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  • NCPremed

  • Application cycles: 06/05/2012
  • Demographics: Male, 31, Caucasian
  • Home state: North Carolina
  • Last Active: 02/05/2013
  • Brief Profile: I am a re-applicant hoping to matriculate in fall 2013. Last cycle I applied to 11 schools, received 3 interviews (Einstein, NYU, and UNC), and was waitlisted at 1 school (NYU). With my stats, I thought I'd get in somewhere, but it just didn't work out that way. If you are dead set on going to med school, you need to apply early, apply broadly, and spend a lot of time making your secondaries stand out. That said, I think there are two main reasons I did not get in last year:

    1. I applied to too many "reach" schools.
    2. I did not turn secondaries around very quickly, and when I did, they were not as polished as they could have been.

    As for my MCAT, I took it one time, wayyyy back in spring 2010. I took the Kaplan class through my university, but it didn't help much because I didn't really do much outside/independent studying until ~3 weeks before the exam. As others have said, I think the class isn't really necessary, and it can be hit or miss in terms of the teachers. Anyway, in my three weeks of intensive study, I took all the available AMCAS practice tests, scoring between 29 and 36; this accurately predicted my final score, a 33. At several schools, this is my last year of MCAT eligibility...yet another reason to succeed this cycle!

    Some of my ECs include:

    Research
    -Previous journal publication (5th author) and recently accepted 1st-author paper in well-known journal
    -Extensive research through major federal government agency; have co-authored several agency publications
    -Poster presentation through university
    -Two-time recipient of institutional undergraduate research award

    Clinical
    -~250 hours as a paid nursing assistant in a hospital
    -~50 hours shadowing various doctors
    -~40 hours of working as a nursing assistant in a rural assisted living facility
    -Short but intense international clinical experience

    Volunteer
    -A major experience traveling while raising money and awareness for a major social issue in the US
    -A couple fundraising endurance events
    -A few standard, long-term volunteer experiences
    -International health education

    Other
    -Phi beta kappa
    -Summa cum laude
    -Been working in a research/scientific writing position (related to human health) for over a year.
    -Have some other, somewhat unique job experiences and hobbies.
    -Speak some Spanish
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/05/2012

    • Undergraduate college: North Carolina State University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 514
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 129, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.76
    • Science GPA: 3.74

    Application Complete

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Yale University
    Jefferson Medical College
    New York University
    Harvard University
    Loyola University Chicago
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Columbia University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Cornell University
    Dartmouth College
    Brown University
    University of Chicago
    Duke University
    Johns Hopkins University
    University of Virginia
    University of Pennsylvania
    Northwestern University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    East Carolina University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Georgetown University

    Accepted

    George Washington University
    Boston University
    Wake Forest University
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    University of North Carolina

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