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Nontrad sGPA 3.58, cGPA 3.7, MCAT 30 - School List Help

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Yep, 05.13.14.

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  1. Yep

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    I have just completed a post-bac and am looking for advice about where to apply.

    I finished most of the pre-reqs in college but went with a post-bac (big public college) to complete the pre-reqs/improve my GPA. I am Connecticut resident and my app breakdown is:


    Cumulative (post-bac + undergrad):

    sGPA: 3.58

    cGPA: 3.7


    Postbac (one year):

    GPA: 3.97

    -Physics 1 and 2, animal physiology, genetics, cell biology, O chem lab (my one A-), and biochemistry along with one class on how to give medical histories and one class on how to give general physicals.


    Undergrad (very competitive big state school):

    sGPA: 3.36

    cGPA: 3.64


    MCAT: 30 (P 10, V 11, B 9)


    ECS:

    1) Peace Corps volunteer in Central Africa.

    -The chief of the village health center let me "mock" diagnose, where someone would come in and I would measure their blood pressure, heart beat, palpate various areas and measure temperatures. I would then tell him what I thought was wrong with the patient (75% of our patients have malaria so its easier than it sounds). Its a lot of fun and is actually one of the reasons I solidly decided to get back into the medicine gig.

    -Received $5000 USAID grant to lead a project to bring clean water to my village for the first time in ten years by repairing two broken wells and organizing a village maintenance fund and program.

    -Other work included designing a program that allowed people to use farms for health insurance at the local health center and teaching english

    2) Two years of stem cell research including one 2nd author publication

    -used computer program to analyze scaffolds for stem cell seeding, so def not a “washing glassware” experience
    3) 100 hours of shadowing under cardiologist and general surgeon
    4) Health desk intern for in US Senate. Helped research for the new health care legislation.

    5) Years of hospital volunteering, medical missions teams etc


    School list:

    Albany

    Rosalind Franklin

    Creighton

    Drexel

    EVMS

    Quinnipiac

    GW

    Georgetown

    Hofstra

    Jefferson

    Loma Linda

    Medical College of Wisconsin

    NYMC
    Oakland

    Penn State

    Rush

    SUNY Upstate

    SUNY Downstate

    Saint Louis U

    Temple

    Commenwealth

    Tulane

    UConn (CT resident)

    University of Colorado

    Miami

    University of Oklahoma (born in OK and have family there)

    Rochester

    U Vermont

    Wake Forest

    Dartmouth (reach)

    Mayo (reach)



    I would love advice about where I should apply that likes a nontraditional student like me.


    Thanks!
     
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  3. Goro

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    Oustranding Ecs and numbers are really good. Also consider

    Albany
    Rosalind Franklin
    Creighton
    Drexel
    EVMS
    Quinnipiac
    Hofstra
    Jefferson
    Loma Linda
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    NYMC
    Oakland
    Penn State
    Rush
    SUNY Upstate
    SUNY Downstate
    Saint Louis U
    Temple
    Commenwealth
    UConn (CT resident)
    University of Oklahoma (born in OK and have family there)
    Rochester
    U Vermont
    Wake Forest
    Dartmouth (reach)
    Any DO program
    All other new MD schools
     
  4. Yep

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    Do you think I have a shot at Georgetown or GW?
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Yes, GW: one shot in 13,683.
    GT: one in 12,250.
    These schools receive a huge number of applications.
     
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    Since Georgetown is a Jesuit school that has commitment to international medical service, they would like my Peace Corps experience
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    All schools do!
     
  8. Yep

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    Thanks for the input. Any other schools I should add?
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    If any of the schools on @Goro's list appeal....
     
  10. Yep

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    Does this mean I should apply to the new public schools in Florida (FIU, FSU, FAU)?
     
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    Some of them have decent OOS numbers, so you're in striking distance.

     
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    What do you think of my chances at a reach like Dartmouth? Do you think they can see past my low numbers?
     
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    I don't recommend it, I think you can fit another school with a better stat match for that slot
     
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    Too much of a long shot

     
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    Do you think I should add University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin and/or VCU?
     
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    VCU, yes The other schools no, unless you're from those states. State schools like to favor the home team.

     
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    I know my application isn't the best, but what reach schools would you recommend for me? A friend of mine told me University of Colorado really likes peace corps type stuff on the app? Could this be a reach?
     
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    I am NOT a fan of this business of "reach". To me, "reach" means "unrealistic".

     
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    CO is a better reach for you than Dartmouth.
     

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