Apr 23, 2020
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Hey everyone,
I'm looking for advice on what schools I should apply to and any weaknesses I should work on. I was aiming for T30 schools but I feel like my volunteering hours, especially clinical, are lacking. I'm also not sure how my non-trad background would factor (if at all) into my chances. I appreciate any advice you all provide and thanks for reading my post!
  1. cGPA and sGPA as calculated by AMCAS or AACOMAS: cGPA: 3.94, sGPA: 3.99
  2. MCAT score(s) and breakdown: Taking the actual exam on April 10th. Ill update with my actual score.
    1. AAMC FL #1 Taken on 10/24/2021: 514 (128/128/129/129)
    2. Blueprint FL #1 Taken on 02/21/2021: 521 (131/130/130/130)
    3. Blueprint FL #2 Taken on 03/06/2021: 519 (131/127/130/131)
    4. Blueprint FL #3 Taken on 03/11/2021: 520 (132/126/131/131)
    5. AAMC FL #2 Taken on 03/20/2021: 523 (130/131/132/130)
    6. AAMC FL #3 Taken on 03/21/2021: 526 (131/131/132/132)
Mean AAMC: 521 (130/130/131/130)
Median AAMC: 523 (130/131/132/130)
  1. State of residence or country of citizenship (if non-US): Michigan Resident (Permanent Resident), Canadian citizen
  2. Ethnicity and/or race: Indian Male 22 y/o
  3. Undergraduate institution or category: University of Michigan
  4. Clinical experience (volunteer and non-volunteer): 100 hours volunteering at a cancer clinic. I expected to have more but with the pandemic that was put on hold. I recently got another volunteering position at a hospital in Detroit but I haven't started yet. I will be doing 4 hours / week.
  5. Research experience and productivity: ~750 hours. One of my research experiences led to a publication in a journal and a presentation at one of the leading robotics conferences in the world.
  6. Shadowing experience and specialties represented: 40 hours with a few family doctors
  7. Non-clinical volunteering: ~400 hours. Mainly as a tutor for Physics/Math. Also did some random things through school (teach STEM topics to kids, yard work for local science centers, etc.).
  8. Other extracurricular activities (including athletics, military service, gap year activities, leadership, teaching, etc): Nothing special. Volunteered through my engineering honor society.
  9. Relevant honors or awards: N/A besides GPA-based ones.
  10. Anything else not listed you think might be important: Dual majored in electrical engineering and computer science. Spent my summers working full-time at various engineering internships. Currently working full-time in the finance industry. Have ~3000 hours of engineering work experience so far.
  11. School List:
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Toronto
    • University of British Columbia
    • McMaster University
    • NYU
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May 28, 2014
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If you get your projected score, you have a top tier application. But make sure to continue the clinical experience.

You should apply to all Michigan schools. Then whatever Top 30 schools you want and have a few mid tiers and safeties sprinkles in.

But again, you need to get that high MCAT first.
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