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  • DrDrummer

  • Application cycles: 06/16/2010
  • Demographics: Male, 38, Caucasian
  • Home state: Texas
  • Last Active: 05/08/2011
  • Brief Profile: I\'m originally from Illinois, went to school at SIUC and majored in Philosophy with minors in Chemistry and Psychology.

    - Joined Teach for America in 2008 -- Teaching third year during application cycle
    - 150+ hours shadowing in Primary Care and Emergency Settings, mostly
    - Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club, University Women\'s Center, Humane Society volunteer experience
    - Hurricane Ike relief efforts (lived in Houston during hurricane)
    - Volunteer medical work in Africa and South America, 1 mo. in each country
    - Extensive international and domestic backpacking
    - 1.5 years in neuroscience research lab as undergrad.
    - Philosophy research in Greece & Turkey
    - Paid employment at school newspaper, working as editor of website
    - Residence Hall Advisory Council

    My science GPA is probably the weakest spot of my application-- unfortunately I ran out of time on the first section of the MCAT, due to lack of practice from Hurricane Ike killing my power for 3.5 weeks and that led to an imbalanced score, but I\'m hoping the MCAT will help.

    Costs: Yikes.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/16/2010

    • Undergraduate college: Southern Illinois Universty - Carbondale
    • Undergraduate Area of study: History/Humanities
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 516
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 126, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.66
    • Science GPA: 3.49

    Summary of Application Experience

    My overall take-home experience is that it was ridiculous for me to apply so broadly out-of-state. I had worried that, as a Texas transplant, I might not be treated equally with other residents. This was not true. If I could have seen the future, there\'s absolutely no way I would have wasted so much money and time applying via AMCAS. If you are a competitive Texan, and not good enough to get a full ride from some OOS school, I would probably just apply in-state.

    The Texas system is amazing-- not just because it gives in-state applicants preference (90% by law), but because despite Texas\' red state bent, it is almost socialistic with respect to medical school tuition. I am very thankful for this, and intend to practice medicine in an underserved part of Texas, partially because I feel I owe it to the state.


    Drexel University
    Loyola University Chicago
    Meharry Medical College
    Morehouse School of Medicine
    New York Medical College
    Oakland University
    Rush Medical College

    Applied, Rejected

    Wayne State University

    Applied, Withdrew

    Southern Illinois University
    Howard University

    Application Complete

    University of Texas, Galveston
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    University of Illinois

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Rosalind Franklin University
    George Washington University
    Temple University
    Creighton University
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    University of Vermont
    Tufts University

    Invited for Interview

    Jefferson Medical College
    The Commonwealth Medical College
    Boston University

    Attended Interview

    Texas Tech University
    Long School of Medicine - University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio
    University of Texas, Southwestern

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Georgetown University

    Accepted off Waitlist

    University of Texas, Houston


    Tulane University
    Texas A & M University
    Texas Tech University, El Paso
    University of North Texas

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