Sorry, yes it's another one of those posts by a confused pre-med student asking for feedback/advice! I would appreciate all your help. I'm a 3rd year student at UCLA majoring in MCDBiology BCPM: 3.53 Cumulative: 3.71 I would like to raise my BCPM to 3.65+ before I graduate, and raise my cumulative GPA close to 3.8. I'm taking the MCATs this coming August...was originally gonna take them the April ones that just passed...I was getting low 30's on practice exams, but due to a heavy load of classes (big mistake), I had too much work to handle so pulled out of April MCAT. I think I can get a MCAT socre in the mid 30's (~35) with some time to study. -Cancer research sophomore year at Rutgers/UMDNJ -Colon Cancer cell research at UC Irvine -Tissue research at UCLA this summer *haven't been published -Usual volunteer stuff at hospitals -Summer internship at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY; observed a lot of live surgery (especially cardiothoracic surgery) and learned different kinds of surgical techniques like suturing. -Will start UCLA's Care Extenders program at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center this summer -Planning on getting a lot more clinical experience before I graduate -LOR from UCI school of medicine professor -LOR from cancer specialist at Rutgers -Will have LOR from UCLA school of medicine professor by end of summer -I think I have a unique story (born with congenital defect, suffered from depression/low self-esteem throughout life, went through five surgeries, overcame difficulties with help of a surgeon who inspired me to change my life and have the dream to become a surgeon and help children, and I have been experiencing happiness/success ever since that time)...so hopefully I can shine through my personal statement. What kind of tier med schools should I be looking at? I have no clue... Would appreciate some feedback! Thanks a ton.