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WAMC + School List help for nontraditional reapplicant

OrganicallyChemist

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Dear SDN gurus, I am a nontraditional reapplicant and in need of help with compiling a school’s list for the upcoming 2021 application cycle. I would really appreciate your input! @Goro @Faha

Stats:
IL resident, Russian, Immigrant (permanent resident in the US), non-traditional, career switcher, FAP recipient, disadvantaged status. Graduated from NEIU in 2017 with BS in Chemistry, minor in Biology (took Genetics, Micro, and Anatomy&Physiology after graduation).
MCAT:
509 (126/128/127/128)
cGPA:
3.82, upwards GPA trend – had 4.0 then one bad semester, then back to 4.0
sGPA:
3.82
Shadowing:
28hrs (psychiatry), rest was rescheduled for later this year due to COVID;
Non-Clinical Work:
~13000 hrs (10) years of hospitality experience, work as a server in high end venues;
Clinical Volunteering:
120 hours accomplished as a hospital volunteer in same day surgery department;
Currently have an ongoing volunteer activity at a different hospital (would be ~200 hours, now paused due to COVID);
Currently in the process of volunteering remotely for NODA (No One Dies Alone) program at the same hospital;
Teaching:
~700 hrs as a TA for different chemistry courses at my undergrad;
~200 hrs as a private tutor;
Non-clinical volunteering:
70 hrs – academic club member, organized meeting, community service events, mentorships, etc.;
Research:
300 hours in a research lab – summer research program at my undergrad, culminated in a poster presentation at my undergrad;
Leadership:
30 hrs - Chair of Community Service Committee in an academic pre-med club;
100 hrs – Student Body President, from 2008-2010 while I was living and attempting my first education in Russia;
Publication:
Coauthored a workbook for seminars in Organic Chemistry in collaboration with other TAs and faculty, it published by PLTL society and used at different schools (including my undergrad);
Honors/Awards:
4 awards for outstanding achievements at my undergrad (1 for English language, 3 for different fields of chemistry);
Additional Info:
Native Russian speaker;
Open to all specialties (do have a special interest in psychiatry);
Reapplicant (applied late last year, got one interview, then WL).


I have a list of schools that I definitely want to apply to:
Carle Illinois
Rosalind Franklin
Quinnipiac
Loyola
Rush
Saint Louis University SOM
University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Missouri – Kansas City SOM
Wake Forest (currently on the WL here)

And a list of about 40 more schools to narrow down (mostly schools where my stats fall in 20-90% minus state schools that don’t take oos students).
Would appreciate any help and school suggestions for my list!
 
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Your ECs are weak in clinical exposure and nonclinical volunteering. Many of the schools that you should be targeting are service loving. Take a gap year. Right now you can do Meals on Wheels and election poll worker (a job normally done by retirees). Also check in with your local houses of worship.
 
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OrganicallyChemist

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Your ECs are weak in clinical exposure and nonclinical volunteering. Many of the schools that you should be targeting are service loving. Take a gap year. Right now you can do Meals on Wheels and election poll worker (a job normally done by retirees). Also check in with your local houses of worship.
Thank you! I figured that would be the problem for me. Would working on this while applying help my application?
 
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Your clinical hours exposure is too low for schools such as Rush, Loyola and St. Louis. Missouri Kansas City accepts very few non residents with no connection to the state or region. I suggest these schools with your stats and current ECs:
Illinois
SIU
Rosalind Franklin
Medical College Wisconsin
Oakland Beaumont
Wayne State
TCU-UNT
NOVA MD
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Central Florida
Wake Forest
Virginia Commonwealth
Eastern Virginia
George Washington
Drexel
Temple
Jefferson
Penn State
Seton Hall
Albany
New York Medical College
Vermont
Quinnipiac
You could also apply to DO schools and you are competitive for all DO schools. You have CCOM. DMU-COM and MU-COM in your region.
 
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OrganicallyChemist

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Your clinical hours exposure is too low for schools such as Rush, Loyola and St. Louis. Missouri Kansas City accepts very few non residents with no connection to the state or region. I suggest these schools with your stats and current ECs:
Illinois
SIU
Rosalind Franklin
Medical College Wisconsin
Oakland Beaumont
Wayne State
TCU-UNT
NOVA MD
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Central Florida
Wake Forest
Virginia Commonwealth
Eastern Virginia
George Washington
Drexel
Temple
Jefferson
Penn State
Seton Hall
Albany
New York Medical College
Vermont
Quinnipiac
You could also apply to DO schools and you are competitive for all DO schools. You have CCOM. DMU-COM and MU-COM in your region.
Thank you so much!
I saw that Missouri Kansas City give preference and priority to Illinois residents as well as in state and I'm an Illinois resident. Does that help the situation?
 

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Thank you so much!
I saw that Missouri Kansas City give preference and priority to Illinois residents as well as in state and I'm an Illinois resident. Does that help the situation?
Most of their students are from the BA-MD program. Very few would be from Illinois through AMCAS.
 
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