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Overwhelming sense of doom

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by scdocusc, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. scdocusc

    scdocusc 2+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    I'm sitting here reflecting upon my decision to reapply this year. I've been struck with an overwhelming sense of doom. I know I have to keep a positive attitude but I'm kinda bummed out. I took the MCAT two times and scored a 22 both times. That was last year. I got an interview at VCOM and somehow managed to be rejected flat out. I think I applied too late. Anyway, I decided to take the MCAT one more time and volunteer a whole bunch more to exhibit my ongoing desire to be a doctor. By the way, VCOM told me my MCAT was low and I didnt have enough healthcare volunteering. Anyway, I studied hard for 5 months and took the MCAT on the 24th of july. I dont think it went as well as I wanted it to go. I felt I was prepared and had been getting a 26 on each practice. So now I'm sitting here filling out my secondaries and thinking that it was stupid to gamble on the MCAT like that. I'm hoping a praying that it all works out. I'm hoping for some sort of curve on the MCAT but I know I cant depend on it. I'm pretty sure that my whole fate of med school rides on what number pops up on my screen on the 23rd and that scares the living sh** out of me. Anyway, I had to get that off my chest. Is there anyone else out there who's kinda in the same situation or has been in the past?
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  3. Bacchus

    Bacchus Administrator Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    I'm in the same situation but I'm not applying this year. The MCAT is what everything hinges on for me. Its scary.
  4. gasapple

    gasapple Banned Banned

    Aug 22, 2004
    You know, try not to sweat it so much. If you have a well-rounded application, things are moving in the right direction. If you're not happy with your MCAT score, do other things to improve your application with regard to volunteering or research. Some people do SMPs but a number of adcom deans told me those programs are weighted much less than the MCAT. I also wouldn't worry about putting the MCAT off for a time to prepare, especially since it's offered many times in a year now. Also, keep in mind that on average, students score 20% lower on the actual exam (based on a number of factors) as compared to their practice exam scores. When I've practiced, if I'm not at least 20% above a higher score, I'll post-pone the MCAT and apply based on my previous scores and because I feel my application has weight in other areas. It's up to you because some people do get lucky on the real thing but the large majority do not. A big part of this whole thing is determination so don't get your self down and keep trudging forward, soldier! :thumbup:

  5. Lamont

    Lamont Neverending Storyteller 2+ Year Member

    Feb 22, 2007
    apply to DCOM. its fantastic. i got in with a 3.2/22. Good resume, slim clinical experience (just research). apply early and see what all the fuss is about. i think a lot of the hype has some substance behind it. the faculty is solid, the building is incredible, the people are really nice. you cant go wrong applying and checking it out. avg. #'s for dcom this year were 3.3/24.6 MCAT. Close to the national average, which is good for a 1st year school. give it a shot, it worked for me (and I applied in OCTOBER). If you have any questions, let me know. Good luck man!
  6. Sarikate

    Sarikate Full of antioxidants 5+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2004
    Don't sweat your brains out over this. Just go ahead and apply. What's the worst that could happen? Maybe you'll get into med school. If not, you can always apply again. That's what happened to me!

    I hope you did well on your MCAT. If like hell and take it again!
  7. EEL08

    EEL08 7+ Year Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I get my MCAT score back in three days so I have a strong sense of doom right now. I felt I did horribly, not much better than my diagnostic on which I got a 17. I already submitted my app so I guess I'll just have to see how it goes.
  8. Terpskins99

    Terpskins99 Fear... The Stig 10+ Year Member

    Mar 8, 2005
    If you already took the test, then honestly... I would stay as far away from studentdoctor until your scores get back. It won't completely take your mind away from the mcat, but it sure doesn't help by being here in the meantime.

    After you get your score, then decide asap whether or not you intend to apply for this cycle.

    If you absolutely are intent on starting medical school in '08, then strategize for that. APPLY EARLY. Yes, DO programs tend to accept a larger percentage of applicants later in the year, but if you think you're a fringe candidate then you should be one of the very first people to turn in your aacomas.

    Otherwise, if you're planning to re-take the mcat... you want to plan for that as well. Address your areas of weakness first. Maybe invest in a prep course and do everything they ask of you (even more than they ask of you... take the next step). $1200 seems like a lot, but its chump change compared to the tuition of your first year of medical school. Look at it as an investment.
  9. desijigga

    desijigga Keeping Faith! 10+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2007
    Hey don't worry I'm in the same situation. I applied in middle June and received my secondaries for all the schools I have applied to. I take my MCAT Tuesday(nervous as hell :(). I have been doing alright on the practice exams, so its a one shot deal for me also. I really want to attend MSUCOM, or PCOM. Im aiming for at least a 30 because my science and regular gpa are pretty low (3.2, and 3.35).
    My question is I got most of my secondaries in july, and still sitting on them, because I didn't have time to work on them while studying for the MCAT. So If I send them in later August, or early september is that late?

    Good luck to everyone applying :D
  10. BrianD

    BrianD 5+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2006
    Davie, FL
    I feel that sense of doom as well. I just feel that my science GPA is going to hurt me.

  11. BMW19

    BMW19 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    Da South
    Apply to GA-PCOM we are fairly new and I know several people who got in with those stats. We are new but solid. Technology is amazing, flat screens in the anatomy lab and all lectures on streaming video. I am on rotations now and they have all been solid in good solid hospitals here in ATL. Great lectures from outside Docs in everything from nephrology to neurosurgery. Our neuro professor is on staff at MCG and taught at Cook County in emergency med. and neurosurg.


  12. scdocusc

    scdocusc 2+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    I've taken the MCAT two times already so it's either do or die on this one. We'll see. My EC's are off the chart and I have great LOR's from DO's. I also applied very broadly and I encourage people in the same position to do the same.
  13. gujusnike

    gujusnike OMS-I 2+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2007
    Im in your boat with MCATs. Do or Die
  14. UCDavisdude

    UCDavisdude WHITEBOY SLIM 5+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2004
    i absolutely understand how you feel. i have a 3.4 overall gpa with a 3.5 science gpa. just took the mcat and i have a feeling i absolutely bombed it. it was soo weird...took the aug 6th exam. i have some ok ec's i guess. leadershio experience, volunteer. clinical research with a couple of publications......but i have a feeling that i may have even scored lower than 20. ill be lucky to score a 23 on the exam.ughhhhhhhh!!!!!
  15. DreamOfADoc


    Apr 18, 2012
    It feels good to have other people in the same situation as me! I used to visit SDN forums all the time and started to get very overwhelmed. It seems like there are people on here that are everything that I am trying to be and they are getting rejected left and right. I started to feel that if they didn't have a chance of getting in, then what are the hopes for me?!?! It feels good to finally see that i'm not the only one struggling with this! I'm retaking my MCAT this summer. My GPA isn't great, nor was my first MCAT score. Hopefully the second time around will show the ad coms. that I can turn things around and that I'm med school material. Here's to hoping huh?!?

    I was talking to a friend that I work with the other day and she said that she found a website called It's a blog/podcast that is set up for premedders like us. Its just starting off, but it looks pretty good. check it out. his story seems pretty interesting. Check it out, you may like it.

  16. Iliketoytles

    Iliketoytles 5+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2011
    Not gonna say it.... not gonna say it....
  17. angldrps

    angldrps 5+ Year Member

    Oct 23, 2010
    haha then i'll just say it...the poster just brought back thread all the way from 2007!

    no biggie though, i wish DreamOfADoc best of luck and recommend to check out the underdog thread as it has had the ability to keep me motivated.
  18. ManBroDude

    ManBroDude Half man, half bearpig 5+ Year Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Practicing necromancy in preparation for Diablo 3...
  19. DreamOfADoc


    Apr 18, 2012
    Alright...I feel like a complete duchy bag! I wasn't looking at the date when i replied to the post. i'm sorry!
  20. No worries Dream. We'll pick on you but no harm meant. We truly are rooting for you and hoping for the absolute best for you, at least that's my approach to others. We need as many physicians as we can get in the years ahead.
  21. Iliketoytles

    Iliketoytles 5+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2011
  22. aProgDirector

    aProgDirector Pastafarians Unite! Moderator SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2006
    To put a positive spin, all of the doom and gloom seems to have resulted in the OP's all getting into schools.

    scdocusc appears to be at Pikeville
    Baccus is now a mod and is at PCOM
    EEL08 appears to be at AZCOM
    BrianD is at Nova

    (All of this is from searching their postings)
  23. vandyam

    vandyam Vulnera Sanentur 5+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Dirty South

    Hell yes. I must not allow myself to by this game though - I'll never go to class and fail out of med school completely. The urge is so strong though.

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