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  • Mutawakkil

  • Application cycles: 2009
  • Demographics: Male, 34, African
  • Home state: Arizona
  • Last Active: 06/29/2010
  • Brief Profile: University Medical Center- Volunteered at the ICU and the Pediatrics Activity Center for a year, took a semester long break while I was doing a separate clinical internship, then continued one more semester only in Child Life (the PAC). About 4 hours a week average. Didn\\\'t include in application but total hours was about 80.

    Clinical internship- Twice a week, I would don scrubs and perform rotations at the local medical center (different from UMC). I shadowed mainly in the following departments: the cardiac catheterization (\\\'cath\\\') lab, pediatrics, the post-surgical unit, and mother/baby. 6 hours a week for one semester. I guess that\\\'s around 60 hrs total.

    Summer Research Internship - Worked as a member of the Integrated Cancer Genomics Division on a project dealing with breast cancer. Dedicated over 320 hours (40 hours per week for 2 months). Presented findings at the annual symposium on a poster, and was one of ten, in a pool of over fifty interns, selected to give an oral presentation. Furthermore, was awarded as one of the three \\\'best speakers.\\\'

    Hospital in Africa - Duration of approximately two weeks. Followed a group of \\\'house officers\\\' (resident physicians) as they performed their rounds. Divided time between inpatient wards, emergency room, and outpatient clinic. Post-primary, I recently went back and put in another week.

    Some Shadowing - Over the last two years, I\\\'ve basically shadowed around five doctors, all of different specialties, each for one day (one of which I shadowed for two days).

    Weekend School Volunteer Teacher - Since senior year of high school, but one-year break after I switched to college setting. About 2 hours a week average. Total (not incl. in app.) around 200 hours.

    Some community service, and other stuff.

    I told them I like to exercise too, haha
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2009

    • Undergraduate college: University of Arizona
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Institution: Minor
    • Area of Study: Foreign Language/International Studies
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 507
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 127, CARS 126  
    • Overall GPA: 3.97
    • Science GPA: 3.95

    Summary of Application Experience

    6/13 - Submitted my primary, only to my state school: UofA

    ...Went on vacation, came back a few days ago...

    7/14 - Right now I added a list of schools that I am thinking of sending my primaries to. I could really use some feedback on which schools to remove/add! I want to apply to around 20 schools, and I\'m trying to submit my primaries within the week.

    7/28 - Two weeks later... my list of schools to apply to is still not final. Yeah, I gotta hit that MSAR up soon. Meanwhile, I\'m filling out secondaries.

    Post-application season: I shouldn\'t have applied to so many schools. As you can see, I only completed secondaries for about half of the applications that I started. It\'s funny how I knew very well from the beginning the importance of applying early, and I submitted my primary relatively early but.. I went on vacation.. then it took me additional weeks to finalize my list of schools to apply to... then I definitely dragged when it came to the secondaries (some have stayed in my inbox >1 month. I dunno what happened, I must of lost some steam as the process went on, and of course classes and my other commitments took much of my time away.

    I didn\'t really withdraw from the schools that I was waitlisted at, except in the case where they really pushed for a response from me, even though I would\'ve preferred UofA over all of those schools, save Baylor. I wanted to see if I could get anymore acceptances... but nope, just two (UofA and VCU).


    University of Miami
    University of Illinois
    Tulane University
    Stanford University
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Rush Medical College
    Loyola University Chicago
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Drexel University
    Creighton University
    Albany Medical College
    Wayne State University

    Application Complete

    University of California, Los Angeles
    Saint Louis University
    Pennsylvania State University
    Jefferson Medical College
    Howard University
    Emory University
    Cornell University
    University of Southern California
    New York Medical College

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of Arizona

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Temple University
    George Washington University
    Vanderbilt University
    University of Central Florida
    Baylor College


    University of Arizona - Phoenix
    Virginia Commonwealth University

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