WAMC Please! Non-trad, URM, cGPA 3.4 sGPA 3.3

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    Working on a realistic school list. Here are my stats:

    1. cGPA 3.4, sGPA 3.3
    2. MCAT = 504
    (124, 125,130,125 breakdown)
    3. CA resident
    4. URM Latino/a (Mexican/Central American, native Spanish-speaker, etc.)
    5. Attended a CA state university, BA in English, working on an MS in Biology
    6. I am a nontrad, about 6 years out of undergrad.
    7. I have 5+ amazing LORs from science faculty, non-science, and MDs
    8. Lots of great ECs (strongest component of my app)
    -tons of paid clinical and nonclinical work that spans about 7-8 years
    -tons of clinical volunteering with underserved, low-income communities
    -about 50 hours of shadowing in primary care/obgyn
    -very good leadership roles (management, coordinating, etc.)
    -currently participating in research for graduate degree (no pubs or anything)

    GPA is the scariest part for me. I had a rough 2 years in the beginning of my academic career (personal reasons) and I have been making up for it ever since, have done a post-bac, in a grad program currently. HUGE upward trend. Not including the first 2 years, I'd say my GPA hovers more around a 3.7 or so these last 8 years. Will I get auto-screened out of many schools with this GPA? or will I be treated more so as a 3.7ish applicant, assuming MCAT score is decent?

    Trying to make a realistic school list. Here's what I have so far:
    1. Most CA schools (UCSF, UCLA, UCLA-Drew, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCSD, USC)
    2. U Nevada Reno + Las Vegas
    3. Oregon Health and Science
    4. University of Washington
    5. NYMC
    6. Quinnipiac
    7. Jefferson
    8. Rosalind Franklin
    9. Boston
    10. Brown
    11. Mayo (AZ and MN programs)
    12. U Chicago
    13. NYU
    14. Yale
    15. Columbia

    Any feedback would be great. I am not opposed to DO schools either.
     
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      Post your score here tomorrow and I will give you advice on your list.

      Updated with score, a 504 sadly. I can re-take the exam but I'd be shooting for an early August date, with a score released early Sep. I'd be applying pretty late in the cycle. Trying to decide if it's worth applying this cycle still or not. I'm not opposed to DO schools. I would like to stay in CA but am open-minded of course.
       
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        Your stats are not competitive for most of the schools on your list. I suggest these schools:
        Quinnipiac
        New York Medical College
        Drexel
        Temple
        Jefferson
        GW
        Georgetown
        Oakland Beaumont
        Loyola
        Rosalind Franklin
        St. Louis
        Creighton
        Tulane
        Arizona (both schools)
        Your CA schools (except UCSF and Stanford)
         

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          Your stats are not competitive for most of the schools on your list. I suggest these schools:
          Quinnipiac
          New York Medical College
          Drexel
          Temple
          Jefferson
          GW
          Georgetown
          Oakland Beaumont
          Loyola
          Rosalind Franklin
          St. Louis
          Creighton
          Tulane
          Arizona (both schools)
          Your CA schools (except UCSF and Stanford)
          Got it. My follow up question now I guess is, should I just defer to applying next cycle?

          I am confident I can get my score up if I take it again but is it too late at this point for this year?

          Thanks for the input!

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            Working on a realistic school list. Here are my stats:

            1. cGPA 3.4, sGPA 3.3
            2. MCAT = 504
            (124, 125,130,125 breakdown)
            3. CA resident
            4. URM Latino/a (Mexican/Central American, native Spanish-speaker, etc.)
            5. Attended a CA state university, BA in English, working on an MS in Biology
            6. I am a nontrad, about 6 years out of undergrad.
            7. I have 5+ amazing LORs from science faculty, non-science, and MDs
            8. Lots of great ECs (strongest component of my app)
            -tons of paid clinical and nonclinical work that spans about 7-8 years
            -tons of clinical volunteering with underserved, low-income communities
            -about 50 hours of shadowing in primary care/obgyn
            -very good leadership roles (management, coordinating, etc.)
            -currently participating in research for graduate degree (no pubs or anything)

            GPA is the scariest part for me. I had a rough 2 years in the beginning of my academic career (personal reasons) and I have been making up for it ever since, have done a post-bac, in a grad program currently. HUGE upward trend. Not including the first 2 years, I'd say my GPA hovers more around a 3.7 or so these last 8 years. Will I get auto-screened out of many schools with this GPA? or will I be treated more so as a 3.7ish applicant, assuming MCAT score is decent?

            Trying to make a realistic school list. Here's what I have so far:
            1. Most CA schools (UCSF, UCLA, UCLA-Drew, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCSD, USC)
            2. U Nevada Reno + Las Vegas
            3. Oregon Health and Science
            4. University of Washington
            5. NYMC
            6. Quinnipiac
            7. Jefferson
            8. Rosalind Franklin
            9. Boston
            10. Brown
            11. Mayo (AZ and MN programs)
            12. U Chicago
            13. NYU
            14. Yale
            15. Columbia

            Any feedback would be great. I am not opposed to DO schools either.
            fellow URM here, you stand a good shot of getting in , I woulld remove NYU,Yale and columbia (too low of MCAT). Brown love their own students, BU because its low yield . I would add in HBCU especially those that take in higher number of latinos, tufts , temple and drexel as well as Penn state . Your list as it stands now is way too top heavy and you risk not getting in if your interviewing skills arent top quality
             
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            alexlex143

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              Apply this month and submit all your secondaries by August since an early application is important. You are competitive for many DO schools so apply to at least 8 and you should receive interviews. Include UIWSOM, ATSU-SOMA and AZCOM.
              To maximize my chances for a CA MD acceptance, is it worth considering deferring to next year or retaking at all?

              I appreciate your feedback! I'm taking very thorough note of all recommendations

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                You could defer to next year. If you retake do not retake until your practice scores are consistently above 508.
                So I did decide to retake my MCAT and apply this cycle. I was verified 08/06 and I submitted most of my secondaries by mid August with my old score. But I scored a 508 on the 09/09 administration! I retailored my list and I applied to most of the schools suggested. I have 6 interviews so far and I cautiously believe I will receive a few more!

                I just want to say thank you for the advice and I am eternally grateful for all the wisdom and nurturing I've gathered from all you savvy adcoms here over the years.

                My final school list is:

                All CA schools (except Stanford, LL, and Northstate)
                U Washington
                OHSU
                Both AZ schools
                MCW
                U Minnesota TC
                U Michigan
                RF
                Rush
                Temple
                Jefferson
                Drexel
                Penn State
                Quinnipiac
                Tufts
                NYMC
                SUNY Downstate
                Albany
                U Vermont
                Dartmouth
                Brown






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