Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 509
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.54
Science GPA: 3.62
Summary of Application Experience
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University: Interviewed 11/18/2011, rejected 11/28/2011
Third Try. Last time was the wildcard round, the time before was when I didn\'t know shit, and this is the real thing, hence the huge number of schools. I\'m getting in this year. I have to. Mainly because I don\'t want to take the MCAT again.
Also, the AMCAS submission date reflects when Verification was done and letters were all received by AMCAS, hence the pre-dating of secondaries.
To give a bit of an overview of my application, I\'m a gay Cystic Fibrosis patient (slim, hairy, Jewish men, you\'ve been selected to receive a prize. PM for details.). My extracurriculars include:
Cardiovascular Research, 1 year post-college, ongoing (Author on 1 R01 grant) 100+ hours recording books for blind and dyslexic students (Leadership/volunteering - weekly) Renaissance music choir (Soloist each season)
50+ hours providing GED instruction to low-income students 50+ hours shadowing in Cardiac Cath Lab (ongoing) 50+ hours shadowing in transplant surgeries. 100+ hours Emergency department shadowing 50+ hours MS infusion center shadowing Paid choir member Drosophila research/thesis (high honors in biology from thesis), 1.5 years during college Transplant research - 1 year post-college Princeton Review High School and College Tutoring - 3.5 years, ongoing
I battle pokemon, blast zombies, and shoot flaming arrows regularly.
Florida Atlantic University
Applying for combined PhD/MSTP? No
Secondary Completed: No
Interview Invite: No
Interview Attended: No
Summary of Experience:
Didn\'t fill out secondary. I had already done over 30.
Summary of Experience:
Withdrawing on 05/01/2012. This really wasn\'t the school for me based on the location alone.
Accepted on 4/12/2012!
Top 10% of Waitlist.
Slight ew@Nashville. Probably not great for gay applicants (ohai!). I\'ll be in the closet for this one, sadly.
I connected with a student from there who said issues that affect homosexuals \"simply aren\'t discussed,\" hence my feeling. I\'ll definitely take the school seriously, but I recognize that it might not be the best fit from the outset.
UPDATE: Ok, strike that. The interviewer I had openly mentioned sexual orientation when we were speaking about HIV/AIDS, so it seemed appropriate to mention it. Meharry is, in fact, extremely gay-friendly. I misjudged it.
It\'s definitely not my top choice, but the interview here was absolutely wonderful. I could see myself here, though I concede that I would probably choose Jefferson, UMass, or Albany before it (already rejected from Cooper, which probably would have been my first choice out of all of my interviews).
Moral of the story: If you want to gauge how an interviewer will react to your sexual orientation (if you\'re not straight), ask about HIV. If they mention gay people in a positive light, bring up your own experiences. It can only help.