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  • Elmo0811

  • Application cycles: 06/21/2013
  • Demographics: Female, 35, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 06/10/2014
  • Brief Profile: Graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bioengineering degree in 2011 with a GPA of 3.455

    Did post-bacc at UC Berkeley Extension. I did not go through a formal post-bacc program. I had a few prerequisites that I did not take as an undergraduate because I didn't think I was going to pursue medicine (had decided to use my AP credits since there were a lot of classes I needed to take for my major). My post-bacc GPA was 4.0.

    After AMCAS verification: Total GPA: 3.54, BCPM GPA: 3.6

    1. 1 year bioengineering club
    2. ~2.5 years doing research: 1 publication (2nd author), supervised new undergraduate helpers, did a few presentations for lab meetings
    3. 2 years (~330 hours) hospital volunteering (the standard type of volunteer experience)
    4. a couple of mini group research projects through classes that range from traditional wet lab bench work, designing a medical device and microfluidic device, modeling through COMSOL; some include writing scientific papers and/or presentations at symposium at UC Berkeley
    5. phlebotomy training/certification
    6. join pre-medical student run non-profit organization: involve with leadership activities and got to shadow as many different ER physicians as I want at a teaching hospital, so got to interact with residents/interns/medical students as well (~300 clinical hours)
    7. fun 1-day volunteer for ATLS: acted like an injured patient (with make-up to dramatize injuries) for doctors to continue their medical education
    8. did 1 semester of lecture note-taking as a job
    9. currently working full-time at Stanford University as a research assistant in the School of Medicine, involved in my own project, contributing author of 3 papers that we semi-recently submitted for review (so not sure if will be published), attended conference, gave presentations to my lab

    4 LORs:
    1. Organic Chemistry Professor
    2. Psychology Professor
    3. UC Berkeley Research PI
    4. Stanford Research PI
    5. Bioengineering Professor (only sent to some schools)
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/21/2013

    • Undergraduate college: UC Berkeley
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Engineering/Technology
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 513
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 126, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.54
    • Science GPA: 3.60

    Summary of Application Experience

    It is a tough cycle so far and lots of worrying endlessly and praying that I get in somewhere this cycle. I know I am a little at a disadvantage because I'm not URM and I live in CA and I don't have the strongest numbers, but I am trying not to be neurotically checking my status from every school. I'm thankful that I at least have 2 interviews so far since some don't have any. Trying to just enjoy my life and keep on exercising, so my body will continue to feel good! :) And whenever I get a rejection, I just go hug my cat (if he lets me) and thinks "at least he still loves me (sometimes)."

    FYI, I applied to all the UCs, but have yet to receive a secondary from UCLA or UCSD. I did receive one from Riverside, but I ended up not applying because I never went to UC Riverside or lived in Riverside and they sent me a secondary relatively late, so I felt as though my chances of getting in were just about zero.

    If anyone wants to ask me any questions or needs help with anything, just go ahead and message me, I WELCOME ALL MESSAGES! :)

    UPDATE 11/19/13: I currently have 4 interview invites, which I'm pretty darn happy about (my original goal was to aim for 5 interviews). Looking at the schools that offered me an interview, UCSF and Washington University are the ones that definitely surprised me (pleasantly!) because they are top schools and based off on my GPA/MCAT, I didn't think I had a shot. I originally was debating on whether I should apply to those schools because I didn't want to waste more money than I needed to, but I ended up applying to UCSF because I applied to all CA schools to increase my chances of staying in CA and I applied to Washington University because my sister encouraged me to, saying they look beyond numbers. LESSON: if you can financially afford it, still apply to schools that you think are out of your reach because you never know what might happen, don't discount yourself out! If you don't apply, then you for sure won't get in. :)

    Applied, Rejected

    Vanderbilt University

    Application Complete

    New York Medical College
    Columbia University
    Jefferson Medical College
    Saint Louis University
    Baylor College
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Temple University
    Tufts University
    Emory University
    University of Southern California
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    New York University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    Wake Forest University
    Stanford University
    Drexel University
    Loyola University Chicago
    Brown University
    University of California, Irvine
    Pennsylvania State University
    University of Michigan
    University of California, Davis

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Mayo Medical School
    George Washington University
    Boston University
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    University of Rochester
    Dartmouth College
    Georgetown University
    Case Western Reserve University
    University of Chicago

    Invited for Interview

    Washington University in St. Louis
    Tulane University
    Albany Medical College

    Attended Interview

    University of California, San Francisco

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