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  • Application cycles: 2010
  • Demographics: Female, 37, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 05/19/2011
  • Brief Profile: -I completed two years of a PhD program in science, then decided in May 2010 to take a masters degree and apply to medical school.

    -I am teaching high school science during this application year (not on AMCAS).

    -Double major from a solid but not spectacular midwestern liberal arts university (chemistry and philosophy)

    -The initial schools I applied to were solely based on geography (SoCal, then places I wouldn\'t mind living). When I got my MCAT scores back in mid-September, I added several \"reach\" schools (Chicago/Penn/WashU/Vanderbilt), and withdrew from several schools I was not likely to attend (Vermont/UCI/Hopkins/Dartmouth).

    -I have some okay volunteering experience involving youth/science/mentorship, but I have absolutely no medical experience. This is what happens when you decide to apply last minute.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2010

    • Undergraduate college: Liberal Arts
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
    • Institution: Caltech
    • Area of Study: Physical Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: MS in Chemistry
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 523
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 132, CARS 130  
    • Overall GPA: 4.00
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    I decided on WashU over USC. I really liked a lot of aspects of USC (SoCal, County, general vibe of school, proximity to my husband\'s job). WashU is just a fantastic institution, I like living in the midwest, and Forest Park is great. Plus, their merit+need based scholarships were much, much more generous than USC.

    I made this profile because reading SDN/MDapps was a big help in identifying schools to send my application to (WashU/Penn/Vandy/Pritzker).

    High scores can definitely help you out, but make sure you get some experience in medicine. I decided late in the game (late May) that I wanted to apply to medical school, so I took a late MCAT (mid-August). I got married/honeymooned that summer as well, and then started a teaching job, so I didn\'t have much of a chance to gain any medical experience. I\'m happy with my choices, but if I took care of my major weaknesses I think I would have had more choices.

    There were a few other schools (Dartmouth/Hopkins/UC-Irvine/Northwestern/Vermont) that I applied to but never finished secondaries. Once I got my MCAT scores back I narrowed the list to schools I thought I would more likely attend.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of California, San Diego
    Mayo Medical School
    University of Chicago

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    University of Michigan

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Vanderbilt University
    University of Pennsylvania


    Washington University in St. Louis
    University of Southern California

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