i need some advice, i am a student at notre dame and am applying to med school this summer. my gpa is 3.6, however it has averaged over 3.8 over the last 4 semesters (i was in engineering during freshman year and my grades weren't too great). my mcat score is 37-39. i have moderate extracurricular activity (student gov't, dorm athletics), some volunteer work in 2 hospitals and at a free clinic, plus some undergrad research in organic chem and ecology. would it be a waste of time and money to apply to any top 10 schools? my grades are not as high as their averages but, as i said they went up when i switched to pre-med. i have written to my advisor at school and haven't heard back yet but i am sure he will discourage me from applying to the top schools because he is more concerned with the number of acceptances that he gets from each class. so, do i stand a chance at getting an interview at the top schools? i am considering duke, stanford, cornell, vanderbilt, and columbia, along with another (longer) list of schools that aren't in the top 10-15. any advice would be appreciated. thanks!