Low GPA/High MCAT Applicant; MD or focus on DO
Hey all, thanks in advance for taking the time to look at my question!
I am a current Master's student with a low undergrad GPA (3.26 cGPA, 3.24sGPA) and a high MCAT (520; 130/129/131/130). I am applying next cycle and want to get an idea of where I should be applying and if I should spend the time applying MD or just put maximum effort into DO schools.
I went to a SUNY undergrad school and graduated with a B.S. in Biochem with the above GPAs and am going to another SUNY school to do my MS in biochem as well. My Master's is research focused with a thesis requirement and I have a 3.9 in the classes I have taken there (25 credits worth, all biochem/analytical chem/ cell bio/ stuff like that).
I have ~3,000 hours direct patient care experience as a volunteer critical care technician on an ambulance (A bit lower on the totem pole than a paramedic but can do most of the same treatments and skills). Also significant leadership and teaching experience here, was elected to office and in charge of all training.
I have also been doing research in cancer biology for a little over 3 years now and that has resulted in 2 second author literature reviews and one second author manuscript in a mid-level journal. Plus I'll have my thesis to point to by the time I apply if that is taken into account?
My shadowing experience is scarce, only ~35 hours with a plastic surgeon whom I met serendipitously and he wrote me a great LOR.
For non-clinical volunteering I began a social-support group on campus for students battling drug addiction (not in recovery myself but sibling died of an overdose so it is something I'm passionate about). That's it for my non-clinical volunteering though.
I guess I just want to know if my undergrad GPA will cause me to get tossed at MD programs and if I'm better off focusing my time/energy to DO programs . I was thinking maybe I can just apply to SUNY MD schools and have the rest of my apps be to DO programs I'm interested in. Any insight from experts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance!!