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Goro

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Hey guys I was wondering if you could help me tweak med school app school list. I am a Middle Eastern-European California resident by the way!

My undergrad was very competitive and notoriously tough on premeds so I didn't finish undergrad with the highest GPA. After a rough couple of years by my third and fourth years my GPA steadily improved. Now I'm taking postbacc courses to further better my GPA, while tutoring homeless kids and working as a research assistant. My MCAT score is 515(130, 125, 129, 131). Let me know what you think of my list(I was thinking 13 MD schools and 13 DO schools). I'm not very familiar with DO schools so this is definitely a rough draft. My main concern is the DO schools having good clinical rotation opportunities my third and fourth years. Thank you for your help! :)


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List:
MD
UC Irvine
UC Davis
UC Riverside
UCSD
UCSF
UCLA
USC
Kaiser
NYU
Drexel
Albany
Oakland Beaumont
Emory

DO
PCOM
Touro
Western
LMU-DCOM
CCOM
ICOM
DMUCOM
KCU-COM
Lake Erie
Nova
AT STILL
ACOM
MSUCOM
You need to get to some 30 hrs of post-bac to have enough data points to show reinvention.

Here is a more realistic school list:
Dartmouth
BU
Duke
Pitt
Mayo
Mt Sinai
Keck (maybe)
UCD
UCI
UCR IF you're form the Inland Empire
UCSF
EVMS
U Miami
Hofstra
Emory
Jefferson
Drexel
Albany
Tufts
NYMC
Rush
Loyola
Rosy Franklin
Tulane
Wake
MCW
SLU
Creighton
Wayne State
Netter
NYU.LI

Any DO program. Include UNECOM if you’re from the NE, OSUCOM if you’re from the Plains states and PacNW if you’re from that region.

So of your DO list, I recommend:
PCOM
Touro
Western (both)
CCOM (but check tuition!)
DMUCOM
KCU-COM
Lake Erie
AT STILL
ACOM
ADD: TUNCOM

I can't recommend Nova, BCOM, ICOM and LUCOM, for different reasons. MSUCOM? Read up on Larry Nasser and you decide. LMU has an accreditation warning, which concerns me. CUHS is too new and appears to be too limited in rotations sites. UIW refuses to post their Boards scores, which is fishy.
 

Goro

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Thank you for helping me with the list Goro! Should I keep everything on this list even though I want to specialize(EM for example) and not be limited to Primary Care?

I am planning on applying next cycle. By taking two classes per quarter until Spring(March 29-June 13) I would only reach 16.5 postbacc hours. Unfortunately if I take Summer quarter classes too my classes would end September 4th... Should I still take classes summer quarter even though primary apps are due mid june? Are 16.5 semester hours not going to cut it?
No, I don't think that 16 hrs will be enough data points.

No one should make a school is based upon what specialty they want to go into, because they're going to change their mind anyway. Or boards will change their minds for them
 

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California is a tough state to be a resident when applying to medical school because all your in-state schools are highly competitive. You really need to crush the post-bac you're doing...are you saying you have a 3.24? Is so, that is not going to cut it. You NEED to get your grades up. Your MCAT is great and should carry you a bit. I think your first list is top-heavy (especially with all the California schools). I like Goro's list much better but would also add more schools. Also, please don't choose a school based on specialty. You can get into any specialty from any school if you work hard enough.
 

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Thank you for your comment TheBoneDoctah, cool username btw!
My predicted GPA after taking 16.5hrs of science + 3.2hrs of non science postbacc courses(19.7 total) would be(cGPA:3.28 ___sGPA:3.22). Ideally as Goro said I would need to take more postbacc classes but I'm not sure if classes I take after primaries are due would be too late to count towards my Med App GPA. What do you suggest?
I was mostly asking about specialties according to school because of NYU.LI, I'm not exactly sure but I read that they heavily focus on primary care...

After primaries next year?
Hey guys I was wondering if you could help me tweak med school app school list. I am a Middle Eastern-European California resident by the way!

My undergrad was very competitive and notoriously tough on premeds so I didn't finish undergrad with the highest GPA. After a rough couple of years by my third and fourth years my GPA steadily improved. Now I'm taking postbacc courses to further better my GPA, while tutoring homeless kids and working as a research assistant. My MCAT score is 515(130, 125, 129, 131). Let me know what you think of my list(I was thinking 13 MD schools and 13 DO schools). I'm not very familiar with DO schools so this is definitely a rough draft. My main concern is the DO schools having good clinical rotation opportunities my third and fourth years. Thank you for your help! :)


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List:
MD
UC Irvine
UC Davis
UC Riverside
UCSD
UCSF
UCLA
USC
Kaiser
NYU
Drexel
Albany
Oakland Beaumont
Emory

DO
PCOM
Touro
Western
LMU-DCOM
CCOM
ICOM
DMUCOM
KCU-COM
Lake Erie
Nova
AT STILL
ACOM
MSUCOM
 
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