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  • User #16738

  • Application cycles: 2009
  • Demographics: Female, 39, Caucasian
  • Home state: Illinois
  • Last Active: 07/29/2010
  • Brief Profile: Took June 18, 2009 MCAT!!!!!! Annoyed by the 9 in PS but forget it, my score is better than I even dared to hope for!!!

    I got my undergrad degree in scientific illustration (art) and now I\'m getting a Masters in Anatomy at a medical school. My grades aren\'t amazing, but I\'ve taken a lot of relevant coursework at this point. (graduate-level histo, biochem, immuno, cell bio.) I\'ve taken gross anatomy with the med school class and I will be a TA for it in the fall, so I hope that experience will give me a boost. I\'m also doing a research project on a clinically relevant anatomy topic, I will be the first author and if all goes well it will get accepted for publication. after that, i have another project up my sleeve so if i have time to do that too, i might get two first-author papers. My graduate GPA is 3.29 . . . which kinda sucks but, I hope adcoms will realize it\'s pretty good considering I had very little science background when I started. Graduate science is hard!

    i guess i have a pretty typical volunteering record (hospitals, tutoring) and some really good shadowing. I\'ve probably done about 60-70 total hours of shadowing, with a few different physicians. I plan to keep doing more though so that number might be closer to 100 when I actually apply. I also worked in a hospital as an OR Aide for ~3 months, 40 hours a week, so that\'s about 400 hours of non-shadowing clinical experience.

    Update: by the time I was interviewing, I was in the middle of TA-ing for anatomy, so it was a really good experience to talk about. I had also submitted my manuscript for publication at that point, so it was another great talking point. And it got accepted for publication the day before my Rush interview! So I was able to mention it then, which I think helped a lot.

    MCAT DATE- 6/18/09!!!
    Practice scores:
    3/8/09-AAMC#5, 28. VR11,BS10,PS7. Haven\'t really started reviewing PS content yet so I should be able to improve on that without too much trouble.
    5/25/09- AAMC#4, 34. VR12,BS12,PS10. Oh man, brought it up six pts, this is a huge relief. Unless this is one of the \'easy\' ones??
    5/29/09- AAMC#8, 28. VR10,BS10,PS8 . . . OUCH. Ok time to take on PS like there\'s no tomorrow.
    6/10/09- AAMC#6, 36!!! VR13,BS12,PS11. Studying PS is finally paying off. I hope this is a trend and not a fluke!

    I\'d love suggestions for schools to add or drop. My original list was based on a much lower predicted MCAT, now I really don\'t know. I haven\'t taken Calculus either so some schools are out for me like Dartmouth, Duke, etc. THANKS EVERYONE!! :-) So excited to be applying this year!
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2009

    • Undergraduate Area of study: Fine Arts/Architecture
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 126, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.42
    • Science GPA: 3.54

    Summary of Application Experience

    Got my first invite on 9/28, MCW! I still have five unsubmitted secondaries. Due to my brokeness I could only submit secondaries 1 or 2 at a time, and those were the schools that kept being at the bottom of my priority list for one reason or another. And now I am thinking it\'s a bit too late to submit any more at this point. I might still submit Creighton if I can afford it this week but I think I am going to just let the rest go, especially now that I\'ve gotten an invite.
    Update-Accepted! 11/13/09
    Update- withdrew. i want to stay in chicago, but also, just didn\'t really feel that i fit with the vibe. nice school though and will always be warm and fuzzy that it was my first interview invite/acceptance.

    10/7/09- Interview invite #2!!! UIC! :-)
    Update- As of January I am still under review. At this point I am not too concerned about it because I liked Rush a lot better anyway.
    April 28- wow, actually got accepted. i sent in my card requesting chicago, but sure i won\'t get it. if i don\'t, will withdraw. actually i probably will anyway because i am set on rush, but thought it was worth a shot just to see...

    10/16/09- Interview invite #3 Rush!!
    Update- ACCEPTED 1/5/10!! So excited. I am pretty sure this is where I will end up . . . unless I miraculously get an interview/acceptance from someplace where it doesn\'t snow. But I think I\'m done getting interviews.
    5/1- attended second look and i am pretty much sold. Rush, I will see you in September <3 <3 :-)

    1/7/10- Nice rejection letter from Rochester. No hard feelings there. I\'m still in limbo at about half (HALF!) of the schools I applied to. Since I know I will probably be ultimately rejected from most or all of them, I\'d rather they get it over with sooner than later. I need closure, but I can\'t bring myself to actually withdraw from anywhere.

    Applied, Rejected

    Wake Forest University
    Vanderbilt University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Loyola University Chicago
    University of Miami
    Baylor College
    University of Wisconsin
    University of Chicago
    University of Iowa
    Tulane University
    Saint Louis University
    University of Vermont
    University of Rochester


    Medical College of Wisconsin
    University of Illinois
    Rush Medical College

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