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Non-Trad, CA, 30M, 3.4+ cGPA, 3.9+ sGPA, Chances and School list?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by unusual, Jun 29, 2012.

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  1. unusual


    Jun 29, 2012
    Non-Traditional 27yr old student from California
    Not a URM
    30M MCAT (9 VR/10 PS/ 11 BS)
    DO: ~3.47 cGPA, ~3.87 sGPA
    MD: ~3.49 cGPA, ~3.69 sGPA
    200+ hours of clinical volunteering at ER department
    40+ hours of tutoring at homeless shelter
    100+ hours of volunteering at a pharmacy
    ~30hr/week working as an IT manager at a small company
    No research experience
    Strong LOR from both a MD and a DO doctor and from volunteer coordinator
    2 science professors LOR

    I've already applied to DO schools. I would like to apply to some MD schools also. I am not trying to apply to any reach schools although all the MD schools might be a reach with my stats. Anyhow, what are my chances and what's a good school list for me? I've compiled the list below. Thanks for the help.

    George Washington
    Virginia Commonwealth
    Rosalind Franklin
    University of Arizona
    Wake Forest
    Virginia Tech
    Pen State
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2012
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  3. unusual


    Jun 29, 2012
  4. alexrgross

    alexrgross 5+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    los angeles, california
    What do you think about these changes?
  5. unusual


    Jun 29, 2012
    Thanks for the help Alex. I didn't think I would get a reply. I looked up the 3 schools you added and it looks like Hofstra and UCF are good choices but it seems like U Minn highly prefers Minnesota residents.
  6. hollistn


    Jan 16, 2012
    I am a nontrad with stats just slightly higher than yours (31m 3.83cgpa 3.73sgpa) and a lot less ECs. I met with my preprofessional advisor today to go over my school list and these are the ones he suggested from it.

    Albany Medical College
    Creighton University School of Medicine
    Drexel University College of Medicine
    Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
    The Commonwealth Medical College
    The University of Miami School of Medicine
    University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
    University of Nevada School of Medicine
    University of Rochester School of Medicine and Den
    West Virginia University School of Medicine

    Another good resource is this spreadsheet. While you may have to update some of the MCAT scores, it is quite helpful.

    I also wanted to add something that he told me today that I was unaware of. Apparently, all other stats being equal, us notradtionals would get the nod over traditionals due to possibly having more life experiences. I don't know if this is common knowledge or even true but it was definitely heartening for me to hear.
  7. liyaz

    liyaz 7+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 2009
    As a non-trad, that is very heartening to hear!! As for U of Arizona - Phoenix, I've applied there this cycle but they've just sent out an email with a link to their new school website and it seems that their pre-reqs are more than I thought - including:

    Subject: Chemistry
    2 semester/8 credits or equivalent quarter hours, specifically: minimum is a) 1 semester/4 credits of general chemistry; b) 1 semester/4 credits of biochemistry. Labs recommended.

    Subject: Biology
    3 semester/12 credits or equivalent quarter hours, specifically: minimum of a) 1 semester/4 credits of physiology; b) remaining 2 semesters/8 credits should be taken in any of the following areas: cell biology, genetics, general biology, physiology, anatomy, microbiology, or virology; and c) of these 3 semesters, 1 semester/4 credits must be upper division-level coursework. Labs recommended.

    Kind of a bummer, since I only did the bare minimum. It doesn't look like Arizona - Tuscon has the same requirements.
  8. unusual


    Jun 29, 2012
    Thanks hollistn. Your info has been extremely helpful. I've nearly finished narrowing down my list.

    Good luck to all my fellow non-trad!

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