What are your year by year GPAs?I just graduated with BS in Biomedical Sciences. My cGPA ended up being a 3.3, which I know isn’t necessarily competitive. I had a few personal issues that had to be addressed my junior year and there is a big dip in my GPA from fall of my junior year. There is, however, an upward trend my senior year. With all the covid issues, I have yet to take the MCAT. I was looking into taking the MCAT the end of August for the ‘21 cycle. If I do take the MCAT at that time, what would be the suggested score I get to help balance my low GPA?
I know that I want to go into primary care, so I am more interested in DO than MD. I am just worried, maybe second guessing myself, because I feel like I am not a competitive enough applicant. I was member of a few clubs in undergrad, one of which being on the executive board of PhiDE. A few others include biological anthropology and human anatomy club and neuroscience club. Volunteering was limited, I was a camp volunteer and Camp Bioscience in my local area. Additionally, at my local children’s hospital, I volunteered in the Heart Center helping one of the cardiologists with a project he was working on. In this, I was also able to watch a cardiac catheterization and a children’s echocardiogram. Shadowing was limited, I have ~20 hours under my pediatric PCP, but I worked as a scribe in the ED at a local hospital for 3 years. I am not sure if that is considered shadowing because I was getting paid, but I have well over 2000 hours doing this. I was Scribe of the Quarter Fall 2019 and also am a scribe ambassador, so I train other people coming into the job. I also worked as a pharmacy technician for 3 years. I do have a publication from a research trip, however it is not medical related, as it was published in the Journal of Fish Biology.
Do you think that I should apply?
A high MCAT doesn't balance out a low GPA. That said, a 3.3 GPA will be fine for any DO school, including mine.
Shoot for a 510+