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What is the purpose of this forum?
This forum is for threads about
-your chances at medical school acceptance
-your medical school application list
-individual feedback on your preparation to apply for medical school
or other similar threads. Misplaced threads on these topics will be moved here.

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-Please do not call out specific members in the title of your thread
-Please include the word "Texas" in your thread title if you are only applying in Texas. Similarly, include "International"
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Here is some suggested information to include in your thread. This is not an exhaustive list but should be considered the minimum to accurately help you:

-Your cumulative and science GPA (following AMCAS or AACOMAS calculation standards
, as applicable)
-Your MCAT score (if available)
-Clinical volunteer activities
-Physician shadowing (include specialties and total hours)
-Nonclinical volunteer activities
Include timespan and weekly commitment for clinical experience (work or volunteer), research, other employment, and nonmedical community service.

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Information on Individual Medical Schools:
MD & DO: SDN's collaborative effort on medical school statistics - Compilation of freely-accessible statistics from school websites (Thread here)
MD: Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) - The official AAMC resource for school data, including school information, statistics, and prerequisites
DO: College Information Book (CIB) - The official AACOM resource for school data, including school information, statistics, and prerequisites
MD & DO: US News Graduate School Compass - A third-party resource containing information self-reported by both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. Does not contain information on all schools
MD & DO: SDN's Interview Feedback - Contains actual interview questions as well as school impressions from interviewees

Pre-Osteopathic Helpful Links:
-Refer to the Pre-Osteopathic FAQ and the AACOMAS website as your initial resource for general questions

-AACOMAS GPA Calculation Spreadsheet

-How do I classify my courses when calculating my science GPA?

-Which schools require a DO LOR?

Pre-Allopathic Helpful Links:

-Refer to the most recent Applicant Sticky and the AMCAS website as your initial resource for general questions

-AMCAS GPA Calculation Spreadsheet
[Excel spreadsheet posted on a University of South Florida premedical resources page]
-How do I classify my courses when calculating my BCPM GPA?

-AMCAS Grade Conversion guide

Relevant Threads from the Pre-Allo FAQ Series:
-Pre-Allo FAQ Series:What is more important GPA or MCAT?
-Pre-Allo FAQ Series: How many schools should I apply to?
-Pre-Allo FAQ Series: Are EC's really required, and if so which ones?
-Pre-Allo FAQ Series: What's most important in where to apply?

Answers from Past SDN Advisors:

-Medical School Admissions: How can I improve my chances?

-Medical School Admissions: Special Circumstances

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