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  • Application cycles: 06/25/2013
  • Demographics: Male, 28, East Asian
  • Home state: Louisiana
  • Last Active: 03/16/2018
  • Brief Profile: Otherwise traditional applicant with a BS in neuroscience, a bit of math background, and plenty of research experience.

    ***12/12/13: Thought I'd update my bio a little more as we get closer to the holidays!
    I originally went through 3 years of undergrad convinced that I wasn't going to go premed. After numerous experiences in a multitude of research labs ranging from bird ecology to computational neuroscience I eventually had to admit to myself that research wasn't my primary interest, and that instead, I really enjoyed the interactive and clinical component that being in the medical field offers. After much soul searching, I decided that I was going to apply to medical school around senior year of college, and realized that I had a long and hefty journey ahead of myself. My GPA is pretty much a U-curve with sophomore year being my lowest point, but I pulled it up significantly afterwards. I also took the MCAT twice, going from a 25 in June 2012 to a 31 in May 2013. I legitimately did not prepare enough for my first MCAT, but am pleased that to see that so far, it hasn't been a significant problem and wasn't even asked about when I interviewed at Temple. My advice for test-prep is to do as practice problems and take as many practice tests as possible. Always, always, always overshoot so you can perform to your expectations. Through a combination of senioritis and determination to have my AMCAS submitted ASAP, I became too comfortable after scoring in the 30's on my practice AAMC's, and I honestly wished I had tried harder in retrospect.

    Thank you all for viewing my page, and if you are currently applying, GOOD LUCK!! and if you have any questions please feel free to PM me!
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    Some quick highlights:

    ~2000+ hours of research/internship experience with a few publications.
    ~100 hours of clinical volunteering w/ some shadowing at the ER
    ~40 hours of non-clinical volunteering at a legal office
    ~3 years of academic tutoring at a college level
    ~President of college running club, board member for 2 years at my school's neuroscience association.

    Included on AMCAS: various research experiences, publications (2), weightlifting (as a hobby), tutoring, club leadership positions, and presentation and awards received at the 2011 EB conference.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/25/2013

    • Undergraduate college: Top 50 Private College
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 128, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.70
    • Science GPA: 3.70

    Summary of Application Experience

    I applied while I was taking my gap year and volunteered and worked (read: spent much time trying to find work) in the meantime. I definitely feel like having more free time has been essential to preparing a better application and also gaining more relevant experiences. Also would not have applied to as many OOS state schools.

    *Disregard writing score

    Applied, Rejected

    University of Utah
    University of North Carolina
    Indiana University
    Boston University
    Tulane University
    Albany Medical College

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Rush Medical College
    University of Louisville
    Saint Louis University
    Wake Forest University
    Virginia Tech Carilion
    Medical College of Georgia
    Jefferson Medical College
    Loyola University Chicago
    University of Virginia
    Georgetown University

    Accepted

    Louisiana State University, New Orleans
    Temple University

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