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  • m9999

  • Application cycles: 06/16/2011
  • Demographics: Male, 35, Caucasian
  • Home state: North Carolina
  • Last Active: 11/29/2011
  • Brief Profile: Very late decision to pursue a career in medicine. For years, I planned on doing astrophysics grad school, but I had some life-changing realizations/experiences while abroad. As such, I don\'t have many medically-related EC\'s, but plenty of research, experience tutoring, a fun/strong internship at a solar energy firm, and years of coaching swimming.

    Currently in a gap year, during which I hope to conduct research in a medically-related field (would love to find something around LGBT healthcare), get more clinical experience, and follow my passion for teaching (ESL).

    My GPA is worse than I\'d like mostly because I am TERRIBLE at math, but I loved physics too much to do something else. I had a few semesters with straight A\'s and a B- or C+ in a math-heavy course. Never bothered me, because I was still an excellent physicist with a bright future in grad school. After the switch to medicine, I\'m afraid it has the potential to hold me back.

    If I could do undergrad again, I would have gotten involved in the community outside physics MUCH earlier, and gotten more clinical experience early on. However, I\'m very happy that I got an excellent education in a subject I love, and still might have opportunity to attend med school--best of both worlds, in my opinion.

    If I get skunked this app cycle (yikes), I\'ll probably find a real job, re-take the MCAT, and apply again.

    NB: I listed coaching, teaching ESL, and shadowing a surgeon as my most meaningful experiences--completely honest, if not the most exciting selection of my EC\'s.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/16/2011

    • Undergraduate college: University of Notre Dame
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 132, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.60
    • Science GPA: 3.48

    Summary of Application Experience

    Submitted AMCAS on time, working on secondary essays; I hope that schools don\'t interpret my long turnaround time as disinterest.

    UChicago, UMichigan, and Chapel Hill are my top choices. They are all reaches for me, especially considering my GPA.

    Applied, Withdrew

    Emory University
    Tufts University

    Application Complete

    Columbia University
    University of Michigan

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Boston University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Drexel University
    Jefferson Medical College


    University of North Carolina

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