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  • BubbaChuck

  • Application cycles: 06/29/2009
  • Demographics: Male, 38, African
  • Home state: Pennsylvania
  • Last Active: 08/18/2010
  • Brief Profile: Stats will be gone for the forseeable future. PM if interested. My Undergrad gpa is embarrassingly low but I had a strong upward trend in college and a very strong graduate school gpa, essentially 4.0. MCAT were in the high 80s to low 90th percentile. I also have superb volunteering experiences, very well written essays and strong PS and great clinical experiences and life story. ( I clearly do not care if I am anonymous but I am too lazy to write detailed descriptions of my experiences.) My one caveat that I would give is that I have a extremely unique background and I am very non-traditional with respect to how specific events played out while I was in college. So I would hesitate to use this information as comparison if you are a traditional applicant.

    I don\'t have a page as detailed as some others so I would suggest going to a page such as USER1036 for a very thorough description on how to approach the application cycle from a fellow non traditional applicant.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/29/2009

    • Undergraduate college: The Johns Hopkins University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Institution: The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: MHS
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 472
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 118, C/P 118, CARS 118  
    • Overall GPA: 0.01
    • Science GPA: 0.01

    Summary of Application Experience

    I was not expecting to get so lucky during this process. Very very pleasantly surprised so far. Hopefully, I can seal the deal at one of these places I have an interview at.

    1/23/2010 - I have had 19 interview invites so far (In hindsight I guess I applied to too many schools). I could have never imagined to have had so much success this cycle. I truly enjoyed visiting all these schools. They all impressed me in different ways. It will be a tough decision come early April. I also figure that I address why I believe I have had so much success this cycle since there are a few people that have messaged me asking this question. First I think that there is value applying early out of all professions I believe we have the most grueling application process and every one is a strong applicant so you want a reviewer to see your application as early as possible so s/he won\\\\\\\'t be like \\\\\\\"I\\\\\\\'ve seen a million people like this already\\\\\\\". On that note I was very fortunate and confident in the fact that my application is like no other. My volunteering experience, my medical exposure, my PS and my life essentially has been truly unique. And I have been told that this shows clearly in my application and this has been the topic of conversation at all my interviews. I don\\\\\\\'t recall being asked an \\\\\\\"interview\\\\\\\" question once during this cycle. I also have some personal qualifiers to extinguish any doubt about my earlier academic record a school may have about my aptitude to study medicine (i.e. I qualified for Mensa. Also a mentor/professor of mine who teaches at JHU and the SoM who wrote a LOR for me mentioned to me that I am in the top 1% of students he has taught in his 20 odd years at Hopkins). I hope this helps.

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco
    Vanderbilt University
    University of Washington

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Georgetown University
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Baylor College
    Jefferson Medical College
    Dartmouth College
    George Washington University
    University of Vermont
    Mayo Medical School
    Cornell University
    New York University
    Boston University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Yale University
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Chicago
    Stanford University
    Columbia University
    University of Maryland
    Cleveland Clinic Medical School
    Northwestern University
    Tulane University
    Emory University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Pennsylvania State University
    Meharry Medical College
    Florida International University
    The Commonwealth Medical College
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of Pittsburgh
    Harvard University
    Duke University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Temple University
    University of Virginia
    Brown University
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    Case Western Reserve University


    University of North Carolina
    University of Michigan
    University of Wisconsin
    Morehouse School of Medicine
    Drexel University
    Ohio State University

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