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Asked 11 months ago by Guest (120 points)

A little bit about myself.. I am 22 years old and in the process of completing my MPH @ George Washington University with approximately a GPA of 3.62. As for undergrad, I attended Dominican University where I earned a B.S. in Neuroscience with a concentration in cellular and molecular neurobiology with distinction, honors through coursework and a minor in chemistry at the age of 20. I was able to graduate early due to my ability to take 8 college courses each semester at once. My G.P.A. is 3.65, and it only went down due to a C in Orgo II.

As for extracurriculars, I have done about everything. Volunteered in Rush hospital for 1.5 years at a surgical unit assistant, Student Senator of student government and eventually treasurer for 2 years, committee member for educational policies at Dominican University for 1 year, clinical preceptorship internship for 1 year (volunteered with E.R. physicians, and shadowed surgeons), student ambassador for 2 years, etc. I also worked as a peer mentor where I acted as a teachers assistant tutoring students both inside and outside of the classroom (2.5 years) and as a research assistant  for 1.5 years. This resulted in allowing me the ability to complete a distinction project, where I wrote a 60 page paper to defend my thesis and completed an oral defense. My paper was published in the Constellation and I won a research award. I also work as a wedding planner on the side, and through this event planning I created a organization that allows kids with chronic diseases in hospitals create interesting wedding decor (can't go into more detail).

As for MCAT, I think this is my weakest aspect. I took it the first time and got a 488, considering I did not study and sorta winged it. I am currently in the process of studying for my MCAT, this time for real. I am averaging 500 on the practice tests, and am about to hire a tutor to help me get my score up. I am planning to take it on April 20th, 2018.

I guess my question to you is, do you think I need to change or fix anything in my application? I applied before without my MPH degree and with the bad MCAT score and got denied. I think this occurred because I submitted my applications extremely late in the cycle. I am worried that I might get denied again. I applied in 2016 cycle, and have spent the last year completing my MPH, volunteering abroad in Peru (2x this year) and creating that small organization with the wedding decor. I still have time to add some more things to my application before I apply in June 2018, so what would you recommend? I really want to get in this time and can't afford to lose more time!

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Answered 11 months ago by tantacles (24340 points)

Your MCAT is currently keeping you out of medical schools. It will be impossible for you to get in without improving it. the rest of your application is fantastic, but your MCAT is absolutely the reason you are not getting in. You must improve your MCAT to have a chance of getting in.

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