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WAMC 518, 3.79 GPA


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Jan 3, 2019
WAMC: MCAT: 518 (128/129/131/130) GPA: 3.79 sGPA: 3.75

White female from underserved area, middle class. Parents have bachelors but no family in medicine.

Major: Molecular and cellular biology major, graduated in May 2019. Graduated w High research distinction, deans list most of my time in school. Studied abroad at prestigious university in a well known in its field lab and took a masters course abroad.

Research: 2.5 years research exp, 4 months in lab abroad, Rest of time in lab at home institution, 1 paper in press (3rd author) Multiple posters, including a public health presentation and posters on my work in my 2 labs, has been an author on a total of 5 posters presented around the world.
320 hours in lab abroad
1800 hours in home lab

Volunteering: 350 hours w Habitat for humanity, small leadership position. 100 hours hospital volunteering. Currently doing a twice weekly volunteering gig at a literacy and math tutoring project for adults, so far have 50 hours and will note that I can't estimate hours due to COVID19 and volunteering gig paused.

Volunteered as a tutor and academic mentor in my sorority (25 hours)

Shadowing: 30 hours shadowing OBGYN. 50 hours shadowing infectious disease nurses, will get 40 hours shadowing GI soon.

Employment: Worked 2 years as a job coach from individuals w developmental disabilities, (full time in summer and part time soph and junior year) 1000 hours
1 year as an intro chem TA 550 hours
Currently a clinical researcher at a med school doing mostly pharma studies but will have name on 1-2 projects that are investigator initiated, works in multiple departments 4000 hours

LORs Presumptions on LORs since I haven’t read them, but 1 very strong from undergrad PI, 2 moderate from science professors, and 1 very strong from current PI.

I’m just trying to figure out where I should apply for 2021 cycle, based in Illinois.

Illinois, WashU, SIU, Temple, Dartmouth, Vermont, Colorado, Oregon, Wisconsin, Minnesota, SLU, Loyola

Any other ideas? Not tied to Midwest.
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Sep 15, 2012
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I suggest these schools with your stats:
Rosalind Franklin
Washington University
St. Louis
Western Michigan
Medical College Wisconsin
Boston University
Mount Sinai
Case Western
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Oct 14, 2011
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Especially if you are coming from a medically underserved area, do your homework and find out which schools in-state have taken more students similar to you. Hence the AMSA networking, especially if you are looking at options outside your region. Just noting: your chances are that cost of attendance will be cheaper at your in-state option, and you should look to see if there may be some scholarships offered to students who come from your part of the state or have a similar socioeconomic background (scholarships that you could be eligible for once you are a medical student or graduate from med school). If you are inclined for primary care, consider the NHSC scholarship opportunity to help defray costs more.
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