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  • Application cycles: 06/23/2010
  • Demographics: Male, 33, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 07/27/2011
  • Brief Profile: - Research:
    1 year bench research (1 poster at national conference)
    9 mos year social studies research (no publications)
    1 year clinical research (paid, no publications)

    - Clinical:
    9 months working in hospital
    6 months shadowing family practice physician
    2 yrs volunteering in hospital
    1 week per summer - camp counselor for kiddos

    -Other:
    2 years leadership position in nonprofit
    1 semester taught public health class
    6 months serving in restaurant
    fraternity with leadership positions
    studied abroad
    family member illness
    nontrad career change in senior year of undergrad
    nontrad post-bacc almost 4.0

    Hoping for a UC. Applying to a ton of schools because the UCs are so competitive and I really have no idea where I would be accepted. All I\'m asking for is ONE school... doesn\'t matter which one.

  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/23/2010

    • Undergraduate college: Berkeley
    • Undergraduate Area of study: English/Literature
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 127, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.67
    • Science GPA: 3.60

    Summary of Application Experience

    MCAT 5/22
    MCAT results 6/22
    Wrote personal statement 6/23
    Submitted 6/24
    Verified 7/14
    Secondaries finished 8/14
    Applications complete 8/25
    Accepted 10/15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good luck to you, fellow applicant!

    Advice for Applicants

    Here are some suggestions I have, based on what I have taken away from the past year:

    1. When deciding where to apply, I used that SDN excel spreadsheet where you can plug in your stats and home state and it tells you what schools are \"long shot\" schools, \"go for it\" schools, and \"high chance\" schools. I applied to mostly schools around my stats range, but then I picked a few reach schools and some schools below my range. Also applied to out of state schools that have more than 35% out of state students. If you are from CA and you have mid-range stats like me, I\'d say apply to as many schools as you can afford because I never could have predicted where I ended up getting interviews from.

    2. Personal statement – At a few of my interviews, my interviewers complimented me on my personal statement, so that must have been one of my strong points. I used this book http://www.amazon.com/Essays-That-Will-Medical-School/dp/0764142275/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301566660&sr=1-1 as a starting point for my personal statement, and I had lots of people read it over and let me know if any parts of it were boring. The key is to use interesting sentence structures (add in quotations, vary the lengths of the sentences, even use incomplete sentences to make it conversational) and add in detail so that the reader can picture what is going on. Med schools choose to interview you based on how interesting you sound. I have a couple friends who got high 20s on their MCAT and who got interviews at top 10 med schools, and I really believe it was because their personal statements were so fun to read.

    3. Interviews – I used the same method for every interview:
    1) Went to the “Interview Feedback” section of SDN
    2) Wrote down all the questions listed on there
    3) Typed out responses to the questions
    4) Researched the school online, came up with an answer to \"Why this school?\"
    5) Practiced answers in front of a mirror while smiling (haha)
    6) Practiced over the phone/on webcam the night before each interview with one of my friends who is a student interviewer for a medical school
    7) Went through my AMCAS app and for each experience I identified: (a) What I did (b) The best part (c) A challenge (d) What I learned from the experience.
    8) In each interview I showed a lot of enthusiasm and smiled.
    ***For UCLA\'s MMI, I read and took notes on this book: http://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Ethics-Practical-Approach-Decisions/dp/0071634142/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301566573&sr=1-1, and then practiced timed scenarios with one of my friends and then with my parents. I found it to be immensely helpful during the MMI because I felt comfy talking about ethical scenarios and filling up 10 minutes with musings and such.

    4. Update letters – In December I still hadn\'t heard from UC Irvine so I sent them a letter of interest. Shortly afterward I received an interview. After my UCLA interview I sent a letter saying that I would go there if I was accepted. I modeled the letters after the update letter example on the bottom of alwaysaangel\'s mdapplicants page. After both of the interviews I sent an additional letter of rec from a doctor at my work.

    Application Complete

    University of Miami
    Drexel University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Ohio State University
    University of Virginia
    Dartmouth College
    Tufts University
    Boston University
    Wake Forest University
    University of Cincinnati
    University of Washington
    SUNY Upstate
    Georgetown University
    Jefferson Medical College
    Loyola University Chicago
    University of Hawaii
    Tulane University
    University of Colorado
    University of Iowa
    Oregon Health & Science University
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, San Francisco
    University of Southern California
    Albany Medical College
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    University of California, Davis

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Saint Louis University
    Pennsylvania State University
    SUNY Downstate
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    University of Vermont

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of California, Irvine
    George Washington University

    Accepted

    University of California, Los Angeles
    Temple University
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    University of Illinois
    New York Medical College

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