- Mar 12, 2013
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Your issue is your GPA and clinical volunteering. Your masters isn't counted the same as the uGPA. You most likely need an SMP/post-bac with a very strong showing in the classes you take. Do you have any clinical volunteering?My ugrad GPA is 2.85 and my master’s GPA is 3.74. I took 2 medical school classes during my master’s and did well in them. My MCAT is 517. I applied to over 60 schools and I have only received rejections so far. I applied to all of the schools on Goro's reinvention post, and I added some more schools, mainly state schools that accept a lot of OOS applicants and a couple of schools that have robust asylum health opportunities. Also, I applied to 5 DO schools; I probably should've added more DO schools. One wave of about 30 secondaries was complete in late August and the second wave was complete in mid-September.
I've been working with refugees and asylum seekers for 4 years. My main clinical experience was as a refugee patient navigator (350 hours), where I connected refugees and asylum seekers to services within the hospital and other case management services. I think my weakness in my application outside of my GPA is that I don't have a traditional clinical experience, but I learned a lot about how immigration status interplays with social determinants of health.
I did a master's thesis, and my PI mentioned in her LOR that we are in the process of turning my thesis into a paper where I will be the first author.
I was a nationally ranked debater in ugrad and I was a leader for 3 years in a religious/cultural organization.
Right now, I'm working as a Staff Research Associate at a different lab. I'm also volunteering as a caseworker to help refugees and asylum seekers get connected to healthcare services.
I don't have any IIs. Clearly, something is very wrong with my application if I cast such a large net and I haven't had any luck. I think it's time to start planning to reapply, but I don't know if I'm ready to apply next cycle. Ideally, I would just apply next cycle, but my GPA hasn't improved between the two cycles, and that seems to be my biggest problem.
Should I do a formal SMP? Is it ok if it's a 1 year SMP, or do I need 2 more years of grades? Is enrolling in a 1 year SMP sufficient to prove my academic capabilities to apply for the 2021-2022 cycle? Or, should I wait until the 2022-2023 cycle so I have SMP grades when I submit my primary? Another option is to take 1 or 2 classes online next semester and apply next cycle, would that be sufficient? Or, should I just work as a clinical research coordinator or scribe and apply again in 2021-2022?