popopopo 107 Posts May 23, 2017 Although true that schools autoscreen low gpa/mcat, healthcare experiences are highly prized. It's not worth nothing. Schools are transparent about these bottom floor numbers. I wouldn't apply to Harvard med with a 3.0 and average mcat. Secondary essays themselves are sometimes automatic, which may be just a way to milk some extra money from students who may have had no chance to begin with. It's a self-selecting process and not many cast a wide net. Schools still need to accept people with good gpa/mcat so they can pass medical school, which would entail a long career of more test taking like the USMLEs.