JBDoctor35

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Hey SDN,

I just want to know if I'm lacking in any areas or if I can strengthen my application for med school while I still have time. I'm a sophomore in college. Even though I'm a sophomore, I will be in undergrad for 5 years, so technically year 2/5. Anyways, I'm a computer engineering major who is also doing premed. Here are some of my stats:

GPA: 4.0/4.0
Volunteer: 80 hours at a local hospital, 75 hours at a local free clinic (really great patient interaction :)!)
Shadowing: 50 hours w/ a neurosurgeon, 30 hours w/ a podiatrist, 35 hours w/ a orthopedic surgeon
EC's: member of premed club, member of engineering club, tutor for campus tutoring service, engineering ambassador for potential students, a few more small things but nothing major...

So, how am I doing for year 2/5? Could I improve on anything? Should I keep doing what I'm doing? I would love any advice I could get! Thanks in advance!
 

Lucca

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Keep on doing what you are doing it sounds like you are doing great!
 
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Look into research if that's something that interest you.
 
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Just want to add that podiatrists aren't MDs, but you look great so far!
 
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Omppu27

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Just want to add that podiatrists aren't MDs, but you look great so far!
I think getting at least some research in there would be a plus. Try to also get some non medical volunteering as well (maybe you're doing this through your student Orgs?). Are you volunteering at both the hospital and free clinic right now? If so, maybe drop one so you can focus more time on something else (school, research, non medical volunteering, hobbie/living life). I don't know about you, but i found free clinic volunteering much more beneficial.
 

Great White Buffalo

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Hey SDN,

I just want to know if I'm lacking in any areas or if I can strengthen my application for med school while I still have time. I'm a sophomore in college. Even though I'm a sophomore, I will be in undergrad for 5 years, so technically year 2/5. Anyways, I'm a computer engineering major who is also doing premed. Here are some of my stats:

GPA: 4.0/4.0
Volunteer: 80 hours at a local hospital, 75 hours at a local free clinic (really great patient interaction :)!)
Shadowing: 50 hours w/ a neurosurgeon, 30 hours w/ a podiatrist, 35 hours w/ a orthopedic surgeon
EC's: member of premed club, member of engineering club, tutor for campus tutoring service, engineering ambassador for potential students, a few more small things but nothing major...

So, how am I doing for year 2/5? Could I improve on anything? Should I keep doing what I'm doing? I would love any advice I could get! Thanks in advance!
I was a CS major, need to get your story on why CS, then medicine. I did a bridging the clinical-digital divide. Did a lot of programming for clinical projects, which was of interest to some schools. If you get a good story, makes the personal statement flow well, and makes you stand out among the more traditional Science majors. As other mentioned, use your time as an upperclassman to get on some research project (it was a requirement at my U, and I had another project where I was a paid programmer for a few years). Usually lots of opportunities to get in some programming on clinical research projects if you are at a school with a medical school or a large science program. Beef up that section, and you'll have a killer application.

I did my chem/bio pre reqs early, then concentrated on my CS major. I found the math for computer science really helped with the PS section of the MCAT. Verbal was my killer. Try keeping up your other non major reading. Figure out when you are going to take the MCAT, as a non-science major, that will take a month or so to brush up on stuff you haven't seen for a couple of years. Good Luck.