Do you have any volunteering, or other activities?
Your GPA is grea but we can't say much without the MCAT. The Rutgers schools have MCAT averages at 32-33, so you want to get it as close to that as possible.
RWJ and NJMS are your best bets due to residency.
For Florida schools, Miami and USF are probably the best bet because they matriculate the most OOS people. For these schools you will really need to articulate your specific reasons though because nearly all of them favor IS (except Miami).If you get a 32 you will be in a decent position for all Florida schools. Also you forgot to include UCF and UF.
The purpose of identifying those from under-represented communities has to do with service to those communities. There is no evidence that Spaniards in the US suffer from a lack of medical care because of their ethnicity.Okay, thank you that's what I was curious about. So even though I am "Hispanic" it won't really make that much of a difference?
The purpose of identifying those from under-represented communities has to do with service to those communities. There is no evidence that Spaniards in the US suffer from a lack of medical care because of their ethnicity.
It probably won't hurt. Your chances are so dependent on your MCAT score that speculation on specific schools is premature.Thanks for the clarification! Are there any other schools that you think I would have a for sure chance? Does being in a PA program help in any way?
It probably won't hurt. Your chances are so dependent on your MCAT score that speculation on specific schools is premature.
Conversely, being in a 6-yr PA program could hurt you as you'll be seen as "jumping ship".
Do it anyway.
Sounds like you have what it takes and you are young enough that it makes sense.
Study hard to do well on MCAT.
I speak from the perspective of a longtime PA (more than a decade) who went back to medical school and am now a PGY1 resident.
I taught PAs in a few programs. One was a 5-yr direct from HS program like yours. Incidentally these students were my least favorite because they had zero life experience and had done nothing but school. Give me a combat veteran or an RN or RT any day and I will help them become a competent PA. Traditional students IMO are much better served to do traditional medical school and residency path.
I had no physician mentors and really no parental guidance when I went to college. I did not know that I "had what it takes" to become a physician until I was doing the work as a PA. I graduated PA school at 26 and went back to med school at 37. Being a 40-yo resident is no cakewalk but I'm managing as well as my 25-yo colleagues
It will be easier and less expensive for you to go to med school first. Best wishes.