Already attended 4 years of medschool in my home country; volunteered at a free-clinic 2 semesters; tutored highschool students ; work for 3 years at computer center with lots of responsabilities.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 2005
Undergraduate college: University of Kansas
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 505
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.86
Science GPA: 3.86
Summary of Application Experience
8/14/05 Here we go again......I'm a reapplicant but this year I am applying MUCH EARLIER so hopefully things will turn out a little better this year. Sent AMCAS 07/27, verified 08/04 ( as you can see I applied SUPER late last year, wasn't complete till like late october/mid november). Right now I am waiting for 2 new Rec Letters to begin flooding the schools with secondaries :) which I hope will be next week. What really screwed me last year was taking August MCAT so if you can please please please try to take it in April, it DOES make a difference. I made it to interviews at 4 schools, UPitt, Dartmouth, KUMED, and Jeff, but I got waitlisted at all of them :( My point is, even with a not-so-good MCAT (like mine) it is possible to make it IF you apply early (I'll continue the news of my app this cycle). Seriously, APPLY EARLY, it is not BS, APPLY AS EARLY AS YOU CAN!!. Good luck to all!!!!!!
10/19/05. So I had my Rochester interview a few weeks ago and supossedly we'll know something by next week. This is killing me slowly ;) But my birthday's on monday, will they call? Join me in the next episode.
10/20/05. I cannot believe what happened with Case Western! I had all the application done, but I didn't write the research essay because I don't have research experience. So I assumed (WRONG!) that it could be left blank (I know it says required essay, now I have my IDIOT hat on). I had it done by Aug 21st, payed and everything, but didn't submit until today. I feel so stupid :(
10/21/05. Vandy, Mayo, Buffalo, and MCW rejections. Ouch....(except for the ones I knew were coming). Again I am checking my e-mail 3000 times a day hoping for another interview invite. I am so sad, it makes me think 'what if it happens like last year?' 'I'm not gonna get in' 'Why why why can't they see who I really am?' (sorry, I just needed to vent a little bit). Oh well, enough of self-pity, back to the real world :)
11/1/05. Rochester waitlist...I was hoping for something better but deep down I knew this was coming :( Even though I have 4 interviews (2 down, 2 to go) I don't feel confident whatsoever that I will get in this year. Last year I ended up in 3 WL's and of course - nada. So I already started thinking about the plan B, which will be research postbac so I can get into a decent M.A./PhD program, and to hell with medicine. I know that this isn't the way I'm supossed to think, that if I want it bad enough I'll keep trying until I'm blue in the face, but c'mon, you have to be realistic too. I've lost way too much time for a dream that's ending up in nada, zero, kaput. Now I'm waiting for Jefferson and if it's another WL....then I start getting my rec letters together for the other program and studying for the GRE. I don't understand (and don't get me wrong, I know perfectly well that just like me there's a lot of qualified applicants that love medicine and don't get in) how in the hell can I show the adcoms they have to let me in??!!..Ok Ok, enough whining :)
11/07/05. UCSF Rejection, looks like i won't be going to california ;) Miami put me in the ranked list for possible interview, whatever that means...Still waiting for Jefferson, loved the school and the city, c'mon, show me some love!!! :)
11/10/05. Yai!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got into Jefferson!!!!!!!!!!!! As far as I'm concerned I'm done with this process. Wuhu!!!!!!!!!!!
12/17/05. I committed to Jeff so I'm withdrawing from the other schools. I really can't wait to start classes (and yes, i know what's coming)! ;)
05/02/06. And I thought the surprises were done, oh no..., I got half tuition scholarship money! I still cannot believe it, I'm in awe and so thankful :)
11/2006. After finaid office made up its mind I ended up receiving a full tuition scholarship. I almost threw up on my computer when I saw that! :) I still don't know how I got so lucky!
So I'm in school now and I wanted to mention a couple of things:
1) Class size in JMC is huuuuuuuge! You think bleh, 250 people, that's ok..BUT, when you actually sit in the lecture hall and all of the 250 are there....well that's another story. To me it was kindof overwhelming.
2) You know how they say that medschool is like trying to drink water from a fire hydrant? IT'S TRUE, SO TRUE IS NOT EVEN FUNNY. Oh well, nobody said it was gonna be easy right? :)
Medical College of Georgia
Combined PhD/MSTP: No
Secondary Completed: No
Interview Invite: No
Interview Attended: No
Summary of Experience:
11/16 Still waiting for the secondary. 11/29 Still waiting..01/26 ...and waiting