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  • Amakhosi

  • Application cycles: 06/19/2014
  • Demographics: Male, 30, Caucasian
  • Home state: New York
  • Last Active: 06/01/2015
  • Brief Profile: Plenty of paid clinical experience as a patient care aide, worked in labs for > 2 years during UG, experience abroad and heavy experience in public health. Currently working in a public health job for my two gap years, guess I could be viewed as a non-traditional student, but I don't feel that way since medicine was my plan all along. Highly recommend taking a year or two off, it's been great to enjoy life outside of school and also pay off some student loans in the process.

    I feel like my application is missing some long-term shadowing and more extensive service-based volunteering. I've tried to make up for it with my paid clinical experience and on-campus activism, but I'm sure it has hurt me a bit. Submitting on the early side helped, but I felt my personal statement and secondaries were just ok.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/19/2014

    • Undergraduate college: Liberal Arts College
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.65
    • Science GPA: 3.80

    Summary of Application Experience

    15 schools seemed to be the perfect number for me, very happy with where I applied.

    Timeline:
    AMCAS submitted - Mid June
    AMCAS verified - Mid July
    Secondaries submitted - Mid July - early August
    First Interview invite - Mid July
    Interviews attended - Early August-Early December
    Decisions - Mid October - Early March

    Costs...
    MCAT fee: $275
    MCAT Prep: $215
    MSAR: $25
    Primaries (15): $664
    Secondaries (14): $1285
    Interview travel (9): $1900

    Total: $4364... I didn't have to travel for 3 of my interviews and some I stayed with family etc.

    12/3 - So now that the interviews are done for me (I think), I feel like I've found 6 schools that I could really see myself being happy attending. Still waiting to hear back from most of them, but I'm hopeful that I could be accepted to at least 2-3 of them.

    12/19 - the expected rejection from Vandy came, but was followed the next day by an acceptance from Feinberg! I expected this decision to be delayed by the holidays, but it came early! I would love the opportunity to live in Chicago.

    12/23 - Xmas reflection: incredibly grateful to have been invited to interview at 11/15 schools that I applied to. Only one rejection and three silent schools, so I can't really complain about any thing. Being accepted at 4/9 schools that I attended an interview at is a great feeling, below is my prediction for the rest of the cycle as of now:
    Pitt: Acceptance, just feel good about this one.
    Duke: rejection, just not my best MMI.
    NYU: waitlist, they have accepted people from my day, but I'm hopeful.
    Einstein: Acceptance, Had a great interview here.

    1/27/14
    The waiting is getting tough now... So anxious for the end of the week.

    2/4 going to play the waiting game some more, I'm really happy with my cycle so far, but the waitlist from Pitt really bummed me out. But the Einstein acceptance cheered me up!

    3/4 so my predictions were all correct other than Pitt. Now I'm working on narrowing down my list!

    6/1 attempting to add some more information...

    Applied, Rejected

    Vanderbilt University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Pennsylvania
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Temple University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    SUNY Buffalo
    Tufts University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Duke University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    New York University
    University of Pittsburgh

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Case Western Reserve University

    Accepted

    Northwestern University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    SUNY Downstate
    University of Rochester
    SUNY Upstate

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