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  • Je Suis Prest

  • Application cycles: 06/19/2012
  • Demographics: Female, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 11/28/2013
  • Brief Profile:
    FYI: If you want to contact me, do it through SDN because I don't get notifications on mdapps that I have messages in my inbox.

    worrying about my chances --> applying to lots of schools --> being broke --> lots of secondaries --> staying broke --> slow at completing secondaries

    My interview thoughts/overall school impressions are listed towards the bottom of the page in the order I interviewed. I tend to ramble--you have been warned!

    I had a slight discrepancy in my stats and ECs. My strength was in research and I had a decent enough MCAT for some of the research-intensive schools, but my GPAs were a tad low for them. I was also light on volunteerism and clinical experience (most started right before my AMCAS submission), which made me really worried. I decided to apply anyways rather than delay a year to beef up my ECs, hoping that the quality of my limited clinical experiences mattered more than the quantity. But since my app had some obvious weaknesses (and my WAMC thread unanimously thought I should wait a year), I ended up applying to a lot of schools as a compromise. After prioritizing the first 30 schools I submitted, I applied to the rest of the schools on my wish list, including a bunch of dream schools.

    Note: I started withdrawing pre-interview from a lot of schools after my first few acceptances.

    AR = Application Received Acknowledgement | SR = Secondary Request | SS = Secondary Submitted | SC = Secondary Marked Complete | II = Interview Invite | RR = Rejection Received | IA: Interview Attended | WL: Wait list | W: Withdrew | A: Accepted! |
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/19/2012

    • Undergraduate college: small private school
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 129, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.50
    • Science GPA: 3.50

    Summary of Application Experience

    AMCAS submitted 6/20
    AMCAS verified 7/17

    My App

    I was never pre-med (always thought I would go the PhD route) and didn't fully commit to medicine until about a year before applying. Applying to medical school is a long and draining process. Since my route was a bit different, hopefully my app helps some of the nontrads out there who feel lost. I certainly did at times. Feel free to message me with questions.

    Generally, I have basic science research in bio, chem, and engineering (pubs, posters, presentations, the whole shebang), a career in pharmaceuticals, a good deal of paid tutoring, and lots of part-time jobs during undergrad (worked all 4 years). I'm only going to highlight the volunteering/clinical stuff because that's my weak spot:

    Letters of Recommendation

    General Thoughts:

    Application Cycle
    Personal Statement

    School Specific Thoughts:

    SUNY Buffalo
    University of Vermont
    University of Pittsburgh
    Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
    Case Western Reserve University
    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
    University of California-Davis
    University of California-San Diego
    SUNY Downstate
    University of Southern California

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