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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by TriagePreMed, Aug 4, 2011.
Wow, we have very similar stories. Also involved with Soma, you know what your are doing. I'm sure you will have no problem getting accepted.(assuming good mcat)
With a decent MCAT, apply when YOU decide. Apply MD too if you want. You have a lot going for you, and I can tell you're dedicated to being a physician. Just make that known to the AdComs and you will get a lot of love. I have no doubt that you will get in somewhere whenever you choose to apply.
I'm Hispanic too!!!
Im hispanic too! (not gonna get much love no sweet pic)
You said you have a BA? I didn't know u could get a BA from a CC? I still think that you have a good chance without having to take classes from a 4-year. But taking upper div's would definitely help you out with showing that you can handle the material.
I think I'll let more people chime in, as I'm not too experienced in this area.
So you're working on science pre-req's now, and you'll will be finished with them spring semester next year? Or still taking them through the application cycle next year? Are you taking them at a university? Just trying to clarify... it may help others with advice.
Will taking the classes + your volunteer work interfere with your MCAT studying? That's probably your biggest concern... While a longer EC history is helpful, it's not going to trump a good MCAt score, since you already have good EC history.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you feel like you can get a good MCAT score, you should be good to apply next year. If holding off an additional year will enable better concentration for the MCAT, then that would probably be better. You could apply to one school, and then if you don't get the MCAT where you want it, hold off applying to the other schools untill the next cycle and a better MCAT.
The key right now is your MCAT. If you feel you can do well, apply sooner than later...
i agree with the above. If you get a good MCAT there is no reason for you to have to wait another year to apply. You seem to have all the ECs and academics in order just nail the test and you will be a doctor a year earlier.
You don't have to have the pre-reqs done before you apply. You can continue to complete pre-reqs during the application cycle. Just nail the MCAT then apply next year for sure.
are you taking the mcat before you finish your pre-reqs?
What are you practice full length scores in each section, and total?
Take Full length bios before you think you know bio, many passages sometimes incorporate bio+orgo... you should know this by now
I don't think it is necessary to complete all the pre-req courses before taking the MCAT so long as you can self-teach the areas you are missing. I know several people who took it without having taken OrgoII and they rocked it...but they are also strong at self teaching. Plus if you rock those sections on the test and haven't taken the classes yet when you are applying...the schools will know you already can handle the material. If it were me I would focus on the MCAT and if I get a good score I would apply this upcoming cycle. Plus you have an interesting background and success story that will say lots about your character and potential to adcoms.
Once you get your MCAT score you will have a better idea of where you stand for this upcoming cycle...until then it is all speculation and mystery.
last year i would have said you could, but my most recent mcat had a ton of orgo. probably a good plan.
Ohhh for some reason I thought you had taken the first orgo class already that was why I said you'd be fine self-teaching orgo II. But yah with no orgo exposure it is prob good idea to wait until you finish orgo I.
It is tough, I also work full-time, as engineer, and took post-bacc classes at night and studied for MCAT at same time. I guess it is all about limits and what you can handle at one time (I had no life!!). I do wish I had had more time to study for my MCAT to get a better score but I am considered an "older" applicant since I've been out of school for a few years and so wanted to get this show on the road. But in retrospect...what is waiting and preparing one more year if that puts you on a better road to a career you will love doing for 20-30+ years and your choice of schools to attend.