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What are my chances with a 3.6gpa and 28 MCAT??

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Mushrooomboy, Oct 30, 2014.

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  1. Mushrooomboy

    Mushrooomboy 2+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Last edited: May 27, 2016
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  3. Boolean


    Oct 14, 2013
    Lack of pubs might hurt you for the MD/PhD. Your MCAT score is on the verge of expiring if not expired in many places, I suggest a retake.
  4. Mushrooomboy

    Mushrooomboy 2+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Sorry i mistyped I took the mcat in 2013 not 11
  5. Mushrooomboy

    Mushrooomboy 2+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Currently a senior in undergrad with uptrending GPA and honors courses

    I heard in many cases that med schools usually understands if you havent published as long as your research quality is good no? I've attended a national poster competition and intrauniversity competitions and am in the process of writing up my undergraduate thesis which I received a small funding for. Would that help me despite the low MCAT?
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014
  6. Lamel

    Lamel 2+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2013
    CA Resident, Asian, 28 MCAT (though 11+8+11 = 30...) is not a good combination, especially for MD/PhD.

    Do you think you can retake? Otherwise I think MD is tough, and MD/PhD tougher. DO is much more realistic however.
  7. TxC

    TxC 2+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Should be okay for DO.

    Maybe only apply to DO schools.
  8. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    Our successful MD/PhD candidates actually have MCAT scores at least as good as our MD applicants.
    You may need to contact the programs you are interested in or go over to the physician scientist forum to see if anyone has had luck with your profile.
    I can't envision success in CA for MD unless you are SDA or from the IE.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014
  9. alpinism

    alpinism Give Em' the Jet Fuel 5+ Year Member

    Few things:

    1. Your chances at those public schools (bolded) as an out-of-state applicant are very low unless you have some strong ties to the school or state. Not sure if you picked them because of their lower stats averages, but that's because they have a huge bias for in-state residents.

    2. MD/PhD programs focus heavily on stats and typically take applicants with high MCATs and GPAs. A 28 MCAT is too low for nearly all MD schools. DO/PhD might work though. You can always apply to PhD programs after med school as well.

    3. Your chances at Howard are low unless you're URM or have an extensive history of working with minority populations.

    4. With your stats, you typically want to apply to 20+ lower tier private MD schools (see the MSAR - schools like Drexel) and DO schools as a back up.
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  10. Goro

    Goro 7+ Year Member

    Your MCAT limits you, but you're not dead for MD schools. I suggest:

    all other new MD schools except Va Tech and Hofstra
    Rosy Franklin
    Penn state
    Loma Linda (but read their list of don'ts)
    Wake Forest
    You're fine for any DO school except AZCOM
  11. Mushrooomboy

    Mushrooomboy 2+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Great! thanks for all the inputs
  12. csx

    csx 2+ Year Member

    May 8, 2013
    I know a person with almost identical #'s and similar EC's (better/worse depending on an adcomms taste i suppose) who got into an MD school. It was an instate school BUT his state doesnt favor instate students too much (50/50 IS/OOS). So you got a shot.
  13. Medguy22


    Aug 7, 2014
    Apply to both MD and DO schools. Limit your MD schools to low and mid tier and you should have a great shot at many of them.

    People put too much emphasis on the MCAT, as long as you don't have less than a 27 then you are fine.

    Good luck.
  14. ProudMD


    Oct 31, 2014
    Unfortunately, being an Asian applicant from California, your 28 will significantly hurt you. I would not attempt any MD/Ph.D programs unless your research is exceptionally impressive. Definitely apply to DO schools as well. Be sure to find a DO to shadow as many DO schools require a letter from an osteopathic physician. You can do it!

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