WAMC 511 3.82 Reapplicant ORM

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With the 2023-2024 cycle coming to a close and no word from waitlisted schools, I am starting to prepare for the upcoming 2024-2025 cycle.

Undergrad: State School bio major psych minor
SC Resident, grew up in VA, 511 MCAT 127/127/128/129

Current cycle results and statistics:

Clinical Experience: Registered Behavior Technician- 768 hours providing behavioral therapy to adolescents diagnosed with autism *most meaningful experience

15 hours shadowing two neurosurgeons in clinic

Volunteer: 60 hours spread throughout ICU, ED, and heart surgery recovery unit stocking supplies, bringing water to patients, and answering the phone

Results: II and waitlisted at Wake Forest and USC Greenville, interviewed at USC Columbia and rejected post interview- feedback on rejection was low clinical and volunteering hours. Agree that these were the weak points of my current application and is likely why I have not been accepted off the waitlists at either school primarily due to very minimal clinical experience.

New experiences:

1558 hours working as a medical assistant scribe. As a medical assistant I roomed patients and took their vitals. Three months working at outpatient surgery and three months in pediatrics. Four months scribing for a PCP which has definitely been my most insightful experience into what being a physician is like. Ongoing experience *most meaningful experience

Volunteer: 53 hours volunteering at an after school program for 2nd-3rd grade students with dyslexia helping staff to oversee the students and help keep them on task for the program. *most meaningful experience

At this point in time my specialty of choice would be psychiatry particularly as a result of my psychology courses in undergrad, experience working with children and adolescents diagnosed with autism, and mental health cases I've been exposed to while scribing. Mental health is something that I am passionate about and I could see myself loving working as a psychiatrist, however I recognize that I have limited experience and would remain open to what I enjoy best in school.

School list for 2024-2025 cycle:
Albany Medical College
EVMS
Quinnipiac
Dartmouth
Geisinger Commonwealth
Temple
MUSC
NYMC
Penn State?
Vermont
Tufts
University of Illinois
USC Columbia
USC Greenville
VCU
Wake Forest

Reach schools:
Emory
Pitt
I would like to stay on the east coast to stay closer to my family and support system, but I recognize that this is a very competitive process and am open to schools further west where I would be a competitive applicant with my statistics and experiences.

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About 800 hours as a registered behavior technician isn't necessarily low, it probably just wasn't the type of clinical experience that they're familiar with and they were more apt to accept someone with more traditional clinical exposure. Adding medical assistant scribe was a good move. Do you have any experience helping individuals who are less fortunate than yourself, such as in a food closet/food bank, homeless shelter, crisis clinic, etc.?
 
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I suggest adding these schools to your application:
NOVA MD
Belmont
Rosalind Franklin
Medical College Wisconsin
Oakland Beaumont
Wayne State
Drexel
Jefferson
Hackensack
Quinnipiac
Alice Walton (when it opens)
Roseman (when it opens)
 
Why not pursue clinical psychology? At this time are psychiatrists more effective with patients on the spectrum than PsyDs and other professionals like SLPs or OTs?
Overall I am more interested in medicine alone than just therapy and am drawn more to being a physician. I like psychiatry over clinical psychology in that psychiatrists have the ability to prescribe medications in addition to being able to use therapy for treatment. This was a question I asked myself prior to applying to school and through my research in the difference between specialties psychiatry, and medicine in general, appealed to me over psychology. And I would also say that working with ASD is not my main career goal, my experience working with children diagnosed with ASD was more just an opportunity to explore my passion and interest in mental health. Thank you for your feedback and questions!
 
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About 800 hours as a registered behavior technician isn't necessarily low, it probably just wasn't the type of clinical experience that they're familiar with and they were more apt to accept someone with more traditional clinical exposure. Adding medical assistant scribe was a good move. Do you have any experience helping individuals who are less fortunate than yourself, such as in a food closet/food bank, homeless shelter, crisis clinic, etc.?
I would agree about your comment of my application lacking clinical exposure in a traditional sense! Working as a medical assistant and scribe has been a great experience thus far and I have learned a lot! And unfortunately, I do not have any experience working with individuals less fortunate than myself.
 
I suggest adding these schools to your application:
NOVA MD
Belmont
Rosalind Franklin
Medical College Wisconsin
Oakland Beaumont
Wayne State
Drexel
Jefferson
Hackensack
Quinnipiac
Alice Walton (when it opens)
Roseman (when it opens)
Thank you for the additional schools! Do you think that Pitt and/or Emory are schools worth applying to with my profile, or more of a donation?
 
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