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  1. cGPA and sGPA: 3.84/3.84
  2. MCAT score(s) and breakdown: 522 (131/129/131/131)
  3. State of residence: TX
  4. Ethnicity and/or race: Asian
  5. Undergraduate institution or category: UCLA
  6. Clinical experience (volunteer and non-volunteer):
    • Volunteer in the hospital (lots of patient interaction and shadowing): 120 hours
    • Volunteer at health clinics/family clinics: 120 hours
  7. Research experience and productivity:
    • Plant lab, not medically related but still research: 300ish hours
  8. Non-clinical volunteering:
    • Volunteer at the VA teaching healthcare modules: 120 hours
    • Volunteer working the underserved elementary school students: 215 hours
    • Certified Enrollment Counselor (helped enroll patients into health insurance): 120 hours
  9. Other extracurricular activities (including athletics, military service, gap year activities, leadership, teaching, etc):
    • Biochemistry Learning Assistant: 120 hours
    • Physics tutor for UCLA: 800 hours
    • Finance coordinator for an org on campus: 100 hours
    • Leadership position in my fraternity
My current school list is (reach, safety, target designation due to how my stats matched up to their MSAR stats)

Reach Schools:
  1. Harvard
  2. Johns Hopkins
  3. Northwestern
  4. NYU
  5. Pritzker (U Chicago)
  6. Stanford
  7. U Virginia
  8. Wash U
  9. Yale
  10. Baylor
  11. Vanderbilt
Safety
  1. Albert Einstein
  2. Boston University
  3. Case Western
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Emory
  6. Geisel (Dartmouth)
  7. Keck (USC)
  8. Ohio State
  9. OHSU
  10. Pittsburgh
  11. Tufts
  12. U Miami
  13. Temple
  14. Wake Forest
  15. Rush
  16. U Vermont
  17. U Wisconsin
Target
  1. Columbia
  2. Cornell
  3. Duke
  4. Mayo Clinic
  5. U Michigan
  6. U Penn
  7. UCSD
  8. UCSF
  9. Icahn
  10. All TMDSAS schools
I think I have a too many but I'm not sure if I should cut down from my reach schools or my safety schools. I feel like I don't have enough clinical experiences or amazing EC experiences to be accepted by the top schools, but my stats alone are too high (yield protection?) for my safety schools. Any thoughts will be appreciated!
 

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The average Rush student has ~500 hours of community service and ~1500 hours of clinical experience so that might not be a good choice. If you want to cut back I would get rid of the OOS publics besides the California schools since you have a connection to the state.
 
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As a Texas resident with your stats you WILL get into a Texas school. So I would suggest you only apply to schools you would prefer to a Texas school. I'd remove your entire safety list. Your Texas schools are your safety list.
 
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The average Rush student has ~500 hours of community service and ~1500 hours of clinical experience so that might not be a good choice. If you want to cut back I would get rid of the OOS publics besides the California schools since you have a connection to the state.

Quick question for anyone who knows because I've been seeing this a lot lately: how do rush students average so many hours? Does rush select for non-trads who've done that many hours or something?
 

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Quick question for anyone who knows because I've been seeing this a lot lately: how do rush students average so many hours? Does rush select for non-trads who've done that many hours or something?
I think these hours are obtained by students who dedicate their undergraduate years to service organizations and summer service projects. Also, just one year with a program such as CityYear would give someone 1500+ hours. One of Rush's affiliates, Cook County, provides healthcare to residents of the south side of Chicago, one of the most medically underserved neighborhoods in the country, so this is probably part of the reason why they value service orientation in applicants.
 

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The average Rush student has ~500 hours of community service and ~1500 hours of clinical experience so that might not be a good choice. If you want to cut back I would get rid of the OOS publics besides the California schools since you have a connection to the state.

By the time I graduate I'll have over 2,000 hours of clinical experience (full time scribing job), does that even matter though if I submitted before I started scribing?
 

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You're fine for all TX schools, including Baylor. The problem is that most Texans go to TX schools, and the OOS schools know this. Only ~500 Texans left the Lone Star state last cycle for med schools.

  1. cGPA and sGPA: 3.84/3.84
  2. MCAT score(s) and breakdown: 522 (131/129/131/131)
  3. State of residence: TX
  4. Ethnicity and/or race: Asian
  5. Undergraduate institution or category: UCLA
  6. Clinical experience (volunteer and non-volunteer):
    • Volunteer in the hospital (lots of patient interaction and shadowing): 120 hours
    • Volunteer at health clinics/family clinics: 120 hours
  7. Research experience and productivity:
    • Plant lab, not medically related but still research: 300ish hours
  8. Non-clinical volunteering:
    • Volunteer at the VA teaching healthcare modules: 120 hours
    • Volunteer working the underserved elementary school students: 215 hours
    • Certified Enrollment Counselor (helped enroll patients into health insurance): 120 hours
  9. Other extracurricular activities (including athletics, military service, gap year activities, leadership, teaching, etc):
    • Biochemistry Learning Assistant: 120 hours
    • Physics tutor for UCLA: 800 hours
    • Finance coordinator for an org on campus: 100 hours
    • Leadership position in my fraternity
My current school list is (reach, safety, target designation due to how my stats matched up to their MSAR stats)

Reach Schools:
  1. Harvard
  2. Johns Hopkins
  3. Northwestern
  4. NYU
  5. Pritzker (U Chicago)
  6. Stanford
  7. U Virginia
  8. Wash U
  9. Yale
  10. Baylor
  11. Vanderbilt
Safety
  1. Albert Einstein
  2. Boston University
  3. Case Western
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Emory
  6. Geisel (Dartmouth)
  7. Keck (USC)
  8. Ohio State
  9. OHSU
  10. Pittsburgh
  11. Tufts
  12. U Miami
  13. Temple
  14. Wake Forest
  15. Rush
  16. U Vermont
  17. U Wisconsin
Target
  1. Columbia
  2. Cornell
  3. Duke
  4. Mayo Clinic
  5. U Michigan
  6. U Penn
  7. UCSD
  8. UCSF
  9. Icahn
  10. All TMDSAS schools
I think I have a too many but I'm not sure if I should cut down from my reach schools or my safety schools. I feel like I don't have enough clinical experiences or amazing EC experiences to be accepted by the top schools, but my stats alone are too high (yield protection?) for my safety schools. Any thoughts will be appreciated!
 

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By the time I graduate I'll have over 2,000 hours of clinical experience (full time scribing job), does that even matter though if I submitted before I started scribing?
I think future hours are taken with a grain of salt since they have not impacted who you are as an applicant if you haven't completed them yet. But it is good to note that you will have this experience.
 
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