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MD & DO What schools should I consider and how do I differentiate between them?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by thf214, May 16, 2014.

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  1. thf214


    May 16, 2014
    I am currently narrowing down schools to apply to for the next cycle. I am not sure how best to locate schools to apply to, and the schools all have such similar acceptance criteria that I do not know how to narrow them down beyond menial MCAT and gpa comparisons. Could someone give me a good criteria to find out if I am in range of school, or some other way to narrow down which schools I should be applying to? Also if there is a list of DO schools I would appreciate any feedback on which to look into.

    cGPA: 3.52
    MCAT: 36
    ECs: good (involved in leadership positions in a few clubs + long term commitment to multiple clubs)
    Research experience: good (published and multiple research internships)
    Clinical Experience: weakest part (100 hours volunteering at hospital + 40 hours shadowing)
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  3. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun! SDN Administrator 5+ Year Member

    May 15, 2011
    moving to WAMC forum
  4. thf214


    May 16, 2014
    thanks, sorry new on the site
  5. gyngyn

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

    Other pertinent factors include: your state of residence, personal strengths (research, clinical, teaching)/institutional focus, total number of applications received, relative proportion of matriculates from OOS, regional bias, re-applicant status, MCAT retakes...
    Why don't you show us what you have based on research so far?
  6. WillburCobb

    WillburCobb I am the pull out king Banned Account on Hold 5+ Year Member

    MSAR for MD schools and this http://www.aacom.org/resources/bookstore/cib/Documents/2015cib/2015_CIBfull-web.pdf for DO schools. Most state schools have a state and regional bias, so your best bet is to look at state and regional schools, state schools that have a higher than average OOS acceptance rate (EVMS and VCU for example), and private schools. You're fine for any DO school.
    gyngyn likes this.
  7. thf214


    May 16, 2014
    I am from Alabama, here is a (very) rough list of schools I am considering applying in order of preference (at least through the first few). I dont really want to know chances of getting in, just how do I go about targetting differences between schools so that I can figure out which ones I would like to apply to, and if someone has other schools that might be in my range if could apply to. They all appear about the same in the MSAR to some degree.

    Reasonable chance:
    University of Alabama
    University of South Alabama
    George Washington
    Albert Einstein School of Medicine
    Wake Forest

    Boston Univ

    Major stretch/Dream Schools
    UCal San Fran

    Do: No clue
  8. Goro

    Goro 7+ Year Member

    MSAR Online is your friend.

  9. CardiologyPrincess


    Feb 21, 2014
    These are mine:
    UNC-chapel hill
  10. woltej1

    woltej1 2+ Year Member

    Jul 31, 2011
  11. gyngyn

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

    I count 9 schools where you have a good chance at an interview. That is usually enough for your state.
  12. thf214


    May 16, 2014
    woltej1, thank you. the msar of this year must have left out that section

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