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Hello! Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Stats: cgpa: 3.32, sGPA: 2.7, non-science gpa: 3.7
MCAT: 503

Research: 8 months as a lab technician in immunology research, 4 months of genetics research, 4 months of grant writing research, 6 months of medical education research, currently researching in sports medicine.

Clinical Shadowing: 300hrs (~260 hours were completed in China)
Hospital Volunteer: 65 hrs

Extracurriculars: pianist, Health magazine writer (published two articles), biology TA, charity organizer, painter, pre-medical club at university, community service (over 80 hours)

gap year experiences: completed 8 online courses from Coursera and Edx, attended 3 Covid-19 conferences online, certified for contact tracing, taught virtually to Peru students, tutored, work in sports medicine research, and wrote care letters to senior care homes during Covid-19.

*I am hoping to apply to schools near PA with some picks for Drexel, PCOM, Penn State and Rutgers.
Thank you so much for addressing this. Please also feel free to lmk if I can provide any further info.
 

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You need to increase your sGPA to 3.0 before you apply. Even then you will be only competitive for some DO schools with your MCAT of 503. You could do a DIY post bacc at a local college and take enough undergraduate level science courses to raise your sGPA to 3.0 . Then you can apply broadly to DO schools.
 

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That science GPA is too low, and you'll probably be in a good position for an SMP. MCAT's also too low for allopathic medicine and a little on the lower side for osteopathic. A lot of research and not much non-clinical experience where you put yourself out of your comfort zone, and the clinical experiences aren't impressive enough (China is not the US health care system). State residency may play in your favor but for now you need to know which programs are more friendly to applicants such as yourself.
 
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Thank you all for the insight and advice.

During my gap year, I have been "learning how to learn" more efficiently and am preparing to retake the MCAT. Would anyone think that it might be worth a shot to apply if the MCAT score falls in the competitive range of MD programs?

After Covid-19, I almost cannot travel outside and have been eshadowing for a few months. How much weight would this have towards in-person shadowing? Could I write this in the AMCAS activities section?

Thank you again.
 

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Thank you all for the insight and advice.

During my gap year, I have been "learning how to learn" more efficiently and am preparing to retake the MCAT. Would anyone think that it might be worth a shot to apply if the MCAT score falls in the competitive range of MD programs?

After Covid-19, I almost cannot travel outside and have been eshadowing for a few months. How much weight would this have towards in-person shadowing? Could I write this in the AMCAS activities section?

Thank you again.
No matter what score you might get on a MCAT retake, you will not be competitive for MD schools. You would be barely eligible for DO. Your sGPA is so low you will most certainly be auto screened from consideration. Additionally your ECs are very weak. The only area you have near enough experience is in shadowing and even that is lowish. You need 150+ additional hours in clinical experiences ( can be paid or volunteer) but they must be in the USA. I’ve read your post twice and I don’t see any nonclinical volunteering- service to the unserved/underserved in the community. Again service in the in the US to those less fortunate than yourself. You need 200+ hours in this area.
As @Shotapp said, you are at least two cycles away from applying and that’s only if everything falls into place. But remember, always have a backup plan in case medicine doesn’t work out.
 
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