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Question for Pre-Meds

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by ODduck, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. ODduck

    ODduck Future Oregon OD

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    Hey everyone, I have a quick question. I have a friend who wants to go to med school. Isn't there kind of an unwritten rule about GPA's and MCAT's. Something about GPA x 10 + MCAT must equal a certain number...
    What is the number that most med schools cut off for that equation, if it even really exists. Thanks.
     
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  3. ssquared

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    I think your "friend" is refering to the competive score. The idea is that you take your MCAT + (GPA x 10) and see the result.

    If you break the 126 schools into five tiers of ~25 schools, the result for where you should apply regarding your competitive score is:

    Competitive Score; Eligible Tier
    70–85; 1
    65–70; 2
    60–65; 3, 4
    55–60; 5

    Anyone with below a 55 needs to rethink their application. This is just a general guide, though, certainly people with a competitive score of 70 get rejected everywhere and somebody with a 60 gets into a top 10.
     
  4. ODduck

    ODduck Future Oregon OD

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    Thanks. It really is for a "friend". I assume you put the quotation marks around it assuming that I'm asking for myself. I'm going to Optometry school in August, so I promise it really is for a "friend" ;)
     
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    Haha ok. I'm just playing. :p

    I got the equation from The Not So Short Introduction to Getting into Medical School. You should be able to find it here on SDN somewhere.
     
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    I know of one smaller state school which uses that equation plus a residency score to offer interviews...
     

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