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Easiest med schools M.D/D.O schools to get into

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  • Columbia09Columbia09 Registered User Posts: 1,012 Senior Member
    And that's another thing why does the student doctor network have a bad rap for?
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,817 Senior Member
    SDN = Super Duper Neurotic

    Where anyone who has under 4.0/38 and has fewer than 3 Science first author publications, 2000 hours of clinical experience, 200+ hours of shadowing AND cured cancer is never going to get into med school.
  • kristin5792kristin5792 Registered User Posts: 2,068 Senior Member
    ^Also, you better apply to at least 37 schools (including ~10 DO and 3-4 Caribbean) regardless of your stats. I mean, you just never know man. And obviously the best people to analyze what astonishingly vague aspects of your app you choose to broadcast over the internet are other undergrads themselves--didn't you know that if you join SDN, you're automatically as knowledgeable as a seasoned admissions committee member, and thus qualified to crush dreams of premeds everywhere?

    But seriously, WOWMom, you think 200 shadowing hours is enough? Any person with a pulse could get that many. You probably need close to twice that if you're even going to have a shot at your state school, let alone the lower-tier privates (might as well not even bother with elite schools). And what about leadership and volunteer experience? I sure hope you forgot to mention that you are the student body president and started an after school program for underprivileged youth or something...if not, you might consider a gap year (don't kill me for suggesting it! Who knows, it might be really eye-opening; you could spend another year volunteering in an ER or getting your EMT certification--sure ways to prove that you're in it for the long haul).

    (for the record, my SDN tag is different than my CC tag...and my post count there is 3)
  • parent56parent56 Registered User Posts: 7,658 Senior Member
    hoping S2 will avoid sdn until later in the process! think it will be helpful in finding secondary questions, perhaps info on the "feel" of a school, interview process etc.though
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Registered User Posts: 7,826 Senior Member
    Only trust "feel" of school comments from actual students.
  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Registered User Posts: 16,184 Senior Member
    As different caliber applicants appliy to each place (while difference is really minimal, there is still a difference between college GPA = 3.7 and 3.9) and every place has about 5000 applicants for about 200 spots (or less), I do not see how one place could be less competitive than another. It is like races are in different heats - in swimming, there are 6 - 8 swimmers in each heat. Heats are put together based on a swimmer's personal best time. Who is to say that the fastest heat is more cmpetitive than the slowest? Surely for competitiors, there is still only one heat winner and only one who took a second place and so forth. So, applicant is still competing for the same number of spots with the same number of applicants at the "best" place and at the lowest ranked place. But just as for the fast swimmer it would take no effort to win in the slow heat, the same here. If a very high caliber applicant applied to a very low ranked school, he has a better chance, that is if adcom does not decide that the applicant is such a mismatch that to invite him to an interview would be a complete waste of time as he would not choose this school. This type of thinking actually is very common during residency application, maybe not so much in Med. school application cycle.
    On the other note, to be accepted at any American Med. School is a great accomplishement (including DO schools)
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 27,140 Super Moderator
    MODERATOR'S NOTE:
    I'm not sure why this thread was resurrected, but I'm closing it. Old threads should be used only for research. Answered questions should be posted in a new discussion.
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