Brief Profile:ECs at the time of application: 15-20 hours shadowing [otolaryngology clinic with two different ENTs - 5 hours each, 1 day in ENT surgery observing cochlear implant insertions, several hours with a neurologist observing neuro exams] 200+ hours non-medical volunteering [Big Brothers Big Sisters, tutoring, etc.] VP of a club during undergrad, founding member of a resource group at work, member of various committees 13 months neuroimaging research [focus on hearing impairment and normal language development] 2 abstracts (first & second author) accepted 8/2010 for poster presentation (conference 12/2010) 1 abstract (third author - boss was presenter) accepted 8/2010 for podium presentation (conference 12/2010) 8 total years of work experience under my belt (okay, the first three years were just summers..) leadership: resident assistant at undergrad for two years hobbies: photography and swimming
ECs added during application cycle: 1 first-author manuscript under review in an otolaryngology journal - submitted 4/11/2011 1 second-author manuscript under review in an audiology journal - submitted 2/15/2011 1 third-author manuscript rejected by Science (boo!), resubmitted to Nature Neuroscience 2 poster presentations (first & second author) at national conference 12/2010 - referenced above also 1 podium presentation (third author - boss was presenter) at national conference 12/2010 - referenced above also 1 abstract (third author) accepted 3/2011 for poster presentation at national conference (conference 6/2011) 2 abstracts (first & second author) accepted 3/2011 for poster presentations at national conference (conference 7/2011)
** NOTE: these more recent items were included on update letters to my top choices.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 06/17/2010
Undergraduate Area of study: Psychology/Social Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 507
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.77
Science GPA: 3.66
Summary of Application Experience
3/27/2010: MCAT day - left feeling like I had been hit by a bus. 4/27/2010: score release day - pleasantly surprised with my writing score. 6/18/2010: AMCAS submitted 7/2/2010: AMCAS verified! 7/19/2010: final LOR received by AMCAS - half of my secondaries received and completed! 8/12/2010: death in the family; kind of took me away from my pile of secondaries - need to get back to them! 8/26/2010: WSU Interview Invite!!! SO excited for my first interview - scheduled for 9/1! 9/1/2010: Wright State interview - this is my top choice and I can\'t wait til October 15! 9/6/2010: ALL secondaries submitted & complete! Sweet relief - now just playing the waiting game.. 9/18/2010: noticed my status on UK\'s site says \"Interview to be scheduled\" - just waiting on the email! 9/23/2010: Drexel Interview Invite! I get to visit family in Philly in mid-November! 9/28/2010: official interview invite email from UK! 10/15/2010: the day I\'ve been waiting for... Wright State ACCEPTANCE! 11/6/2010: UK Interview. Strange day. School wasn\'t bad, though :) 11/22/2010: Drexel interview - another strange day! 11/23/2010: UK rejection - oh wells. 12/6/2010: almost 6 months into this crazy process, and still 10 schools to hear from. how bizarre! 1/20/2011: rejected from MUSC - bummer! I love South Carolina! 1/24/2011: rejected from Loyola via status update :( 1/31/2011: Drexel waitlist - sent in the \'keep me on it\' paper - but I\'m not too upset 2/21/2011: Wake Forest rejection - guess the Carolinas don\'t like me! 3/3/2011: U. Cincinnati interview invite - woo wooo! I figured they were done inviting... 3/7/2011: UC interview - MMI style (hooray!) 3/16/2011: waitlisted at UC - was interviewing for a waitlist spot anyway, so it works for me. 3/17/2011: rejected from SLU. 3/22ish/2011: rejected from Louisville while on vacation. Doesn\'t hurt too much when you\'re in 87 degree and sunny weather! ;) 3/31/2011: rejected from Temple. 4/13/2011: last MCW interview day passed - so, rejected. 4/26/2011: final two rejections - great success, no silent schools!
INTERVIEWS ----------------------- Wright State: I love this school. Everyone was really nice and the interviews were (for the most part) more of a conversation - one of them was challenging but the other was very straightforward. It was the very first day of interviews for the school, so they were a bit disorganized (have to mail us some info they didn\'t have together yet, etc.) - but they were nice to rearrange the schedule so we were able to see the anatomy labs before the first years took an exam! The facilities are brand new and really impressive. Crossing my fingers for an acceptance in 6 weeks!
University of Kentucky: I\'ve never been a \'big school\' kinda girl, but I was pretty impressed with UK\'s commitment to keeping class sizes small (just over 100 students) and tightly knit. The students seemed to really love it there and the cost of living isn\'t that much higher than Dayton. I don\'t think I really like having all the hospitals in a small radius - I definitely see the merits, but I don\'t think it\'s for me (I like the community based approach). Facilities were only okay, and REALLY confusing and spread out. Definitely number 2 out of 2 on my list right now, but still hoping for an acceptance (aka choices!).
Drexel: I don\'t really understand the organization of Drexel\'s interview day - it seems like there was as much down time (literally sitting around and doing nothing) as there was interviews/information sessions. Anyway, I hope the structure and organization of the school are better than they appeared to be from the interview. The facilities were interesting in their distance from the rest of the college campus and all the area hospitals. I like the options in terms of curriculum - pretty intriguing. And the student body seemed happy (my student interviewer said Drexel gave him the warm fuzzies, which is why he chose the school).
University of Cincinnati: I already know all about this school since I work nearby and know a ton of people that attend. I like it, it has a good reputation, it\'s still probably not my first choice - but w/e. I\'m interested to hear more about the new curriculum and I hope they have success with it. As far as the interview went, I really liked the MMI - I thought it was really fun. Some of the scenarios were totally random (Olympic sports?), but overall I thought it was a good experience and a mostly fair judgment of my ability to reason through situations :)
***officially boosted my sGPA from 3.55 to 3.66 by taking 12 post-bacc credits! great success!
George Washington University
Combined PhD/MSTP: No
Secondary Completed: No
Interview Invite: No
Interview Attended: No
Summary of Experience:
SR: 6/28; withdrew - too pricey. :(