Hey all, longtime SDN lurker here. I need some advice. Here are my stats: MCAT 1: 7PS/11V/10BS MCAT 2: 8PS/10V/9BS (Rough news, just found out on Tuesday, and I'd thought this one had gone better....) cGPA: 3.6 sGPA: 3.28 (according to AMCAS, although I have two retakes in there and with grade replacement it's actually closer to a 3.45, if that makes a difference) LORs Writing Fellows Professor (see ECs)-average English Professor-above average Research Mentor 1-excellent Research Mentor 2-excellent Physiology Professor-excellent Research Not published yet unfortunately (nor is it looking good for the near future), but I've been in the lab (working for credit) for the past year and a half. Bio lab. I've presented once at a research festival and also received a $2500 undergraduate grant (scholarship) this past summer for my research. ECs -Writing Fellow for the past year (in case people aren't familiar, it's a program where I'm assigned to a class and then ~10 students in the class turn in their papers to me, I write them a letter telling them the biggest issues in their paper and write marginal comments for them, and then we go over all of it at a face-to-face conference) -Resident Assistant this year for a pre-med themed floor of 70 students -National Residence Hall Honorary member and chair -120 hours clinical volunteering at a large research hospital -300 hours non-clinical volunteering for a service club (go Kiwanis!) for which I was the vice president and have also held various chair positions; received the District Outstanding Vice President Award for 2013 and the District Best ELIMINATE Project Fundraiser for 2013 (project I spearheaded to raise money for tetanus vaccinations for people in third world countries) -Bio tutor for 1 semester -approx. 40 hours shadowing (internal medicine, gen surgery, family practice) Anywho, with my MCAT, I'm feeling pretty pessimistic about my chances for MD this cycle, but I was wondering if my non-science ECs might at least make me stand out...? Iowa is my home state and where I'm at for undergrad, but their 10th percentile MCAT is a 29 and I don't think my sparkling personality is quite sparkly enough that they'd turn their heads at my 28. I have already applied to 8 schools throughout the Midwest (Rush, Rosy Franklin, Creighton, Iowa, etc) and was just waiting on that second MCAT and one more letter. I had not considered DO until now (didn't think I'd need to) therefore I don't have a letter from any MDs/DOs I shadowed, which throws a wrench in applying late DO. With that....thoughts?