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(Possible) Reapplicant, 3.65/32, CA, ORM

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by bear2roo, 05.19.14.

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  1. bear2roo

    bear2roo Dr. Kenzō Tenma 2+ Year Member

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    Hi everyone, I might be a reapplicant for the upcoming cycle and wanted some feedback. The reason why this cycle blew was because I had to retake my MCAT on 9/11 (didn't plan on that...) to get a good VR score. Hence, I was complete mid/late October--as a result I had 2 interviews (1 at a very reach school!). Got waitlisted at reach school, and still pending the other school. This cycle, should I not get off the WL at either school, I will turn in my AMCAS like on Day 1, or at least within the first 3 days.

    So quick rundown:

    3.64 cgpa, 3.65sgpa, 32 (11PS/12BS/9VR) MCAT (this was my 3rd try--27 & 30 previously), ORM, CA Resident
    Subtle Upward trend in GPA....3.94 gpa senior year. Started at 3.41 gpa freshman year.

    ECs: Above-avg sorta (maybe not SDN standards)

    -120 hours Clinical Experience as hospital volunteer (50 hrs) & part-time caretaker for elderly (70 hrs, family member who passed away)
    -450+ hours Nonmedical Community Service in general volunteering
    -50 hours tutor at elementary school in poor neighborhood
    -*1500+ hours Basic Science Research, 2.5 years, 1 abstract, numerous undergrad grants & awards
    -80 hour shadowing (1 primary care, 2 surgeons)
    -200 hours Clinical Research Peds (1 semester + summer) 3 posters
    -*Private tutor, 2 years, ~150 hours (paid)
    -Informal TA for Physiology (it's a mix between TA & tutor. I don't grade)
    -Leadership at nonprofit organization & volunteered for 200 hours
    -*Competitive national-ranked athlete (non-NCAA at my school) for a sport (not saying which) since 2004; continued throughout college, and won a few national medals & 2 championships (god knows how many hours...I put 999 x 4).
    -Executive Board Leadership position of Intercollegiate Sports Club for 2 years
    -Interned at a Real Estate company (paid) for 120 hours
    -Gap year: Clinical research in ortho--roughly 600ish hours? I have 1 publication under review at a journal as 2nd author and I will have my name on another publication sometime by Fall hopefully. (I sort of want to make this a meaningful exp but I already have the other one for research)

    * = most meaningful

    LORS: Biology Prof (good), Physics (Really good), Social Sciences ("stellar/outstanding"), Research PI (good/above avg), Research PI from Gap Year (very good), and Nonprofit founder (Very good)

    PS: Probably above average/good. Not going to change it much just add a bit more info but honestly not a lot changes my motivation to enter med school in a gap year.

    Schools: too many reaches? not enough schools?
    UCLA
    UCI
    UCD
    UCSD
    USC Keck
    Drexel
    Jefferson
    Penn State
    Temple
    Loyola
    Rush
    RFU
    VCU
    GWU
    Georgetown
    BU
    Tufts
    SLU
    Einstein
    Mount Sinai
    FIU
    Vermont
    Ohio State
    UMiami

    Any tips for a reapplicant?
     
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  3. woltej1

    woltej1 2+ Year Member

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    Well there's no point in re applying with the same app, so what is exactly changing? Is the ortho research done in a previous gap year or an upcoming planned one? Your patient exposure is pretty minimal in comparison to the hours you have elsewhere. Overall though it seems like a very strong app, especially as an athlete, so there might be a problem else where. Content wise your PS might be OK, but you should still re work the entire thing to change the context or how you present it. There's no such thing as a perfect PS so you can always improve.
     
  4. Goro

    Goro 5+ Year Member

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    goro's list
    Do NOT reapply tot he same schools unless you've show significant progress since the last cycle.

    Goro suggests
    NYMC
    Albany
    USC Keck
    Drexel
    Jefferson
    Penn State
    Temple
    Loyola
    Rush
    RFU
    VCU
    EVMS
    BU
    Tufts
    SLU
    Einstein
    FIU
    Creighton
    Loma Linda (maybe, if you don't drink or smoke, or bang your sweetie, etc).
    Tulane
    MCW
    UMiami
    All other new MD schools
    Any DO program *Western and TUCOM are in your backyard).

    Any tips for a reapplicant?[/QUOTE]
     
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  5. bear2roo

    bear2roo Dr. Kenzō Tenma 2+ Year Member

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    The ortho research is has been/continuing till august. It's a good mix of research, basic programming, shadowing, and some minimal patient interaction. And writing of course.

    Goro if what u say is true then that rules me out of almost every single mid/low tier md school. If I didn't turn in a secondary last cycle is that still a "has applied" school?

    I also really want to apply for this scribe position at a private practice if I take another gap yr but until I know whether I am going to get accepted or not this cycle, I can't apply(they ask 1yr commitment).
     
  6. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Could you place an asterisk beside the schools on your list where you have previously submitted a primary, and two asterisks for two submissions?
     
  7. bear2roo

    bear2roo Dr. Kenzō Tenma 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks for your input & comments so far, everyone. I know my position isn't unique but some insight is def well appreciated!

    Bold = did not apply last cycle
    * = submitted primary last cycle
    ** = primary + secondary last cycle

    UCLA*
    UCI**
    UCD
    UCSD**
    USC Keck**
    Drexel**
    Jefferson**
    Penn State**
    Temple**
    Loyola**
    Rush
    RFU**
    VCU
    GWU**
    Georgetown**
    BU**
    Tufts**
    SLU**
    Einstein**
    Mount Sinai*
    FIU
    Vermont**
    Ohio State
    UMiami


    Adding in potentially:
    NYMC**
    EVMS**
    Creighton**
    Tulane*
    Albany*
    MCW**
    Oakland
    MSU (OOS Friendly?)
    Virginia Tech
    Wake Forest
    SUNY Buffalo
    UCR (don't really fit their mission too much)
    UCLA/Drew

    Hofstra**
     
  8. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    I am going to suggest that you delete: UCLA, UCSD, USC, Miami, Tufts, BU, Tulane, Sinai (stats); and Drew, UCR (mission); GW and GT (enormous pool). The rest of your bold choices are fair to good!
     
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  9. bear2roo

    bear2roo Dr. Kenzō Tenma 2+ Year Member

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    If one or both of my interviews this cycle is on the list you suggested to delete, should I reapply to those schools? Or does that make no difference?
     
  10. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    That will depend on the reason for your non-acceptance. If you didn't get in because they didn't get to the waitlist, it might be worth it. But if they didn't think you were a good fit for the school, they are not likely to think that your fit has improved from one cycle to the next.

    If you want to leave Miller on I would be ok with that. I took them off because all the successful CA applicants I know had such high MCAT scores. Upon looking it up, you are actually in range.
     
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