I got my degree in biochemistry, but I didn't get accepted to med school on the year of my graduation. That's when I decided to go to NIH to do post-bacc research. I applied a second time last year, and again I did not get in. I believe my failures were a function of both a lack of clinical exposure/volunteer experience, and extreme laziness in the application process. The up-side is that I've decided I like research, so this year I've applied only to MD/PhD programs and I'm looking forward to a career in academic medicine. Oh, and I worked my butt off this year on my applications, so I think my odds of enrolling next year are much higher.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 2003
Undergraduate college: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 513
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.60
Science GPA: 3.50
Summary of Application Experience
5/9--I have withdrawn my applications from all other programs, and I just got approved for an apartment right next to the UAB campus. I will be leaving in July to begin my adventure! Good luck to all the applicants who might be encouraged by my journey, and God bless!
4/21--After all this time it finally happened. THREE APPLICATION CYCLES, and in the end I was accepted to an excellent MD/PhD program. After interviewing, the University of Alabama became my top choice. Even though I was rejected by many lesser programs, they have given me the opportunity of a lifetime! Do I deserve it? Probably not...but I'm gonna take this and run with it. I give all the credit to my Lord Jesus Christ, in whom ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
4/17--Received a post-interview rejection from the MD/PhD program at the University of Maryland. Ouch. This one hurt. Fact is, I still have several very good possibilities that may still work out. Patience is key here, and I'm still hopeful and prayerful!
4/8--Received two more pre-interview rejections. Well hey, at least the majority of my rejections have come from schools that didn't interview me; most of the schools that interviewed me have me on hold or a waitlist. Still keeping the faith: God will provide for me one way or another.
4/7--Received a few more rejections. Recently found out that the UAB MD/PhD waitlist has only six people on it--including me! Still praying for an acceptance here. My options seem to be dwindling, but I am not discouraged. I have faith that even if I don't get in I will still end up doing what I am supposed to do.
3/11--I got waitlisted at Pitt today for the regular MD program. I'm extremely happy considering my past failures in the application process. I also received word that I am *probably* on the waitlist for the University of Alabama MSTP (my top choice). If God grants me the privilege, UAB is where I'll be.