No offense, but your stats don't make Irvine and Davis "safeties." In fact they would be reaches given your current GPAs. You may have a tough application year, don't shoot yourself in the foot this early.Yeah, I agree it's a little top-heavy.
UC Irvine and UC Davis are not on there because they're just as much of a safety as Rosalind Franklin, Temple, or Jefferson. I know that there's no such thing as a "safety" med school, but I'd much rather be in Chicago or Philadelphia over Irvine or Sacramento.
Can you suggest any low-tier schools that I should add?
No, no offense taken at all. I know that Irvine and Davis are not safeties, and like I said, that's why I think I should apply to other schools where I might have a better shot.
I know that schools like Temple, Jefferson, and RF won't forgive a low GPA, but I am within the 10th-90th percentiles of their entering classes for both overall GPA and BCPM (according to the 2009 MSAR).
I don't want to apply to any schools where I definitely don't have a shot, so I'm curious to know why you think that Mt. Sinai is out of the question. Looking at the numbers in this MSAR, it seems like my numbers fit more closely into Mt. Sinai than Columbia, Cornell, or NYU. So I'm wondering why you pulled out Mt. Sinai specifically -- is there something I don't know about the kind of applicants they prefer?
As for criteria, location is very important, as is emphasis on research and the curriculum. I'm interested in international medicine, so I'm also interested in schools with international electives and exchange programs.
Thanks again for your help. I really appreciate any and all advice.