Several publications in peer-reviewed journals in neuroscience. One book chapter about neuroscience. Ph.D. in neuroscience. Shadowed ER doc for several months. Mentored at-risk youth several months. Worked several months, a few hours a week, at homeless shelter. Member of several political activist groups. Took MCAT in August. Strong humanitarian motivation.
Currently (March 2004)- am volunteering as a math/physics tutor 7 hours/day, 5 days/week, in a charter school in downtown Newark, NJ- serving underserved children from 4th to 8th grade.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 2003
Undergraduate college: Grinnell College
Undergraduate Area of study: Psychology/Social Sciences
Institution: U Delaware
Area of Study: Psychology/Social Sciences
Degree Obtained: MA
Institution: UMDNJ-Newark New Jersey-Neurosciences
Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
Degree Obtained: PhD
Total MCAT SCORE: 524
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.50
Science GPA: 3.60
Summary of Application Experience
Don't slack off while you are interviewing. Keep doing the volunteer work and whatever else you are doing, because many interviewers will ask about it.
Check out http://www.amsa.org/premed/medsurvey/ to compare US med schools to Canadian schools. It's a survey of student opinions of their schools.
I applied to about 52 schools and was invited to about 24 interviews.
As of March 14 2004, I have gone on 15 interviews. I am waiting for the results of my interviews at Drexel, U Michigan, U Rochester. I am on the waitlist at the following schools: Case Western, Cleveland Clinic, UMDNJ-Newark, UMDNJ- RWJ, McGill. I still have the following interviews to go to: SUNY upstate, Jefferson, Tufts, Mount Sinai, Medical College of Wisconsin.
As of May 7, I am accepted at Iowa and OSU, on the waitlist at U Michigan, U Rochester, Case Western, UMDNJ-Newark, UMDNJ-RWJ, Mt. Sinai, and McGill. I am waiting to hear from Tufts. Rejected everywhere else.