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WAMC: Reapplicant, GPA: 3.87, MCAT: 521

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pdl2015

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I think you have too many reaches. Without being a rockstar applicant with multiple publications, applying to Harvard, Columbia, Mayo, UPenn, Yale...it's just futile.

I'm also concerned about certain schools you have listed as "safety". UNC? You do realize how strongly of an in-state bias UNC has, right? Do you have any connection to the state of North Carolina? Also, Emory absolutely should not be considered a "safety" school. Georgetown also gets 12k applications, so considering them a safety school is also...well it's just a bit naive.

Apply to all your CA schools (save Loma Linda, unless you fit their mission). Apply to some OOS friendly state- schools like Colorado and Indiana. Drop the state schools that aren't OOS friendly (UVA, UNC). Probably drop Baylor as well since its TX quota is going up. Drop research-heavier schools like Duke. Then apply to some target private schools like Vanderbilt, Emory, Tufts, Georgetown, GW,
 
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Eh...if it was OP's first go they'd have a shot at places like Harvard. Maybe a few hundred more hours of community service would have helped, but they've got a puncher's chance. As it is, they've still got a shot at Columbia, UCSF, Dartmouth, and any top-20 that rewards reinvention. I think @Goro might have a list Also, I've heard that WashU loves high-stat applicants - they should apply there. You can shoot high, but you need to have some mid-tiers on your list.
 
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OP, delete UCR unless you're from the Inland Empire. Delete Brown, Drexel, Gtown, Stony Brook, Tufts, UNC.

ADD: OH State, U Cincy, U VM, Jefferson, Western MI, USF, Einstein Kaiser and CalU Med

Work on interview skills, and get in more service to others less fortunate than yourself.

I'm surprised that you got an II at IU. What do you think your hook was? U WI might be doable.

Consider having some DO schools on the list. You're now in your second cycle, and you're already lost a year's salary as an attending. Suggest both Westerns TUNOC, Touro-CA, AZCOM and PacNW.
 

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Rip, I've already turned in my primaries 5/28 with most of the schools from the list above. I did remove Drexel and added Ohio State, and may add more if I don't get secondary burnout. Right now I'm prewriting secondaries and finished some of the schools I was advised to remove, like Brown, UCR (I grew up in the county next to there lol) and Harvard. I might as well shoot my shot since I've already written those, and I didn't apply to schools like Brown, Emory, Johns Hopkins, and Duke the first time around. With ya'll's advice, I'm putting UNC, UVA, and Stony Brook on the bottom of my priority list of prewriting secondaries. Because I was in my service club for all of college and am still volunteering at a local homeless shelter, I've probably accumulated around at least 600 service hours working with my local underserved communities.

Not sure why IU gave me an interview invite since I'd actually forgotten that I'd applied there until they gave me an interview invite. I think my letters of rec were strong? My letters this time around should be even stronger, and my higher MCAT should hopefully help a bit.

Probably won't apply to any DOs since my MCAT score seems to be higher than their average, and I don't know if they yield-protect.

Thanks for all y'all's advice, truly appreciate it!
 

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Hey, if you're going MD or bust, I guess you could meet with some success that way with your stellar stats. DO schools probably won't yield-protect, if Goro's right. If you've got to apply a 3rd time, though, I'd include at least 10 DO schools. If your interviewing skills are OK - I'd recommend you get a consultant or something if you can afford it - you have an excellent chance of having an acceptance this time next year.
 
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I DM'ed you with hopefully some encouragement since I had success as a reapplicant with similar stats. If my results were anything to go by, I'm optimistic you'll get multiple interviews from this list, but you've also received a lot of solid suggestions on schools you can replace if within your means. Keep in mind 41 secondaries is a huge number and you might spend quite a bit of your time proofreading neurotically, even on the no-essay applications, if you're like me


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