You Have a 3.2 GPA (not very strong) and haven’t taken the MCAT yet. It is a long shot for you to get into an MD program at a US school. The three schools you have applied to (Howard, Meharry and Morehouse) are good, lesser competitive (i.e. they are not Harvard) schools. In your position, you really need to think about what you want. If you choose either Carrib or DO schools you set your self up for additional struggles down the road for residency and some idiotic stigmas.
You really want to do specialized surgery? If you don’t get an MD my advice would be Carrib. There are a few Carrib schools that are very well respected by the US and thus you stand a decent shot for a good residency thereby leading you to your ultimate goal.
If you want to stay in the country, DO schools will give you a great, competitive education. Many DO schools train well enough to take both the COMPLEX and USMLE exams. This allows students to take the USMLE exam (the MD board) hopefully making them competitive for MD residencies.
If I was in your shoes, I would worry very much about the MCAT! A solid MCAT score, >30 can make a lot of these stresses and uncertainties go away. Once you have your MCAT score, evaluate your situation, think about what you really want, RESEARCH everything (both Carrib and DO have great opportunities), and come up with a strategic plan. Strategy plays a big part into all of this. Remember, this is a means to an end. Your ultimate goal is to become a doctor.
wasift wrote:I thought someone here told me that school holds an important factor as well.
In the long run, residencies play the important factor as to how, you as a doctor will end up. As far as important factors with each med school.......... The only important factor they have is preparing you well enough to score competitively on the boards and scoring a good residency. Unless you attend Hopkins, Havard etc. most hopitals are looking at where you did your residency, how well you did and your scores on boards.
Hope this helped and good luck.