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  • cg2812

  • Application cycles: 07/01/2012
  • Demographics: Male, 38, Hispanic
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 09/12/2013
  • Brief Profile: The information that I have included here is meant to be used as a reference or tool to help other current and future applicants. If you have any questions at all please inbox me and I will do my best to help. Good Luck!

    I am non-trad, multilingual, first generation minority student and first to attend college in my family. I am 27 years old and didn't plan to go college after high school. I eventually was a business major for 2 years at a city college and as a result of many reasons, I had a very, very poor academic record for my first two years of college. I later found my appreciation for science and medicine and switched to studying science at another junior college. I transferred to UC Berkeley and graduated in 2010 with departmental honors and completed my optional honors thesis doing research at UCSF. Since graduation I choose to take 3 years off from school to pursue my endeavors in biomedical research, clinical activities, extracurriculars, traveling and other miscellaneous activities.

    Due to financial limitations, I chose to study for the MCAT on my own with older material. I would advise against this approach.

    Lets see here is my list of experiences.

    Research Experience:
    1) 2 years undergraduate work at UCSF for my honors thesis at UC Berkeley. This is a translational based type of research with some basic science involved in researching an alternative therapy for Muscular dystrophy. The researcher is an MD, an associate clinical professor at UCSF (this is still an ongoing involvement and I am an author on the manuscript). Not yet published. I presented in a poster session at UC Berkeley.

    2)2.5 years at UCSF full time as an SRA, collaborating on a few projects in my lab and with other labs, which has led to 3 other authorships on manuscripts, not yet published (this is ongoing). The PI is well established and well known in the field of cell trafficking. I have given lab meeting and journal club regularly in this lab and am a very involved and counted on lab member.

    3) 3 month summer internship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in an immunology lab that involved basic science type of research. I gave an oral talk and presented in a poster session about my research during the 3 months. (No pubs)

    Clinical Experience:
    1) 3 years as a Muscular Dystrophy camp counselor. Its about 250 hours from the three years. The MD that I do research with is the camp doctor here.

    2) 3 years shadowing at UCSF in pediatric neurology clinic with the MD from #1 research experience and the same MD as the camp doc. I got to see the clinical side of the research that we were working on and the patients that came to camp. This was a great experience and more than just shadowing, because of my relationship with the MD he was teaching me a lot and would ask me all sorts of questions and really got me involved. I felt like part of the team of other med students and fellows that he was also teaching.

    Teaching Experience
    1) 6 months as an educator at San Quentin State Penitentiary
    2) 2.5 years tutor at a Junior college-15hrs a week.

    Other Experiences:
    1) 6 months- car salesman at a dealership-full time
    2) 4 years- grocery clerk at a supermarket-full time
    3) 3 years 5K runner for race for the cure-part time
    4) 2 years Attended AACR conference
    5) UCSF Diabetes Retreat Conference
    6) Typical awards and distinctions
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 07/01/2012

    • Undergraduate college: University of California, Berkeley
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 514
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 128, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.50
    • Science GPA: 3.80

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco

    Application Complete, Withdrew

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