I just recently found out that I have an interest in getting into an MSTP program. Initially, I just wanted to do the regular MD route, but now I am really interested in MSTP. Here are my stats so far, and they are really bad:
1. I started community college at age 15, going into the early college high school program where I go to community college instead of high school for the last 2 years of my high school, and get 2 years of transferable college credits.
2. Right now I am graduating both high school and community college in June 2013. I will have 2 years of college credits completed, and I will be going to Portland State University. I am 17 years old, and will have junior standing in PSU. (Yes, that means I can get my bachelors by 19)
3. My GPA is 3.45 :( I might be able to raise it to a 3.52 by the end of spring quarter (it ends in June) because so far I am getting all A's.
4. I barely have any extracurricular activities, because my parents didn't let me volunteer anywhere. However, I have worked as a computer lab assistant for one year at my community college, and have worked as a computer tutor for one quarter. I have also worked as a Personal Assistant for about a year when I was 15 years old, and this was an unofficial job where I basically assisted an elderly lady with house chores and cleaning.
I will be starting to volunteer during september 2013 at OHSU and maybe another hospital position. I also hopefully will get a research position at PSU.
The thing about my (horrible) GPA is that I have maintained a 4.0 before while taking full-time classes. What ruins my GPA is a C in the first chemistry class I took (the rest of them were A's), and a D in a stupid sociology class I took, and I got a D because I forgot to buy the book and they were out of stock (long story). And then I had one B in writing, one B in calculus 3, and one B in pre-calc. The rest were all A's. For two terms last year, and winter term this year, I was able to maintain a 4.0. The B's were really all from lack of effort because I had life circumstances.
So my question is, if I maintain a 4.0 GPA next school year, and raise my overall GPA to a 3.7, get one year of research experience and one year of volunteer experience, and get a good MCAT score, what else should I do in order to be competitive for MSTP prgorams? I will be 19 when I graduate with my bachelors, so I will be 19 at the time I enter either medical school or an MSTP program. I don't know what to do! I really don't want to take a year off, because I don't think I need it. I don't know... It scares me that a lot of MSTP programs have an average GPA of 3.8-3.9 of those people who got accepted. Will I even have a chance with a 3.7 and one year of research experience?