WAMC school list (3.8 / 517 / CA resident)

ayc2140

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    1. cGPA: 3.77 ; sGPA: 3.80 (neuroscience, economics major)
    2. MCAT score: 517 (129/130/128/130) —should I retake for T10/20?
    3. State of residence: CA
    4. Demographic: Asian Female
    5. Undergrad: top Ivy (graduated 2020)
    6. Clinical experience:
    250 hours volunteering in an outpatient clinic (Orthopedic Surgery)
    115 hours volunteering in Red Cross as screener for COVID-19
    50 hours volunteering in clinic office hours / scribing (Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery)

    7. Research experience
    560 hours with neurology research
    100 with organic chemistry research (with ties to neuroscience)
    700 hours with neurology autophagy research - 2 publications in press (middle author, high ranking journal), 1 literature review in press (middle author)

    8. Shadowing experience
    150 hours shadowing in outpatient clinic (Orthopedic Surgery)
    30 hours shadowing in radiology - 1 highlights abstract
    10 hours shadowing in anesthesiology

    9. Nonclinical Volunteering
    200 hours tutoring/college admissions for high school students (some URM)
    100 hours educational initiatives in STEM for schools in the Bronx
    100 hours with Asian-American Org in NY (living assistance, academic opportunities, etc)

    10. Extracurriculars
    800 hours dance - held leadership roles and danced in 4 school groups (founded one of them) and was pre-/professional before attending college

    11. Paid employment:
    300 hours tutoring for company (high schoolers for standardized testing, college essays)
    270 hours internship with office of admissions at my uni (lead tours, organize / run admit days, other logistical work for application cycle)
    400 hours equity research at a health/emerging life sciences boutique investment bank
    850 hours healthcare investment bank (biotech/pharma) at bulge bracket investment bank (will be continuing this role during my gap year ~80-100hrs/wk)

    12. Other:
    “Left” medicine for 2 years to pursue finance (and will be doing so after graduating) to support family financially(due to medical condition of family member—have significant involvement in care, will write about this in essays). During gap time, will continue clinical volunteering at the Red Cross (and potentially hospitals / CMA if things start to open up after COVID).


    School list:
    UCSD
    UC Davis
    UC Irvine
    UCLA
    UCSF
    USC-Keck
    Kaiser

    Stanford
    Yale
    Northwestern
    Harvard
    Columbia
    Cornell
    Duke
    Mt. Sinai
    Case Western
    Boston University
    Dartmouth
    Emory
    Tufts
    Michigan
    Ohio State
    Brown
    Cincinnati
    Hofstra
    Rochester
    USF Morsani
    Georgetown
    Wake Forest
    Einstein
    Jefferson
    St Louis University
    George Washington
    Rush
    Temple
    Drexel

    Think list seems pretty top heavy at the moment—which do I have the least chances at?
    Would appreciate recommendations for some better fit schools or any add/removal suggestions. Thanks!
    @Goro @Faha @LizzyM
     
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    Goro

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      UCSD
      UC Davis
      UC Irvine
      UCLA
      UCSF
      USC-Keck
      Kaiser

      CalU Med
      Stanford
      Yale
      Northwestern
      Harvard
      Columbia
      Cornell
      Duke
      Mt. Sinai
      Case Western
      Boston University
      Dartmouth
      Emory
      Michigan
      Ohio State
      Cincinnati
      Hofstra
      Rochester
      USF Morsani
      Einstein
      Jefferson
      St Louis University
      Baylor
      Vandy
      JHU
      NYU and/or NYU.LI
      Pitt
      U VM
      U CO
      U WI
      U VA
      Retaking a 517 would get you rejected at gyngyn's school, and make others question your judgement. A 517 will be fine for every school on the list.

      My suggestions above
       
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      ayc2140

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        @Goro thanks for the input—just worried that my clinical volunteer hours won't stack up in comparison to other applicants (given that the 250 hrs in outpatient clinic was at the beginning of my frosh year, followed by 2 years of no clinical experience). Amended recommendations based on that info?

        @LizzyM @gyngyn any further suggestions on school list recommendations?

        Thanks all!
         
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          Retaking a 517 would get you rejected at gyngyn's school, and make others question your judgement. A 517 will be fine for every school on the list.

          My suggestions above

          Can I ask a follow-up question on this? If I currently have an expired 517 from 2017 would that look poorly? I took it for Canadian medical schools but changed my mind and I decided I would prefer attending a school in the US. Up here they don't expire for 4-5 years so I took it early.
           

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            Can I ask a follow-up question on this? If I currently have an expired 517 from 2017 would that look poorly? I took it for Canadian medical schools but changed my mind and I decided I would prefer attending a school in the US. Up here they don't expire for 4-5 years so I took it early.
            Expired MCATs are not a deficit.
             
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