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  • User #10738

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Male,
  • Home state: Texas
  • Brief Profile: After a bad first semester (narrowly missing D's and F's), I continued on an upward trend, averaging in the A and A- range in subsequent semesters.

    - Lab tech in a lab for 1 year (not published)
    - Research in a lab for 1 year (not published)
    - Volunteering in hospital 1 year
    - TA for upper level neuro course 1 semester
    - Extensive leadership in student organizations (hobbies and community service) 2.5 years
    - Volunteer in clinical research 1 summer

    I've listed my AMCAS CGPA and CGPA according to my university, but my TMDSAS BCPM GPA is a 3.3 and my overall is a 3.46 since they round letter grades (aka A- = A+ = A on TMDSAS).
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: McGill University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 517
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.80
    • Science GPA: 3.30

    Summary of Application Experience

    Note: The date of most primaries for the AMCAS schools was when my AMCAS application was deemed complete. I submitted it much earlier in order to have that on my side since my stats (mainly the GPA) are not too strong. I don't remember exactly when I submitted it but it must have been end of May or within the first week of June. Ditto for the TMDSAS; I was verified in the first batch on June 11th, but I submitted it midway through May or so.

    I was on top of sending my primaries at the earliest date possible, but that motivation waned, partly because I had a family situation crop up over the summer and I was overseas for a good month, but even then it was not impossible to have those secondaries a month or more earlier, especially since it really does pay off in this process to be as early as possible.

    The main reason I made one of these despite not being a very cyber-public person, is that I faced a lot of discouragement since, understandibly, the first thing people would see was my GPA. I wanted to post the details to the best of my knowledge, so that others can see it is not about the GPA if everything else - including your honest drive to be a doctor - is in order.

    Another lesson, however, which is less changeable and unfortunately still the truth, is that your residency plays a very large role, and I was fortunate to be a resident of a state with eight (and growing!) medical schools, a state that has a strong in-state preference and a state I am happy to serve.

    This process isn't over for me yet, but it is a relief to know I have already an acceptance at a school that I am very excited to enroll in for the class of 2013.

    Application Complete

    New York Medical College
    New York University
    Texas Tech University, El Paso
    University of Texas, Galveston
    University of Texas, Southwestern
    Baylor College
    Texas Tech University
    Drexel University
    George Washington University
    Tulane University
    Columbia University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Georgetown University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Texas A & M University
    University of North Texas
    SUNY Downstate
    Johns Hopkins University
    Jefferson Medical College

    Attended Interview

    University of Texas, Houston

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Albany Medical College


    Long School of Medicine - University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio

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