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    The four PR schools
    U Miami
    Nova
    LECOM-B
    Wake
    Tulane
    ACOM
    Wm Carey
    PCOM-GA

    That keeps you reasonably close to home




     
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  8. malamia

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    Thank you very much, Goro! I will definitely look into and, most likely, apply to all of these.
     
  9. malamia

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    Now that I'm looking closer into these, don't you think that the average MCATs and GPAs are a bit high for me? Especially Wake, Tulane, and Miami. I was thinking more along the lines of Meharry, Howard, Morehouse, New Mexico, etc. as far as MD schools go.

    Do you think being an URM is enough to give me an edge with these the schools?
     
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    I think that the URM advantage does give you an edge, hence my suggestions for those MD schools.

     
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  11. malamia

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    Well, those are great news!
     
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    Here's a spreadsheet I used for my applications this year. I have a 3.52 and last year my MCAT was a 26 - still waiting on this year's score. Hope this helps!

    (Note- the MCAT and GPA averages may be slightly off- I got as many values as I could from the schools' official sites, but some are from unofficial web sources too.)
     
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  13. malamia

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    Awesomee thank you!
     
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    Did you not receive any acceptances? Those are good stats
     
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    A 3.5/26 with a relatively top heavy list that lacks low tier schools isn't a good shoe in for an acceptance tbh.
     
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    The OP is a URM, that would help his case, given his lower MCAT score. Although DO schools do not recruit URMs as aggressively as MD they do recruit URMs.
     
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    Awesome spreadsheet - thanks for sharing! Just curious...

    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but how did you calculate "approx. expenses" in column H?

    Is that total expenses for 4 years of med school? Or is that actually (tuition + expenses) for each year, and not just expenses? Thanks!
     
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    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/msar-for-do.1115265/#post-16055436

    here are the most recent averages. a few have been updated for this year.
     
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