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  • Application cycles: 06/15/2011
  • Demographics: Male, 31, African
  • Home state: Georgia
  • Last Active: 09/18/2017
  • Brief Profile: First of all, I thank God above for the opportunity to write this report and for the blessings he has given me and my family in this process. It has been a tiring journey, and his strength has been the one stable constant through it all. More particularly, I am writing this log as an aid to URM students who are the first to do medicine in their families and need every bit of encouragement and help they can get. Its a difficult process and I was in that position when I applied last year. I felt as if I didnt have much precedent to go off of, and I didnt really know where to turn for advice. I hope that this short profile is a help to you in your journey.

    The most important element of your application is that you tell a compelling story. Whether you do volunteer work, academic work, shadowing, research, whatever, youre application must tell a story. Youre reader has literally hundreds of these applications to go through and will spend less than 3.5 minutes reading your application. You have that amount of time to make an impression that lasts. I found that the greatest tool which helped me in this process was self-reflection. I was able to trace a thread through my experiences that linked everything, that made it all make sense.

    For me, this is the general story outline: I came into college wanting to serve God by serving people with my career, but didnt know what that career would be. I tried lots of things; volunteering in the hospital, doing volunteer work, studying science, teaching, writing/editing a magazine, etc. It was only during a summer I spent interning in a hospital that I found definitively that medicine was what resonated most with me. I now hope to earn degrees in medicine and theology to eventually work with churches to enact community based healthcare programs in under-resourced areas. My grades and MCAT are not that stellar; I truly think I got interview because people just wanted to hear more about how that story developed. Weave your story through your application; it will be your greatest asset.

    Some of the ECs I put on my application in no particular order. I put the lesson that I learned from each experience as well, a practice I highly recommend you follow on the application. It shows you were thoughtful about each thing you did:

    1) 40hr/wk for 5 weeks internship in rural South African hospital: learned that medical work can be a tireless campaign, but it can improve a patients quality of life immensely.

    2) 7 hr/wk for 3 years Editor of a campus magazine : taught me how to lead by example and motivate others to work alongside me.

    3) 40hr/wk for 2 months camp teacher in New Orleans for underserved kids: reminded me of the great needs facing children growing up in big cities, especially young Black children, and how I can be a mentor to those kids.

    4) 12hr/wk for 3 years founder of a volunteer networking organization: developed the skills necessary for connecting a diversity of people to communicate and motivate towards a common goal

    5) Received a 4yr full-ride leadership scholarship for undergrad: pushed me to extend my capacities as leader and servant, both of which have helped prepare me to begin medical studies.


    Please message me if you have any questions or comments.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/15/2011

    • Undergraduate college: Top 10
    • Undergraduate Area of study: History/Humanities
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 127, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.60
    • Science GPA: 3.40

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Mayo Medical School

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    New York Medical College
    Albany Medical College
    Tufts University
    Baylor College
    University of Illinois
    University of Louisville
    Drexel University
    Tulane University
    Georgetown University
    Wake Forest University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Yale University
    Columbia University
    Harvard University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    George Washington University
    University of Pennsylvania

    Accepted

    Vanderbilt University
    Boston University
    Stanford University
    University of Chicago
    University of Iowa
    Indiana University
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Duke University
    University of California, San Francisco

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