I will try to be concise. South Asian ORM, FL Resident. I have a displayed interest and commitment to serving under-served populations, and I am not SES disadvantaged. I was arrested for a marijuana related misdemeanor over 3 years ago. The charges were dropped and expunged (no convictions, clean background check), but I received a corresponding conduct violation IA. I applied last cycle with a GPA between 3.65 - 3.75 and MCAT between 31-34 (all subsections 10+). Muddled stats for the sake of anonymity, but I had a LizzyM of 69. I had minimal clinical experience, zero shadowing, some clinical research, decent volunteering. Unsurprisingly, I did not receive any interviews. After that experience, I found SDN and began lurking hardcore. Coupled with my anemic application, I also realized that my school list was poorly chosen, having applied to only 18 schools, half being reaches and only applying to 1 of my state schools (as a FL resident... terrible I know ). After learning from SDN and getting a real feel for what medical school admissions are all about, I now know that Now: Re-applying with the same MCAT, and higher GPA. LizzyM now 70-71. My app has improved significantly (into competitiveness, I would hope) with: - clinical experience (200 hours on AMCAS, projected 400 by matriculation, none of these hours include hours from recent employment in a hospital setting) - 200 hours shadowing - bench research (very aggressive involvement, very in depth). I also continued volunteering. Everything is submitted and I am complete at >30 schools, much more realistic. I've been rejected by one of my reaches already (Keck, not surprised). So anyway, here is what I am asking: I feel like I have fairly average stats compared to global matriculant stats. But at the same time, I am an undesirable ORM, with an IA, however old. As I see people receive II with the same stats as me, but being marked complete way later, I'm starting to feel like I'm getting passed over at every school that has started reviewing applications. I know that @gonnif probably thinks that I need to be tranquilized, and maybe he is right. But I was still hoping to get some feedback from the sages of SDN. Has my IA killed my chances as an already borderline ORM applicant? Do I have any chance at an acceptance into medical school? Any advice is appreciated. Thank you. Also, my plan (if this cycle goes south) is to continue employment at the hospital, continue volunteering and research, and retake my MCAT.