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  • User #17000

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Male,
  • Home state: New York
  • Brief Profile: Triple-major (B.A.) completed in 4 years. Some volunteer activities during college, part-time lab work, teaching assistant, IM sports, etc.

    Following graduation, I worked in a clinical setting for a year with the U.S. Navy, enrolled in some post-bacc courses, then proceeded to enroll in an SMP (GPA 3.75).
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: Brandeis University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Institution: S.M.P.
    • Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: M.S.
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 509
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 127, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.30
    • Science GPA: 3.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    As you can see, my undergrad stats were far from great. Instead of listing a million excuses, its clear that for whatever reason, I didn't get the job done. So even though I've had my AMCAS filled-out and ready-to-go since 2006 (I submitted it in July 08), I decided to hold off until I felt like I had the necessary academic and clinical creds to be somewhat 'competitive.'

    The past 2+ years have allowed me to explore some unique opportunities that enabled me to present myself as a better candidate. My advice to anyone in a similar situation (plz remember, this is just based off my own experience)...

    1) Instead of just submitting your AMCAS with the mindset that you can always re-apply next year if things don't work out, consider that if you are in more of a 'gray area,' it might be better for you take an extra year and really shore up your academic/clinical credentials (I have friends with better stats than me that have reapplied multiple times while shoring up their credentials without any success). This way, you are putting your presenting yourself as the best possible applicant (short of doing a Ph.D) from the get-go and don't have to continuously wonder 'what could have i done better?' and waste tons of money and more importantly time caught up in what really is a grueling process.

    2) Spend some time tailoring your AMCAS, secondaries, etc. to your own strengths, unique experiences and such. From my interview experience, as a non-traditional applicant, my post-undergrad activities, job experience, etc. that I've listed on my AMCAS have often provided something that I feel has helped me a lot in both getting the interview and doing well in it.

    The 2+ years I spent building up my application were at times both very challenging (especially during the SMP) and rewarding. S.M.P's are tough but I think are well worth the time and money, if you go in with the right mindset.

    UGrad GPA: 3.3
    BCPM GPA: 3.0
    SMP GPA: 3.75
    MCAT: 30P (08/2006)
    ** NOT A URM **

    As the dust far I've gotten..

    7 interviews offers (declined 1, 1 pending)
    4 waitlists
    1 acceptance

    I posted my info/experiences to shed some light on the road less traveled. Hopefully, it helps you get to where you want to be.

    Applied, Rejected

    Case Western Reserve University
    Georgetown University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Cincinnati
    SUNY Stony Brook
    SUNY Buffalo
    Tufts University
    UMDNJ - New Jersey
    UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Boston University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University

    Attended Interview

    New York Medical College
    Saint Louis University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    SUNY Upstate
    SUNY Downstate
    Drexel University
    Albany Medical College


    Uniformed Services University

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