MD/PhD 4.0 cGPA, 33S chances and a school list needed!

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    -4.0 cGPA, 33S MCAT (12, 9, 12). Not a top 20 school.
    3 science majors. Not socially awkward (so I'm told)
    -Community college credit has two B's in spanish classes from high school.

    Taking 2 years off. Applying this upcoming cycle.

    SCIENCE ECs:
    -Will have 5 years of research (4 in one lab, 1 year in another prestigious institution by time I am applying. )
    -2 first author publications in good journal (impact factor >6) in my first lab. One of the manuscripts received a spotlight award from the journal on first manuscript. Basic science.
    -2 second author publications (in a different lab). Basic science with clinical application.
    Likely to get 1 co-first author by the middle of the application season.
    -Poster at International conference, first author on abstract of plenary speech at another international conference, which was given by mentor.
    Other posters, and two podium seminars.

    OTHER ECs:
    Resident Assistant for 2 years.
    Founder of an undergraduate club to discuss science papers

    150 hours volunteering at an ED
    100 hours shadowing (doctors of different specialties)

    Leader of a student public health group for 2 years, and in it for 4 total. Led a huge initiative that successfully changed a policy and founded quite a few new events. Good letter from this.

    LORs should be good/outstanding from both PIs and other letters should be unique.

    AWARDS:
    Got quite a few good awards when I graduated. Recognition on my first article from science community (spotlight award). A few other awards for my public health work. Fully paid for my own undergrad education.

    My worries:
    Low MCAT score, too few clinical volunteering hours.

    Any recommendations on a school list to apply for? I would like to aim high, but I would like a good balance of reach/moderate and safety schools. My friend with great stats only got in one place and was otherwise largely unsuccessful. I'm in the dark on this one. Thanks a lot!
     
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    gmcguitar4

      With your research experience and gpa, you could pull off an MD/PhD despite your solid but not stellar MCAT. I would say it is definitely worth a shot. Nobody can be sure though because it depends on the person reviewing your application.
       

      red doctober

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        I think you have a good chance, and while a 33 MCAT is on the low-ish end for MD/PhD programs, I think your GPA and research experience make up for it. I don't know how many schools you are aiming for, but if I was in your position, I'd go for ~25.

        For example:
        Some Top 20 MSTPs: WashU, Penn, Columbia, UChicago, Michigan, Vandy, Pitt, Sinai, Northwestern, UTSW

        Some 20-50 MSTP: Baylor, Case, UNC, Virginia, Rochester, Wisconsin, Maryland, Ohio St., Indiana

        Some 50+ MSTPs + non-MSTPs: Penn St, UMass, MUSC, SUNY-SB, UConn, UIC, BU

        You get the picture. I think if you spread it out a bit, you'll likely to be successful.
         

        flodhi1

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          OP, even though your MCAT is on the slightly low side, if you apply early and broadly you definitely have a shot. You're a strong candidate and even though this might be a stressful time for you let me assure you that MCAT score will NOT stop you from getting accepted.
           

          Aerus

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            2 1st author pubs and 4 years of research under your belt? You're a shoo in somewhere!

            BTW, you don't have a 4.0 cGPA if you have two B's. :p Not important, but just an fyi haha.
             
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