2 years ago
Admissions Advice

I want to be a Surgeon, thoughts on progress + advice on what to do next?

Hi, I'm G. I want to be a surgeon, here's everything you need to know about me.


- Female, white

- Junior in Highschool

- 4.0 weighted, 3.5 unweighted GPA. (Working on 3.5, should be up to 3.8 or so this year.)

- 3 AP courses so far. (World, Human, Psych; scores 4, 5, and 5.)

- In the AP Capstone program, currently AP's are Seminar, USH, and Lang.

-Plan to complete 3 more AP's senior year for a total of 9. These plus honors classes, CTAE certificates and medallions, graduating with high honors, etc.

• Extracurriculars •

- In 8 clubs this year, each is relatively something I'm passionate about.

- Most notable are HOSA, Red Cross, DECA (Top competitor, completion mentor, top 2 in State and Region, attendee to ICDC)

- Rho Khappa (Invite-only honors society, only 35 members per chapter), NTHS (Honors society), LHS (Latin Honors society), Beta (Volunteering, +150 total hours)

- No officer positions yet, but plan to get at least 2.

- Doing a monthly Healthcare Shadowing program at a nearby hospital, Clinical rotations with a Johns Hopkins professor (Lung surgeon) every 2 weeks, Congress Of Future Medical Leaders Alumni

What else should I do? Any advice? I plan on taking Anatomy and Physiology, AP Bio, etc. I work at Dunkin', should I try and find a healthcare based job?

Thanks! Sorry, I know it was a lot to read.

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2 years ago

With your 3.5 UWGPA, I don't think you are a compelling applicant to any Ivys, Elite or Top Liberal arts colleges but I do think you have a very good chance to get into T50-T75 schools.

As long as you have a 3.7-3.9 College GPA and score high on your MCAT in college like 515+, you will have no problem applying to top medical schools to fulfill your goal of being a surgeon.

I don't think it matters too much what your HS academic narrative is for senior year because Medical school is a long way away and you can't apply to medical school for another 5 years. I think taking a lot of STEM classes is always helpful if you are applying to a BS/MD program but I do not think you are a strong candidate right now to get into any of those programs. The best ones have a 2-3% admit rate.

I think you have lots of options on where you can go to undergraduate school as long as you keep up your grades, ECs, and course rigor.

I think you are a good candidate for UMD, GWU, Wake Forest, UofRichmond, Washington&Lee, Davidson, UNC, UofMiami, PennState, Villanova, UPitt, Bryn Mawr, NYU, Hamilton, Colgate, Syracuse, Skidmore, Fordham, Frankin & Marshall, Denison, Lehigh, Bucknell, Bates, Trinity College, Connecticut College, Mt. Holyoke, and plenty more.

It doesn't matter where you go to undergraduate college if you want to be a doctor. Just be a great student wherever you get in, get good grades and test scores and the recommendations will follow you and help you get to where you want to be.

2 years ago[edited]

I think you have a great resume! I highly suggest taking Anat & Phys, AP Bio, AP Stats, AP Calc, and AP Chemistry if you haven’t already.

I think it’ll be good to volunteer at a hospital if possible or gain research experience in an area of surgery you’re interested in.

Just keep up getting good grades + test scores, and most importantly enjoy what you do!

What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
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Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

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