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MD & DO Reapplicant: 3.66 GPA, 3.6 sGPA, 36 MCAT; school list?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Donald Kimball, 05.20.14.

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  1. Donald Kimball

    Donald Kimball Yale thing? 2+ Year Member

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    I will be an NC reapplicant, with my most glaring weakness last year being a lack of clinical experience. Since applying last June though, I have shadowed 7 more physicians across hospital and office settings, and I am volunteering out the ass at the ED, a free clinic, and a nursing home, in addition to holding down a full time job at an engineering firm, and being a (very part time) personal trainer.

    I had 8 interviews last year, and I hope to at least match that, but who knows. Here is my current school list, where (R) indicates where I am a reapplicant, and (I) indicates where I received an interview. I would love suggestions on what schools to add/remove, and I honestly don't know much about DO schools.


     
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  3. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    You need a few more schools where you are not a re-applicant.
    How did your interviews go?
     
  4. Donald Kimball

    Donald Kimball Yale thing? 2+ Year Member

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    Interviews went well, but there is always room for improvement. I especially loved MMI.

    The school that offered rejection counseling had positive comments regarding my interview: I was friendly, extroverted, genuine.

    Unfortunately, a lack of experience obfuscated my motivation for medicine.

    Do you recommend any schools in particular?
     
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    Goro 5+ Year Member

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    Goro suggests:

    UNC
    Duke
    USC
    Vanderbilt
    Dartmouth
    Hofstra School of Medicine
    Albany Medical College
    NY Medical College
    Loyola
    Tulane
    Rosy Franklin
    MCW
    SLU
    Wake Forest
    Tufts
    Drexel
    Temple
    Miami
    Einstein
    Mt Sinai
    BU
    Pitt
    NYU
    Rochester
    Jefferson
    All new MD schools
    VCU
    EVMS
    Any DO program (Campbell is in your backyard)
     
  6. grapeworthy

    grapeworthy 2+ Year Member

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    I saw that you're from NC. Has there been significant waitlist movement at WF or UNC thus far this year?

    In the meantime I would also add Cooper or FIU or Western Michigan as they are all new medical schools like Goro mentions above
     
  7. Donald Kimball

    Donald Kimball Yale thing? 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks!

    I was rejected from UNC, minimal waitlist movement at Wake Forest.
     
  8. Donald Kimball

    Donald Kimball Yale thing? 2+ Year Member

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    Does anyone know which schools only accept MCAT scores from 2 or fewer years ago?

    My 2012 MCAT score will be 3 years old for this upcoming cycle.
     
  9. rian.linda

    rian.linda 2+ Year Member

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    Ok here is the problem..."I have shadowed 7 more physicians across hospital and office settings"....first of all I hope you are aware that medical schools like consistency. And when I say consistency I don't mean variety. You would have been better off shadowing one or two physicians weekly for a long term period. You sound very hard working. I wish you had asked this earlier. Nevertheless....you are definitely better competitive this year. I can confidently say you will be accepted this year. I don't even think you need to add more schools if you don't want to. Re-applying is technically a good thing. It shows where your passion truly lies and that you are determined.
     
  10. Donald Kimball

    Donald Kimball Yale thing? 2+ Year Member

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    You make a good point about consistency, however, I'm not sure I see the benefit in shadowing the same physician over a long period of time. Maybe I was mistaken, but for shadowing, I wanted to get a breadth of experience to explore the field. Shadowing an orthopedic surgeon for a year, I don't think, would have given me that.

    I have kept up my volunteering over the past year and will continue to do so.

    I think you're absolutely right about reapplying, and I hope you're right about an acceptance this year.

    Here is my updated school list... I think I might want to prune it a little bit because the secondaries last year were pretty overwhelming.

    Albany Medical College
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine (R)

    Boston University School of Medicine

    Drexel University College of Medicine (R)
    Duke University School of Medicine (R)

    Eastern Virginia Medical School (R)

    FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    George Washington University Sch of Med & Hlth Sci (R)
    Georgetown University School of Medicine (R)

    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

    Indiana University School of Medicine

    Jefferson Medical Coll. of Thomas Jefferson Univ. (R)

    Keck Sch. of Med.University of Southern California

    Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medici

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    New York Medical College (R)
    New York University

    Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Scien

    Saint Louis University School of Medicine

    Temple University School of Medicine (R)
    The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina Univ (R)
    The University of Miami School of Medicine (R)
    Tufts University School of Medicine
    Tulane University School of Medicine

    University of Maryland School of Medicine (R)
    University of North Carolina School of Medicine (R)
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    University of Rochester School of Medicine and Den
    University of Virginia School of Medicine (R)

    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (R)
    Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (R)

    Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (R)
     
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    With regard to shadowing, variety is more important than consistency or duration. In particular, primary care experience shows that you are aware of what most physicians do on a day to day basis.

    The first application carries benefits that subsequent applications do not have. If the reasons for lack of success are overcome, re-application with a better strategy can be successful.
     
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    Get MSAR Online and check the OOS numbers for matriculants. State schools favor the home team, like UNC. Apply strategically. 34 schools means a lot of secondaries.

     
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    Donald Kimball Yale thing? 2+ Year Member

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    What's a good number to look for? I think I used OOS interviews / OOS applicants last year to help narrow things down.
     
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    I think the ballpark should be 20-25.

     
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    Donald Kimball Yale thing? 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks!
     
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    I absolutely understand where you are coming. And Good Luck with all my heart. But I am more than confident that med schools LOVE consistency. My doctors says so, all the advisors I have seen say so, and it makes sense. But you have other factors that make your resume strong. Once again good luck and I hope I helped.
     
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    Both gyngyn and Goro, who have posted above, are faculty at medical schools. They have a pretty good idea of what they're talking about.
     
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    right...then u r unaware of the many trolls on this website...anyways i hope i helped and i am sure u have a high chance of getting into MD!
     
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    solitarius 5+ Year Member

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    I'd suggest culling from schools at which you're a re-applying, the Top 20 schools you're less interested in, or schools very far away.
     
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    Hahahaha calling them trolls? That's a new one.
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    I haven't been called a troll before!
     
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    I was under the impression that you were accepted by a medical school. If you don't mind me asking, why are you reapplying?
    Side note: We are in a very similar boat (both NC reapplicants, told primary weakness was lack of clinical experiences etc.) However, your application looks much more promising than mine which makes me nervous.
     

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