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  • Application cycles: 06/10/2012
  • Demographics: Female, 33, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 06/27/2013
  • Brief Profile: Lots of unusual local/international leadership, 4 pubs, 15ish posters, 400 clinical hours, extensive shadowing, international missions, random scholarships/awards, and a unique life story. First MCAT: 33S. Some MSTP, some MD only apps.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/10/2012

    • Undergraduate college: Public school
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 517
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.72
    • Science GPA: 3.66

    Summary of Application Experience

    I had four W's on my transcript, and feel that my numbers were my weakness. During the interview trail, I got comments about my strong LORs and essays and EC accomplishments.

    I applied half MD only, half MD/PhD. Because I knew my numbers would hold me back, most of my top-10 schools were MD only.

    Looking back, I think that if I had to reapply again, I would not have applied to any MSTPs. I ultimately found out during the interview trail that it's trivial to add the PhD at most schools once you're an MD student. I got MD interviews at better schools than I did MSTP interviews. Overall, I believe that applying MD/PhD held me back. I got 3 MSTP interviews but 8 MD only interviews, and 6 of those MD only interviews were at top-15 schools. Some food for thought for future MSTP applicants. Based on my experience, it really IS easier to get MD-only than MSTP interviews. If having choices at the end of the cycle matter to you, applying MD-only may not be a bad idea if you can add the PhD later and don't care about the MSTP funding.

    At the end of the day, I'm more than happy with my results and thrilled to be starting medical school.

    Applied, Withdrew

    New York University
    Loyola University Chicago
    University of Pittsburgh
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Tufts University

    Application Complete

    Columbia University
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, San Diego
    University of Southern California
    Georgetown University
    Johns Hopkins University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Chicago
    Brown University
    University of California, San Francisco

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    George Washington University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Mayo Medical School
    Duke University
    Harvard University
    University of Pennsylvania

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Cornell University
    Stanford University
    Dartmouth College
    Baylor College

    Accepted off Waitlist

    Yale University


    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine

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