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No Interviews. Gap year, most likely. What to do?!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ]' started by DocEllen, 10.30.14.

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  1. DocEllen

    DocEllen 2+ Year Member

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    Hi guys!

    So my applications were complete/transmitted by the end of July, and I have not heard back from a single medical school. Here is some more information about me:
    • GPA: 3.8
    • MCAT: 27 (If you are wondering, I have since retaken the MCAT. New scores is not available yet)
    • 100+ shadowing hours
    • Leadership on a campus organization
    • One semester of research experience
    • 60+ hours of clinic volunteering
    • 50-60 hours of community service volunteering
    • I would say my personal statement was pretty strong.
    I've come to terms with having a gap year, but what worries me the most is what am I going to do in that gap year? My major is Psychology. I was hoping to get a paying job because I would really like to be able to somewhat financially support myself. Any ideas/advice/comments are appreciated!
     
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  3. baxt1412

    baxt1412 Liftus Maximus 2+ Year Member

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    most schools won't review your application beyond automatic screening until they get your pending MCAT scores.
     
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    Where did you apply? Did you apply to schools within/under your LizzyM score range?
     
  5. pink/\floyd

    pink/\floyd 2+ Year Member

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    Getting a job would be a great idea! Especially if it helps you rack up more clinical hours. Scribe/research assistant/EMT are all good options.
     
  6. SmileyFacePainScale

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    CNA is also a possibility. Depending on your area you may have access to accelerated programs that would have you certified in 2-3 months vs. taking a class that lasts an entire semester. Can't go wrong with anything that helps you rack up clinical hours and patient contact experience ;)
     
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  7. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Meep Meep Meep 5+ Year Member

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    When will your new mcat be available?
     
  8. PIacebo

    PIacebo 2+ Year Member

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    Do more research, retake mcat if necessary, apply to DO schools.
     
  9. La Presse

    La Presse Due to the fact.... 2+ Year Member

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    Clinical Experience. Someone above mentioned a scribe or a CNA? More research wouldn't hurt either.
     
  10. baxt1412

    baxt1412 Liftus Maximus 2+ Year Member

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    find the cure for cancer you lazy pile of.....






    jk <3
     
  11. DocEllen

    DocEllen 2+ Year Member

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    I applied to four Texas schools who use their own application service and not AAMC. Also, I did not tell the medical schools that I was retaking the MCAT. Do they have a way of finding this out?
     
  12. DocEllen

    DocEllen 2+ Year Member

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    My new MCAT will be available by the end of November.
     
  13. DocEllen

    DocEllen 2+ Year Member

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    Does what I do during my gap year have to be clinical? What if I got a job in Human Resources?
     
  14. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Meep Meep Meep 5+ Year Member

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    Unfortunately, unless you do incredibly well, that won't be of much help.
     

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