I'm currently a 2nd yr dental student wishing to apply to medical school for the 2004-2005 application cycle. I intend to apply for first year MD programs ( will not apply for advanced standing ) and, if accepted, I will be starting my first year of medical school right before my 4rd yr of dental school. For personal reasons, I do not plan to apply to DO schools. I had received a BS degree in engineering from a respected tier 1 private university. I ended up graduating with a 2.98 gpa overall and in science ( with about 4 W's, 2 D's, and 6 C's, with everything else being A's and B's ). In dental school, I'm managing about a 2.7 gpa. My gpa is low but, then again, the dental curriculum is rigorous and has about 26-30 credits per term in sciences and dental labs. Also, all the basic science courses ( biochem, histo, cell bio, gross anatomy, etc. ) I took doesn't seem any different from those in med schools. Given that I was able to come this far, I know and I am confident in myself that I can handle an MD curriculum. I plan to take the MCAT this April. However, due to my dental courses, I cannot provide myself ample time to study for this exam. ( can't take it in August because my 3rd yr courses will begin in July and there will be no summer breaks ). I also don't remember much of undergrad physics/orgo and the MCAT's bio section seems somewhat different from the basic sciences I've been learning. I realistically expect a 27-ish ( 9's across all sections ) score on my MCAT. Also, throughout the last 3 yrs, I was not able to hold any extracurriculars/volunteer experience because of my busy schedule in dental school. My dental profs will be writing my recs based on my 2.7 gpa, so I don't expect great letters. I am a NY resident and understand that SUNY schools are highly competitive. Hence, I'll just be applying to a batch of low-end private schools like Albany, Finch, MCP, Temple, Tulane, GWU, Jefferson, etc. Anyways, what do you guys think? Will I be able to make it anywhere? Am I wasting my time? Do medical schools look favorably on candidates from dental schools? Would I be a stronger applicant if I graduated from dental school? What should I do?