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Dec 5, 2019
  1. Pre-Medical
Good afternoon,

I had previously posted back last year, but did not want to revive an old thread so here I am.

Just as a summary of myself; graduated from Undergrad back in 2013 as a Finance Major and have been working professionally for about 7 years in the corporate world. Went back to school in the Fall 2017 for my post-baccalaureate to take all the pre-med classes and just finished this Spring 2020.

Below are my stats:
Undergraduate GPA: 2.30
Post-Bac GPA: 3.97 (With taking 43 credit hours)
Cumulative GPA: 2.75 (Was able to raise my GPA by .45/ great upward trend?)

Research: 265 Hours
Non-Clinical Volunteering: 150 Hours
Clinical/Shadowing: 80 Hours
*These hours are more from my Post-Bac journey, but I have a couple of more things that I will add to my application from my undergrad such as organizations that I was apart of (Fraternity, Student Government Association, TA)

Currently work as a Healthcare Administrator for geriatric patients.

I have applied to some instate SMPs starting this Fall 2020 to raise my GPA more and to prove that I am qualified candidate with the higher level science courses, I am also planning to apply to this cycle for medical school in Fall 2021 specifically geared towards more to DO, but will still apply to MD. I am a 29, URM, and Texas resident.

I am scheduled to take my MCAT in mid July and am scoring diagnostically around a 505, but hopefully can improve a little bit more.

With Texas being such a competitive state for their instate public MD schools, is it worth applying with these stats or should I focus more on DO? My concern is my cumulative GPA and if certain schools have screenings for GPA.

If accepted into an SMP, is the cost worth of attending one?

Thanks for the advice!
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Dec 5, 2019
  1. Pre-Medical
@Faha I completely understand that without an actual MCAT score it is difficult to gauge, but I am currently in the process of completing my TMDASA/AACOMAS application and since my test date got pushed back to July 23rd, I am flying blind at the moment. Since I am scoring around the range of around 505ish, and I am trying to achieve that, what would your list be if I scored around the range. I know that playing the hypothetical game is not the best, but if helps me narrow down my list to solely focus on a set of schools, it would be helpful for me.
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If you do score 505 you would not be competitive for MD schools in Texas. You can apply to DO schools as late as October/November so wait until you score is available in August. Your application will not be reviewed for an interview until your MCAT score is available so there is no point in applying without one.
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The only reason I got into medical school was because of the SMP I completed - they really are strong indicators of med school performance and give you a lot to talk about in interviews and a leg up for sure because you've literally completed the first year of med school. Obviously vet the program and their success rates, but I would say definitely worth the money.
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