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Dec 10, 2019
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Applying this cycle and looking for any feedback on what my application or school list might be lacking. Thank you in advance for any advice!
  • State of Residence: WA
  • Ties to other States/Regions: no
  • URM?: no
  • Year in School: senior
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.92
  • Science GPA: 3.91
  • MCAT Score: 516
  • Research Experience:
    • 350 hours in neurology lab (freshman/sophomore year, nothing notable)
    • Clinical research through selective summer internship (~200 hours)
  • Publications/Abstracts/Posters:
    • first author pub in low impact journal (clinical research)
    • undergraduate research symposium this spring (on the same published clinical research)
  • Clinical Experience (paid or volunteer):
    • clinical assistant (paid) ~350-400 hours by the time I apply but will project 1400 hrs on app (gap year job)
    • hospital volunteer ~180 hours
  • Physician Shadowing: 180 hrs shadowing various neuro specialties
  • Non-Clinical Volunteering:
    • 300 hrs (projected through gap year) volunteer ski patrol
    • 25 hrs COVID19 screener for DOH
    • 15 hrs mentor for elementary school science fair
    • 56 hrs tutor for low-income high schoolers (will project 180 hours through gap year)
    • 90 hrs counselor/volunteer for camp for kids w cancer
    • 40 hrs homeless shelter volunteer (will project 200 hours through gap year)
  • Other Extracurricular Activities:
    • 2 year of exec positions in my sorority
    • president of a medically-related organization on campus (and co-founder of my school's branch)
    • member of pre-medical fraternity for all 4 years
    • avid skier/hiker/backpacker
    • nutrition and health; considering becoming a certified personal trainer for a second part-time job during my gap year
  • Other Employment History:
    • front desk attendant at fitness studio (250 hrs)
    • nanny for one family for ~3 years (1200 hrs)
  • Immediate family members in medicine? Yes
  • Interest in Primary Care: No
  • Interest in Rural Health: Probably not
  • Medical School List:
    • UW
    • WSU
    • Oregon Health Sciences
    • Drexel
    • Rosalind
    • Colorado
    • Rush
    • Thomas Jefferson
    • SUNY Downstate
    • Einstein
    • UofA
    • Kaiser
    • Tufts
    • UCSD
    • UCLA
    • UCSF
    • USC
    • Mt Sinai
    • Boston U
    • Columbia
    • NYU
    • Stanford
    • Northwestern
    • Mayo (Arizona)
    • Cornell
I know this list is rather top heavy -- is this unwise given my relatively middle-of-the-road stats for some of these schools? Which schools should I cut and which should I add?
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May 28, 2014
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You have a strong application all around. You should add 5-10 more mid-tier range schools if you want those reaches.

Of your list, SUNY Downstate is low yield. A better NY replacement would be Hofstra.

You should also look into: Loyola, Temple, UVM, Emory, Miami, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, USF Morsani, MCW.
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