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  • quirkynirky

  • Application cycles: 07/08/2012
  • Demographics: Male, 33, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 11/05/2012
  • Brief Profile: I submitted a year after I took the MCAT with a retake in mind, since I scored in the mid 30\'s on practice exams. However, I didn\'t have the time to retake and decided that D.O. was a better fit for me. Even though my stats are sub-par for almost every MD school I decided to apply to a few that I felt would resonate with my life experience and commitment to service. I also chose schools that had stats close to mine (based off of the MSAR). I\'m not even sure if I would choose an MD school over a DO school but I will leave that decision for later after I have interviewed and have a better feel for each school.

    I will be sure to detail my experience so that it is educational, unlike many profiles on this website. Hopefully you will find it encouraging if not informative.

    EC\'s
    -500+ hrs of community service
    -Executive Director of a large philanthropic organization
    -600+ hrs of research (no pubs, two posters and one presentation)
    -250 hrs of clinical experience
    -60 hrs shadowing
    -Member of Phi Delta Epsilon pre-medical fraternity
    -Leader and member of a medical missions team
    -Rugby player and coach
    -Studied abroad at Oxford University
    -Bunch of tutoring
    -Supervisor of a high ropes course
    -Singer-songwriter/musician
    -Writer
    -Francophile
    -Blahblahblah
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 07/08/2012

    • Undergraduate college: Azusa Pacific University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 505
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 126, CARS 123  
    • Overall GPA: 3.60
    • Science GPA: 3.50

    Summary of Application Experience

    AMCAS Submitted 7/9/2012
    AACOMAS Submitted 6/31/2012

    7/26 - As expected, filling out both apps was a pain in the bootay but now that it's done I'm anxious to get more secondaries. AACOMAS verified first, still waiting on AMCAS, which I'm guessing is because of the higher number of applicants. LECOM, DMU, CCOM, and KCOM sent the first secondaries. Grateful for their brevity. More updates as they come.

    7/30 - Received secondary from MSU-COM, more essays, wooo....

    8/10 - So far received secondaries from Western, PCOM, KCOM, DMU, LECOM, CCOM, Penn State, NYMC, MSUCOM.

    9/6 - Received secondaries from all school except for OHSU and UCI. Not sure if I'm going to submit UNECOM's because it's mo money and their match list isn't too impressive. At this point, I'm just wrapping up a few loose ends with my secondaries and waiting for rejections or II's. Or just a long 5 month wait until their classes fill out. I'm not freaking out yet, that'll probably happen in a few months. NOTE: I'm going to compile a timeline of the application thus far when I get the time.

    9/14 - First II last week, first rejection this week. II from a DO school, rejection from an MD school (USC). Can't say I'm surprised or very disappointed about USC. I emailed them to get some feedback but I'm pretty sure it was my MCAT that kept me from an interview. I knew coming into this that my MCAT was the primary weak point of my application but applied MD anyways to see if any schools would look past it. I'm pretty sure I want to go DO so this is an experiment: I think MD schools say "We want well rounded, mature, experienced applicants who show they can succeed in medical school," but think, . It's about performance not character or capability. I could rant about this. But I won't. Yet. I'll save that for the end of the app cycle.

    Tally of money spent:
    AMCAS = ~500
    AACOMAS = ~500
    Secondaries = ~1,000
    Total = ~2,000

    ATSU - PS = 6/31; SR = 7/25; SS = 8/16; C = 8/30; II = 09/07
    CCOM - PS = 6/31; SR = 7/25; SS = 8/17
    Creighton - PS = 7/9; SR = 8/20; SS = 9/4; C = Pending approval of LORs
    DMU - PS = 6/31; SR = 7/26; SS = 7/27; C = 8/10; II = 10/8; IA = 11/29
    KCUMB - PS = 6/31; SR = 8/20; SS = 9/5; C = 9/5; II = 9/26; IA = 10/22; I/W = 11/5
    LECOM - PS = 6/31; SR = 7/26; SS = 7/26
    LLU - W = Pending
    MSUCOM - PS = 6/31; SR = 7/30; SS = 9/4; C = 9/11
    NYCOM - PS = 6/31; SR = 8/27; SS = 9/7; C = 9/17
    NYMC - PS = 7/9; SR = 8/3; SS = 8/10; C = 8/10
    OHSU - PS = 7/9; SR = N/A
    Penn State - PS = 7/9; SR = 8/6; SS = 8/7; Complete waiting on II or R
    PCOM - PS = 6/31; SR = 8/9; SS = 9/5;
    RFU - PS = 7/9; SR = 8/16; SS = 8/26; C = 9/15
    Rush - PS = 7/9; SR = 8/15; SS = 8/28; W
    UCD - PS = 7/9; SR = 8/16; SS = 9/3; C = 9/3
    UCI - PS = 7/9; SR = N/A
    USC - PS = 7/9; SR = 8/22; C = 8/22; R = 9/14
    UNECOM - W = Pending
    Western - PS = 6/31; SR = 8/2; SS = 8/24; C = 9/4

    Legend
    PS = Primary Submitted
    SR = Secondary Received
    SS = Secondary Submitted
    C = Complete
    II = Interview Invite
    RNI = Rejection No Interview
    RAI = Rejection After Interview
    I/W = Interview Waitlisted
    A = Accepted
    A/W = Accepted from Waitlist

    Applied

    University of California, Irvine

    Applied, Rejected

    Oregon Health & Science University

    Applied, Withdrew

    University of New England
    Loma Linda University

    Application Complete

    Chicago College of Mid. University
    Lake Erie College - Erie
    Creighton University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Rush Medical College
    University of California, Davis
    New York Medical College
    Pennsylvania State University
    Michigan State University (DO)
    Philadelphia College - Philadelphia
    New York College of New York Tech.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Southern California

    Invited for Interview

    A.T. Still University - Kirksville
    Des Moines University
    Western University of Health Sciences

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Kansas City University

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