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    Hi All,

    I need some feedback. I am currently taking my prereqs for PA school but now after thinking a lot and I am considering applying to medical schools. I am a US citizen and go to school here. I dont want to apply to any US med schools simply because they are very competitive and I dont want to waste time if dont get in my first try. I was looking at AUA and know of people who graduated from there and found rotations and residency with no problem.

    What are my chances based on my stats of getting in to AUA and also my chances of getting into the top 4.

    My undergrad was in Business Administration and graduated with a 2.8, I have taken a few prereqs after graduation and now my current GPA is a 3.0.

    My science grades so far:

    BIO 1 - A
    BIO 2 - A
    Anatomy and Physiology 1 - A
    Anatomy and Physiology 2 - A
    Chemistry 1 - A
    Medical terminology - A


    I still have to take Chem 2, Orgo and physics. I am also planning on taking Micro this summer. I havent taken the MCAT yet. Please tell me if I even have a chance.
    THank you

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    You will need to take the MCAT before matriculating/registering for classes, as per their rules. You will most likely have to finish the majority of your pre-reqs (maybe not all, case-to-case basis from what I understand, since you have your BA. Micro is good and all, I took it ~3-4 years ago and don't remember anything. Your best bet would be to take something science related in place of Micro to not only boost your GPA but to also to make your app stronger.

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    You would be utterly foolish not to apply to US MD and DO schools first, (especially the DO schools with your GPA). The Carib schools are not going anywhere. They will still be there if you are unsuccessful in the US application cycle. Hell, if you want, apply to both at the same time, so you have an off-shore backup. But DO NOT ignore the US schools. They are by far your most likely pathway to a US residency, which is the whole freaking point. Isn´t it?

    Read up on the impending changes in the US match for foreign grads (yes, even US citizen foreign grads), and see if that changes your thinking on this process at all. It damn well should.

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    to be honest I havent really looked into medical schools here. But I have researched a lot of PA schools and they are extremely competitive and based on that I was thinking Med schools would be impossible to get in.

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    You have excellent science grades. You have been trending upward academically, apparently. Get good MCAT scores and you will probably be right in the mix for DO schools in the US... and your match chances (not to mention the variety of specialties available to you) will increase substantially as a US grad.

    Read up on the AAMC´s goal of creating a 1-to-1 ratio of US grads to internship positions by 2016 (it may take longer, but the closer they get, the worse it looks for foreign grads) and then see how attractive a foreign medical degree appears.

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    What other classes should I take to make my application stronger for DO schools?

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    Just take all of the basic pre-med classes. They are the same.

    However, definitely find a local DO and do some tag-alongs. Make a good impression, as you will need at least one LOR from a DO.

    Plenty of application information is available on the AACOMAS website. It is worth getting intimately acquainted. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calculator View Post
    What other classes should I take to make my application stronger for DO schools?
    What state do you live in? Do some research of the closest DO schools in your area. Go to their websites and check the admission requirements. Take the required courses. Additional courses could be genetics, biochemistry, zoology, etc. It's up to you if you want to take these, it's not required. You have strong science pre-reqs and DO schools favor that. In fact, they even do grade replacement so take advantage of that. Caribbean should be your last option.

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    I am an AUA grad who just matched and I 100% agree with devildoc. You will be foolish not to try to go to a US school. You don't want to waste a year trying to get into US school, how about you finish MD at a Caribbean school and then don't match and waste more than a year waiting for a match while having more than $150,000 in debt? It happened to me last year. I had amazing board scores, research experience and still didn't match last year. I am glad I matched this year into a University program but it gives me chills to think what if I hadn't matched this year. I had made the same mistake as you and instead of waiting a year for a US admission I had gone to the Caribbean which end up costing me same time and more money. So give US schools your best shot and don't even think about the Caribbean. So many of my friends didn't match this year despite good scores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by determinedtobedoc View Post
    I am an AUA grad who just matched and I 100% agree with devildoc. You will be foolish not to try to go to a US school. You don't want to waste a year trying to get into US school, how about you finish MD at a Caribbean school and then don't match and waste more than a year waiting for a match while having more than $150,000 in debt? It happened to me last year. I had amazing board scores, research experience and still didn't match last year. I am glad I matched this year into a University program but it gives me chills to think what if I hadn't matched this year. I had made the same mistake as you and instead of waiting a year for a US admission I had gone to the Caribbean which end up costing me same time and more money. So give US schools your best shot and don't even think about the Caribbean. So many of my friends didn't match this year despite good scores.
    A few questions:
    1) What did you do on your time off to improve your CV/App?

    2) How would US schools be more than 150K? it's well near the 300-400k based on tuition alone.

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