docJJ wrote:I just got my MCAt scores back and was quite disappointed with my scores. I got a 25 and have a 3.6 GPA. I was wondering what my chances are for both allopathic and osteopathic schools, and if I should retake the MCAt or not?
in 2006 i appliedto 22 MD schools. My stats were 240 and 3.77. IN return, i recieved 22 letters of rejection. The mistake i made was that i didn't apply to D.O. schools, which i'm going to do this year!!
From my experience, i'll tell you this: schools stress the point that they'd consider your application as whole, and not as a buch of numbers, well...reality check! they don't! All they care about is primarily your MCAT score, then your GPA.
One of my friends did not do any medical volunteering or shadowing, aand had no clinical experience whatsoever. His GPA was 3.4, but still got accepted to 4 medical school, one which granted him a full scholarship. Why? because he scored a 35T on his MCAT. Period!!
I also know tons of people with the same case senario.
I hate to say it, but you, like every other applicant, is nothing but a number to the addmissions committe. Think about it, if you were an admissions committe member, why would you grant acceptance to someone with a 24 mcat instead of a 35 mcat. Student's entering with high scores will raise the standards of the university! So i really don't blame the admission people for their decisions.
To get into an MD school, you have to have high numbers and if called for an interview, you have to be a GOOD ACTOR. They don't want honesty, they want you to give them what they want to hear. If you can do that, you'll get accepted.
Also, if you know someone in the committe, then you're in! One of my friends' father is a distant relative in an MD school. She told me that their relative was the reason the got accepted. She had a 22 on the MCAT.
Please don't tell that everyone who goes into medicine is doing so to help people!! that is lame. People can help others by volunteering, doing social work or other stuff. So why don't they? Well, because those other stuff don't come with money and prestige. That's why! Most of today's doctors, and the future ones, went in for those reasons. They told me that in full honesty. One physician told me, "think of medicine as a long term investment"
I am sorry for being aggressive in this response. It is not aimed at you. I am just sick and tired of seeing hypocrite and actors getting accepted when i've trying to get into a school since 2001! I used to live in another continent where the system is that you start medical school right after high school, a 6 year program (there are few schools in the US that have this system). Anyway, my grades weren't good enough, so i decded to give it another shot. To do so, i had to repeat an entire year of highschool, because they only accept traditional students. Still, to no avail. I later came to the U.S. and here i had to do a bachelor's degree. Can you believe this. All these years just to get a lousy acceptance.
I applied to the caribbean and got an acceptance to AUC, but somehow it got messed up that by the time i recieved the priliminary acceptance, the seats were full.
Hell with the caribbean, i going to apply to D.O. school