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  • User #26091

  • Application cycles: 06/04/2012
  • Demographics: Male, 31, East Asian
  • Home state: Pennsylvania
  • Last Active: 09/14/2013
  • Brief Profile: I am a pharmacology/toxicology major (don't know which category this technically falls under). The major is a unique one that places emphasis on both drug pharmacology and toxicity in a human system. Both my parents are immigrants from Southeast Asia and are not college educated. Despite this, I grew up in what I would consider a middle-class household (lived in the city then moved to the suburbs). I am not only the first in my immediate family to go to college but also the first to go into medicine.

    Clinical Experience:
    - Two summers worth of volunteering at a local hospital about four hours a week for two to three months
    - Two summers worth of shadowing, once with a nurse and another time with a cardiothoracic surgeon, spent over eighty hours in the OR
    - Prior summers of volunteering at the same hospital in high school
    - Summer research internship in a local trauma center, spent about an hour a day in the ED, about forty hours a week total, three of the abstracts I worked on were accepted for conference presentations and one manuscript I worked on was accepted for publication in a well-known clinical journal
    - Volunteered for a semester at a Hispanic clinic once a week in an underserved area translating for patients and doing other miscellaneous tasks

    Other Experiences:
    - Spent a semester volunteering in a library of an under-served school in West Philadelphia, about three hours a week
    - Have been spending the last two years as a mentor to freshmen
    - Have been treasurer, vice president, and now president of the Pre-Med Society on campus
    - Am a black belt in Tang Soo Do and have trained since I was twelve
    - Am a student representative of the campus conduct and grievance committees

    - a part of the honors program at my school
    - awarded four competitive academic scholarships from the school over the course of my undergrad
    - part of two honor societies (ALD and AX)
    - was published last semester in the school's creative writing journal
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/04/2012

    • Undergraduate college: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 127, CARS 130  
    • Overall GPA: 3.86
    • Science GPA: 3.78

    Summary of Application Experience

    This was my first application cycle. I applied as a college senior to fourteen allopathic schools (as per the fee assistance program) all on the east coast. I considered myself as having a fairly strong application. I had several interviewers comment on my personal statement, which I felt was a very compelling part of my application. In addition, I had a committee letter that was a cover letter to six faculty letters (four science, two non-science), all of which I believed to be strong.

    Numbers-wise, I think both my GPA and my MCAT score were due to the fact that I really found my own way of learning in college and stuck to it. I paid close attention in class (critical thinking is key), did some supplemental reading when needed, and briefly went over my notes in preparation for exams.

    My preparation for interviews was minimal. Aside from some basic research on schools and giving myself an idea of what I would say to some tough questions, I really went into the interview process as a blank slate. I think the key is to stay relaxed, confident, and true to yourself. Medical school interviews (for the most part) are not out to get you and really just want to get a bigger picture of you as a person. It's more of a conversation than anything.

    Going into the experience, I really do owe a lot of debt to SDN. I had to basically learn about the entire process on my own, and SDN helped me profusely. It's a great resource for information, tips, and tricks (granted you know where to look). If you use SDN and find it useful, please consider donating!

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Pittsburgh

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    George Washington University
    University of Pennsylvania
    New York University
    University of Rochester
    University of Maryland
    New York Medical College

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Boston University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    The Commonwealth Medical College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Georgetown University
    Pennsylvania State University


    Temple University
    Jefferson Medical College
    Drexel University

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