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PharmD to MD/DO?

Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by vexchaps, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. vexchaps

    vexchaps New Member

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    Hello all, I'm a 24 yo pennsylvania resident currently in my last year of pharm school at UPitt. I've been flirting with the notion of applying to med school after graduating, but am unsure about my chances and areas on which to improve on to become a better applicant. Here are my stats:

    GPA: 3.96, am 2nd/97 out of the class (does this matter?)
    MCAT: planning to take 8/06
    Clinical Experience
    • : pharm tech/intern (>1000 hrs) at retail, hospital, managed care , etc : rotations=underway
    Research : took an undergrad, elective independent study/"research" project examining shingles and HIV rates &/or correlation in Tanzania (nothing really hardcore)

    In addition to the condensed version above, I've volunteered at nursing homes, a homeless shelter, an addict shelter, observed surgery (open heart and tubal ligation), and took blood pressures and administered vaccines in Tanzania.

    How can I improve my chances? Get EMT training? Get some better research experience? Where are realistic places to apply? I would welcome any criticism and advice, if it is not too troublesome. Thank you.
     
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  3. beastmaster

    beastmaster Senior Member
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    Very strong resume. Put your primary focus on the MCAT. Distant second of importance will be an explanation for the career change -- fairly easy though, so just focus on the MCAT before making any unnecessary (emt, research, etc) committments.
     
  4. USArmyDoc

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    I agree. Seriously man, you should have NOO problem getting into a lot of med schools if you can nail the MCAT.
     
  5. stookie

    stookie Slick Nasty
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    Wow. How difficult is the PharmD. Material??
     
  6. run4boston

    run4boston formerly Run
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    sounds like you have the academics. take the mcat and see what happens.
     

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