I think you have a slim chance at MD, a reasonable chance at DO. I would study hard and retake the MCAT if you think it's possible for you to do better. That being said, if you've taken it twice, there's a good chance you've hit your cap of what you can do unless there was some reason your studying didn't go well. I think it's reasonable for you to apply to MD and DO this cycle, but your application would definitely be stronger (the research issue . . . though there are some schools that aren't too picky about that) if you had some research and a better MCAT.Hi everyone. I would love some advice on whether I should apply this cycle (application is ready to go, but not submitted), or if I should take the MCAT for the third time next year and get some research experience as well.
The first time I took my MCAT in 2018, I was working three jobs while finishing up my undergrad. I also got into a car accident the night before the test, but still took it (not the best decision but it happened in the evening and AAMC call centers were closed). I got a 505 (125,126,126,128). I know I should have devoted more time to it, but I didn't have anyone to depend on at the time and I needed to work to live.
I worked for a year, as a scribe and medical assistant before getting a job at a non-profit that does international humanitarian work (health, education, economic dev. and recovery, etc). I retook the MCAT in 2019 and got another 505 (126/128/124/127). I was devastated and decided to explore another topic I was interested in - public health. I am currently getting my MPH at Columbia, but would like to still pursue an MD or DO and possibly fuse these two paths. I would prefer to attend a school in the Northeast, but otherwise I realize my MCAT score is not competitive at all. I would appreciate your feedback on the most effective route I can take here.
Undergrad: Small private liberal arts college in northeast
Grad: School of Public Health (MPH - current)
Major: International Studies, minor: Anthropology
GPA: 3.84 (Science 3.8)
MCAT: 2018 - 505 (125,126,126,128) / 2019 - 505 (126/128/124/127)
Clinical Hours: 1000+ Worked as Scribe and Medical Assistant for Primary Care office for around a year.
Work Experience: 4 years during college as language teacher, 1 year post-grad in healthcare, 1.5 years post-grad at large international humanitarian NGO
Research: Hoping to get some done at university, but none yet. Worked three jobs in college and could not afford to be an unpaid RA.
Volunteering: Worked and helped establish free health clinic, work for humanitarian organization but also volunteer with them
Leadership/Extracurricular: Many clubs with leadership positions in a couple, few honor societies, etc.
White Female, 24
Exceptional recommendation from my undergraduate med school admission committee (5/5)
Strong personal statement regarding trauma, addition and prejudice (not my own addiction, careful and tasteful)
Disadvantaged background and financially challenged
I am very confident in my interview and interpersonal skills