A.A. in General Studies '09 - Cum Laude B.S. in Biology '10 - Cum Laude Certificate in Pre-Health Professions '10 B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavior '13 - Cum Laude 12-lead EKG Interpretation & Dysrhythmia Recognition
GPA at the time I applied: 3.65 cGpa, 3.81 sGpa (AACOMAS)
MCAT: 31M MCAT: 12bs, 11ps, 08,vr (7/2010, didn't apply that cycle as my EC's weren't great at the time) 33P MCAT: 14bs, 12ps, 07vr (4/12)
Extracurriculars at the time I applied: ~40 Hours Shadowing a D.O. (Three Months) ~150 Hours Shadowing an M.D. (One Year) ~200 Hours Hospital Volunteering (ER & Front Desk for One Year) ~290 Hours Vounteer Wresting Coach (Five Seasons) ~150 Hours Tutoring (One Year) ~42 Hours Shadowing at a Hospital (One Semester) ~20 Hours donating my granuleocytes to a cancer patient with 2-3 hours of interaction with him ~Wrestling Club Member (Two Years) ~Chemistry Club Member (One Year)
LOR's at the time I applied: Former Physiology Professor - 8/10 - Likely Strong Former M.D. Professor - 11/10 - Probably Very Strong Former Physics Professor - 2/11 - Probably Average/Above Average M.D. whom I Shadow - 6/12 - I sure this one is Very Strong Committee Letter - Interviewed 7/12 - Probably higher tier given my feedback afterwards D.O. whom I Shadow - 11/12 - Likely very good (Turns out he finally sent this in during 11/12)
Work Experience at the time I applied: ~55 Hours per week as a Warehouse Employee (Two Years, When I started college I did really bad) ~35 Hours per week as a Truck Driver. Worked the graveyard shift for three years to pay for school (did good lol) ~35 Hours per week as an Assistant Wrestling Coach and had a lot of leadership responisbilities. ~25 Hours per week as a Sales Associate (Past Year)
Awards & Honors at the time I applied: Dean's List - Six Semesters President's List - Two Semseters Certificate of Merit - Two Semesters Associate in Arts - Cum Laude Bachelor of Science - Cum Laude Certificate in Pre-Health Professions - Cum Laude
Timeline for Stuff that isn't School Specific: Submitted to AACOMAS: 06/2012 Undelivered from AACOMAS: 06/2012 Verified by AACOMAS: 06/2012 Pre-Health Committee Interview - 07/2012 LOR's Finally Sent to Schools: 08/2012
Looking at all the profiles on here really helped me so I figured I'd make one.
Applying to only D.O. schools so it's the AACOMAS because I'm interested in OMM. I'm older and probably won't want to sub-specialize so I feel it would be handy to have another tool in my bag of tricks.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 06/01/2012
Undergraduate college: State School
Undergraduate Area of study: Psychology/Social Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 514
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.65
Science GPA: 3.81
Chicago College of Mid. University
Combined PhD/MSTP: No
Secondary Completed: No
Interview Invite: No
Interview Attended: No
Summary of Experience:
I can't justify spending 50k per year when I have acceptances to equally/better quality (imo) schools that are cheaper.
This was a SUPER safety school and I didn\'t want to waist the $50 submitting a secondary when I already had an acceptance. Plus, I didn\'t think I would be a good fit with such strict policies anyways.
The interview was pleasant, a few questions about my application and Nova.
We went on a tour of the facilities and I must say, HPD is pretty nice! I really like that the school is in a metropolis/urban area, since I've lived in one all my life. Also, they student/fitness center is phenominal. It is absolutely huge! The bad? I would say that the HPD library is probably too small, but the main library is huge so that may make up for it, and there aren't but one or two HD tv's in the OMM room - nit picking perhaps.
Overall, I thought it was a nice school but I don't think my rankings have changed much based on today. This school didn't have any underlying costs for me since I live 30 minutes away.
It's definitely a relief to have my first acceptance!
School was really nice and so were the students. The library and student center are in a brand new complex and have wonderful views of the skyline. The area is comprable to where I'm from so after a few weeks there I'm sure I'd be comfortable walking around.
The interview was laid back but I was overly prepared and had less pressure due to a previous acceptance so it may have been a little intense for someone who wasn't ready.
A lot of cute girls there and in interview group was a big plus, too - lol.
Sent in my deposit and signed my life away. This is where I will be attending!