Rogue42

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    My Stats are as follows:
    I am Small Town (less than 10,000) Tennessee resident, and I attend a public in-state University
    -Microbiology Major
    -3.61 Overall GPA, 3.9 non-science, 3.50 Science
    -200 shadowing hours in surgery, internal medicine, anesthesiology, and family medicine through ETSU's Medical Horizons program (this is a program that is run by Quillen COM)
    -20 Hours shadowing in Vanderbilt Cardiothoracic surgery
    -60 hours spent volunteering as an athletic trainer in my home-town
    -350 hours of being a Teaching Assistant in Biology
    -20 hours of volunteering at a local hospital
    -150 hours of research experience with a University Research Award and Publication to my name.
    -Volunteered for RAM clinic. I was a dental assistant for the clinics. (Free medical, dental, and vision clinic for the Under-deserved)
    -Participated in the Childhood Arthritis Walk in Nashville, Tennessee for the past four years.
    -Member of the Chemical Medical Club and The Wildlife Society
    -2000 hours working as a Scribe and triaging patients in a Family Practice clinic underneath several MDs, PAs, and NPs. (this is my current job, so my hours should continue to climb.)
    -I was Student Ambassador for my University.
    -I am starting my Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management.

    My GPA trend is pretty flat lined at around a 3.66/3.7 for all my years in school. I had a bad one semester, and it dropped my GPA to a 3.51 so I had to fight back from that. That semester I made the only C I ever made in College in Organic Chemistry 1.

    And speaking of Chemistry, I took 8 credit hours of General Chemistry with labs, 4 hours of Organic Chemistry with lab, and then 6 hours of biochemistry without lab. My Major did not require Organic 2, and my university does not offer biochemistry with labs (instead they offer a 2 credit hour free-standing biochem lab.) How does this affect my application and should I take the free-standing lab?

    Pending MCAT (June test date), what is my relative chances of getting an acceptance to a DO school? I really like VCOM especially Auburn, LMU, and NYIT Arkansas. Any other advice?

    Sorry for the long post, just trying to cover all my bases.
     

    Coltuna

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      Everyone is going to tell you to update with an MCAT score because it's very hard to say without that. As for the chemistry requirement-- This will be school specific. I believe some schools don't require labs actually.
       

      Rogue42

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        Everyone is going to tell you to update with an MCAT score because it's very hard to say without that. As for the chemistry requirement-- This will be school specific. I believe some schools don't require labs actually.

        Thanks! I figure that's what I'll be told. Truthfully, I'm just aiming for a 500, and that's about what I've been averaging on my Full Length practice MCATs.
         
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          Thanks! I figure that's what I'll be told. Truthfully, I'm just aiming for a 500, and that's about what I've been averaging on my Full Length practice MCATs.
          Given your stats and EC's, a 500 will probably net you a (few) interview(s) if you apply early and broadly. But a 500 is the bare minimum score at which I'm confident you'd get interview(s). Shoot for higher!! Also milk that rural underserved living for all it's worth in your personal statement/secondary essays.
           
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            Given your stats and EC's, a 500 will probably net you a (few) interview(s) if you apply early and broadly. But a 500 is the bare minimum score at which I'm confident you'd get interview(s). Shoot for higher!! Also milk that rural underserved living for all it's worth in your personal statement/secondary essays.

            Even though the DO average Is around a 3.6 and 500?
             
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