Monthly What are My Chances? Thread

Nothing really stellar about my background, but I’d like to believe that I’m a fairly well-rounded applicant. CA residency and being an Asian male doesn’t really help my case either, I’m afraid. I plan to apply broadly OOS and see what happens.

I need some help with my list of schools:

  • Is it worth applying to the 10K+ applicant schools (e.g. BU, GW)?
  • Should I remove my high reach schools (e.g. Duke, Dartmouth, UCSF)?
  • Is it worth applying to public Texas schools?
  • If anybody has experience applying to 30+ schools, what was the process like? Any regrets, protips, changes?
  • Should I take OOS tuition into consideration? My family is low income, and I would most certainly be paying 100% with loans.

Year in School: 1st gap year post-college.

State of Residence: California.

Schools to which you are applying:

  • Albany
  • Albert Einstein
  • Baylor
  • Boston
  • Creighton
  • Dartmouth
  • Drexel
  • Duke
  • Quinnipiac
  • George Washington
  • Georgetown
  • Hofstra
  • Loyola Stritch
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • New York Medical College
  • Oakland
  • Penn State
  • Rosalind Franklin
  • Rush
  • St. Louis
  • SUNY Downstate
  • Temple
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Tufts
  • Tulane
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UCLA
  • UCSD
  • UCSF
  • University of Arizona - Phoenix
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Southern California
  • Virginia Commonwealth
  • Virginia Tech

Cumulative GPA: 3.74

Science GPA: 3.70

MCAT: 34

Research: 1 year clinical research, 1 year bench research with honors thesis and poster presentation.

Clinical Volunteering: 250+ hrs hospital volunteering

Physician shadowing: 30 hours radiology, 10 hours ENT. Hoping to shadow an anesthesiologist soon.

Non-Clinical volunteering: Nothing substantial/longterm. I love teaching and am looking into tutoring programs. Just have to rearrange my schedule to fit it in.

Extracurricular activities: Fraternity officer. Musician. TAing.

Employment History: Paid research intern. Paid TA. 1 month medical scribe. Currently a research associate in biotech.

Weekly commitments: Work (45 hrs), Hospital Volunteering (6 hrs).

Immediate family members in medicine? No.

Specialty of interest: No idea, but surgery sounds appealing.

Interest in rural health? No direct experience with this, but I am definitely interested.

Thanks for your time! I’d greatly appreciate any advice, critiques, and/or comments.

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