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  • User #16837

  • Application cycles: 08/14/2008
  • Demographics: Female, 39, Caucasian
  • Home state: Arizona
  • Last Active: 07/11/2011
  • Brief Profile: I\'m a bit non-traditional in that I completed a Music Performance degree before I decided to pursue medicine (I went back for my Bio degree). So, my extracurriculars may be somewhat different, although not extraordinary...

    -- Orthopaedic Surgeon
    -- Anethesiologist
    -- Otolaryngologist
    -- Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    -- Gastroenterologist
    -- Ophthalmologist
    -Volunteer at hospital\'s Total Joint Center
    -Nursing Assistant Certification
    -President of university pre-med club 2 years, secretary 1 year
    -Chemistry Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader
    -Manager at a local business
    -Research in Organic Chemistry
    -4 major operatic roles at university
    -2 major roles in community light opera company, also served on Board
    -Member of multiple bands & choirs at university and in community
    -Full tuition music scholarship plus various academic awards and organizations: Dean\'s List, Golden Key International Honour Society, National Scholars Honor Society
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 08/14/2008

    • Undergraduate college: Northern Arizona University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Fine Arts/Architecture
    • Institution: Northern Arizona University
    • Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: BS, BM
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 509
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 126, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.83
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    Well, first of all, I discovered this website quite late in the process.. I know, I know, I don\'t know how I missed it! I wish I had been keeping up with it and updating everything as I went along, but I have saved every email/letter from every school I applied to, so I will try to get back through and update everything.

    I decided to pursue medicine after looking at graduate schools for music performance, so most of my transformation into a med school candidate has been based on my own research of how to do it! In other words, I feel like I made my own path with little outside guidance.

    I was nervous to apply this year, and perhaps because I was a bit ill-informed, I applied late. I took the MCAT in July 2008 for the first time and got an okay score that I was disappointed in. I was still waiting for a committee letter in October and didn\'t submit secondaries until then, which was a BAD IDEA. The best advice that every applicant will give you is to apply early! I wish I had realized I could get in those secondaries without having my letters completed... oh well. I also wish I had gotten more clinical experience - start early on that, too!

    In the end, I am excited to have been accepted at the University of Arizona- Phoenix and Tucson campuses, so far! I\'m pretty much sick of this process and thrilled to move forward!

    Update, 3/11/09: This week, I declined my seat at UA-COM Tucson and accepted the seat at Phoenix! In light of this, I also withdrew from NYMC and GW, but couldn\'t quite bring myself to withdraw from Yale, Temple, Tufts, or USC! They are going to have to break up with me first... :(

    Update, 3/18/09: I just came home from an awesome day shadowing (watched OB/GYN morselizing an enlarged uterus with several huge fibroids followed by an ovarian dermoid cystectomy that was complete with hair and teeth!), when I checked my email and found I was accepted to SLU! Not sure what to do now - I loved this school\'s curriculum and structure, but my state school is also good and so much cheaper.

    Update, 4/1/09: I declined my acceptance at St. Louis yesterday. It was very hard, in fact, I composed my email to them at 11 am and couldn\'t send it until 4 pm. It\'s tough, but I feel like it was the right thing to do. Especially in this economy, a good state school that doesn\'t push me as far into debt is a good thing. Still, it hurts. :(

    Update, 4/25/09: Just checked Temple\'s status page - \'Correspondence Mailed\'. Well, folks, end of the cycle for me! I suppose Penn State or UMD may still pull through, but I\'m very excited about UA Phoenix (and about in-state tuition), so I think I\'ll stay here in AZ. Maybe I can get out of here and be more adventurous for residency... :)

    Update, 10/14/09: UACOM-Phoenix is an amazing school, and I\'m so glad I stayed here. Great new curriculum, facilities, faculty, students... everything! Just an exciting new school and unique, modern program. LOVE IT!! Send me a PM on SDN if you ever want to know about the specifics!

    Applied, Rejected

    Indiana University
    Mayo Medical School

    Application Complete

    University of Chicago
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Johns Hopkins University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, San Francisco
    University of North Carolina
    University of Vermont
    New York University
    Temple University
    Brown University
    Tufts University
    Yale University
    University of Iowa
    Georgetown University
    University of Southern California
    Wake Forest University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    George Washington University
    New York Medical College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Pennsylvania State University
    University of Maryland


    University of Arizona
    Saint Louis University

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