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I know my stats are on the lower end of things but was just curious if I have even a decent shot at getting into a school. I'm a senior by the way.

cGPA - 3.47
sGPA - 3.35
MCAT - 31

EC's
50 hours volunteering patient escort
30 hours volunteering emergency department
20 hours shadowing with a pediatrician
Summer internship with the american heart association (public outreach type stuff)
Few silly clubs

My letter of recs, as far as I know, are pretty solid.

I know my ECs are lacking and my GPA is on the lower side. I'm thinking about taking the MCAT again to make up for this. I'm pretty confident I can hit the 33-35 range with a lot of studying. I'm also taking a year off as I am already a senior and applying this summer. I have applied for a few postbacc programs but was wondering about other alternatives..
 
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If you can get your MCAT to a 33, and take some upper-level science classes to raise your BCPM, I think you'd have a chance with the lower GPA. Alternatively, if you applied to DO med schools I think your stats are fine as they are.

And yes, your ECs could use some work too. Another 70 hours of clinical experience and another 40 hours split between two other types of doc for shadowing would be nice to see. Any leadership, research, nonmedical community service, or teaching experience? Can you get most of this done before you apply? If it isn't done, it won't be on your application, which would put you at a disadvantage considering what your competition will be listing.

You could also give consideration to spending another year getting your application in shape to have the best possible chance of an acceptance.
 
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If you can get your MCAT to a 33, and take some upper-level science classes to raise your BCPM, I think you'd have a chance with the lower GPA. Alternatively, if you applied to DO med schools I think your stats are fine as they are.

And yes, your ECs could use some work too. Another 70 hours of clinical experience and another 40 hours split between two other types of doc for shadowing would be nice to see. Any leadership, research, nonmedical community service, or teaching experience? Can you get most of this done before you apply? If it isn't done, it won't be on your application, which would put you at a disadvantage considering what your competition will be listing.

You could also give consideration to spending another year getting your application in shape to have the best possible chance of an acceptance.
I forgot to mention I TAed an intro level bio class for a semester. As far as taking more classes, I am graduating this spring so that is out of the question. But this semester I am taking a few upper level bcpm classes which should boost my gpa a bit. I will look into more shadowing experiences and hopefully gain some clinical hours this summer.
 
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I'm already a senior so I think I'm going to try to get as much done as possible by august (as far as mcat, more clinical volunteering, shadowing, etc), apply widely to DO and MD, and hope for the best. If I'm not happy with any of my acceptances I'll reapply next year with a better app.
 
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Don't apply anywhere you would not want to attend. Turning down all acceptances and not matriculating anywhere may doom further application cycles among other schools who use the same application service.
 
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Haha, "if im not happy with any of my acceptances" was just my optimistic way of saying if i don't get accepted anywhere
 

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I think you will need to build up your app if you really want to aim for MD, but since you are ok with apping to DO schools you should get in somewhere. Everything you should do to improve your app has already been said by other posters, so just try to do as much as you can before you send in your app if you really want to apply this year.