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  • Application cycles: 2009
  • Demographics: Male, 34
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 05/03/2011
  • Brief Profile: Feel free to message me/leave comments if you\'ve got questions about the app process or my application or anything! A bunch of people helped me out when I was applying, and I\'d love to pay it forward =)

    AMCAS activities (broadly stated so as to not completely compromise my anonymity):

    Clinical:
    1) Clinical volunteering, every week for 3.5 years
    2) Leadership for the clinical volunteering student group above, 3 yrs
    3) Shadowing, 30 hrs + hospital internship for a summer in high school
    4) Volunteering abroad for a summer

    Research:
    5) Research assistant during school year and summers, 2.5 years. Honors thesis, name on 2 abstracts, 2nd author paper submitted at application time
    6) Full time research assistant during year off
    7) 10k in grants for 2 summers of research

    Jobs:
    8) Dorm advisor, 2 years
    9) Mentor, 1 year
    10) MCAT teacher/tutor, 1 year

    Miscellaneous:
    11) Random academic awards
    12) Dorky hobby that was the theme of my personal statement
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2009

    • Undergraduate college: good school
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 524
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 132, C/P 130, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.90
    • Science GPA: 3.93

    Summary of Application Experience

    Pros/Cons of all the schools I interviewed at:

    Michigan
    +: Weekly flextime quizzes, Michigan football (!), college town with lots of great food, great clinical reputation, amazing technology, lots of flexibility in the first two years
    -: Weather is absolutely awful, huge class size (tends to get cliquey, research slots are more competitive), some 4th years mentioned it\'s difficult to get back into CA if you\'re in a competitive specialty, and I didn\'t get any scholarship money :(

    WashU
    +: Amazing facilities, great clinical training, CWE has some good stuff going on, the school really spoils its students with funding, tons of research opportunities
    -: Biggest negative by far is the students I met there. I know the rep of WashU students being high scoring machines without lives is just a stereotype, but I found it to be kind of true. I\'m sure there\'s probably a good mix of normal people, too, but many of the students I met seemed very...naive and lacking maturity. Many of them struck me as the type of student that went through all of the premed motions without really thinking about it or questioning themselves and just happened to do really well in school. In short, I guess I got the sense that they sort of lacked \"passion\" compared to students at some of the other schools I visited

    Ohio State
    +: Really down to earth, normal students. tOSU football! And Columbus is a pretty cool college town
    -: Huge class size, not as great a reputation as other schools that I\'m considering, and somewhat lacking in really groundbreaking research

    Pitt:
    +: Great facilities, tons of hospitals
    -: Graded preclinical, lots of class time/PBL/busy work

    Vanderbilt
    +: Everything is centrally located, pretty cheap housing, tight-knit student body, happy students, friendly administration/faculty
    -: Further from home and more expensive than a similarly regarded school that I got into (UCSD). A scholarship would have made me change my mind, but I didn\'t get one =(

    Emory
    +: Great students, great curriculum, great training available at Grady.
    -: ATL isn\'t my sort of place -- I\'m more of a small-town sort of guy. Also, more expensive and doesn\'t offer more than UCSD would.

    UCSD
    +: Close to home, absolutely amazing weather throughout the year, new P/F curriculum starting this year, new building the year after that, great clinical training with exposure at many different types of hospitals
    -: New curriculum will probably have some kinks to work out, new curriculum actually has MORE required class than the old curriculum (less optional lectures that I would have skipped anyway), and in general, the school seems kind of disorganized.

    UCLA:
    +: Great rep, great weather, close to home, I know a lot of people who go here, P/F all four years (although with letters of distinction, it\'s pretty much graded for the last two years anyway)
    -: Traffic is absolutely miserable in LA, smog sucks, and I didn\'t really like a lot of the students I met (they either seemed like the WashU kids [naive and driven for the \'prestige\' of medicine without really contemplating if they liked it] or the Penn kids (bro-y and all about getting drunk and living in the city)

    Penn
    +: Happy students,1.5 year curriculum, great clinical training
    -: I\'m not a city guy and I don\'t match the \"bro\" stereotype that seems to be common at the school. Also, the students here seemed like a very different type of \"happy\" than the ones at other schools. For example, when I asked some of them what they loved about Penn/why they were so happy, they mentioned things like being able to party in the city a lot, not having to stress out about building their resume (they seemed content to coast on the Penn reputation), and working hard/partying hard. That being said, I was disappointed with the waitlist and things don\'t look optimistic.

    Yale
    +: Yale System (P/F, optional/anonymous tests), freedom, flexibility, faculty/administration hugely dedicated to students, great mentoring, tons of interdisciplinary research opportunities with other Yale schools, tons of funding, small class size, brilliant way of teaching anatomy (case studies instead of straight rote memorization)
    -: Pricey, and I didn\'t get the best financial aid package. Also, cold weather.

    Stanford
    +: The most insanely impressive students I met, endless funding and research opportunities, great reputation, laid back lifestyle that is a perfect match for my personality, happy + down-to-earth students, flexibility in the curriculum, dedicated faculty and administration, and amazing campus with beautiful weather and tons of college sports!
    -: Nothing really, other than I\'m not nearly impressive enough to get in and it was just a tease to invite me to interview here.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Mayo Medical School
    University of California, San Francisco

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    University of California, Davis
    University of Southern California

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    University of California, Irvine
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Stanford University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    University of Pennsylvania

    Accepted

    Washington University in St. Louis
    University of Pittsburgh
    Ohio State University
    Yale University
    University of Michigan
    University of California, San Diego
    Emory University
    Vanderbilt University

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