Unfortunately, your MCAT, unless you get it up, is not going to cut it. With a 503, you should still be in contention for DO schools, but I fear with a 496 all of your applications are donations. secondaries are often given automatically to applicants by schools, so I would not use that as an indicator that your application is being taken seriously.Hi there! I graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and have taken coursework since then to meet all other pre-requisites. My GPA is as follows:
Overall Science: 3.43
Overall Non-Science: 3.64
I worked for 5 years in laboratory pharmaceuticals and in 2017, shifted into clinical work, first as a CNA and currently as an EMT. I took my MCAT in January 2020 and received a 496. I have ALWAYS had terrible testing anxiety. The reason, I believe, that my post-bacc grades were so good was because I worked with the community college's disability group and had a separate space and time-and-a-half to take exams. It helped considerably, but since I haven't been in school up to the point of taking the MCAT, I did not have the ability to request accommodations for the exam. Regardless, I have a second MCAT scheduled for Aug 14th, and have been averaging 503 on practice exams at home.
I have over 4,500 hours of compensated clinical experience and about 160 hours of volunteering in clinical and non-healthcare settings. Using the "holistic review," do you think the DO schools will consider me for interviews? I applied solely to DO schools, as I resonate deeper with their approach, and I have received secondary applications from all 14 schools that I applied to! That makes me feel pretty excited, but it's hard to know if it's automatic or because they actually reviewed what my AACOMAS app contained.
Thoughts? Thank you in advance for reading and any suggestions/considerations/input you may have.