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  1. vsuku said:

    Applying to caribbean school! Need Advice

    Hello Everyone,
    I am new to the site, and have seen many students get great advice. So I thought I'd try my luck here. I wanted to know my chances of getting accepted to any caribbean schools. I applied for Summer 2012. I am graduating with a B.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences. I have a 3.4 gpa, over 9,000 + hours of physician shadowing. Over 5,000 hours of clinical volunteering. 10 years of work experience in an orthopedic practice. I am currently 22. (Started very young). Played international sports, representing 2 different countries in the FIFA World Cups. Played professional Soccer, received over 15 letters of rec from physicians and currently work as a medical assist. And have a crap load of community service. My weakness is the MCAT for some reason. I have taken it twice, with no luck and received a 19R and 18R. I know most of you are thinking that I must probably be an idiot, but I know I can do this, as I already help out with surgical operations as a surgical tech. For some reason, i think i am doing well on the mcat until i actually get my scores. Do you think caribbean schools will over look my MCAT and consider my other ECs? Do you think my involvement in professional sports, while working toward my **. degree (and graduating early), along with my decade of work experience will override my low entrance exam?


    Vsuku
     
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    Tipton said:
    I'd say Ross, AUC and Saba may be doable. Not sure about the MCAT holding you back. Crank it up a few points and see if it helps. No one (most of all you) should assume you are an idiot simply based on your MCAT.

    Anything holding you back from pursuing a career as a professional athlete? Something you are tired of and want to do something else? Unless you've screwed up your knees already or similar...just curious.
     
  3. SteveB said:
    19R and 18R doesn't mean you're an idiot. Remember that result of any standardized test is composed mainly of ... test taking strategy. Sad but true. I'd take prep class for MCAT, it might sound silly at first but knowledge and practice on taking test in equally if not more important than book knowledge
     
  4. bidiboom said:
    vsuku hi

    The fine details in those tests have a great role in result:

    1) Style: Every test has its own style, and until you get used to it and feel comfortable in that style you need to solve and solve and solve practice tests as if you are taking the real test..

    2) Focusing: Before taking the test, you need to focus only (only!) on the test for a couple of months.. if you spend your day with other stuff on one hand, and prepare for the test on the other, this creates a result of kinda half-brained work.. this is not you, but your lack of focusing..

    3) Practice and speed: Again solve and solve and solve.. the ones you cant solve are God's favour for after the test, you dig those points more and they become yours..

    You may need the synergy of a course environment.. and a lot of MCAT practice tests.. and you may think you know everything which may be asked in the test, but believe me, just with the points above you can get your score from 60some% to 90some%..

    Let us know how things roll ok?
     
  5. vsuku said:
    Tipton,
    Thanks for the advice, truly appreciated. I injured my knee some years ago playing in the World Cup and played thru it. I was young and headstrong. I did more damage than anything else. Ended up having to have my entire knee reconstructed. Every ligament, bone, and cartalige. Not fun. Thanks for asking though.
     
  6. vsuku said:
    Steve B,
    Thanks for the advice. I will definitely get myself enrolled into a prep course!
     
  7. vsuku said:
    bidiboom,
    Thanks for taking the time to give me advice. I definitely will follow your steps. I truly appreciate the time you took to give me such insight. I will make sure to let you know how things turn out after I retake the Mcat.
     
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    A Second Daniel said:
    So let me get this straight, you do good as a surgical tech thus you know you will be good as a surgeon? Come on, you must see that there is no logic in that claim- the two aren't that related. Can you really peer into the mind of a surgeon who knows exactly where he is making the incision and how deep he must cut, and through which tissue? To hell with medical school, let the techs becomes licensed surgeons!
    On a more serious note, these experiences won't help you with the mcat. I've written it twice, and if you can afford the the prep courses then do it. It's all about the ability to commit yourself to a huge load of science and becoming very competent with the application of that knowledge. An MCAT study book from kaplan or examcrackers is a MUST. Most importantly, for the verbal section, read everything and anything! Your results are always proportional to your commitment.
    But if we hope for what we do not yet have, then we wait for it patiently.
     
  9. bidiboom said:
    Quote Originally Posted by vsuku View Post
    Tipton,
    Thanks for the advice, truly appreciated. I injured my knee some years ago playing in the World Cup and played thru it. I was young and headstrong. I did more damage than anything else. Ended up having to have my entire knee reconstructed. Every ligament, bone, and cartalige. Not fun. Thanks for asking though.
    O my God! Does "to play thru it" mean to go on to play with injured knee? O my God! How young men can be that courageous! I cant even dream what you have done man!
    Ok, every good property has its own good results: now you have experience and a brand new knee ..hope things go well for you vsuku..
     
  10. SteveB said:
    vsuku. Just curiosity, what team did you play for in WorldCup?
     
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