WAMC - MD/PhD. 3 questions.

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c/sGPA: 3.96/3.97
MCAT: 518 (129-127-130-132)
Disadvantaged? Y (ongoing financial hardships, qualify for FAP)
Race: Asian (Filipino), White
Home: Hawaii
Undergrad: Ivy League*
Publications: 1 (third-author)
Presentations: 7 (5 first author, 1 second, 1 fourth)
Awards: ~$15K (grants + fellowships)
Research hrs: >4000 (2 Ivy REUs, same university) + (3 research assistant positions (RAPs) at 3 universities) + (1 summer RAP, local med school)
Shadowing hrs: 60 (3 Internists + ER docs)
Clinical volunteering: 130 (ER volunteer / volunteer trainer)
Tutoring: 580 (calculus, biochemistry)
EC: 180 (160 as founder/president of research club, 20 as cultural club treasurer)
Interests: Precision Oncology (specifically prostate cancer), Genomic Medicine

Please let me know if there's any additional info I can give to inform your review!

1) Although I have stayed with the same lab for the last two years (~ 1600 hrs, microfluidics lab, did honors thesis / publishing here), my remaining research hours are spread across 5 other projects in different fields (microfluidics, public health, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials science). How might this affect my application / how can I use these to explain my research interests?**

2) Should I add any schools to my list (pasted below)?

3) I am currently applying during a (second) gap year. What should I focus on improving during this time?

*transferred here as a Junior. Before, I did my freshman year at my home state university, sophomore year at public university in California as an exchange student, then took a gap year.
**My research focus has largely been microfluidic device development for sepsis management, which is different than the interest I listed. The interests listed above grew over this past year mainly because of courses I took.

Mahalo for reading!

School list (27 schools. By USNEWS: 12 T20, 13 < T20. T20s in bold)

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine (ranking TBD)
Stanford University School of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston University School of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Duke University School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Drexel University College of Medicine
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
University of Washington School of Medicine