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Trying to make decisions about whether it would be worth it to still apply to medical school in the cycle or wait

Asked 1 week ago by Guest (120 points)

I am currently a junior majoring in Neuroscience and History with a minor in Chemistry and possible Religious Studies Minor.

My GPA through my university is a 3.56

Going by AMCAS GPA policies:
My BCPM GPA is a 3.24
My All Other GPA is a 3.7
My Running Overall GPA is 3.43

I have yet to take the MCAT, but I am still planning to do that in early May 2019.
I am currently trying to decide if I have a chance at getting into medical school in the next cycle or if I should wait and do a post-bacc year-long program and apply in 2020.  
I am attempting to get into a clinical research lab right now and waiting to hear back on a clinical volunteer program I've applied to where I sit and comfort people who are close to dying and do not want to die alone.  
I have been extremely active in my service fraternity and have an excess of volunteer hours through them.  
I am working on gaining shadowing hours.  
I currently attend an OOS school for undergrad and would like to stay up north for medical school.

I would like to know if it is worth it for me to even consider applying next cycle for medical school? Like do people get into medical school with GPA's like mine?  Also any alternative suggestions for how to make myself a better applicant especially if you believe I should wait a year or two?

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Answered 1 week ago by mark-ER (5900 points)

Ultimately it depends on your MCAT score (aim for at least 515) and what your ultimate career goal happens to be.  

If your ultimate career goal is to get into a competitive subspecialty, you probably ought to spend another year or more in a post-bacc to improve your science and overall GPA to 3.5-3.7, respectively.  Postbac would also have the benefit of dedicated support and prep time for the MCAT.

Your alternative  would be to apply to A LOT (and I mean 25-35) lower tier private allopathic schools and all your in-state schools as well as all DO schools.  If you continue your exposure to volunteering/healthcare exposure opportunities, continue to earn excellent grades (all As from now on, especially in science) and get an excellent MCAT score and apply early you ought to get in somewhere.  So if your ultimate goal is a less competitive subspecialty, just be on top of things and apply early next year; don't forget opportunity cost -- you 'save' a year in training, less expenses (tuition/living expenses) and earn an extra year of physician salary.

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