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Non-Trad Reapplicant: sciGPA 3.88, cGPA 3.4; MCAT 33 (13/9/11) – School List Advice!

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Diamond Clouds, May 18, 2014.

  1. Diamond Clouds

    Diamond Clouds 2+ Year Member

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    Hello all, I’m hoping to get some feedback on my school list for this upcoming cycle. Thanks in advance!

    CA resident. Had a rocky journey during undergrad academically, due to immaturity etc etc. Graduated business with a 3.0. During my post-bacc, I got my act together and brought my cGPA up to 3.4 (post bacc cGPA/sciGPA: 3.9). I was waitlisted when I last applied. Retook MCAT since then (previous score 27: 11/7/9), jumping up 6 points overall


    Here’s a profile snapshot without too much detail (I marked what’s new since last application)

    Medical Work experience:
    -(new) Medical assistant at an allergy, asthma and immunology clinic (~8 months to date) – Full time
    -(new) Research coordinator in Global Health focused on the Philippines (~9 months to date) – Part time
    -Laboratory assistant (~2 years) in an orthopaedic surgical training lab – Part time
    -Research assistant in orthopaedics (~1.5 – 2 years): Multiple conference abstracts and (new) a journal publication – Part time
    -Caregiver / Admin Assistant (~9 years off and on) at my family business of residential home care for the mentally disabled, dual diagnosed and high-behavioral, dual diagnosed (eg: depression and schizophrenia)

    Past Work experience:
    -Human Resources coordinator (~2-3 years)

    EC:
    -Volunteering: both medical and non-medical (many years)
    -Clinical internship at an urgent care and occupational health clinic (2 months)
    -Shadowing: multiple specialties (some new since last cycle)
    -2 professional fraternities (business and community service) with leadership roles
    -Leadership roles in my undergrad Filipino-American organization
    -Retreat leader


    SCHOOL LIST
    -UC Davis* (Interviewed)
    -UC Irvine*
    -Loma Linda*
    -USC/Keck*
    -George Washington*
    -Georgetown*
    -U Miami*
    -FIU*
    -Rosalind Franklin*
    -Tulane
    -Tufts
    -SLU*
    -NYMC*
    -Einstein*
    -Case Western
    -Drexel* (Waitlisted)
    -Temple
    -Jefferson*
    -Utah
    -Wake Forest
    -UCSF*
    -UCLA*
    -UCSD*
    -NYU

    Edit 1: * = applied last cycle
     
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  3. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Moderator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

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    Could you indicate to which of these you are a re-applicant (asterisk) and where you were interviewed?
    I suppose you are aware of LL's behavior policies?
     
  4. Diamond Clouds

    Diamond Clouds 2+ Year Member

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    @gyngyn Yes, I'm aware. I don't think it'll be a problem for me though. (please see edits to original post)
     
  5. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Moderator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

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    And, to clarify, you applied with a 27 and a 3.0 that round.
    Now you have a 33 and 3.4.
     
  6. Diamond Clouds

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    No, I haven't taken any classes since (by that point I took about a year full-time of only upper div science classes). So last cycle: 27; cGPA 3.4; sciGPA 3.88. This cycle: 33, cGPA 3.4, sciGPA 3.88 and 2 new significant work experiences.
     
  7. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Moderator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

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    How many schools would you like to delete (if any).
     
  8. Diamond Clouds

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    Thanks so much for your help, gyngyn! I don't think I'll delete any, I want to cast a wide net. Given my stats, I'm not sure if should add more or simply replace some with others (eg - if some on my list are not worth it)
     
  9. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Moderator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

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    Replace: NYU (stats) and USC (Stats and re-ap) . You probably know that the UC's are a reach, but I know you can't resist. At least replace GT and GW with good stat matches that don't get 12K+ applications!
     
  10. Diamond Clouds

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    Great point re: GT/GW. Yes, my advisor says the same about the UCs… and yes, as a CA resident I can't resist! MSAR will be my buddy. Thanks again, appreciate your input!
     
  11. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Moderator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

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    I was the same way.
    Let us know how it goes!
     
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  12. Goro

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    Somewhere west of St. Louis
     
  13. Diamond Clouds

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    Thanks for the advice, Goro!
     

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