Extracurriculars - Athletic scholarship, competed at NCAA Div II for four years of undergrad - Wind ensemble and jazz band
Awards - regional award for leadership and sportsmanship - award from school for leadership and excellence in academics and Christian character - named to all-conference team every year - honors scholarships for four years for GPA over 3.5 - Dean's List
Medical/volunteer experience - 300+ hrs hospital volunteering, working with terminally ill patients - shadowed in ER and OMM clinic - medical mission trip to Mexico
Research - presentation of study at a regional scientific meeting - other research but no publications (yet)
Other interests/activities - hiking, camping, ballroom dancing, music (play piano and sax), archery, photography, languages, painting, reading, etc.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 2009
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 472
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.70
Science GPA: 3.66
Summary of Application Experience
August 2008 - Took the MCAT for the second time. Really disappointed that my score dropped. I was recovering from surgery but still felt I could put in an honest effort and raise my score.
Last year (2008-2009 cycle) I didn't realize how early you could submit applications and although I met the deadlines, AACOMAS sat on my application because they lost a transcript. By the time I sent another transcript and they shipped off my application, I had missed a number of deadlines. It was probably too late anyway because many of the schools I applied to have rolling admissions systems. I got an interview at Touro-NY and was waitlisted. I learned my lesson so this year I am applying early to both DO and MD schools. Not applying to Touro-NY this time around. Wasn't thrilled with the location, not that impressed with the school. One interviewer was pretty aggressive and hostile.
June 15/09 Submitted AACOMAS - 10 DO schools July 15/09 AACOMAS application verified July 22/09 Secondary from CCOM and LMU July 23/09 Secondary from AZCOM and PCCOM July 24/09 Secondary from NOVA July 28/09 Secondary submitted for CCOM Interfolio LORs sent for CCOM, AZCOM, and LMU July 29/09 Secondary submitted for AZCOM July 31/09 AMCAS submitted - 3 MD schools Aug 4/09 CCOM complete Aug 5/09 Secondary for ATSU-KCOM submitted Aug 11/09 ATSU-KCOM complete Aug 18/09 Interview invitation from ATSU-KCOM - Scheduled for Oct. 1st Aug 21/09 Mailed applications for PCOM-GA, PCOM, LMU-DCOM, WU-COMP, and PCCOM Aug 24/09 AMCAS application complete Aug 25/09 Creighton Secondary received Aug 27/09 Creighton Secondary submitted Sept 01/09 Interview invitation for Midwestern AZCOM - Scheduled for Sept. 24 Application complete, Creighton University School of Medicine Sept 02/09 Pikeville College application complete Sept 24/09 Interview at AZCOM Oct 01/09 Interview at KCOM Oct 02/09 Acceptance from AZCOM Oct 03/09 Open House at Creighton Oct 07/09 Acceptance from KCOM and scholarship offer ($10 000) Oct 17/09 Interview invite from WesternU/COMP for Oct 24/09 - considering withdrawing all other apps Oct 21/09 Withdrew applications from all other schools Nov 26/09 Accepted AZCOM offer of admission; paid deposit. Declined KCOM's offer of admission
Summary of Experience:
Secondary completed and submitted 08/27. Application is complete 09/01. Top choice MD school.
Pros: Strong support system implemented by school, staff, and students. Jesuit school with very strong academics. Two options for clerkship years: Omaha or Phoenix. Pass/fail system with no rankings avoids negative competition between students and encourages helping one another as colleagues; all students help one another, not only within the same year, but between years as well (M2\'s helping M1\'s, M3\'s providing mentoring, etc.).
Summary of Experience:
Pros: Great academics, strong focus on OTM, very good support system, helpful staff and students. Brand new OTM classroom, nice fitness facility with basketball court, many outdoor parks and conservation areas for hikes, etc.
Cons: Small town is more difficult to access if you want your family to visit and they have to fly. Minimal shopping options and few restaurants. Depends on what\'s important to you; these don\'t matter that much to me, especially with the strength in academics and training here.
Tuition: $40 000 Housing: $450/month for student housing; includes wireless internet access and heating. No A/C but you can install a window unit yourself.