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  • Bradstein

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Male, 36, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 10/06/2009
  • Brief Profile: Biomedical Engineering major (cum laude)
    Volunteer in ER - I get to see everything and assist with everything. Essentially, I\\\'m an unpaid ER Tech.
    Year of research - investigating synaptic plasticity in a hibernating rodent animal model
    Resident Advisor
    Tau Beta Pi, Dean\\\'s List, couple awards

    Lots of jobs throughout college, including computer tech, engineering intern, teacher, etc.

    I\\\'ve kept a 3.7 except for my freshman year. Bad grades brought down my GPA, and most of my engineering classes don\\\'t count as BCPM, which is why it\\\'s so low.

    I applied early thinking I\\\'d get plenty of interviews, hoping to have an acceptance as a birthday present (November) or a sweet Christmas present.

    I\\\'m Bradstein on SDN or BiomedNinjaneer on AIM if you\\\'d like to contact me. I try to leave constructive feedback on MDApps but my guess is as good as yours.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: UC Davis
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Engineering/Technology
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 520
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 128, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.50
    • Science GPA: 3.40

    Summary of Application Experience

    June 17 12PM PST - Submitted AMCAS
    June 20 5PM PST - First letter of rec in the mail, AMCAS still \'Ready to Review\'
    July 1 8AM PST - AMCAS verified
    July 7 - Added NYU, Buffalo, and OHSU at the suggestion of friends and MDApps
    July 8 - Final letter of rec arrived
    July 10 - Sent LORs to AMCAS via Interfolio
    July 19 - Sister\'s birthday, added Stanford
    July 22 - AMCAS receives LOEs, \'matched\' to the writer\'s name in AMCAS since I didn\'t save when I printed out the request forms.
    July 30: I didn\'t actually submit Baylor, but had made the payment and didn\'t finish submitting. Luckily, I was able to rewrite some of the secondary essay. Also, Columbia never got my passport photo so I had to remail it today. Lesson learned: call admissions and check your status if things are taking longer than expected.
    August 13 - Added Pitt and MCW
    October 10 - Columbia was great! The interview was really laid back just as advertised. The students are really happy and really laid back.
    November 14 - Yes, this is up to date. Added notes on here. Last night I sent AMCAS to NYMC, Temple, and Jefferson at the suggestion of majahops.
    December 29 - Letter of Interest mailed to UCI
    January 2 - Letter of Interest mailed to UVM
    January 26 - Letter of Intent mailed to Columbia
    March 3 - Rejected from Columbia.
    March 27 - Interview at MCW
    April 20 - Letter of Intent mailed to MCW

    Expenses:
    Mini-post-bacc to finish prereqs: ~$653

    Scrubs, suit, plane ticket, MSAR, ExamKrackers, MCAT, AMCAS, etc : $2065

    Secondaries: $1135

    Grand Total: $3853

    I didn\'t take a prep-course, I just studied the ExamKrackers books. The good verbal score is from 1. I always did better on that stuff in standardized tests throughout school, and 2. I read The Economist...a lot.

    Fun Stuff
    My 95% chance of interview figure came from my good friend CancerKiller007 who called Michael Istwan after the small-pool email, who apparently said that.


    ACCEPTED 5/19! MCW Class of 2013!

    Applied, Rejected

    Mayo Medical School
    Vanderbilt University
    University of California, San Francisco
    University of California, San Diego

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Maryland
    University of Vermont
    University of Pittsburgh
    SUNY Buffalo
    University of Pennsylvania
    Baylor College
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Stanford University
    University of Chicago
    New York University
    Oregon Health & Science University
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine
    Jefferson Medical College
    Temple University
    New York Medical College

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Columbia University

    Accepted off Waitlist

    Medical College of Wisconsin

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