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  • mauberley

  • Application cycles: 06/14/2010
  • Demographics: Male, 43, East Asian
  • Home state: Wisconsin
  • Last Active: 06/11/2011
  • Brief Profile: Nontraditional applicant with years of experience working for a large medical device manufacturer. Please feel free to drop me a note in the Discussions if you have any questions, or PM me here or on SDN.

    - 1 year, magnetic resonance imaging research (cardiac MRI): two papers (one first author), one conference (ISMRM) poster
    - 7+ years, medical devices industry (MRI software engineer: cardiac imaging, software reliability)
    - Volunteered extensively with my high school (alumni association, admissions committee)
    - Volunteered with law students\' association
    - Volunteered with my local Red Cross chapter\'s first aid service team (first responder, orientation leader, training instructor)

    - Majored in electrical engineering
    - Completed inorganic chemistry, physics prereqs in undergrad (\'98-\'99)
    - Completed organic chemistry, biology prereqs as a postbacc (\'08-\'09)
    - MCAT taken 9/2009

    Letters of recommendation:
    - Biology prereq professor
    - Biology lab instructor
    - Red Cross supervisor
    - Direct manager at place of employment
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/14/2010

    • Undergraduate college: Cooper Union
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Engineering/Technology
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 127, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.66
    • Science GPA: 3.69

    Summary of Application Experience

    AMCAS submitted 6/15/2010, processed 7/16/2010.

    I didn\'t have very lofty goals other than to get accepted /somewhere/. I believed (and still do) that the hard part was getting my foot in the door, because I should hope that, at this stage in life and given my employment history, my interviewing skills are solid. A .500 batting average, though with only four at-bats, supports this, I think.

    In retrospect, as far as getting that foot in the door, I don\'t think I applied broadly enough. My first school filter I applied was geographic, which led to having more reach schools than necessary in my final list. I do think I did my due diligence in determining whether I had a modicum of a shot at each of the schools I applied to, but I didn\'t assess my list for balance. I don\'t think I did a good enough job searching out additional schools that were a better fit to my MCAT/GPA combination.

    My MCAT preparation could also have been improved. I took only two full-length AAMC practice exams and perhaps was overconfident going into the actual exam, ending up with a score that was lower than my practice exams but still \"good enough\" (to my chagrin).

    Apart from that, I wonder if I had still left my application too non-traditional, without the typical shadowing, volunteering, and other clinical experiences many schools look for, and whether that also had a negative effect. The clinical experiences I would point to at my interviews centered around my Red Cross volunteering and the times I have spent attending to family and friends in the hospital with cardiac-related illnesses. I would also highlight the experiences I\'ve gained into radiology through my work in industry.

    If I didn\'t get in this cycle, I would have definitely worked on that aspect of my application and readjusted my list of schools that I would apply to. Although I believe I\'m capable of doing much better on the MCAT, I would only have retaken it if I didn\'t score above a 30.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Cornell University
    Dartmouth College
    Northwestern University
    New York University
    Wake Forest University
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Michigan
    George Washington University
    University of Wisconsin
    Tulane University
    University of Pittsburgh
    Loyola University Chicago
    University of Chicago
    Pennsylvania State University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Georgetown University
    Tufts University


    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Rush Medical College

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