I see an app that is massively research heavy and patient contact lite and even less light on nonclinical volunteering. Shadowing is OK. Reinvention history is wonderful.Wise SDNers, thank you so much for taking the time to offer advice on this forum. I’d really appreciate it if you could help me identify some weak points in my current application so I can apply smarter next cycle. Currently, I have no interviews (complete end of August through the first week of September).
Where I think I went wrong: Took a gap year job in research instead of scribing. Unrealistic school list. Very limited non-clinical volunteering. Applied late(ish).
I think I need more meaningful clinical experience, non-clinical volunteering, and need to apply DO (especially as a reinventor…). I am only hesitant to apply DO because I do not know how step going to p/f will affect DOs. After not receiving any MD interviews I know I am not in a place to be choosy...
I know I can apply to DO right now, but I want to give it another cycle and see if the improvements I can make in the meantime can give me any traction at MD programs for next year. I will definitely apply to both MD and DO schools next cycle.
App improvements for next (2021) cycle:
- 200 hours as an EMT (planned)
- 50 hours as COVID contact tracer
- 100 hours volunteering at a homeless shelter
- 50 hours crisis text line
- 2000 hours translational research + publication (some patient contact but the vast majority at the bench)
Current (2020) application
State of residence or country of citizenship (if non-US): IL
Ethnicity and/or race: ORM (white)
cGPA and sGPA as calculated by AMCAS or AACOMAS
First Bachelor’s GPA: 3.0
First Bachelor’s sGPA: 3.1
Second Bachelor’s GPA: 3.91 (60 credits)
Second Bachelor’s sGPA: 3.88 (41 credits science)
MCAT score(s) and breakdown
Clinical experience (volunteer and non-volunteer)
310 hours - clinical volunteering across two organizations
Research experience and productivity
1500 hours basic science - poster
Shadowing experience and specialties represented
55 hours across 3 specialties
~40 hours, nothing very recent
Other extracurricular activities (including athletics, military service, gap year activities, leadership, teaching, etc)
Organizing philanthropic events (several hundred people)
Current School List
U of Illinois
NYMC - hold
Wisconsin (ties) - R
Indiana (ties) - R
Your state schools
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. 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.