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  • Application cycles: 09/20/2010
  • Demographics: Female, 36, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 05/31/2011
  • Brief Profile: Graduated in 2006 with an interdisciplinary Neuroscience major. The major was under Engineering (I spent my first 2-3 years doing the Electrical Engineering major), but also involved computer science (neural networks, machine vision, etc), and neurobiology. I briefly thought to myself that I might want to apply to medical school my senior year, so I made sure to sign up for the last of the premed reqs I hadn\'t taken already as part of my major/GenEd (Ochem) in my senior year.
    I applied to PhD programs in Neuroscience, deferred acceptance to gain some work experience, and ended up declining my acceptance and working for 4 years in a speech and hearing research lab. The lab was in an institute affiliated with a top ENT clinic and as a result I worked with various clinicians as part of my work and decided I really did want to be a clinician and not purely a researcher. When the lab moved and closed in early 2010, and having all the pre-reqs under my belt from 4-8 years ago, I took the opportunity to look into applying to Med School. I found out the application was open in May (it was late April at this point), but decided to do several intensive months of shadowing, MCAT prep, and application drafting anyway in order to apply this cycle instead of waiting a whole year. Having started late, and having mediocre stats, I only got one interview, but it resulted in an acceptance! One is all I needed=)

    Clinical/Volunteering ECs:
    3 months of physician shadowing, 40-60 hours a week
    1 year volunteering each at 2 local hospitals, one university affiliated, and one children\'s hospital
    2 years peer counseling/first responder in college

    Work Experience:
    4 years work experience in the hospitality industry (with 1 year teaching/leadership experience)
    4 years work experience as a researcher (speech perception in deaf adults)
    2 years research assistant experience in college (sensory perception in infants)
    1 summer research project abroad (cross-lingual speech production and perception)

    Other leadership:
    Dorm Dining liaison, Secretary, and Vice President
    Club leadership (Glee club, science fiction club, re-enactment society)
    Editor for undergraduate research journal
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 09/20/2010

    • Undergraduate college: California Institute of Technology
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Engineering/Technology
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 514
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 129, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.27
    • Science GPA: 2.96

    Summary of Application Experience

    5/18/11 - Accepted! Yay! Just needed one and here it is=D

    Submitted AMCAS 9/21 upon release of MCAT scores. (Wish I had planned to submit earlier, but I would\'ve only had time to submit a couple of weeks earlier and at that point, I thought I might as well wait a week or two to make a few more revisions to my PS and to see what the actual score was!)
    Verified 10/8
    Worked on Secondaries in October and November.
    Had finished the last of my secondaries in early December. Started investigating post-bacc programs and spring community college classes. Had a death in the family just before the new year and went home to be with remaining family for a month. As of the end of January, I am enrolling in extra coursework (BioChem, Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology), volunteering with the Red Cross, and picking back up my SMP apps. With so many rejections, I\'ve got to make sure I\'ve got Plan B for upcoming June reapplication in place. But still crossing my fingers from some good news this cycle!

    Applied

    University of Connecticut

    Applied, Rejected

    University of Central Florida
    Wake Forest University
    Wayne State University
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Irvine
    University of Illinois

    Application Complete, Rejected

    George Washington University
    Pennsylvania State University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    New York Medical College
    University of Wisconsin
    University of Vermont
    Jefferson Medical College
    SUNY Buffalo
    SUNY Downstate
    University of California, Davis
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Michigan State University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    University of Toledo
    Tulane University
    Creighton University
    University of Southern California
    University of Maryland
    Oakland University
    Florida International University
    Temple University
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Virginia Tech Carilion
    Rush Medical College
    Loyola University Chicago
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    Hofstra University
    Drexel University

    Accepted

    Albany Medical College

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