Like others, I found MDapps to be extremely useful during the application process so I thought I would make one to pay it back to current and future applicants. I was a little bit of an underdog stats-wise, and I\'m very pleased with how things turned out. I had an upward GPA trend- Freshman year GPA ~3.2, steadily increased to Senior year GPA ~3.8.
-Graduated 2009 -Biology Major (Honors), Anthropology minor -Research: >1000 hours, 2 summers + 1 year senior thesis in biology. Poster presentation. -Clinical: ~600 hours. Shadowed about 40 hours, worked as a nursing assistant. -Deans list a bunch. -Studied abroad. -Volunteered at non-profit health clinic with diabetes nurse educator. Assisted in educating patients, data input, etc. -1 year of AmeriCorps. -A bunch of interesting EC\'s and jobs.
Bottom Line: Do What your passionate about. I never did anything just because I thought it would look good on my resume; I did it because I was genuinely interested. Along the interview trail, fellow interviewees were shocked that I didn\'t spend my post-grad time doing research or something more \"traditional\". I love research, but decided that my time between college and med school should be spent pursuing new experiences. I think that my post-grad experiences added depth to my application, and made the interviews a lot more interesting. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 06/14/2010
Undergraduate college: NESCAC (small liberal arts school)
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 511
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.42
Science GPA: 3.43
Summary of Application Experience
I was a little bummed by my MCAT score, had been scoring a lot higher on practice tests. Especially the BS,( I was a bio major for goodness sakes!) I thought about taking it again, but decided that was a waste of time. It all worked out and looking back, I can\'t believe I wanted to waste three more months of my life for a few points. Skiing is way more important anyway! :-p
Summary of Experience:
Withdrew after Stony Brook acceptance. I called to see if I could move the interview date with my other three NY interviews but they wouldn\'t do it. Sounds like a neat program, but I\'m to wimpy to try a brand new school and not willing to fly from New Mexico for a separate trip.
Summary of Experience:
Withdrew after Stony Brook acceptance. This was a little difficult- heard good things about the school but way more expensive and the s.o. was not interested in living in St. Louis...
My interview here was no less than amazing. Liked the students, school, facilities, super friendly administrators. I was a little ragged because I was in the middle of a three day interview extravaganza. I had two interviews back to back and both ran over the 1 hour time. I barely had any voice by the time I was done, but I had connected really well with both interviewers and they were both very positive.
ACCEPTED! I was super psyched about this one. I looked back at some notes I had taken at a meeting with my pre-med advisor 3 years earlier. Stony Brook is circled, with a note next to it that says, \"good fit.\" heck ya.