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  • Application cycles: 06/30/2010
  • Demographics: Male, 32, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 06/21/2011
  • Brief Profile: (03.09.11) Well now that it\'s getting toward the end of the cycle I\'ve decided to update my profile with all of my extracurriculars and activities. I have included the length of time that I have participated in these activities up until this point in my gap year. I graduated in Summer 2010 with a degree in Physiology and a minor in Spanish Linguistics. I worked close to full time during school and took a while to find my stride in college which is why my GPA is less than amazing, but I did a fair amount to salvage it my last two years as I had a very strong upward trend, particularly in upper-division science courses.

    Clinical:
    9-1-1 response ambulance- EMT-Basic, Field Training Officer, Quality Improvement Supervisor (3.5 years, paid)
    Student-run Medical Non-Profit Group- Chief Development Officer- worked domestically and internationally (1.5 years, volunteer)
    Shadowed an Orthopedic Surgeon (8 hours, didn\'t include on app)

    Research:
    Principal Investigator for a CPR study (1 year)
    Research Coordinator/Team leader for another CPR project (7 months)

    Teaching:
    Clinical Skills Instructor for UCLA DGSOM (1.5 years off and on)
    Independent tutoring for high-schooler (6 months)

    Other:
    Christian Fellowship- Bible Study Leader (5 years)
    a few misc. awards and hobbies.
    Strong LORs
    Study abroad

    Summary:
    Strengths- leadership and teaching experience, MCAT
    Weaknesses- research (too little too late for most places, got a very late start); GPA.
    Gap year= ambulance, tutoring, volunteering, research.
    I applied very broadly as I was not sure how my CA apps would turn out. All my apps were completed by Sep. 1

    I hope this helps some of you as you apply so you can see where I did and did not receive any love. Best of luck.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/30/2010

    • Undergraduate college: UCLA
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 520
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 129, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.67
    • Science GPA: 3.55

    Summary of Application Experience

    It\\\'s been pretty brutal thus far.

    10/19/10
    well, it\'s been a lot better recently. I\'m noticing that interview invites seem to come in on Tuesdays for me. 5 of 6 have come on Tuesdays. The problem with this process is that I start to notice stupid little patterns. Probably my own neurosis haha.
    In other news, completely blessed with some Chicago invites recently.
    Dear California, please show me some love because I am running out of money. Love, Your Native Son.

    12/15/10
    Wow. I have been super blessed with so much good news. Even still though, it\'s been very quiet recently. A little too quiet, if you ask me. My application continues to hang on despite the fact that I was complete most places forever ago. I have survived waves of rejections at UMich, Cornell, and Stanford, though I suspect that they are coming soon as I don\'t know how much of a shot I have at those places. I\'m pretty sure that Stanford letter just got lost in the mail. We shall see though. I plan on withdrawing at a number of places at the end of this week as I have been blessed with two acceptances. One of those withdrawals will be at RFUCMS because I really did not enjoy my time at the school. The people and facilities are all very nice, but for many key reasons, the school was not a good fit for me. Hopefully I\'ll continue to hear some more good news from everywhere else!

    2/9/11
    I am now \"officially\" assuming my rejection at a few of the non-rolling schools, since I haven\'t been invited and most of them stopped interview invites at the end of January. I am still hanging on at UC Davis and USC, but I am not too confident they will turn around with positive news in the last few weeks that they are sending out invites. I am super blessed to have received an interview at UCSD, which is right now tied for number one on my list with UCLA. I am praying that UCLA comes around with positive news on the 15th as it has been a long and grueling wait. Hopefully my decision isn\'t pushed back until March 15th or I won\'t know what to do with myself.

    Applied, Rejected

    Charles Drew University/UCLA
    University of California, San Francisco
    University of Washington
    Vanderbilt University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Boston University
    Dartmouth College
    Columbia University
    Cornell University
    Harvard University
    Johns Hopkins University
    New York University
    Stanford University
    University of California, Davis
    University of Chicago
    University of Michigan
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of North Carolina
    University of Southern California

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Drexel University
    George Washington University
    New York Medical College
    Pennsylvania State University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Georgetown University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Duke University
    University of California, San Diego
    University of Colorado

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of California, Irvine
    Northwestern University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Loyola University Chicago

    Accepted off Waitlist

    Oregon Health & Science University

    Accepted

    Loma Linda University
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Rosalind Franklin University
    SUNY Downstate

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