I thought the national average for DO schools was an MCAT in the range of 25-27 ?? I freaked out in June b/c my April MCAT was a 23 Q, and so retook in Aug. and now have a 25 P which I feel will atleast get me an interview in some schools.
Don't forget that average MCAT scores for a school may be misleading because some of those students may have had connections or have gotten preference because they are a minority. Most students I know that had low MCAT scores had to consider other options.
i think that the take home message should be this. every candidate is unique, and one should not hold back their application b/c of a slightly low MCAT score. DO schools have a reputation for looking at the whole picture, and each candidate is unique.
give it your best shot! good luck to all applicants of the class of 07!
I hated the MCAT. I found it to be a worthless freaking exam!! I had been a practicing PA for 4 years when I decided to go back and become a physician, but for my PA program we were never required to take physics or organic. Thus, I actually took the MCAT without taking organic or physics (summer Aug 2001) and made a 23. I then took organic and physics in the following two semesters. But my point is that I made it through PA school which in all honesty was as rigorous as I now find medical school, without ever taking physics or organic. My GPA was a 3.9, and as a PA I probably made a good candidate for medical admission, thus my case shows that the MCAT can have no relevance, and the admission committees agreed. I think the MCAT helps to separate the cream of the 22 year old crop with high GPA's and no life experience to speak of. Otherwise it just plain makes no sense. I have yet to need physics in medical school and the organic has been no real help. Now Biochem...that is something I would recommend putting on the MCAT more heavily, as well as more genetics. If I made the MCAT, it would consist of biochem basics, cell bio, A & P, and genetics. This stuff is useful, and that way premeds don't waste time studying gen-chem and BS like physics. Physics was totally worthless, and could be taught to premeds in a survey format that really relates to medicine instead of all that painful math. Just my two cents.
I applied to both DO and MD schools with a pretty decent GPA and MKAT. I got interviews at about 50% of each. Some of the schools I had above average MKAT and GPA, but was still not offered an interview. I did find DO schools try to look at the whole picture a little more, and ECs played a larger role. (based on application and interview experience).
As far as the last "open-it" comment goes, might I recommend people ignore his comment. Many people on this list seem to be rather insecure and enjoy the attention they get when they stir the pot a little. Just ignore it, and it will go away.
Sweet! Not having a scored MCAT will fly? Just kidding!
In my few interviews thus far, a few people were really worried that their MCAT scores were too low for serious looks at acceptance. They were talking about 22-24 range. One person had like a 19, but was retaking. Admissions directors at these schools all mentioned that if you are interviewing, your scores are good enough to get in. BTW, these were Sept. interviews, and both MD and DO.
That being said, you may get an interview, but as available spots dwindle, higher scores may get you a better look. But then again, maybe not. I'm willing to bet money that somewhere, an adcom is throwing darts at apps stapled to the walls, trying to figure out who gets in.