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State/Country of Residence: New Jersey
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Year in School: Junior
Undergraduate Major(s)/Minor(s): Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology Minor: Psychology From a Top Ten non-ivy school
Cumulative GPA: 3.98
Science GPA: 3.97
MCAT Score(s): 515(132, 125, 130, 128) --> Retake 518(131, 124, 132, 131) --> How much of a concern is that 124 CARS
Research Experience: By the time of application I should have around 180 hours of research. No publications or anything yet, but I focused my research with a lab that studies the fly gut microbiome. I worked to develop a way to extract the crop organ from a fly and still keep it alive to aid my PI in his paper.
Clinical Experience (paid or volunteer): I am a volunteer EMT and I have 200 hours and plan to hit around 250 by the time of my application. I also am a virtual hospice volunteer so that will be around 30-40 hours by the time of application.
Physician Shadowing: I currently shadow a psychiatrist and should be around 36 hours by the end of the semester. I have already set up a plan to shadow two primary care physicians in the spring(4 hours each). So in total should be around 44 hours. Many of my shadowing opportunities got canceled due to COVID but I also did 12 hours of virtual shadowing where a physician went through his/her own personal cases and how they dealt with it(Ik that usually this would not count, but it was through a formal setting so not really sure if they would actually count this).
Non-Clinical Volunteering: I have 45 hours through a service organization called APO, where I focused on volunteering at an elderly care home. I have 45 through another organization called Circle K, where I focused on volunteering with food insecure individuals around my college city. By the time of my application, I plan to add at least 15-20 hours to each of these two organizations (because I am an active member of both). I also during COVID did around 30-40 hours serving a population that I hope to serve as a physician in the future: I helped deliver groceries back to my neighbors who were elderly(25 hours), I gave presentations to the local senior center about EMS and what sorts of things to expect(10 hours), and I was part of an organization that helped deliver tablets to elderly care homes across the country(10 hours). Lastly, my friend and I founded an organization called RiseUp College Counseling, it is an aspiring non-profit(we are currently looking for funds lol), that works with Baltimore City kids get advice about college admissions from real college students. I do not know how to calculate the exact hours of that but in terms of the impact, we have 21 mentors currently working with students from two Baltimore City High schools.
Employment History: By the time of application, I will have 120 hours as a tutor for Calculus II at my university. I am also a learning assistant for cell biology . This is not really employment but I have the president of my Faith organization on campus and VP of Circle K(as I mentioned above).
Immediate family members in medicine? (Y/N): N
Specialty of Interest (if applicable): I sincerely want to work with the geriatric population. I personally have a lot of stories and reasons why I have chosen this population to serve, and I have tried to focus my volunteering efforts on this population to hopefully show my dedication to this population.
 
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Faha

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I suggest these schools with your stats:
Your 3 NJ state public schools
Seton Hall
Hofstra
Einstein
New York Medical College
Albany
Rochester
Vermont
Quinnipiac
Tufts
Drexel
Temple
Jefferson
Penn State
George Washington
Virginia Commonwealth
Eastern Virginia
Wake Forest
NOVA MD
Miami
TCU-UNT
Medical College Wisconsin
Western Michigan
Oakland Beaumont
Ohio State
Cincinnati
 
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I suggest these schools with your stats:
Your 3 NJ state public schools
Seton Hall
Hofstra
Einstein
New York Medical College
Albany
Rochester
Vermont
Quinnipiac
Tufts
Drexel
Temple
Jefferson
Penn State
George Washington
Virginia Commonwealth
Eastern Virginia
Wake Forest
NOVA MD
Miami
TCU-UNT
Medical College Wisconsin
Western Michigan
Oakland Beaumont
Ohio State
Cincinnati
Could I add Boston U, Cornell, and Mount Sinai be added to that list?
 
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Banco

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I think Faha gave you a good list. You have overall good activities and great stats.

I think you should throw a few reaches in there (Sinai, Cornell, Pitt etc.) as your 2nd MCAT is pretty high and you have some research experience, but your targets should be mid-tiers. Definitely apply to all NJ schools - you have a good shot at getting interviews from both Rutgers.
 
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