-Research Assistant (Clinical Trials) at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for 2+ years -Internships at Mt. Sinai Medical Center (Research in Basic and Clinical Sciences) -Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project at Regional Conference -Member of 2 Honor Societies -Recipient of Merit-Based Scholarship -Alumni Recruitment Volunteer -Tutor/SAT Coach for Homeless Girls -Catechist at Local Church -President of Pre-Medical Society -Volunteer Work at Boys\' Orphanage in Rural Honduras -Pharmacy Technician -Orientation Leader -Struggled with college first few semesters, straight A\'s last two years
I know my stats are below average and you might think that I have it easier because of my URM status, but I\'d like to stress that there are other factors in my application you should consider. I grew up in an inner-city, and had to attend magnet schools through out New York from ages 10-17 (most people don\'t have a 2-hour round trip commute to middle school or high school). I also worked 2 jobs throughout college in addition to commuting from home (family couldn\'t afford for me to stay on campus and I had to take care of younger siblings). I struggled with university my first three semesters. It wasn\'t until my junior year that my GPA was consistently above a 3.7.
I also have diverse experience in research and very early exposure to medicine. My MCAT score may be lacking in the biological sciences (which was a surprise to me as well), but I think my grades in biochem and molecular bio helped me out some. I don\'t think my writing sample score is representative of my writing ability. I was also meticulous about who I got my letters of recommendation from.
All in all, I think I did the best job that I could. I am very pleased with the interviews I\'ve been getting and am confident they are well-deserved.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any commentary or questions.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 2009
Undergraduate college: Competitive Liberal Arts College
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 509
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.60
Science GPA: 3.52
Loyola University Chicago
Applying for combined PhD/MSTP? No
Secondary Completed: No
Interview Invite: No
Interview Attended: No
Summary of Experience:
SR: 8/25, W: 9/25 Had to pay the application fee before getting access to secondary app essay prompts. That\'s shady. No thanks.
Really laid back interview, both of my interviewers knew doctor I work for. Nice facilities. 0 stress.
First post-interview rejection. I\'m kind of disappointed because I thought my interviews went fairly well, but I\'m more than content with the outcome of the application process so far. Still have to hear from Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. No expectations here!
The campus is pretty old with the exception of a newly renovated learning center. The students seem happy. The curriculum is brand spanking new. Interviewer was a bit rapid fire with the questions. Not very conversational. Think I did well. We\'ll see.
Didn\'t even let me pick my own interview date, but I\'m not complaining!
Pretty laid back interview, not very engaging. Lasted ~40 minutes. Don\'t stress too hard over!
My first acceptance, I\'m gonna be a doctor!
Wasn\'t really impressed by the school, although I can definitely see the value of medical training in East Flatbush--you\'d see anything and everything. I just don\'t think the school is right for me.
Very long interview day, but very efficient process. Brand new facilities (except anatomy lab), 2 interviews. Both were conversational and challenging (needed knowledge of healthcare reform). Very pretty, but pricey school! Accepted! Dean of Med School left me a very nice voicemail notifying me of acceptance :)
Summary of Experience:
SR: 7/30, SS: 8/27, II: 9/14, I: 11/19, A: 12/18; Secondary was time consuming (but worth it!). Really nice faculty and really happy students. Providence is nice! Ahhh, I loved this school!! SO excited to get in. Whoa, just received $100 K merit scholarship. CRAZY!