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  • Application cycles: 06/08/2011
  • Demographics: Male, 31
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 09/06/2013
  • Brief Profile: ______________________________________________________________________

    GPA was weighed down some from poor grades in concurrent enrollment classes in high school.

    Submitted: 6/9/2011
    Verified: 6/17/11
    Committee Letter packet sent 6/28
    AMCAS Letters Received: 7/1

    California resident, have strong New Jersey state ties
    Major: Biological Sciences
    Minor: Chemistry

    *Note: Strong upward trend in GPA: 3.9+ for the last five semesters.

    Strong extracurriculars...had to condense filled out all 15 work and activities slots.
    - 4 year varsity athlete / NCAA Academic All-American
    - Summer Research Fellowship
    - Poster presentations at various national and regional conferences
    - about 250 hours volunteered at free medical clinic
    - 89 hours physician shadowing with 9 physicians across different specialties (spent a whole workday with each for most)
    - 40 hours of additional "Health Professions" shadowing (DDS, OMFS, PT, OT. MSN, DVM, etc.).
    - Red Cross swim instructor for 5 years
    - a lifetime of playing piano, and over 10 years volunteering by playing in hospitals, retirement homes, senior centers
    - tutor (stats, bio, pre-calc, English) college students as part of a YWCA educational program
    - some hobbies

  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/08/2011

    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 520
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 130  
    • Overall GPA: 3.61
    • Science GPA: 3.45

    Summary of Application Experience

    Final Decision: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine!
    Addendum: Mayo vs Vanderbilt
    [Disclaimer--This section is my personal opinion]

    I decided on Vanderbilt for multiple reasons, some personal and some more objective. First off, thanks to generous scholarships from both schools, the price would likely have come to less than a $10,000 difference after four years. I felt that both were "equal in prestige" and that and that both schools provided superior clinical teaching. From my research, I concluded that doing well at either school would not hinder me from any choice I might make later on for residency. Also, both schools heavily emphasized student support, which I really liked. With that said, I felt that Vanderbilt offered more resources for the development of an academic career. I am also interested in working with/researching population and community health, and I felt that it would be more accommodating to do this in an area with an actual population. Mayo also has required attendance, while Vanderbilt has a very nice audiovisual+powerpoint streaming system and attendance isn't recorded. Both are unranked P/F preclinical, with Vanderbilt having a 1.5 preclinical curriculum. With all of this, I couldn't convince myself to freeze in Rochester for four years when I could spend it in Nashville.


    A Note for Future Applicants:

    Remember, it isn't so much about what you do, but rather how you are able to convey what you did. What is the point of volunteering 200 hours at a hospital when all you write about it in applications and say about it in interviews is "I volunteered for 200 hours at a hospital."


    Links to some good articles for applicants:

    The Application as a Story

    A Marketing Approach to Writing the AMCAS Personal Statement

    Reflections on the Medical Admissions Process

    Applied, Withdrew

    Case Western Reserve University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Rochester
    Northwestern University
    Boston University
    Brown University
    University of Chicago
    Jefferson Medical College
    Georgetown University
    University of Pennsylvania
    Columbia University
    UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson
    Stanford University
    Loma Linda University
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, San Francisco
    Tufts University
    New York Medical College
    Harvard University
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Drexel University
    University of Vermont
    George Washington University
    Pennsylvania State University
    University of Colorado

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of California, Davis
    Yale University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of Pittsburgh
    University of California, Irvine
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine


    Vanderbilt University
    Mayo Medical School
    Baylor College
    Dartmouth College
    University of Southern California

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