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  • Application cycles: 06/08/2011
  • Demographics: 34
  • Home state: Unknown
  • Last Active: 10/06/2021

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Application Cycle One: 06/08/2011

  • Undergraduate college: 0
  • 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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