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  • joonage

  • Application cycles: 2013
  • Demographics: Male, 29, East Asian
  • Home state: Washington
  • Last Active: 09/16/2013
  • Brief Profile: Double major in neurobiology and psychology with honors in neurobiology.

    - 2 years in neurosurgery lab (15-20 hrs/wk. Full time/summer) - Stroke focused research with my main focus on confocal microscopy. Currently learning animal survival surgery. Will be continuing working full time in my gap year.
    - 1 year in psychology lab (9 hrs/wk) - Just random psych research I joined as a sophomore. Analyzed physiological data from kids who underwent psychological tests.

    VOLUNTEERING
    - 1.5 years Child Life Volunteer at local children's hospital (3 hrs/wk) - Pretty much hang out with kids during the whole time. Probably the most rewarding and fun volunteering I've ever done.
    - 4 years feeding the homeless (4 hrs/wk) - Went out to a homeless shelter with my church and helped serve food and hand out goods to people of need.
    - Church summer program Assistant (20 hrs/wk for 8 wks) - Helped with activities, such as art and English, and chaperoned fields trips during summer program for elementary-aged kids.

    EMPLOYMENT
    - 1 year Event Services Assistant at student union building (10-15 hrs/wk) - Helped with events ran by organizations ranging from student clubs to school concerts. Assisted in set up, monitoring event, and tear down.
    - Server/Cook/Busboy at family restaurant (10 hrs/wk) - Parents just opened up restaurant. Help with everything pretty much. It's actually a pretty fun experience since I love to cook.

    SHADOWING
    Pediatric Neurosurgeon - 30 hours. Chief of Neurosurgery at children's hospital.
    Pediatric Urologist - 20 hours.
    Orthopedic Surgeon (Oncology specialist) - 20 hours.
    Plastic Surgeon - 30 hours.
    Pediatrician - 25 hours.
    TOTAL: ~145 hours

    LEADERSHIP
    - 4 years Church counselor for summer and winter retreats (3/4 days at a time) - Just acted as the counselor and helped plan the retreats, as well as help watch the younger youth and help cook for meals

    TEACHING
    - Undergraduate Peer Tutor/TA for 1 quarter in Biopsychology.

    RANDOM
    - Probable 3 publications (Like 2nd author) by/around the time of application
    - Two time recipient of university's research scholarship ($4000 per scholarship)
    - Two poster presentations at university's research symposium
    - Will be writing honors thesis for neurobiology by the end of this school year

    LOR's
    - Science letter from Neuroantomy professor
    - Science letter from Neurobiology lab professor
    - Non-science letter from Psychology professor (Although sorta dicey since two of the three classes I took with him I'll be classifying as BCPM ...)
    - Research letter from PI (Very strong)
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2013

    • Undergraduate college: 4 Year Public University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 516
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 128, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.68
    • Science GPA: 3.60

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco

    Application Complete

    Cornell University
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    George Washington University
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    Columbia University
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    Jefferson Medical College
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    Emory University
    New York Medical College
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    Georgetown University
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    Oregon Health & Science University
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Chicago
    Cleveland Clinic Medical School
    Case Western Reserve University

    Invited for Interview

    Boston University
    University of Washington
    Rosalind Franklin University

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