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  • Untraditional

  • Application cycles: 09/21/2009
  • Demographics: Male, 43
  • Home state: Pennsylvania
  • Last Active: 05/23/2012
  • Brief Profile: Undergrad:
    GPA: 3.1; Science GPA: 2.98; Bioengineering
    Asian Studies Minor
    Japanese Minor
    Study abroad in Japan

    GPA: 3.45 Science GPA 3.35; Bioengineering
    Significant biomedical technology research (5 years)

    -Taught English in Japan
    -Lived in Thailand for a time
    -Worked as a translator
    -5 years medical device experience
    -Former career as an engineering consultant for several device companies
    -3 years clinical experience with direct patient contact and management
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 09/21/2009

    • Undergraduate college: Pittsburgh
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Engineering/Technology
    • Institution: Pittsburgh
    • Area of Study: Engineering/Technology
    • Degree Obtained: MS Bioengineering
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 129, CARS 126  
    • Overall GPA: 3.40
    • Science GPA: 3.30

    Summary of Application Experience

    AMCAS Verified 10/08/2009

    Because of the plethora of grades on my transcript and the fact that I retook several courses, AMCAS originally failed to verify my transcripts correctly. I was truly dismayed because at first I was told that they would not correct the discrepancies on my transcripts. After much phone calling the errors were corrected, resulting in my AMCAS BCPM GPA going from a 2.8 to a 3.5. Double check your applications! And my thanks to the supervisor who helped me!

    Cost of applying to medical school:

    MCAT prep books: $540
    MCAT practice exams: $300
    MCAT: $260
    AMCAS Primary application: $510
    Secondary Applications: $810
    Travel to Iowa: $300
    Travel to Minnesota: $260
    Travel to GW: $305
    Travel to Drexel: $280

    Total cost of applying: $3805

    Factor in the 34 days of missed work I needed to travel and study and this was a really brutal process.

    Best travel experience: Mara Determan and the AKK house at Iowa. Iowa will always be special whether I end up there or not.
    Worst travel experience: Trying to make it to Philly for Drexel during Smowmageddon.
    Most impressive facilities: UI for the student clusters, UMN for the hospital system tied.
    Least impressive facilities: GW\'s \"student lounge\".
    Best staff interactions: UMN and UI, tied. Honorable mention: Marshall
    Worst staff interactions: NYMC.
    Best organized office: UI by far
    Worst organized office: Drexel
    Best road food: Home cooking in Waconia
    Worst road food: Chili\'s in Milwaukee, trying to make it to Drexel
    Best advice: \"Apply now or you\'ll regret it!\"
    Worst advice: \"Go for a PhD\"
    Best MCAT Prep materials: ExamKrackers, all of it. 9 point jump in practice test scores.
    Worst MCAT Prep materials: Princeton Review. Books just didn\'t suit my study style and I didn\'t retain any of it. Wasted a year with these.

    Some final thoughts:
    -Apply early, it\'s worth it. I think I might have had a few more interviews if I had gotten in early in the cycle.
    -I was pretty disappointed in my MCAT score. In practice I\'d regularly been putting up 37s based on high PS and VR scores. I had a bad day on VR, that\'s really all I can say. For the other sections of the MCAT make sure you are familiar with every possible subject. There\'s no worse feeling than the one you get when you\'re unprepared.

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, Irvine

    Applied, Withdrew

    New York Medical College

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Georgetown University
    University of Pennsylvania
    Loyola University Chicago
    Boston University
    Jefferson Medical College
    Temple University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Drexel University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Marshall University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    George Washington University


    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    University of Iowa

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