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  • n1221

  • Application cycles: 05/31/2011
  • Demographics: Male, 33, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 04/21/2013

// Applications //

Application Cycle One: 05/31/2011

  • Undergraduate college: State
  • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
  • Total MCAT SCORE: 524
  • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 132, C/P 132, CARS 130  
  • Overall GPA: 3.97
  • Science GPA: 3.97

Summary of Application Experience

5/5: Transcripts ordered
5/11: First transcript received by AMCAS
5/16: Second transcript received by AMCAS
6/1: Application submitted and verified
6/7: Committee letter packet uploaded to AMCAS
6/20: Michigan interview invite
6/24: Pitt interview invite
7/20: Davis interview invite
7/25: Irvine interview invite
7/30: Mayo interview invite
8/2: Wake Forest interview invite
8/9: Vanderbilt interview invite
8/15: UCSF interview invite
8/17: Case and Cleveland Clinic interview invites
8/24: Johns Hopkins interview invite
8/25: UCSD interview invite
8/26: UMich interview attended
8/30: Stanford interview invite
8/30: Penn interview invite
8/31: Pitt interview attended
9/2: USC interview invite
9/7: MCW interview invite
9/8: WashU interview invite
9/9: UC Davis interview attended
9/12: Mayo interview attended
9/15: Johns Hopkins interview attended
9/20: UCI interview attended
9/22: Vanderbilt interview attended
9/28: Wake Forest interview attended
9/30: USC interview attended
10/5: Penn interview attended
10/7: Stanford interview attended
10/10: Dartmouth interview invite
10/13: CCLCM interview attended
10/14: Case Western interview attended
10/15: UMich acceptance!
10/17: Wake Forest acceptance!
10/17: Hold status at Mayo
10/18: UCSF interview attended
10/20: Johns Hopkins acceptance!
10/25: WashU interview attended
10/27: USC Waitlist
10/31: UC Irvine acceptance!
11/2: Case Western acceptance!
11/10: UCSD interview attended
11/15: UCLA interview invite
11/18: WashU acceptance!
11/22: UCSD acceptance!
12/13: UCLA interview attended

Some thoughts for those applying in the future:

1. Don’t worry too much about interviews. Yes, they’re a little scary, but the vast majority of my interviewers have been down-to-earth, nice people who are easy to talk to.

2. My personal statement was almost never brought up during interviews. I don’t think my PS is fantastic, but it’s probably not bad either. I think the PS is overemphasized on SDN. Write something passable, but don’t completely freak out over it.

3. In contrast to the personal statement, I think secondaries and activity descriptions are super important. Spend some time on them, especially your three most meaningful activities.

4. I have a hunch that letters of recommendation are far more important than most people realize, especially at the very top schools. This isn’t something to worry about if you are close to applying (your letters are what they are), but if you have a few years left really try hard to have great relationships with teachers, PIs, volunteer coordinators, etc.

5. It’s possible to get into good medical schools coming from community college and/or state schools. And you might just come out of it with a unique perspective.

Application Complete, Rejected

Yale University
Tulane University
University of Rochester
Emory University

Invited for Interview, Withdrew

Medical College of Wisconsin
Dartmouth College

Attended Interview

University of California, Los Angeles

Attended Interview, Rejected

University of California, Davis
Mayo Medical School
University of California, San Francisco
Cleveland Clinic Medical School

Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California
University of Pennsylvania
Stanford University
Vanderbilt University

Accepted

University of Michigan
Washington University in St. Louis
University of California, San Diego
Johns Hopkins University
Wake Forest University
University of California, Irvine
Case Western Reserve University

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