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What DO Schools should I apply to?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by coffeeshopper, May 15, 2018.

  1. coffeeshopper

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    Hi there! So I am compiling a list of schools to apply to this cycle and I am quite nervous about applying. I feel like my stats aren't the most competitive, however I've had experience working in the medical field for the past 5 years and had to work throughout my undergraduate career to pay for school. Do you think this will play a factor/make up for my less than competitive stats?

    Also, if you have recommendations for what schools to apply to I would be very appreciative.

    Graduated from UCI with a BS in Biological Sciences

    cGPA: 3.30
    sGPA: 3.10
    MCAT: 501

    2 strong biology letters, 1 non-science letter, 1 OD letter (my current boss), 1 DO letter

    Medical Experience:
    - CNA License at age 18 - worked in hospice for 6 months (paid/volunteer)
    - Private Caregiver at Hospice Facility for 12 months (paid)
    - Scribe at Free Clinic for 24 months (volunteer)
    - Scribe/Technician for 24 months (paid and ongoing)
    - Shadowed MD for 2 weeks
    - Shadowed DO for 2 weeks
    - Local Hospital Volunteer (6 months and ongoing)

    Non-Medical Experience:
    - Tutored Special Needs Student for 12 months (paid)
    - Tutor for a English-Second Language student (volunteer)
    - Member of UCI dance team for 12 months
    - President of UCI dance team for 12 months
     
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  3. Goro

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    Fine for any except AZCOM, CCOM, Western, PCOM, KCU, and Touro-CA.
    I can't recommend:
    Nova: four consecutive years of declining first-time COMLEX pass rates. They're now at ~85% and this is something you expect from a new school, not a veteran. Something is very wrong there.

    Wm Carey: VERY high attrition rates and only a 92% placement rate for their Class of 2018. That means 8% of their grads are now unemployed, NOT doing residency. No SOAP, no scramble, no TRI. This is simply NOT acceptable. I expect they'll be put on probation very soon.

    Touro-NY: Poor COMLEX II pass rates; unethical behavior in how they dealt with an overbooking issue two years ago.

    LUCOM: I have a profound distaste for the politics of their parent organization; their Faculty make blatant attempts to twist facts to match their theology.

    From the wise gyngyn: Liberty is poorly regarded due to the history of intolerance of their founding fathers. This school's reputation for intolerance puts its grads at a disadvantage at many reputable residency programs.
     
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  4. not_me1234

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    @Goro are his stats( 3.1sgpa and 501 mcat) considered competitive for do schools or is it that plus the work experience as a health professional?
     
  5. Goro

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    Competitive with a broad application, especially targeting the newest schools. Sadly, OP would be DOA at my school.
     

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