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WAMC? Bad HPAC rating

Phosophofructokinase

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  1. cGPA: 3.61 sGPA: 3.25
  2. MCAT score: Haven't taken it yet but scores are 500 (124/124/127/125)(pre-assesment), 506(125/125/128/130) ( 3 weeks of studying), 510(125/125/130/130) (5 weeks of studying), 515(130/125/130/130) (3 months of studying). Hopefully I can get my CARS up to at least a 128. ):
  3. State of residence: Texas
  4. Ethnicity and/or race: African American
  5. Clinical experience (volunteer and non-volunteer): 120 hours as a hospital volunteer
  6. Research experience and productivity: around 520 hours in paid research. Would have finished project and published by the end of the year but COVID-19 closed the lab...
  7. Shadowing experience and specialties represented: 60 hours shadowing an OB/GYN in an underrepresented area
  8. Non-clinical volunteering: 150 hours
  9. Other extracurricular activities: Mentor for black students (started this semester but COVID-19...), membership in a pre-med organization and an organization to help first generation students.
  10. Relevant honors or awards: Other than Dean's list... nothing too important.
  11. Anything else not listed you think might be important: worked 15-20 hours per week each semester, low SES & first-gen. Also, one "okay" letter of rec according to HPAC and an HPAC rating of 2 because of my science gpa (my mom was in and out of the hospital my second year of college)
School list:
ALL Texas schools
Tulane (I am worried about lack of non-clinical hours)
Howard
Morehouse
Meharry
NYU
UIW (DO school)
 
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nontradfutureTXMD

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I think if your science GPA is upward trending and your personal statement/writing is compelling/you tell your story well, you may be able to crack some top tiers if your MCAT score is at what your your last practice score was at (515+).

To me, working 15-20 hours a week plus keeping up all the extracurriculars you did is very impressive, especially considering your low SES and first-gen status

I think you'll get into a Texas school, but if you are wanting to go out of state I would add any private schools that are in cities you are interested in and top tiers. My suggestions:

UCLA/Drew (if you were looking to apply to all of the Historically Black Medical Schools)
Baylor (you put UIW so I wasn't sure if that was the only non-TMDSAS Texas school you were considering, Baylor's also a non-TMDSAS Texas school)
Cornell
Columbia
UPenn
UChicago
Harvard
Drexel
Duke
Penn State
Hopkins
UMiami
UMichigan
Pitt
Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
Oakland
Temple
Rush
WashU
Stanford

Also have you applied for FAP? I would look into it so that you can defray some of the application costs and apply to more schools (https://apps.aamc.org/fap/)
 

Phosophofructokinase

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I think if your science GPA is upward trending and your personal statement/writing is compelling/you tell your story well, you may be able to crack some top tiers if your MCAT score is at what your your last practice score was at (515+).

To me, working 15-20 hours a week plus keeping up all the extracurriculars you did is very impressive, especially considering your low SES and first-gen status

I think you'll get into a Texas school, but if you are wanting to go out of state I would add any private schools that are in cities you are interested in and top tiers. My suggestions:

UCLA/Drew (if you were looking to apply to all of the Historically Black Medical Schools)
Baylor (you put UIW so I wasn't sure if that was the only non-TMDSAS Texas school you were considering, Baylor's also a non-TMDSAS Texas school)
Cornell
Columbia
UPenn
UChicago
Harvard
Drexel
Duke
Penn State
Hopkins
UMiami
UMichigan
Pitt
Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
Oakland
Temple
Rush
WashU
Stanford

Also have you applied for FAP? I would look into it so that you can defray some of the application costs and apply to more schools (https://apps.aamc.org/fap/)
Thank you! And yes, I've received FAP.
 

nontradfutureTXMD

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Glad you already got FAP!

Also, if your science GPA is not upward trending, you may want to consider doing some upper division Bio science courses this summer and fall that you are confident you can get A's in in order to establish an upward trend for science.

I think schools want to see at least a year of solid science, so if after the second year of college your science GPA was fine then you are fine and don't need to do any more science courses. But if your last year of taking science is not good then yeah I think taking some science courses, getting A's, and sending them in as application updates makes sense for you to address that sGPA

Also I think if your actual MCAT sub-sections in the sciences turn out the way your last practice test came out (130s), that plus an upward trend can give a lot of confidence to admissions that today you are a much better student than the 3.25 science GPA may suggest

Good luck!
 

Phosophofructokinase

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Glad you already got FAP!

Also, if your science GPA is not upward trending, you may want to consider doing some upper division Bio science courses this summer and fall that you are confident you can get A's in in order to establish an upward trend for science.

I think schools want to see at least a year of solid science, so if after the second year of college your science GPA was fine then you are fine and don't need to do any more science courses. But if your last year of taking science is not good then yeah I think taking some science courses, getting A's, and sending them in as application updates makes sense for you to address that sGPA

Also I think if your actual MCAT sub-sections in the sciences turn out the way your last practice test came out (130s), that plus an upward trend can give a lot of confidence to admissions that today you are a much better student than the 3.25 science GPA may suggest

Good luck!
Thank you! And this year I had a 4.0 sGPA for both semesters, so hopefully that and a good MCAT would alleviate some doubts.
 
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No I haven't, but I am thinking about joining AMSA. Do you have any DO or MD schools you'd suggest I look into ? Thanks.
All your in-state schools should have AMSA or SOMA chapters as should SNMA. You don't need to join AMSA yourself unless your school already has such a prehealth AMSA chapter.
 
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