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  • Application cycles: 06/20/2011
  • Demographics: Male, 37, Caucasian
  • Home state: Oregon
  • Last Active: 02/27/2012
  • Brief Profile: I am currently a science teacher; before that, I was an undergraduate studying biological chemistry and theoretical physics. I have done research in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, quantum physics and mathematical modeling of biological systems (specifically, the fractal dynamics of tumor growth). I have also run a few marathons, climbed a few mountains, lived in a few countries - and not a bit of it was as difficult or mind-blowing as teaching in an inner city school. After I complete my teaching commitment, I hope to attend medical school, perform meaningful scientific research and spend some of my life helping humans and advancing medicine.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/20/2011

    • Undergraduate college: Southern Oregon University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 520
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 132, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.86
    • Science GPA: 3.90

    Summary of Application Experience

    In short:

    I applied like most stressed, worried and confused pre-meds: to a wide swathe of schools selected for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from substantive knowledge to having simply heard of the place. In late September, as the invites started coming in, I had a profound realization that, more than anything, I wanted to return to live on the west coast. I only applied to 4 west coast schools (OHSU, Stanford, USC, and UCSD), so at first I was quite worried. However, after being accepted to USC early on, I canceled most of my other interviews because 1) I did not have the $ or energy to fly all across the U.S. and 2) I did not really want to live in most of these places. (Hence what may seem inexplicable to many SDN med applicants: Canceled WashU? Canceled UMich? Wth?)

    At this point, out of 22 schools, I received 14 interviews, 3 rejections, and 5 schools have not sent me anything. I only attended 5 interviews, and I was accepted at 3 of these schools (I have yet to hear back from OHSU).

    Application Complete

    Yale University
    Emory University
    Baylor College
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    New York Medical College

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Stanford University
    Mayo Medical School
    Northwestern University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Brown University
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Dartmouth College
    Boston University
    SUNY Buffalo
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    University of Michigan
    Saint Louis University
    Tulane University

    Attended Interview

    Oregon Health & Science University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Case Western Reserve University


    University of Connecticut

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