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WAMC and should I bother applying to MD (3.84/504)

nooge19

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Hey guys,

Hope everyone is staying safe and sane in these crazy times! Sometimes, when I see so many forums on here and on the reddit pages, I feel like I haven't done enough or that I don't have good enough stats. I hope that this brief application I prepared below could provide some consolation to anyone in the same boat as me. In return, I'd love it if someone could take a look at this and see if I'm a good enough applicant myself. I'm a traditional who just graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelors of Science in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and a minor in General Business. I'm applying for this 2021 cycle and want to see my chances with both MD and DO schools.

Cumulative Overall GPA: 3.84
Cumulative Science GPA: 3.80

MCAT: 504 (126/124/126/128)

Experiences:
  • President of Viet Nam Medical Assistance Program (~2 years) -- Worked with lots of hospitals and food banks and stuff. Also went on a medical mission trip to Vietnam to set up clinics in disadvantaged provinces. Worked with a DO there (is that considered shadowing too?).
  • Student Coordinator for Lakeland STARs Tutoring Program (~2 years) -- Worked with other coordinators, youth and family services, and campus clubs to create tutoring sessions for undergraduate tutors and elementary school children from low SES areas.
  • Intern for AstraZeneca Bio-pharmaceutical Company (2 summers) -- Worked with other scientists in research labs. Cultured and treated cells and performed various assays. Made posters/presentations for both summers and am set to be published in one of them.
  • Shadowed Dermatologist (~80 hours), Radiologist (~8 hours), Neonatologist (~8 hours), Intensive Care Specialist (~8 hours), ER Specialist (~8 hours)
  • Peer Mentor (~1 year) -- Acted as a "big brother" for freshmen as they navigate through college for the first time.
  • PCU Volunteer (~50 hours) -- Greeted patients, gave them iPads that took track of their health records, and assisted them with any other concerns that they had. Also sat in on some patient/doctor visits on occasion.
  • Safety Officer and Player for Maryland Club Soccer Team (~2 years) -- CPR/First-Aid certified to be first responder to any health emergency on the field and played on the team as a center-midfielder.
  • Clinical Research Assistant (~1 year) -- Worked with manager and other assistants in greeting participants and taking their samples to further advance research on common infectious diseases in college campuses (i.e. coronavirus, influenza, adenovirus, etc.).
  • Delivery and Carry-Out (~1 summer) -- Worked with others at Carrabba's Italian Grill (not healthcare, but still important).
  • President and VP of Communications of Resident Hall Association Dorms (~2 years) -- Worked with team to plan and carry out fun and insightful events for residents to promote overall welfare in the dorms.
  • Member of Beta Psi Omega Biology Fraternity (~1.5 years) -- Build relationships with students from various bio backgrounds and help the local community through different initiatives (i.e. tutoring, gardening, food banks, river clean-ups, pet care, etc.).
I know this may seem like a lot to some of you, but it would mean the world to me if someone could take a look and see if I am adequate! Maybe recommending some schools too would be greatly appreciated as well :)
 
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I would remove your name and photo (if that is a photo of you).

Is Maryland your state of residence in addition to where you went to undergrad or were you OOS there?
 
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Apply to both MD and DO schools:
I suggest these MD schools:
Maryland
West Virginia
George Washington
Drexel
Temple
Jefferson
Seton Hall
New York Medical College
Vermont
Quinnipiac
NOVA MD
TCU-UNT
Medical College Wisconsin
Rosalind Franklin
Oakland Beaumont
I suggest these DO schools:
CUSOM
VCOM (all 4 schools)
PCOM
LECOM (all schools)
MU-COM
DMU-COM
KCU-COM
ATSU-KCOM
AZCOM
TUNCOM
ACOM
 
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nooge19

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Apply to both MD and DO schools:
I suggest these MD schools:
Maryland
West Virginia
George Washington
Drexel
Temple
Jefferson
Seton Hall
New York Medical College
Vermont
Quinnipiac
NOVA MD
TCU-UNT
Medical College Wisconsin
Rosalind Franklin
Oakland Beaumont
I suggest these DO schools:
CUSOM
VCOM (all 4 schools)
PCOM
LECOM (all schools)
MU-COM
DMU-COM
KCU-COM
ATSU-KCOM
AZCOM
TUNCOM
ACOM

Thank you! It's tough to see where I stand considering my MCAT and what exactly I think I can get into. It's also tough to get more clinical exposure as I was set on becoming a scribe until the pandemic began.
 

nooge19

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504's pretty low for MD, though you can try for in-state options. Your better chances are with DO programs. I'm not sure about your clinical exposure though since there's not a lot of primary care represented.

My advisor said something similar. I wouldn't say I had a lot of primary care exposure but I believe that my time in Vietnam was somewhat close to that.
 
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My advisor said something similar. I wouldn't say I had a lot of primary care exposure but I believe that my time in Vietnam was somewhat close to that.
I understand, but an issue is your awareness of the challenges the US health care system has to those who are disadvantaged or highly vulnerable due to lack of education, financial resources, or socioeconomic status.
 
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