Menu Icon Search
Close Search

MD Applicants

  • fpo-profile-avatar
  • User #10358

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Male, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Brief Profile: Anthropology BS major (highly recommend! very well rounded education)

    -3 years of archaeological research, including a dig in Central America. Lots of bone work and analysis. No publication
    -215 hours of hospital volunteering
    -300+ hours of Orthopaedic shadowing (clinical and surgical)
    -Student Leader (1 year)
    -3 years of inner city youth tutoring and mentoring
    -Amateur motocross racing
    -Ballroom dancing
    -outdoor hobbies (skiing, backpacking, golf, etc)
    -taught the bio section of the MCAT during application cycle

  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: UCLA
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Psychology/Social Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 516
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 126  
    • Overall GPA: 3.97
    • Science GPA: 3.94

    Summary of Application Experience

    Got my MCAT today. I'm pretty disappointed, but I'm not going to retake. I was averaging 37's on practice aamc's ! Damn verbal!

    The application is verified. Yes! No delays!

    Half way done with secondaries. I'm hoping for many repeat questions. I'm happy about screened secondaries like UCSF, UCI, and especially UCSD who actually reads through it. Keep um coming!

    First interview invite yesterday, very exciting. I withdrew from Loma Linda (too religious). I hope I get more UC interviews within the next month.

    Got my 2nd interview today at Pritzker. I hope that my two early interviews are indications that I'll be interviewed at more schools like UCLA & UCSF. I have only 3 secondaries to go at this point: UCD, DREW/UCLA, and UCLA PRIME. I am finally caught up.

    As the last few days of August wind down, I'm very happy to have three interviews, but I have to admit that I am in withdrawal from interview excitement. I got all three interviews within an 8 day period. For over two weeks I haven't gotten anything!!! I submitted Davis' secondary and look forward to doing Drew and UCLA Prime when and if they come. Hopefully September will be a fruitful month, and I can take a bite of some nice juicy interview invite!

    I was in the library studying up for my Pritzker interview, when I get a call from a guy asking if I'm free next Thursday. I say yes, why? He says, 'because UCLA SOM wants to interview you.' I was excited to say the least.

    Three interviews down, and I cannot feel any better about them. If I don't get in, I won't be mad because I feel that something went wrong. I did my best. Pritzker and UCSD said I'll hear something between Oct. 15 and Nov. 4. UCLA said it would be unlikely to hear anything before the first of the year. Hopefully I'll get some more interviews. I'd really like to see UCSF.

    My first rejection: UCSF doesn't even want to give me an interview. Disappointed.

    Gotta be one of the greatest days of my life. I'm going to be a doctor. Thank you UCSD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm beginning to think that the interview season may be over for me. I'm still hoping for the Keck interview. Even if I get rejected here on out, I'm super excited about UCSD. My neurotic meter has gone from a 10 down to a 3. I'm on the 'continued list' at Pritzker.

    I withdrew from a few schools I have absolutely no interest in since my UCSD decision. I still would REALLY like to see USC, but I don't think they like me. I wish I knew why :( Come on USC; I've been complete for over 2 months! People are already being accepted...

    I got the Keck interview! I'm really excited. I think USC is one of the most underrated med schools, and I am very anxious to interview there. I see myself getting skunked at the Ivy's, which is no surprise considering my verbal score and lack of published research. I never had intention of going, but thought it would be interesting to interview at one of them anyway. Waste of money? Possibly. Nonetheless, I am sitting on a fantastic acceptance and have no complaints. I've thought long and hard about Davis, and I don't see myself going there under any circumstance; I withdrew.

    I'm sending in an update letter/LOI to Geffen. I updated UCLA PRIME today. Hopefully I'll get an interview later this month from them. I'm stoked for USC in 2 weeks. I will be very happy to go to UCSD if that's what it comes down to. I'd seriously consider USC if they 1) accepted me and 2) made it as affordable as UCSD.

    I took the letter right out of the mailman's hand.....accepted to USC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This school is really amazing. LAC has gotta be THE place to learn clinical medicine. I'd like to stay in LA too. BUT 45k in tuition. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I don't see how I can stomach this. Will probably be attending UCSD.

    Just got back from 2nd Look at UCSD and am loving it. Many of the students seemed very nice. I kinda felt like UCSD was defending itself all weekend from terrible rumors, which was sad, but it really seems the whole gunner atmosphere is a thing of the past. I don't like that they are changing the curriculum the year after me. Anatomy in 2nd year seems like a bummer too. I will most likely be attending and will be very happy about it though.

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BEST day of my life! USC wants to give me $25k/year for four years! They made me decide within a few days. I'm going to take it. Trojans here I come.

    I withdrew from UCSD. It was really hard writing the email to Dr. Kelly declining my scholarship. Arg.....

    Final thoughts: You cannot be certain about anything in applying to medical school. Be persistent with all your applications and know yourself or at least how to sell yourself. I cannot stress that enough. Be patient. I let my anxiety get to me too often. Trust admissions committees. They have been doing this for a while and know their school well. If you don't get in, it may very well have NOTHING to do with your numbers. Great numbers get rejected at tons of places, and mediocre numbers (3.6, 32) get in all the time. Your 'personality' as demonstrated in your application and interview is really important in how a school selects its applicants. Don't read into dates too much either. I got the cold shoulder for over 2 months from USC while other people were interviewing and getting accepted. I didn't get into USC until March! BUT, I ended up getting a sweet scholarship that most who were accepted before me didn't. You see what I'm saying? Be patient. I know I wasn't!

    And yes, I am a defector, but will always have a place for the Bruins in my heart.

    If you have any questions, please let me know.

    Applied, Rejected

    Charles Drew University/UCLA

    Applied, Withdrew

    Loma Linda University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Pennsylvania
    Johns Hopkins University
    Yale University
    University of California, San Francisco
    Harvard University
    Stanford University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    University of Pittsburgh
    University of California, Irvine
    Northwestern University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Georgetown University
    University of California, Davis

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Accepted off Waitlist

    University of Chicago


    University of California, San Diego
    University of Southern California

    // Share //

    × Wait!

    Are you sure you want to delete this application cycle? This will remove all application data and cannot be undone.

    × Wait!

    Are you sure you want to delete this school? This will remove all application data and cannot be undone.