BlackBox

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I'm considering Med-School (obviously). Here are my stats:

Dual BS Biology & Chemistry (GPA 3.4)
General Chemistry Tutor, Fall 2001-Fall 2003
Organic Chemistry Tutor, Fall 2002-Summer 2003
General Chemistry Laboratory Assistant, Fall 2000-Spring 2003

PhD Microbiology (GPA 3.7)

Graduate Student Mentor, Summer 2007, 2008
Obviously lots of research hours here. A few good publications.

Other Stuff:


Graduate Student Association, member, 2004-2010
Student Senate, member, 2009-2010
Community Service Committee, member, 2009-2010
American Society for Microbiology 2007-current

One poster award at a big conference, 2009
ACS award in Analytical Chemistry, 2003
Susan Young Scholarship 2001-2003
Merit Scholarship 1999-2003

I'm also a small business owner...


At this point I'm 29. Is age a factor (it isn't to me)? I have lots of research, but I need to shadow. Thoughts on the amount of hours? My Undergrad. GPA is low, but does the Grad. GPA make up for it? Any thoughts on minimum MCAT scores for schools in PA?
 

Morsetlis

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Looks fine. You need an MCAT score (30+ to make up for that bad uGPA) and clinical experience. PhD applicants obviously have like 10x the research that normal applicants would. You also probably did a lot of volunteering and service. Now you must show your commitment to medicine by getting clinical experience and shadowing (which are two different things).

It'd help if, in your personal statement or interviews, you could somehow tie your research to medicine.
 
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Nice application. Age is not a factor. I am matriculating at 28 and already know a small group of non-trads that are much older than I am. You will get mixed reviews on shadowing. To date I have shadowed four docs about 20 hours a piece. That was seemed to be sufficient to get interviews with a lackluster MCAT. 30+ MCAT seems to be the golden rule. Personally, I think non-trads have a leg up in the application process and you could possibly get in with a slightly below average score, but 30 to be relatively 'safe'.
 

Morsetlis

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Non-trads have more life experience. Of course he's going to have more interesting/important stuff done in that span of a PhD than a 21-year-old junior in college.

However, that college kid probably has a better GPA and MCAT...

Which is why the OP should be very motivated to take the MCAT seriously (esp. since it probably has nothing to do with his PhD except a few cell bio questions).
 

BlackBox

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Thanks for all your comments. I'll start checking into getting some clinical/shadow experience. I agree about scoring well on he mcat...I'll keep you posted.
 
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When are you applying? You definitely need some clinical experience.
 

BlackBox

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I'm looking to apply to start in 2012. I need some time to decide...and get experience.
 

Morsetlis

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When applying for a job in the healthcare field, it might be best to not mention your PhD... Hiring managers do screen away overqualified applicants because they'd be bored and not make good employees (as in, a CNA/EMT/ER Tech).

However, I wouldn't take this advice if you're a very charismatic person that can address this point well in an interview.