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brainchimezoid

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Hello,

I wanted to see if I can get some potential advice and recommendations in terms of my stats and schools that I want to apply to. So here are some of my stats

1. cGPA: 3.3 sGPA: 3.1

2. MCAT score: 497

3. State of Residence: Texas Resident

4. Ethnicity: Black/African American

5. Undergraduate: B.S in Biochemistry

6. Clinical Experience: 40 hours at a Baylor Scott and White. Over 2000 hours working as a clinical assistant at a clinic. Worked alongside EMT’s at some events at my university

7. Research Experience: None. Not a big fan of research. Unless working on a semester long project/lab report for my biochemistry class count.

8. Shadowing Experience: 30 hours with a Pediatrician, 30 hours with an Orthopedic Surgeon, 10 hours with a Dentist. Planned on getting more hours then COVID happened haha.

9. Non-clinical Volunteering: 200 hours at an animal shelter, 30 hours at a retirement home, Did yearly community service sponsored by the university, also have volunteer hours because of my medical organizations.

10. Extracurricular Activities:
- Marching Band (I was President, Secretary/Treasurer, Sophomore Class Representative, Section and Squad Leader during my time), Basketball pep band (where I played an instrument and assisted the director through the use of headset, communicating with media sponsors),
- Medical Service Organization,
- First Aid Service Team,
- African Student Organization.
- Weightlifting/Power lifting

11. Honors/Awards: Deans Gold Scholar, Numerous awards for the amount of service hours from Medical Service Organization. Marching band Scholarship. A part of PTK at my community college.

Here are a list of schools that I was thinking about applying to:

1. Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC)

2. Meharry Medical College

3. Morehouse College of Medicine

4. UT Rio Grande Valley

5. UT Medical Branch at Galveston

6. University of Houston College of Medicine

7. Sam Houston State College of Medicine

8. Howard College of Medicine

9. Dell Medical School

10. Texas A&M College of Medicine

11. Texas Tech College of Medicine

12. UT Health San Antonio

13. McGovern Medical School

14. Paul L Foster School of Medicine

14. Charles Drew/UCLA

15. TCU/UNTHSC

I am planning on applying this cycle. I want to see if I have a chance based off of what I have so far. Any advice is very appreciated. Thank you!
 
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brainchimezoid

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Hello,

I wanted to see if I can get some potential advice and recommendations in terms of my stats and schools that I want to apply to. So here are some of my stats

1. cGPA: 3.3 sGPA: 3.1

2. MCAT score: 497

3. State of Residence: Texas Resident

4. Ethnicity: Black/African American

5. Undergraduate: B.S in Biochemistry

6. Clinical Experience: 40 hours at a Baylor Scott and White. Over 2000 hours working as a clinical assistant at a clinic. Worked alongside EMT’s at some events at my university

7. Research Experience: None. Not a big fan of research. Unless working on a semester long project/lab report for my biochemistry class count.

8. Shadowing Experience: 30 hours with a Pediatrician, 30 hours with an Orthopedic Surgeon, 10 hours with a Dentist. Planned on getting more hours then COVID happened haha.

9. Non-clinical Volunteering: 200 hours at an animal shelter, 30 hours at a retirement home, Did yearly community service sponsored by the university, also have volunteer hours because of my medical organizations.

10. Extracurricular Activities:
- Marching Band (I was President, Secretary/Treasurer, Sophomore Class Representative, Section and Squad Leader during my time), Basketball pep band (where I played an instrument and assisted the director through the use of headset, communicating with media sponsors),
- Medical Service Organization,
- First Aid Service Team,
- African Student Organization.
- Weightlifting/Power lifting

11. Honors/Awards: Deans Gold Scholar, Numerous awards for the amount of service hours from Medical Service Organization. Marching band Scholarship. A part of PTK at my community college.

Here are a list of schools that I was thinking about applying to:

1. Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC)

2. Meharry Medical College

3. Morehouse College of Medicine

4. UT Rio Grande Valley

5. UT Medical Branch at Galveston

6. University of Houston College of Medicine

7. Sam Houston State College of Medicine

8. Howard College of Medicine

9. Dell Medical School

10. Texas A&M College of Medicine

11. Texas Tech College of Medicine

12. UT Health San Antonio

13. McGovern Medical School

14. Paul L Foster School of Medicine

14. Charles Drew/UCLA

15. TCU/UNTHSC

I am planning on applying this cycle. I want to see if I have a chance based off of what I have so far. Any advice is very appreciated. Thank you!

Update: got a 497 . I’m already in too deep in this application cycle so I’ll see this through lol
 
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brainchimezoid

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If you want to go med school next year start adding some low tier and new DO schools! Your MCAT is too low for MD and your GPAs are low too!
What were you scoring on your FL practice tests? What do you think happened on test day?

Yeah I already started applying to DO schools just in case something like this happened. On my FLs I got a 501/509/506/506 respectively. My score breakdown for this recent test was 125/122/124/126
I felt good about the sections except for CARS, where in the middle of the test my mask broke (not trying to make an excuse, it’s my fault for playing with it). I focused a little bit more on psychology and CARS cause those were my weaknesses during the fls. Idk why I thought I did better and I felt confident but I guess it was more arrogance than confidence.
 
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You may receive MD interviews but your best chances are DO schools and I suggest applying to these no later than October.
UIWSOM
TUNCOM
ATSU-SOMA
ARCOM
NYIT-AR
ACOM
WCU-COM
PCOM (all schools)
WVSOM
UP-KYCOM
LECOM (all schools)
MU-COM
Most of these schools have MCAT medians in the 498 to 502 range so you could receive interviews with your 497.
 
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brainchimezoid

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You may receive MD interviews but your best chances are DO schools and I suggest applying to these no later than October.
UIWSOM
TUNCOM
ATSU-SOMA
ARCOM
NYIT-AR
ACOM
WCU-COM
PCOM (all schools)
WVSOM
UP-KYCOM
LECOM (all schools)
MU-COM
Most of these schools have MCAT medians in the 498 to 502 range so you could receive interviews with your 497.

Thank you for the recommendation! I really appreciate it!
 
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Hello,

I wanted to see if I can get some potential advice and recommendations in terms of my stats and schools that I want to apply to. So here are some of my stats

1. cGPA: 3.3 sGPA: 3.1

2. MCAT score: 497

3. State of Residence: Texas Resident

4. Ethnicity: Black/African American

5. Undergraduate: B.S in Biochemistry

6. Clinical Experience: 40 hours at a Baylor Scott and White. Over 2000 hours working as a clinical assistant at a clinic. Worked alongside EMT’s at some events at my university

7. Research Experience: None. Not a big fan of research. Unless working on a semester long project/lab report for my biochemistry class count.

8. Shadowing Experience: 30 hours with a Pediatrician, 30 hours with an Orthopedic Surgeon, 10 hours with a Dentist. Planned on getting more hours then COVID happened haha.

9. Non-clinical Volunteering: 200 hours at an animal shelter, 30 hours at a retirement home, Did yearly community service sponsored by the university, also have volunteer hours because of my medical organizations.

10. Extracurricular Activities:
- Marching Band (I was President, Secretary/Treasurer, Sophomore Class Representative, Section and Squad Leader during my time), Basketball pep band (where I played an instrument and assisted the director through the use of headset, communicating with media sponsors),
- Medical Service Organization,
- First Aid Service Team,
- African Student Organization.
- Weightlifting/Power lifting

11. Honors/Awards: Deans Gold Scholar, Numerous awards for the amount of service hours from Medical Service Organization. Marching band Scholarship. A part of PTK at my community college.

Here are a list of schools that I was thinking about applying to:

1. Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC)

2. Meharry Medical College

3. Morehouse College of Medicine

4. UT Rio Grande Valley

5. UT Medical Branch at Galveston

6. University of Houston College of Medicine

7. Sam Houston State College of Medicine

8. Howard College of Medicine

9. Dell Medical School

10. Texas A&M College of Medicine

11. Texas Tech College of Medicine

12. UT Health San Antonio

13. McGovern Medical School

14. Paul L Foster School of Medicine

14. Charles Drew/UCLA

15. TCU/UNTHSC

I am planning on applying this cycle. I want to see if I have a chance based off of what I have so far. Any advice is very appreciated. Thank you!
Howdy! Your stats are scarily exactly the same as mine when I applied to TMDSAS schools in 2018 (except I had 2 semesters of upcoming research and not nearly as much shadowing hours and my marching band involvement/leadership was all in high school which doesn't apply but everything else: totallyyyyyy the same lol). I don't want to be a downer, but I did not hear back from any schools back then. That being said, I would strongly recommend applying only AACOMAS listed above + TCOM and SHSU on TMDSAS only for sure to save money because your MCAT is gonna get you screened out of most schools. For future advice (if you don't get in anywhere, which is obviously worst case scenario that I don't wish upon you) is to find an SMP/MSMS/self-made-post bacc/something to prove your academic growth and retake your MCAT if possible because those are definitely the screening mechanisms and red flags you'll have to overcome. I say this because I'm in an MSMS program with a high GPA and a higher MCAT retake score and got 3 II's very early in the cycle (1 to an OOS MD too!) this year. Thankfully more schools are looking holistically at applicants and you seem to fit the bill with the non-academic factors (which is major nowadays when they want well-rounded students), but I promise you with Texas MDs, their cut-offs are usually 3.0/500+ or they'll red flag the file. Good luck this cycle though and I hope you hear back so you won't have to endure another application cycle!!
 
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brainchimezoid

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Howdy! Your stats are scarily exactly the same as mine when I applied to TMDSAS schools in 2018 (except I had 2 semesters of upcoming research and not nearly as much shadowing hours and my marching band involvement/leadership was all in high school which doesn't apply but everything else: totallyyyyyy the same lol). I don't want to be a downer, but I did not hear back from any schools back then. That being said, I would strongly recommend applying only AACOMAS listed above + TCOM and SHSU on TMDSAS only for sure to save money because your MCAT is gonna get you screened out of most schools. For future advice (if you don't get in anywhere, which is obviously worst case scenario that I don't wish upon you) is to find an SMP/MSMS/self-made-post bacc/something to prove your academic growth and retake your MCAT if possible because those are definitely the screening mechanisms and red flags you'll have to overcome. I say this because I'm in an MSMS program with a high GPA and a higher MCAT retake score and got 3 II's very early in the cycle (1 to an OOS MD too!) this year. Thankfully more schools are looking holistically at applicants and you seem to fit the bill with the non-academic factors (which is major nowadays when they want well-rounded students), but I promise you with Texas MDs, their cut-offs are usually 3.0/500+ or they'll red flag the file. Good luck this cycle though and I hope you hear back so you won't have to endure another application cycle!!

Thank you for your input! Yeah I’m planning on applying to an SMP program if this application cycle doesn’t work out for me.

I hope your interview and this cycle works out for you and get that A!
 
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