WAMC-3.9 and 522 MCAT NY resident

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Hi everyone! I am applying to med school this cycle and am a little nervous since I am not planning on taking a gap year! I really need help with my school list bc I keep on emailing my pre-health advisor and im p sure they are getting sick of me.

  1. cGPA: 3.90 sGPA: 3.92
  2. MCAT: 522
  3. State of residence: New York
  4. Ethnicity and/or race: White
  5. Undergrad: Private Research in Mid Atlantic-Molecular Biology Major and History Major
  6. Clinical experience: Volunteer in one emergency room at home and one at school-250 hours total
  7. Research: 550 hours of cell biology research with a poster but no publication. 150 hours and more this summer clinical research on fusogens and spinal cord fusion-chapter in review at the end of May
  8. Shadowing experience and specialties represented: roughly 500 because of a summer program I did last summer-Ortho, Cardiac surgery, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatric ICU, Plastic Surgery, Neurology
  9. Non-clinical volunteering: im a campus tour guide for my school-50 hours, and I tutor at a local middle school leading labs for 6th grade girls in order to get them interested in STEM
  10. Other extracurricular activities: im president of the horse back riding club at my school and participate in IHSA collegiate competitions so this takes up a lot of time; Student Advisory Council for my History Major where we work on creating programming events and bringing speakers to campus
  11. Relevant honors or awards: just deans list. also im writing a thesis this upcoming semester but idk if that matters?
  12. Anything else not listed you think might be important: I really want to go into emergency medicine and go to school in california but I know thats probably unrealistic given the fact that im not from there.
Mt sinai
Usc keck
Stony brook
SUNY downstate
U Miami
University of Pitt

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Your list of schools doesn't convince me you want to go to school in California. (That in and of itself is another point of discussion.)

I think the only thing that sticks out is the non-clinical community service volunteering. I don't know what you've done to show your willingness to immerse yourself in the concerns of vulnerable populations in the US. You also have a lot of ER experience (not sure what specialties your shadowed, but I'm going on your hours), so I'm not sure what exactly to think about it. However, your GPA/MCAT metrics will make you desirable to many of your top tier schools (no guarantees of course). So as usual, stick with your in-state programs and desirable privates with whom you have strong networking with current students and admissions staff.
do you think it will hurt that I have clinical volunteer experience only in the ED? Also, is there any schools you think I should add/subtract from my list
I’m just an applicant so defer to the faculty on here but I’ve found that a lot of the EM programs have a focus on underserved communities which I think is primarily because a lot of underserved communities don’t have great access to longitudinal health care so you see this population a lot in the ED. From your application it doesn’t seem like you have a lot of experience volunteering with underserved populations, particularly in a a clinical capacity. I don’t know, that could potentially cause a problem. Just some food for thought when you think about how you will present your application narrative.
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