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Third Try.. Hopefully a charm

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by JerseyBelle, Apr 1, 2002.

  1. JerseyBelle

    JerseyBelle Member
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    Hello all.

    I am applying for a third, and hopefully, the last time. I think I will have a strong application this time. I have finished a MS in Micro (3.5). My undergrad SciGPA: 3.4, OtherGPA:3.2. I don't think my GPAs are horrible, but I'm not Harvard bound. :D

    I did a lot of research, through summer programs in other states. I am currently in Kaplan for the April 20th MCAT.

    Trust me, it's really hard to type with your fingers crossed.
    <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />
    I really feel that I would make a good physician. I'm a non-traditional student (24), and I want to make myself count. However, I have to work so I don't get evicted. So, it's not like I have a great deal of time to shadow a physician or volunteer at a hospital. :(

    A local physician (I'm in Central NJ) offered to let me volunteer in his office, but I can't start until late April. He understands, since it took him two times before he got in (Duke).

    If I were to volunteer at this doctor's office (I would be doing everything from paperwork to retrieving patient files to observing patients in the care of the physician); BASICALLY everything but touching patients: would that be too late?
    If I don't burn his office down, he agreed to write me a letter in late August-early September about how I performed?

    I would like some advice. It's that there is a lot of competition out here because my town is right next to RUTGERS UNIVERSITY. It's like towny vs. RU student.

    I don't want to come across as if I need <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" /> , but I don't need someone to be :p
    or :rolleyes: about my situation.

    It already makes me want to <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" /> .

    Thank you so much.
    Be well.
     
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  3. that was a pretty corny post. for future reference, graemlins don't replace actual words, they just complement them. anyway, it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance. i hope this time's a charm for you. definitely volunteer in that doctor's office. it wont be too late, it's something to mention in interviews and to send individually as an "update". gluck and APPLY EARLY dognamit...they (ie. those bastards) say it's the secret. lates :)

    PS if you study like a madman for the next couple (that means two, chill the third week a little), you can increase your score by another point or TWO. don't just study though, study the mcat. study how the test is made, and how you can beat it..don't just keep reading your texts (unless you haven't finished yet).
     
  4. pwrpfgrl

    pwrpfgrl Senior Member
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    Hi!
    Welcome to SDN!! (I'll help SMW while she's on vacation <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> )
    I think that your numbers are decent and volunteering/shadowing is always a good way to learn more about your future career. I'm sort of in the same boat as you - I have to work full time and am in a town with a few colleges, so it's hard to compete with students that have very flexible schedules. But, it's not impossible!! Although a lot of doctor's offices aren't open on the weekends, a lot of community clinics are, and some also have evening hours you can volunteer at after work.
    Anyway, if you're taking the April MCAT and working full time right now, it's probably best to start in late april anyway (hey, it's less than a month) Ideally, it would have been better if you had been volunteering/shadowing before now, but better late than never! You can always send in your AMCAS app. in June and send in the letter of rec. when your physician has time to write it (some schools don't even want to see your LOR until they have sent you a secondary). Hope this helps! Good luck!!
    :)
     

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