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  • matlabLover

  • Application cycles: 06/04/2012
  • Demographics: Male, 40, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 10/15/2014
  • Brief Profile: General background:
    I have a BS in Psychology, completed a PhD in neuroscience in March of 2013, and am planning to maintain my involvement with research in medical school.

    Summary of my AMCAS Experiences:
    - I have a few posters and publications
    - I volunteered in an emergency department for a couple hours a week over 2 years
    - I was able to shadow two spectacular attendings at the medical center and got really great letters from them
    - I also wrote about teaching, graduate school, a few notable experiences from my undergrad, and cycling (I love cycling)

    - my PhD adviser
    - the two physicians I shadowed
    - two other faculty members at my graduate institution who taught our core courses during first year and who I did lab rotations with.
    - Committee letter from my undergraduate institution (UMass has a spectacular pre-med committee)
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/04/2012

    • Undergraduate college: UMass, Amherst
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Psychology/Social Sciences
    • Institution: UC Davis
    • Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: PhD
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 523
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 132, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.77
    • Science GPA: 3.77

    Summary of Application Experience

    I pre-wrote my secondaries because I thought it was unlikely that I would be able to write and submit them as they came in. This worked well for me and I had polished essays for 95% of the schools I applied to. The few schools that did change their essay prompts weren't terribly unique so I had a lot of great starting material and was able to submit all my secondaries within a few days of receiving the invitation.

    My only other suggestion is to submit early. Also, when you press "submit" on AMCAS, you will have to check off a large number of boxes before the application is actually submitted - I wasn't expecting that and it delayed my application by about a minute.

    Overall, I was very happy with my application cycle. My "top choice" changed several times during the year, but somehow I wound up getting into my "top choice" in the end, and I really couldn't imagine a better place for me.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Stanford University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Yale University
    George Washington University
    Brown University
    University of Rochester
    Emory University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    SUNY Stony Brook
    Albany Medical College
    Tufts University
    Drexel University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Georgetown University
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Harvard University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    University of California, Davis
    Mayo Medical School

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    University of Chicago
    University of California, San Diego
    Columbia University
    Case Western Reserve University

    Accepted off Waitlist

    University of California, San Francisco
    Cleveland Clinic Medical School


    Cornell University
    Boston University
    Johns Hopkins University
    University of Southern California
    New York University
    Loyola University Chicago
    Northwestern University

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