Sep 24, 2020
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Hi SDN - looking for a little guidance on my school choice. I haven't received any II's yet (I know it's still early) but wondering if I should be adding more DO schools to the mix. Thank you!
  1. cGPA: 3.36 / sGPA: 3.55
  2. MCAT: 514 (128/129/127/130)
  3. State of Residence: NY/IL (trying to have it both ways… lived in IL until moving to NY for postbac)
  4. Ethnicity and/or race: Caucasian
  5. Undergraduate institution or category: T25 Public University
  6. Postbac instuitution: Top 10
  7. Clinical experience (volunteer and non-volunteer):
    • Paid: 2,000 hours ED scribe
    • Volunteer: 120 hours of crisis text line, 300 hours of quality control volunteering at a large hospital
    • Volunteer: 80 hours in central America volunteering at a community health clinic
  8. Research experience and productivity:
    • Volunteer: 300 hours as a research assistant on a public health study, interviewing young adults in the criminal justice system
  9. Shadowing experience and specialties represented:
    • Emergency Medicine – all day every day as a scribe
  10. Non-clinical volunteering:
    • After school tutoring at a local high school
  11. Other extracurricular activities (including athletics, military service, gap year activities, leadership, teaching, etc)
    • Jobs:
      • Actuary at a large insurance company. High level statistics, data analysis, and data science experience. Management experience. Passed the first 6 very rigorous exams (they’re not as bad as the MCAT, but there are 10……) towards being a fully credentialed actuary.
      • Professional Tutor while completing my postbac. Taught a wide range of subjects and standardized test prep to a wide age range.
      • TA for an upper level computer science course during undergrad.
    • Athletics: member of the men’s club water polo team during my postbac, 10 hours per week of practice and tournaments around the state.
  12. Relevant honors or awards:
    • A few dean’s lists, nothing special
  13. Anything else not listed you think might be important:
    • Obviously a non-traditional applicant. I’m hoping I have a compelling story for wanting to switch tracks – basically that I was drawn to become an actuary from an interest in statistics, but what I lost along the way was using statistics and accrued knowledge for meaningful purpose, and to be directly in service of people rather than crunch the numbers in an office.
What are my chances? Thank you so much for the help!
Current School List

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine
Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
New York Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health - personal connection
Emory University School of Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University - personal connection
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York
Weill Cornell Medicine
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Jun 7, 2018
Hello! I have similar stats (higher MCAT, lower GPA) and am also a nontrad. I'm an engineer in the military. I applied this cycle to a mix of DO and MD programs, some of which you have listed. So far I have had a total of 4 DO II's and 3 MD II's resulting in 2 DO acceptances and 1 MD acceptance. So based on my experience I'd say your odds are good if you apply to a broad range of schools.

My school list and associated feedback can be found below.
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You could add some more DO schools such as MU-COM, DMU-COM, ATSU-KCOM and KCU-COM.
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