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  • biochemist21

  • Application cycles: 07/06/2009
  • Demographics: Male, 35, Caucasian
  • Home state: Illinois
  • Last Active: 08/04/2013
  • Brief Profile: I attended a small liberal arts college, attended with above average scholarships.
    Dean\'s List every term.
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Biology major with Distinction.
    MCAT = 38 < x < 33

    Member of Sigma Xi Research Honor Society, Biology Club, Collegiate Track & Field Team, a social fraternity, Eagle Scout.

    Lifeguard Supervisor/Manager [4 yrs],
    Volunteered as a pharmacy tech at a free healthcare clinic [~150 hrs],
    Diabetes research at University of Chicago,
    Cardiac tissue bioengineering research at Baylor College of Medicine (I had my own independent project),
    Clinical research at Cook County Hospital in Chicago,
    Clinical observation and clinical assistance at Cook County Hospital (Anesthesiology Dept.) [150+ hrs],
    Surgery observation at Texas Children\'s Hospital (Dept. of Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery) [~80 hrs],
    I work in a family practice clinic during school breaks.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 07/06/2009

    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 472
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 118, C/P 118, CARS 118  
    • Overall GPA: 3.84
    • Science GPA: 3.93

    Summary of Application Experience

    Some people call themselves \\\"non-traditional applicants\\\"; I am a somewhat traditional applicant, applying straight out of undergrad. I WOULD consider myself to be an \\\"applicant applying non-traditionally\\\". By this I mean that many of my applications were turned in late due to the fact that I simply did not have a computer or internet access during much of my application process. I was living in South America (Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico City) taking classes from Aug-Nov, and therefore wrote many of my essays by hand while riding down pothole-filled dirt roads and in the rainforest. I would then type my essays on my handy BlackBerry, and upload them whenever I happened to find a stray cell signal (applying to medical school = VERY large phone bill). Therefore, my rural location, lifestyle, and activities all served to greatly delay my application process. Did this impact my acceptance/denial at particular schools? Probably \\\"yes\\\" at the more competitive schools I applied to (read: Baylor), however I like to think that it didn\\\'t influence decisions that much (hint to future applicants - get all your apps in ASAP). While I clearly did not get accepted by every school I applied to, I still managed to obtain interviews at more than half the schools, and acceptances at almost as many. I am in the very fortunate position to know that I hold several acceptances at schools I KNOW I will be happy to attend. I wish the best of luck for everyone else applying this year and in the future!

    I feel like everything above pretty much explains itself. Instead of doing a painfully detailed breakdown (my memory and record-keeping isn\\\'t quite that acute, and I doubt anyone reading this really cares), just look at my evaluations for each school. All the important stuff is there. If you have questions, PM me on (username: biochemist21).

    Applied, Withdrew

    Georgetown University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Vanderbilt University
    Mayo Medical School
    Baylor College
    Rush Medical College
    Boston University
    Northwestern University
    University of Chicago

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Cleveland Clinic Medical School

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Medical College of Wisconsin


    University of Illinois
    Case Western Reserve University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Southern Illinois University
    Saint Louis University
    Loyola University Chicago
    University of Iowa

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