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  • User #17791

  • Application cycles: 2009
  • Demographics: Male, 37, Hispanic
  • Home state: New York
  • Last Active: 12/19/2010
  • Brief Profile: -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: B/B 125, C/P 127, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.60
    • Science GPA: 3.52

    Applied, Withdrew

    Loyola University Chicago
    SUNY Stony Brook
    Albany Medical College

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Georgetown University
    University of Pennsylvania
    Wake Forest University
    Oregon Health & Science University
    New York University
    SUNY Upstate
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of Southern California

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    New York Medical College
    SUNY Buffalo

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Cornell University
    Columbia University
    Harvard University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Yale University
    University of Chicago

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    George Washington University

    Accepted

    SUNY Downstate
    Tufts University
    Boston University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Brown University
    Northwestern University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University

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