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  • User #11467

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Female, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Brief Profile: Extracurricular:
    D-1 Collegiate Athlete
    Study Abroad, Spain
    Undergraduate Research Journal Editor
    Biology, Spanish and Chemistry Tutor
    High School Track and Field Coach

    Volunteering in two pro bono clinics
    Sports Medicine/Orthopaedic Surgery Internship
    Shadowing in 5 different specialties

    Two years as undergrad research assistant
    UROP Summer Undergraduate Research Grant Award
    Presenter at UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium
    NIH IRTA Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship
    Two Publications

    Worked in retail and as a nanny all through college. Also worked as a medical assistant post-graduation.

    Finished GT's SMP with a 3.65 GPA.

    Submitted primary 7/19, transcripts received 8/6, verified 8/28
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: University of California, Irvine
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Institution: Georgetown University
    • Area of Study: Computing and Information Science
    • Degree Obtained: M.S
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 127, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.30
    • Science GPA: 3.30

    Summary of Application Experience

    Have faith, those of you with less than stellar GPAs! You CAN actually get into med school, contrary to crazy Type A pre-med belief on It may take you a year or two longer and extra work but it's doable. I did the SMP program at Georgetown-for me, it worked wonders. My first application cycle I had no interview offers, this year I had 5. Other Master's programs like U Cinn and Drexel have also proved to be really helpful from what I've heard. Post baccs too.

    Here's a few tips for applying:

    Don't do this unless you are sure you both really want it and you know exactly what is in store for you. It is a expensive, stressful, and painful process but also probably the best thing you'll ever do.

    Try not to get wrapped up in the craziness. There's all kinds of rumors and myths that fly around about the application cycle that are designed to freak you out. Ignore them and do what your pre med advisor says.

    Try and apply by mid-late July.

    Save your secondary essays in case you have to re-apply the following year.

    Be able to bankroll this affair without having to use a credit card. It gets expensive and interest rates are rough right now.

    Practice, practice, practice when it comes to interviews. Put yourself in as many different scenarios as possible.

    Email updates to the schools unless they directly state they won't consider them. Showing interest is a big plus at a lot of places.

    Give yourself extra travel time for interviews if possible so that you don't have to stress about making flights/being on time.

    Unless your stats are fantabulous, apply to 10+ schools minimum.

    Pick a school based on your gut feeling and pocketbook. It's a fine balance of being able to afford med school and enjoy it.

    Enjoy the process! This was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.

    Good luck :)

    Applied, Rejected

    Virginia Commonwealth University
    University of California, San Francisco
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, Davis
    Wake Forest University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Southern California
    University of Illinois
    University of Miami
    University of Cincinnati
    Tulane University
    SUNY Downstate
    Stanford University
    University of Toledo
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Albany Medical College
    George Washington University
    Loyola University Chicago

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    University of Virginia
    Uniformed Services University
    Oregon Health & Science University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Saint Louis University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Eastern Virginia Medical School


    Georgetown University
    Drexel University
    New York Medical College

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