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  • User #17557

  • Application cycles: 2009
  • Demographics: Female, 15
  • Home state: Unknown
  • Last Active: 07/19/2010
  • Brief Profile: Generally speaking OK stats (subjective, I know) and pretty good ECs, story, etc. Involvements show consistency and commitment.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2009

    • Total MCAT SCORE: 472
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 118, C/P 118, CARS 118  
    • Overall GPA: 1.00
    • Science GPA: 1.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    GW: (my 1st interview! I was quite nervous and talked a lot lol. I really dont know what to expect here)
    Pros- DC is great and GW is physically close to many organizations/powerhouses (White House, Capitol Hill, Red Cross, etc) so there are tons of quality internship-type opportunities available to students. Apparently their med center is the White House\'s hospital of choice. 96% of students match into their top 3 residency choices.

    Neutral- Honors/Pass/Fail (it\'s not straight Pass/Fail (would be better!) but i dont think it\'s so bad since many schools have this)

    Cons- On probation (I think). You have to seek out opportunities yourself and the office of student affairs doesn\'t really facilitate that. Plus, they have all day classes (9am to 5pm?)
    SUNY Downstate: I had one faculty interview which went well (no student interviews). Interviewing was actually the highlight of my day there. Overall down-to-Earth place. I like that. (although lunch was disappointing).
    SUNY Upstate: Good cost of living. Good opportunities for outdoor activities. However, I got inside info from someone there who said it\'s very competitive, cut-throat, has a non-supportive administration, and folks fail out easily. True? Idk. It\'s Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail.
    Tufts: I think one of my interviews could have gone better (seriously!). But overall good school. Cost is the main issue. They gave a very detailed financial aid presentation.
    Yale: I have nothing but good things to say about Yale. Laid back, relaxed students w/ lives outside of school. I had a superb time there (including my actual interviews as well as above and beyond interview day). I really hope they let me in. Yale system ftw!
    Pitt: I really enjoyed my interviews so I\'m totally sold. UPMC is huge. You get great clinical exposure AND excellent research opportunities, the best of both worlds. I just don\'t know what to make of the weather though.
    Cornell: Chill students who get along very well but they only have ONE simulator in their simulation center. Why? Also, they have half day classes so that\'s good.
    Temple: Prides itself in service to the surrounding hood. A service and clinical skills oriented school.
    Jefferson: I wasn\'t sure what to expect here but I was actually impressed. We had real food for lunch (aka not sandwiches!) and interview day is entirely student-run. Very nice people.
    Penn: Honestly the most well-organized interview experience so far, with events planned before and after interview day. Happy hour the night before, breakfast, dinner afterwards, very cool. Hands-on interview day activities. Overall, I got to chill w/ many students who were serious about making sure I liked Penn.
    Stony Brook: Interview day was concise and to-the-point. They seem to be proud of their match list and students cited that as one of the reasons they chose Stony Brook. There is a huge emphasis on studying which is expected of course but it\'s a bit scary when they talk about it so much lol. My main concern here is the location-- there doesn\'t seem to be much around.
    Columbia: One interview (faculty), no formal presentations. They have a new curiculum starting with class of 2013 (P/F, 1.5yr preclinical, scholarly project) and students seem lively. Nice. Btw, all dorms are singles
    Harvard: The day is set for 8am-6pm but you can leave whenever you\'re done interviewing, no formal check out procedure. Students were nice and eager to answer questions. Classes are broken up into \"societies\" which become pretty tight-knit. I also learned that Harvard\'s biggest competitors (schools they lose the most students to each year) are Columbia and Hopkins. Interesting.
    Albert Einstein: I feel like I didn\'t get to see too much of Albert Einstein; but I can certainly say that the dorms are more spacious than most. Also, the faculty (at least those that I saw) seem really nice and thats important.
    Mount Sinai: Sweet place! The Deans of Admissions are very cool. Everyone there (administration, faculty, interviewers, students etc) seem to joke around a lot. P/F. Exams are taken online on an honor code. Reminds me of Yale and I love it.
    Johns Hopkins: 3 words-- blew me away. Seriously, Hopkins is where it\'s at. I must admit I went in with some negative preconceptions (might be full of itself, ultra-competitive, etc) but I came out dazed by how nice and amazing it was, students included. The new pass/fail curriculum helps. Baltimore looks depressing but Hopkins makes up for it.
    NYU: Great location. There was a presentation during lunch about what makes NYU stand out among other schools. NYU prides itself in the quality of clinical experience it provides, especially because of its affiliation with a public hospital (Bellevue). I just don\'t like the idea of \"exams every 2 weeks.\" Otherwise, cool school.
    Cleveland Clinic: Looks more like \"Cleveland Clinic World\" than a hospital. Very expansive, state of the art, & impressive. Fit is essential here because the program is so unique: 32 students, research-intensive 5 yrs, no dissections in anatomy (& no preserved cadavers), no exams, pass/fail even through clinical rotations, evaluated by \"competencies\" through a portfolio system, must dress professionally for class (no jeans, no sneakers,etc). 3 back to back interviews. 2.5hrs total.

    Applied, Rejected

    Vanderbilt University

    Applied, Withdrew

    Duke University
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Tulane University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    New York Medical College
    Case Western Reserve University
    Drexel University
    Baylor College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Pennsylvania


    Cornell University
    Tufts University
    George Washington University
    New York University
    Temple University
    Harvard University
    Cleveland Clinic Medical School
    Yale University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Jefferson Medical College
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    SUNY Upstate
    SUNY Downstate
    Johns Hopkins University
    Columbia University
    SUNY Stony Brook

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