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I know you guys hate threads like these, but I desperately need some advice! I have a 3.9 overall and 3.8 science GPAs, but I only got a 23O on the April MCAT. Do I still have a shot of getting into a DO school even through my MCAT score is below the usually accepted range or should I look for alternative career choices? Thanks in advance for everyone's advice.
 

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Study harder and retake the MCAT
 

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Study harder and retake the MCAT
i agree...those grades are solid...show that you can do the MCAT by retaking it and getting it near or above 30 and you will be GOLDEN...they'll see your 23 as a one-time "whoopsie"
 
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i agree...those grades are solid...show that you can do the MCAT by retaking it and getting it near or above 30 and you will be GOLDEN...they'll see your 23 as a one-time "whoopsie"
I am not going to be retaking the MCAT this August, but I would like to apply to osteopathic schools this application cycle. Would this be a bad idea?
 

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I am not going to be retaking the MCAT this August, but I would like to apply to osteopathic schools this application cycle. Would this be a bad idea?

I got in with a lower MCAT and lower GPA
 

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apply broadly, with everything else solid I think you have a decent shot of landing interviews.
 

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I'll trade you a few MCAT points for a coulple of grade points... PM me if you want to trade.
 
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I'll trade you a few MCAT points for a coulple of grade points... PM me if you want to trade.
Haha I would love to do that! Let me know a time that works best for you! Thanks for your advice. I really appreciate it.
 

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I would still apply. IMO your course grades are more important than MCATs. Many admissions reps feel the same way. Good luck
 

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jean2117 said:
I know you guys hate threads like these, but I desperately need some advice! I have a 3.9 overall and 3.8 science GPAs, but I only got a 23O on the April MCAT. Do I still have a shot of getting into a DO school even through my MCAT score is below the usually accepted range or should I look for alternative career choices? Thanks in advance for everyone's advice.
i got in tucom with a 23..and i had a lower gpa than u. :oops: definitely apply, your application is based on more than your scores...if you have time and want to give the mcat another shot, go for it...otherwise never let scores determine who you are as an applicant..good luck!
 

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I'll trade you a few MCAT points for a coulple of grade points... PM me if you want to trade.
Yes, I'll also give you a few of my MCAT points for a few of your GPA.

If you would like to trade me, please private message me too!

But to the original poster, Jean2117, apply to many schools. That is the key. And apply early. Hurry up and get those secondaries done fast as people are starting to get them in already.

Don't let a 23 get you down. Just apply, after all, you do have a 3.9 GPA. :luck: :thumbup:
 

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Jean,

apply to the newer schools.

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jean2117 said:
I know you guys hate threads like these, but I desperately need some advice! I have a 3.9 overall and 3.8 science GPAs, but I only got a 23O on the April MCAT. Do I still have a shot of getting into a DO school even through my MCAT score is below the usually accepted range or should I look for alternative career choices? Thanks in advance for everyone's advice.
 
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Apply to several schools, you will get several interviews, and if you interview well, you will have choices...by the way you don't ONLY have to apply to newer schools (which by the way not all newer schools have lower average MCAT admissions, that I know for a fact), you will get interviews all over as long as the rest of your application is strong (non-academic).

Worst comes to worse you don't get in, and you retake MCAT...but if you apply early I don't think you will have to. Apply now!
 

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I know that this is probably going to be read wrong, but please try to see my point. When push comes to shove, and at the end of the day, giving up is your decision, not the admissions committee's, your parent's, or your spouses, YOURS. So if you want to give up because of one measly test, then do so, but don't, not give up because of what everyone says, you'll be unhappy forever knowing it wasn't your decision. Should you decide based off what everyone else has to say to not give up and you get lucky and get in, whats going to happen when it really matters ( i.e, on a surgical table) and your the one operating? Will then be the time that you really needed everyone, but because there not there you give up. Sure thats a stretch, but I think you get my point.
 

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I was chatting with an admissions counselor and he said that for osteopathic schools the MCAT is important but not the "end all." They like to see that you can take a standardized test (i.e. much like COMPLEX) and get a score above 23. They have blah blah blah statistics that say if you get a 23 and above you have a much higher rate of passing your boards. They don't want their passing rates to go down because that doesn't look good for the school.

P.S. Futuredoctr has a great point!
 

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Lets not get crazy with the scare tactics. Are you saying that if you get a 23 on the MCAT then you will kill people in the operating room?! That is quite a stretch. The best pediatricians in my home town (rated by "Top Doctors in U.S. news) went to med school in Gudalaharra and prob. did not do too well on the MCAT I assume.

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I know that this is probably going to be read wrong, but please try to see my point. When push comes to shove, and at the end of the day, giving up is your decision, not the admissions committee's, your parent's, or your spouses, YOURS. So if you want to give up because of one measly test, then do so, but don't, not give up because of what everyone says, you'll be unhappy forever knowing it wasn't your decision. Should you decide based off what everyone else has to say to not give up and you get lucky and get in, whats going to happen when it really matters ( i.e, on a surgical table) and your the one operating? Will then be the time that you really needed everyone, but because there not there you give up. Sure thats a stretch, but I think you get my point.
 

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i would also have to agree that the MCAT is not the end all and that it most definitely does not insure that you will be a great doctor. there are a lot of smart people out there that are horrible doctors and viceversa. i have spoken with numerous friends who are currently osteo students and one in particular gave me some great advice:

"DO schools are becoming increasingly competitive because they care more about a persons heart, pikeville for example has some of the lowest mcat scores, but they have the highest pass rate for the boards...it just goes to show you that it's not all about your brains."

and i would most definitely have to agree with this; being a great doctor is weighted on your desire to succeed and reach your goals. low mcat scores aren't going to stop you from getting into med school, if you want it badly enough.
 

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I'm afraid BMW that you did exactly as I said you would, misread my point. I did not at all come close to equating a 23 on the MCAT to killing people in surgery. Please re-read my point.
 

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jean2117 said:
I know you guys hate threads like these, but I desperately need some advice! I have a 3.9 overall and 3.8 science GPAs, but I only got a 23O on the April MCAT. Do I still have a shot of getting into a DO school even through my MCAT score is below the usually accepted range or should I look for alternative career choices? Thanks in advance for everyone's advice.
Definitely apply this year. If you don't get in next year you will be able to take a shortened MCAT on your own terms (more dates to take the test). Never give up, gotta have heart if you want to make it.
 

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"Should you decide based off what everyone else has to say to not give up and you get lucky and get in, whats going to happen when it really matters ( i.e, on a surgical table) and your the one operating? Will then be the time that you really needed everyone, but because there not there you give up. Sure thats a stretch, but I think you get my point."

Unfortunately, Futuredoc I think that is the ONLY way one can interpret this statement that you made above. The way it reads is that if she listens to everyone and doesn't give up, then one day if she becomes a surgeon will she just give up on the operating table because no one else is there to push her along? Sounds pretty clear cut to me. Care to elaborate on your statements?

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I'm afraid BMW that you did exactly as I said you would, misread my point. I did not at all come close to equating a 23 on the MCAT to killing people in surgery. Please re-read my point.
 

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Sure...I sure as heck don't want a physician who gave up because of score on one measly test. I'm equating with crying about giving up now with giving up when it really matters, NOT with a bad MCAT score. I didn't do as well as I had hoped on the MCAT, and I don't think I'll give up when times get hard. I also said that it was a stretch, but the principle can be applied elsewhere, like wasting the time and effort of fellow collegues (students, professors, ect...) if your ultimatly going to give up.
 

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"Should you decide based off what everyone else has to say to not give up and you get lucky and get in, whats going to happen when it really matters ( i.e, on a surgical table) and your the one operating? Will then be the time that you really needed everyone, but because there not there you give up. Sure thats a stretch, but I think you get my point."

Unfortunately, Futuredoc I think that is the ONLY way one can interpret this statement that you made above. The way it reads is that if she listens to everyone and doesn't give up, then one day if she becomes a surgeon will she just give up on the operating table because no one else is there to push her along? Sounds pretty clear cut to me. Care to elaborate on your statements?

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I didn't read that statement like that at all. Not even close.

I read it as...

...you can't let other people make the decision for you. You have to make the decision for yourself. This is YOUR future. You can't depend on other people when you will be in the operating room...so why now? If YOU want to do it, do it...if you don't...don't...but don't depend on what everyone else says.

One of my friends lives by the motto, "How Bad You Want It?" I think maybe you should ask yourself the same question. How bad do you want medical school?
 
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I am sure that if she made it to the status of being a surgeon after a 6-8 year residency she would not give up on the operating table. I see what you were trying to say but it was a bit drastic.

The OP was simply trying to be realistic if she should waste her time with that score if she would certainly get rejected everywhere. She may not have the knowledge of the process that some of us who have been thru it have and know that you can get in with that score. Therefore, we should simply address her post with facts. JUST THE FACTS MAM!

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Sure...I sure as heck don't want a physician who gave up because of score on one measly test. I'm equating with crying about giving up now with giving up when it really matters, NOT with a bad MCAT score. I didn't do as well as I had hoped on the MCAT, and I don't think I'll give up when times get hard. I also said that it was a stretch, but the principle can be applied elsewhere, like wasting the time and effort of fellow collegues (students, professors, ect...) if your ultimatly going to give up.
 

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We have gotten off the OP's question a little...

To the OP: apply early...you will get interviews! Then it's up to you. And if asked about your MCAT, tell them it will not be an impediment to you becoming a great physician, be confident.
 

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What the heck apply! You do have an awesome gpa! Make sure your apps. are flawless. Try not to dwell on the mcat so much....although it opens doors, it's not the end all, win all (or lose all). Apply to many schools and see what happens. :luck:
 

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jean2117 said:
I know you guys hate threads like these, but I desperately need some advice! I have a 3.9 overall and 3.8 science GPAs, but I only got a 23O on the April MCAT. Do I still have a shot of getting into a DO school even through my MCAT score is below the usually accepted range or should I look for alternative career choices? Thanks in advance for everyone's advice.

What? You are willing to throw in the towel with a 3.8 science GPA and a 23 on the MCAT? First off, make sure this is absolutely what you want to do. If it was, I wouldn't think you would be so quick to even consider choosing another field so easily.

You can get into an Osteopathic school with the grades fairly easily. You can also get into an allopathic school with those grades also b/c MCAT averages for schools are just that, they are averages and they do accept people above AND below those averages.

BTW, what are you ECs?
 

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Nicely said. I think people tend to forget what an average means. It's at the 50th percentile meaning HALF of the people got in with lower and HALF got in with higher MCAT or GPA.
 

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Nicely said. I think people tend to forget what an average means. It's at the 50th percentile meaning HALF of the people got in with lower and HALF got in with higher MCAT or GPA.
Tell that to all those crazy allo pre-meds that get upset when they get less than a 38 on a practice MCAT. Half of those kids probably become suicidal if they score less than a 38 on a practice test, I can't imagine what they would do if they scored lower than that on a real test :eek: !
 

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I am not going to be retaking the MCAT this August, but I would like to apply to osteopathic schools this application cycle. Would this be a bad idea?
I think you'll still have chance with DO schools. Go ahead and apply this year.
 
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What? You are willing to throw in the towel with a 3.8 science GPA and a 23 on the MCAT? First off, make sure this is absolutely what you want to do. If it was, I wouldn't think you would be so quick to even consider choosing another field so easily.

You can get into an Osteopathic school with the grades fairly easily. You can also get into an allopathic school with those grades also b/c MCAT averages for schools are just that, they are averages and they do accept people above AND below those averages.

BTW, what are you ECs?
My ECs include:
emergency room volunteer, hospice volunteer, did some volunteer work with Special Olympics, shadowed a few physicians, participate in several university student organizations, did research this summer
 

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jean2117 said:
I know you guys hate threads like these, but I desperately need some advice! I have a 3.9 overall and 3.8 science GPAs, but I only got a 23O on the April MCAT. Do I still have a shot of getting into a DO school even through my MCAT score is below the usually accepted range or should I look for alternative career choices? Thanks in advance for everyone's advice.
Don't be silly! Apply!!--Your GPA is fantastic!
 

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i love how these threads always get hijacked by the "high mcat doesn't equal good doctor" conversations. the OP didn't ask if a 23O would make them a terrible doctor, just if they'd be competitive for admission somewhere in the next cycle. which noone knows. not until you try. which you should. my guess, you'll get in somewhere. my advice? apply every where and do it soon.
 

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jean2117 said:
I know you guys hate threads like these, but I desperately need some advice! I have a 3.9 overall and 3.8 science GPAs, but I only got a 23O on the April MCAT. Do I still have a shot of getting into a DO school even through my MCAT score is below the usually accepted range or should I look for alternative career choices? Thanks in advance for everyone's advice.
you do have high gpa but average mcat for DO school. You should be fine. I dont recommend applying to MD school.
 

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Tell that to all those crazy allo pre-meds that get upset when they get less than a 38 on a practice MCAT. Half of those kids probably become suicidal if they score less than a 38 on a practice test, I can't imagine what they would do if they scored lower than that on a real test :eek: !
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I know you guys hate threads like these, but I desperately need some advice! I have a 3.9 overall and 3.8 science GPAs, but I only got a 23O on the April MCAT. Do I still have a shot of getting into a DO school even through my MCAT score is below the usually accepted range or should I look for alternative career choices? Thanks in advance for everyone's advice.
Never ever give up!
 

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i agree...those grades are solid...show that you can do the MCAT by retaking it and getting it near or above 30 and you will be GOLDEN...they'll see your 23 as a one-time "whoopsie"
The OP does not need to get close to a 30 on the MCAT to get into DO school. It would indeed make the applicant golden but is by no means necessary to bag a few interviews. Especially, with those grades! I think that anything above 25 would allow for a lot of interviews, combined with his or her high GPA. The OP might even be able to get a few interviews with his or her current stats. I’ve seen people do it. Some schools are averaging MCAT scores of 24 for successful applicants. According to PCOM’s website, they average a 24. If the OP were applying to MD programs, he or she would need close to a 30. What you are suggesting would be competitive for some very distinguishable MD programs (3.9cum, 3.8 science, 30ish MCAT), but you are right, it would make the applicant golden.

To the OP: Go ahead and apply to some of the newer DO programs. The worst that can happen is you'll get rejected and have to apply again next year, hopefully with a higher MCAT score. The only way you can know for sure is to apply.
 
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