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Goro

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I have already applied for the 2020-2021 cycle, but have received one interview waitlist. Looking to start as soon as possible working on my application.

cGPA/sGPA: 3.65(3.95, 3.66, 3.50, 3.50)/3.44. Lots of B+s in my major classes(Neuroscience) towards the end.
MCAT: 510 (128/123/128/130), retook for 511 (128/123/132/128) a month after.

Clinical hours: ~800 hours as an emergency department as a scribe.

Shadowing: ~25 hours spread out across 4 years shadowing an ENT, Neurosurgeon, etc.

Research: ~50 hours researching a surgical clinic's structure, implemented changes, and presented. ~400 Research over 3 projects for chemistry in undergraduate.

Volunteering: Volunteered ~200 hours for a hospital system in rehab, stroke unit, and data sciences. ~50 hours in unstructured volunteering throughout the four years.

Extracirrurlars: ~900 hours in recreational powerlifting and ~900 in music transcription during free time.

Since Primary Submission: Conducting COVID-19 research in the financial sector of a hospital(working through a publication). Supporting a local medical school in the Data department. Intermittent hospital volunteering. ER Scribing for a hospital system whenever available.

College list:
In-state (TX):

UH College of Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical School
UT Medical Branch at Galveston
McGovern Medical School at UT HSC Houston
Long School of Medicine at UT HSC San Antonio
UT Austin Dell Medical School
UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine
Texas Tech HSC SOM at Lubbock
Texas Tech HSC Paul L Foster SOM at El Paso
Baylor College of Medicine

Out-of-state: (All have some linkage to the school/referrals from alumni)
Colorado
Tufts
Tucson
UAB
USUHS

Thank you in advance.
As a Texan with median stats, any OOS MD schools is a donation, as was Baylor. You should have some DO schools on the list, and it's not too late to add them./ And no, in the age of COVID, you don't' need a clinician LOR.

You should add 25 mores of shadowing (or get a scribing job).

The downward GPA trend might be hurting. It's not that bad, but still catches the eye. The 2x 123 CARS is hurting. That's < 10th %ile and all MD schools. Do not retake a 3rd time; you've hit your plateau.

You have no nonclinical volunteering, That's the most lethal thing in your app.

So, you have a number of deficits that you need to work on.
 

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Thanks for the reply-

I'll look into adding some DO schools and volunteering opportunities.

Should I look for scribing opportunities with other specialties or would continuing with the scribing suffice?

Being a Texan with these, would it be recommended to take a semester of post-grad sciences classes? If I shouldn't retake the MCAT, I'm uncertain about what to do for improving.
YES to the bolded

A semester of great grades will help allay concerns about your academics.
 

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Agree with the DO schools. Apply to TCOM. It’s an awesome school!

I think if you got that GPA a little higher and added some volunteering you would get a spot.

For scribing, it doesn’t matter what specialty.
 
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