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  • Dr. Impossible

  • Application cycles: 06/07/2010
  • Demographics: Male, 44, Caucasian
  • Home state: New Jersey
  • Last Active: 05/24/2011
  • Brief Profile: Nontraditional applicant. After cycle is over, I will fill in profile with complete bio and stats.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/07/2010

    • Undergraduate Area of study: History/Humanities
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 128, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.50
    • Science GPA: 3.70

    Summary of Application Experience

    -10/16/10 ACCEPTED! Withdrawing from a few schools that didn\'t/wouldn\'t make the cut. Was tempted to let these schools ride to see who would offer invites, but knowing I wouldn\'t matriculate made releasing them the right thing to do.

    -5/24/11 UPDATE - My application cycle has come and gone. I will be matriculating to Tufts University School of Medicine, class of 2015. My biggest piece of advice to prospective medical students would be to apply broadly, but apply only to places that you\'d like to go. Think long and hard about that. Friends, family support and proximity, and cultural climate should all be considered. Cost is a factor, too, depending on how much you worry about money. As a non-trad applicant with a background in the entertainment industry, I wasn\'t sure quite what admissions committees would make of me. Part of me thought \"I would like to go anywhere I can get in!\" I applied to schools that I was legitimately interested in, as well as a handful of schools that I thought would be \"safer\" in terms of getting accepted with my stats. Part of me wishes I eliminated the second group, because I ended up withdrawing from a bunch of those schools after getting into my state school.

    My second piece of advice is more broad. Medical school acceptance is slightly formulaic. You need good grades, MCAT scores, ECs, LORs, etc. What can set you apart from the rest of the applicants is a killer personal statement. I benefited from having some interesting life experiences to draw on; that stuff can only help. The trick is to create a solid (and somewhat unique) narrative about yourself. In a sea of 30+ Mcat scores and 3.7 science GPAs, a great PS can really separate you from the pack.

    Good luck on your applications! The process is long and fraught with stress and hard work, but if you want nothing less, you\'ll make it...some way or another.

    Cheers,

    Dr. Impossible

    Applied, Rejected

    University of North Carolina

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    SUNY Downstate
    Brown University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    SUNY Upstate
    University of Vermont
    Hofstra University
    Ohio State University
    Jefferson Medical College
    Temple University
    University of Maryland
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    University of Virginia

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson
    Wright State University
    University of South Florida

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Johns Hopkins University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Georgetown University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    George Washington University
    University of Kentucky

    Accepted

    UMDNJ - New Jersey
    Tufts University
    Boston University
    Drexel University

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