Apr 27, 2012
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Hello ladies and gents. Wanted to get your feedback on my stats and school list.

I just checked my MCAT from 4/5, waited a few days from the anxiety of it all.



cGPA 3.97. Biological science major, Chem and Economics minor.

I am an army veteran with 8 years of service, I served as a combat medic/ army nurse and did one tour to Iraq. During the time overseas I shadowed many doctors from many specialities I worked med surg, but did most of my shadowing in the operating room. I recently was honorably discharged after my 8 year contract with the rank of Sergeant. I had been serving as Squad Leader prior to my discharge.

I have worked as a nurse for 6 years in the civillian world, mainly in a fast paced doctors office with 11 locations and over 100 employees usually seeing around 50 patients per day/per provider.

I also lead a political campaign in my area this year, growing a local support group to 100 members. Networking with local political party members, attending the state fair to represent our candidate, also doing parades and flier campaigns.

I have volunteered a children's camp which is 1 week long for the last two years, which lines up with my nursing speciality. At the camp I served a dual role as camp medical staff as well as counselor. Provided the medical needs and guidance for ~15 children out of 85.

I also worked with an organization who successfully raised over 65k for donation to a hospital.

I have minimal experience in research, around 200 hours or so. However I was listed as a author on one poster presentation presented at a national conference.

I also served as a nurse collecting serum samples at another international research conference, from patients with a rare disease.

Through my career I have acquired and currently hold a nursing license, nremt-b, CPR, advanced certified burn nurse certification.

I work for a DO currently but also spent some time shadowing another surgeon who is an MD in both Iraq and here in the states for 50 or so hours.

I find MD and DO to be respectable titles and both are options for me, I imagine I will apply to both. A quick list of schools I am looking at is

Case Western
East Tn State
Indiana University
Loyola
Mayo
Medical College of Wisconsin
New York Medical College
Oakland University
Rosalind Franklin
Rush
SLU
SIU
Temple
The University of Miami
University of Illinois
University of Missouri

DO

AT Still Kirksville
Chicago COM
Des Moines
Kansas City
Philadelphia
Pikeville

I will be researching more schools thoughout the coming week.

I come from a family in which neither of my parents went to college and my mom made only 18k a year to raise myself and two younger brothers.

Your Feedback would be great thanks!
 
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Tbarton5

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I would hope that you get into any medical school you want. Just you serving our country alone is worth more than any gpa or mcat score. Don't let anyone on hear tell you different. You going over seas and taking care of soldiers in an environment like that proves you want to be a doctor more than any research or volunteer event could ever prove. Apply wherever you want and you will get in somewhere. I'm 100% sure.
 
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I would hope that you get into any medical school you want. Just you serving our country alone is worth more than any gpa or mcat score. Don't let anyone on hear tell you different. You going over seas and taking care of soldiers in an environment like that proves you want to be a doctor more than any research or volunteer event could ever prove. Apply wherever you want and you will get in somewhere. I'm 100% sure.
I agree completely. I'm in the reserves and have been advised by several people in the profession that as such not as many ECs will be needed- you go above and beyond the standard. Your MCAT is more than held in balance by your GPA and ECs. Good luck! If I were you I would only be slightly nervous and much more concerned about picking schools than getting picked :)
 

Catalystik

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Hello ladies and gents. Wanted to get your feedback on my stats.

I just checked my MCAT from 4/5, waited a few days from the anxiety of it all.

Ended up with a 27Q. V8P9B10
I had gotten a 26 and a 28 on the previous two AAMC practice FLs.

cGPA 3.97. Biological science major, Chem and Economics minor.

I am an army veteran with 8 years of service, I served as a combat medic/ army nurse and did one tour to Iraq. During the time overseas I shadowed many doctors from many specialities I worked med surg, but did most of my shadowing in the operating room. I recently was honorably discharged after my 8 year contract with the rank of Sergeant. I had been serving as Squad Leader prior to my discharge.

I have worked as a nurse for 6 years in the civillian world, mainly in a fast paced doctors office with 11 locations and over 100 employees usually seeing around 50 patients per day/per provider.

I also lead a political campaign in my area this year, growing a local support group to 100 members. Networking with local political party members, attending the state fair to represent our candidate, also doing parades and flier campaigns.

I have volunteered a children's camp which is 1 week long for the last two years, which lines up with my nursing speciality. At the camp I served a dual role as camp medical staff as well as counselor. Provided the medical needs and guidance for ~15 children out of 85.

I also worked with an organization who successfully raised over 65k for donation to a hospital.

I have minimal experience in research, around 200 hours or so. However I was listed as a author on one poster presentation presented at a national conference.

I also served as a nurse collecting serum samples at another international research conference, from patients with a rare disease.

Through my career I have acquired and currently hold a nursing license, nremt-b, CPR, advanced certified burn nurse certification.

I work for a DO currently but also spent some time shadowing another surgeon who is an MD in both Iraq and here in the states for 50 or so hours.

I find MD and DO to be respectable titles and both are options for me, I imagine I will apply to both. A quick list of schools I am looking at is

Loyola
Rush
University of Illinois*
Rosalind Franklin
Southern Illinois university
Chicago COM

I will be researching more schools thoughout the coming week.

I come from a family in which neither of my parents went to college and my mom made only 18k a year to raise myself and two younger brothers.

Your Feedback would be great thanks!
Thank you for your service to our country.

You are a very strong DO candidate, and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if you got a few MD acceptances from your list as well, assuming a well-written Personal Statement, supportive LORs, a clean legal record, and good interview skills.

East Tennessee is known to give veterans preference. Do you have ties to any state besides Illinois?
 
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Apr 27, 2012
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Thank you for your service ot our country.

You are a very strong DO candidate, and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if you got a few MD acceptances from your list as well, assuming a well-written Personal Statement, supportive LORs, a clean legal record, and good interview skills.

East Tennessee is known to give veterans preference. Do you have ties to any state besides Illinois?
I appreciate everyone's advice and especially the tip about Tennessee. Does anyone else know other schools with veterans preference? Does anyone else have feedback the more the better. As far as ties to other states not really I know some distinguished alumni at temple that said they could help me out if I ever needed it, so I could call on them. I'm really struggling between MD DO currently because aside from OMT (the practice I work for doesn't use it) it's the same in practice. Thanks again for the advice, if anyone else has any feedback please let me know.