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Hello,

Briefly, I am a Texas-resident, non-traditional applicant (27 y.o) considering applying for a third time. Here is a quick rundown of my application cycles:

- 2017-2018

Applied: TMDSAS (All schools, MD and DO)
cGPA: 3.54
sGPA: 3.29 (lackluster freshman year of undergrad as an undecided, pre-engineering student)
DIY Post-bac GPA (41 hrs of medical school prerequisites including genetics and biochemistry): 3.84
MCAT: 501
Clinical experience/volunteering: 2+ years working as a physical/occupational therapy tech in a large, acute-care hospital; tons of hands-on patient care with bed-side therapy in the ICU and other hospital wards. 60+ hours of volunteering at a therapy facility.
Non-clinical volunteering: None
Research experience: 100+ hours with wet-lab experience and a poster presentation.

Zero interview invites

- 2019-2020


Applied: TMDSAS (All schools, MD and DO)
cGPA: 3.54
sGPA: 3.29
DIY Post-bac GPA (41 hrs of medical school prerequisites including genetics and biochemistry): 3.84
MCAT: 501, 501 (2nd take), 511 (3rd take)
Clinical experience/volunteering: 2+ years working as a physical/occupational therapy tech in a large, acute-care hospital; tons of hands-on patient care with bed-side therapy in the ICU and other hospital wards. 60+ hours of volunteering at a therapy facility. +1 year continuing employment at the hospital; I began working with the wound-care specialists on top of my other responsibilities.
Non-clinical volunteering: 60+ hours of working with an organization that provides food and other goods to families living in underserved areas. ( I am still working with this organization and hope to continue doing so in the future)
Research experience: 100+ hours with wet-lab experience and a poster presentation. + >1 year working at a cancer research hospital with a couple of middle author abstract publications (these were pending when I applied, so I was unable to mention any authorship in my application). I am currently working on a first author publication with my PI.

Zero interview invites


Both cycles I applied early; my primary was submitted mid-May and all secondaries were in by early-July.

After the most recent cycle, I spoke to an admissions member at one of the medical schools. They told me I had a good application and that my letters of rec were great, but the sheer volume of applicants makes it difficult to select every good candidate. I totally understand this, but now I feel that there's nothing in my application that stands out, and my low GPAs (despite the post-bac) are definitely not helping. I understand a third take for the MCAT is also not ideal and could be viewed as a reflection of poor decision-making; there are no excuses, I failed to find a study method that worked for me and sat for the exam in order to make the application deadline. My second take honestly caught me by surprise as I had been doing well on practice exams (508-515) - I remember not sleeping a wink that night and being shaken with nerves. I emailed an admissions member at another school about re-applicant workshops/services and they mentioned my low GPA and suggested a post-bac or graduate program to which I replied that I had done a DIY post-bac - I never received a reply.

I have been told that applying out of state would not be in my best interest as a Texas resident. If I apply strategically, would I have a shot at landing an interview at any OOS MD school, especially ones that reward reinvention/upward trends?

As far as DO is concerned, If I am interested in pediatrics (more specifically, pediatric surgery) will I have a hard time matching into a residency as a DO? I am not opposed to applying DO at all; I didn't apply OOS due to financial reasons, however, I am in a better position and am able to afford to send a handful of applications if I apply this coming cycle.

Sorry for the long-winded post; it's been a pretty hectic couple of years applying with complete silence. Any and all input is greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
 

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Try one more cycle with the Texas schools. However, apply broadly to DO schools also. Include these schools:
UIWSOM
AZCOM
TUNCOM
ARCOM
ACOM
KCU-COM
ATSU-KCOM
DMU-COM
CCOM
MU-COM
CUSOM
VCOM (all schools)
 
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If you really want a Texas school you need to retake your MCAT. I would suggest this highly if you were really scoring 508-515... just don't apply to UIWSOM if you go DO. Go for the more established DO schools.
 

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Thank you all for your input; I truly appreciate it.

@Goro, I read your post on reinvention and was wondering if I could trouble you for your input as well. Like I said, I am not opposed to DO and will send out applications this coming cycle if I decide to apply. However, I didn't even hear back from Texas DO schools (through TMDSAS, so Sam Houston and TCOM). Is my GPA, despite the post-bac, a huge contributor to my lack of success through these application cycles? Will my multiple MCAT scores hold me back from OOS DO schools? Thanks in advance.

Again, thank you all so much for your help! You all are wonderful!
 

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Thank you all for your input; I truly appreciate it.

@Goro, I read your post on reinvention and was wondering if I could trouble you for your input as well. Like I said, I am not opposed to DO and will send out applications this coming cycle if I decide to apply. However, I didn't even hear back from Texas DO schools (through TMDSAS, so Sam Houston and TCOM). Is my GPA, despite the post-bac, a huge contributor to my lack of success through these application cycles? Will my multiple MCAT scores hold me back from OOS DO schools? Thanks in advance.

Again, thank you all so much for your help! You all are wonderful!
Even with that MCAT score, I'd expect UIW to have given you some love. You may have bad essays or a bad LOR
 
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Thank you all for your input; I truly appreciate it.

@Goro, I read your post on reinvention and was wondering if I could trouble you for your input as well. Like I said, I am not opposed to DO and will send out applications this coming cycle if I decide to apply. However, I didn't even hear back from Texas DO schools (through TMDSAS, so Sam Houston and TCOM). Is my GPA, despite the post-bac, a huge contributor to my lack of success through these application cycles? Will my multiple MCAT scores hold me back from OOS DO schools? Thanks in advance.

Again, thank you all so much for your help! You all are wonderful!

Your stats ain't the problem. I know people who have similar/worst stats than you right now in TCOM, even during your first cycle. Honestly, you sound like a great candidate for the master's program here and it'll boost your chances of acceptance to other Texas schools, including MD. I would look into that right now personally. It gives you chances to do research and boost your app greatly, especially for surgery since we have great anatomy staff and rotate through a trauma 1 hospital at JPS.

TCOM matches a few to gen surg each year, but I don't know the total number of people who tried and didn't match gen surg. It will be hard regardless if you're MD/DO as there's still a standard. There is less bias in general when matching into fellowships, ped surg in this case.
 
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