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  1. cGPA and sGPA : 3.61 (sGPA) & 3.57 (cGPA)
  2. MCAT score(s) and breakdown. 1st one was a 505 (127/124/126/128) and 2nd one was a 506 (127/123/128/128) ; planning on retaking MCAT in June
  3. State of residence or country of citizenship (if non-US): CA
  4. Ethnicity and/or race: ORM/Indian
  5. Undergraduate institution or category: small private school (not ranked or anything)
  6. Clinical experience (volunteer and non-volunteer):
    1. ophthalmic technician (~4 months): 750 hours
    2. clinical research coordinator (~3 months): 400 hours
  7. Research experience and productivity
    1. 10 publications (none are first author or high impact)
    2. was part of a research lab (~2500+ hours) over the course of ~3 years
    3. university level posters (not impactful or anything)
  8. Shadowing experience and specialties represented
    1. 3 specialties, 80 hours total (ER medicine, Derm, Rheumatology)
  9. Non-clinical volunteering
    1. 1500+ hours volunteering at a special education classroom since high school
    2. fundraising for school supplies for underserved children (raised almost $500) this was around 200 hours
    3. 1400+ hours home health aide (I lived with a grandmother figure during college and helped her navigate her different medical conditions. It's important to note that I was in college during this time and was the only person with them during this time.
    4. Mentoring underserved children of color (same organization where I helped fundraise for): 40 hours
    5. stem cell drive host: 12 hours
    6. global transgender health initiative: was a part of an initiate started by my family to organize basic check ups for transgendered patients in India and help them seek referrals to specialists for different conditions
  10. Other extracurricular activities (including athletics, military service, gap year activities, leadership, teaching, etc)
    1. leadership: NAMI club VP at college 1 semester (~100 hours), another club's Social Media Manager for 1 semester (~100 hours)
  11. Relevant honors or awards: N/A
  12. Anything else not listed you think might be important
    1. I am from a rural nor-Cal Town and am disadvantaged (childhood with a lot of people in and out of the house and I lived in a rural area for college where access to a lot of healthcare-related resources were scarce.
I recently applied this last cycle to 3 schools (Belmont, CNU, and CUSM) and received an interview invite from Belmont and am waitlisted.

Would you all recommend me to:

A. apply to a throwaway school now to get my application processed and then wait in July and add the rest of my schools when my new MCAT result is out

OR

B. should I go ahead and add the schools right now and fill out secondaries independent of when my MCAT results come out. when the new score does get officially released, do I then email each of the schools saying that I have a new MCAT score?

here's the school list I have crafted thus far:
Albany
Belmont
California University
Creighton
Drexel
Eastern Virginia
George Washington
Georgetown
Hackensack
Jefferson
kaiser
Loyola
Medical College Wisconsin
New York Medical College
NOVA MD
Oakland Beaumont
Penn State
Quinnipiac
Rosalind Franklin
Rush
St. Louis
TCU
Temple
touro CA - DO
tufts
Tulane
UC Davis
UC Irvine
ucla
ucsd
ucsf
uIL
umiami
Vermont
Virginia Commonwealth
vtech
Wake Forest
Wayne State
western CA - DO
western MI

not sure if I should add:
USC
Dartmouth

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NB/ICYMI: There is one item focused on the Trans community in India that is in our free Treating Transgender Patients resource library.

You need DO schools. Swallow your pride and include them in your application plan. If your MCAT score does not finish +10 higher than your other two scores, your average will likely be baked in as a "true" representation of your test-taking. In that case, DOs need to be on your radar.

Otherwise you need 150 hours of service orientation activities: food distribution, shelter volunteer, job and tax preparation, transportation services, or housing rehabilitation.
 
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NB/ICYMI: There is one item focused on the Trans community in India that is in our free Treating Transgender Patients resource library.

You need DO schools. Swallow your pride and include them in your application plan. If your MCAT score does not finish +10 higher than your other two scores, your average will likely be baked in as a "true" representation of your test-taking. In that case, DOs need to be on your radar.

Otherwise you need 150 hours of service orientation activities: food distribution, shelter volunteer, job and tax preparation, transportation services, or housing rehabilitation.
thank you! i don't mind applying to DO schools, I just didn't know which schools to add so I just added the ones in CA
 
Some of the schools on your list are unrealistic with your MCAT scores of 506 and 505. I suggest these schools from your list:
Albany
Belmont
California University
Creighton
Drexel
Eastern Virginia
George Washington
Hackensack
Jefferson
Loyola
Medical College Wisconsin
NOVA MD
Oakland Beaumont
Penn State
Quinnipiac
Rosalind Franklin
Rush
TCU
Temple
Tulane
UC Davis
Vermont
Virginia Commonwealth
Wake Forest
Wayne State
 
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You could add these DO schools:
WESTERN
TUCOM-CA
TUNCOM
AZCOM
KCU-COM
ATSU-KCOM
DMU-COM
CCOM
MU-COM
UIWSOM
CUSOM
PCOM
NYITCOM
Touro-NY
 
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@Faha is there a reason to not include these schools: saint louis university, university of illinois (relatively good OOS acceptance rate and large class), vtech (i think i have good research experiences), wmich
 
@Faha is there a reason to not include these schools: saint louis university, university of illinois (relatively good OOS acceptance rate and large class), vtech (i think i have good research experiences), wmich
@Faha is there a reason to not include these schools: saint louis university, university of illinois (relatively good OOS acceptance rate and large class), vtech (i think i have good research experiences), wmich
Your GPA is below the 10th percentile for St. Louis and your MCAT is below the 10th percentile for Western Michigan. VTech has a small class with a regional preference and your MCAT is below the 10th percentile.
 
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Your GPA is below the 10th percentile for St. Louis and your MCAT is below the 10th percentile for Western Michigan. VTech has a small class with a regional preference and your MCAT is below the 10th percentile.
would it be the same reason for U of Illinois as well?
 
I suggest:
Albany
EVMS
GWU
Loma Linda (only if you are SDA or a very devout Christian)
MCW
Oakland-B
Rosy Franklin
Rush
Temple
Tulane
U VM
Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)
Wake Forest
Wayne State
UCR IF you're from the Inland Empire
CUSM
To Fah's list above, ADD:
PacNW.
Sam Houston
ACOM
all VCOMs
LECOM (all)

I can't recommend LMU, SOMA, RVU, BCOM, ICOM and LUCOM, for different reasons. Avoid those new schools that haven't graduated a class yet, if at all possible.
 
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I suggest:
Albany
EVMS
GWU
Loma Linda (only if you are SDA or a very devout Christian)
MCW
Oakland-B
Rosy Franklin
Rush
Temple
Tulane
U VM
Uniformed Services University/Hebert (just be aware of the military service commitment)
Wake Forest
Wayne State
UCR IF you're from the Inland Empire
CUSM
To Fah's list above, ADD:
PacNW.
Sam Houston
ACOM
all VCOMs
LECOM (all)

I can't recommend LMU, SOMA, RVU, BCOM, ICOM and LUCOM, for different reasons. Avoid those new schools that haven't graduated a class yet, if at all possible.
Thank you so so much!

I did want to ask, Goro, would it be realistic to add UC Davis? I live in a really rural town half an hour away from the med school and its the closest MD/DO school in this region (other than Cal Northstate)
 
If you live right next to Davis, may as well throw your hat in the ring as they also have regional preference.
 
I would definitely apply to Davis as they have regional bias! Sounds like you’re from yuba city area lol so I would def apply there if I were you! I would say also apply to ucr and other even out of state public schools that have similar mcat averages. I interviewed with 3 md schools this cycle and 2 were out of state public schools that I didn’t think I’d have a shot at bc I didn’t have ties, but my stats were on par with theirs and I was a mission fit.
 
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