WAMC for Early Decision? 3.53/512


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Feb 24, 2020
  1. Pre-Medical
    I am wondering what my chances would be if I applied ED at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Would that be completely idiotic? MCW is far and away my top choice. I grew up in Wisconsin, my GF is getting her masters in Milwaukee, and I honestly would like nothing more. I have deep roots here and would love to stay. Their satellite campuses in Green Bay and Wausau are also great options I am seriously considering. No matter how many schools I apply to, if I get an acceptance at MCW I am already sold. I understand my application is not stellar by any means due to lower GPA and low volunteering hours, but I wouldn't want to spend hundreds of dollars applying broadly when I know for sure my top choice. Any and all feedback is much appreciated. Thank you!

    Year in School: Graduated December 2018 BS in Biochemistry, Psychology minor

    State of Residence: Wisconsin

    Undergrad: Mid-size state school in UW system

    Schools to which you are applying:
    1. Medical College of Wisconsin
    2. University of Wisconsin - Madison
    3. Creighton
    4. Rosalind Franklin
    5. Western Michigan
    6. Michigan State
    7. Penn State
    8. Robert Larner
    9. TCU
    10. Utah
    11. Colorado
    12. Albany
    13. Oakland Beaumont?
    14. Quinnipiac?

    GPA: 3.53 (Upward Trend – 2.65 Freshman Year)**

    sGPA: 3.47 (Upward Trend – 8cr of C- Freshman Year)**

    MCAT: 512 128/127/129/128 on 9/14/2019

    Research: MINIMAL. Spring 2017 ~100hrs assisting in microbiology lab Spring 2017. Credited in presentation. Fall 2017 ~40hrs researching and writing a literature review paper for PI. No publications.

    Clinical Volunteering: 55hrs Hospital ED 2-4hrs/week Spring-Summer 2019

    Shadowing: 87hrs across IM, ENT, Psych (34+hrs), Gastroenterology, Family med, Sports med, Neurology, Radiology/interventional Radiology, Ophthalmology.

    Non-Clinical Volunteering: MINIMAL. Mexico Mission trip Summer 2014 - 4 work days, Sporadic volunteering through Football and SAAC - approx. 50hrs (football camps, boys and girls club, elementary school reading, Hope Starts here run/walk, Salvation Army meal serving, bell ringing) throughout undergrad.

    Extracurricular Activities: SAAC Co-President 2018, Volunteer Coordinator 2017-2018, WIAC SAAC 2017-2018, D2 Football team – freshman year, D3 football team sophomore-graduation (Leadership council and captain), other various hobbies. Plus various notable honors awarded throughout undergrad.

    Employment history: Mover(~100hr), Deli Counter Associate (~600hrs), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy Technician (~1300hrs ongoing), Tutor in Math and Science (~400hrs), Honors Intern – Sociology Dept (~500hrs), Bartender/Server/Bar Back at two different restaurants (~800hrs).

    Immediate family in Medicine: Nope (Great uncle on mom’s side was an EM doc for many years since retired)

    Specialty of Interest: Many - Favorites are Psychiatry, Radiology/IR, Ortho/sports medicine, and Gastroenterology

    Graduate degrees: post-bacc EMT cert lol

    Rural Health Interest: Definitely yes

    **GPA - I attended a small, academically rigorous private school my freshman year (2 semesters). In hindsight, I was NOT ready for college, i.e. finished with a 2.63 GPA including 8.0cr of C-'s in Calc I and II. Summer after freshman year, I transferred to a smaller public school in the University of Wisconsin system, and averaged a 3.76 GPA in my remaining 7 semesters (dean's list every semester and highest honors 3 semesters including an A- in a Calc I retake). I am worried adcoms will be skeptical of my GPA differences between the two schools and subsequent upward trend.
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