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  • cavedance

  • Application cycles: 06/29/2014
  • Demographics: Female, 29, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 06/08/2015
  • Brief Profile: Strong research experiences but no publications
    Strong volunteer work in nonclinical field
    Strong/ongoing international extracurricular program in which I was involved in both clinical and nonclinical activities
    Passionate about art - drawing, painting, writing, dancing
    Not a large volume of clinical experience, but I was very personally influenced by the bit that I had

    I took all honors/advanced science coursework from freshman through senior year, and I chose a major that I found difficult as well as interesting. Clearly I have low GPA stats, but I am hoping that my strong MCAT score and personal passions demonstrate my competency to become a physician.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/29/2014

    • Undergraduate college: ivy
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 522
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 132, C/P 130, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.51
    • Science GPA: 3.35

    Summary of Application Experience

    Submitted AMCAS 30 June // Verified AMCAS 23 July.

    My MCAT has no writing score.

    In general, I completed my secondaries 3 weeks or more after I received them. I did not "pre-write" anything ahead of time. I valued the quality of my essays over the "two-week completion" ideal.

    Update 01 Oct: I intentionally sent my primary application to more schools than I planned to complete. After completing 28 secondary applications, I am leaving other secondaries unfinished so that I can close that chapter of my application process and get ready for interviews. I can't believe that I have been working on essays pretty much without pause since mid-May (when I began drafting my personal statement). I am very burned out from essay-writing, especially as I completed the pieces that most challenged me (for Duke and Vandy) at the very end.

    Update 05 Dec: I am honored to have received seven invitations to interview so far. Though interview timelines that people have posted on SDN led me to believe that I was out of the running at schools that I completed in July/early August, I am pleased that I have been proven wrong.


    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Applied, Rejected

    University of Washington

    Applied, Withdrew

    Tulane University
    University of Vermont
    Emory University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Northwestern University
    Wake Forest University

    Application Complete

    Yale University
    New York Medical College
    Tufts University
    Duke University
    Stanford University
    Jefferson Medical College
    Harvard University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Southern California
    University of Pennsylvania
    Vanderbilt University
    University of Chicago
    Boston University
    University of Michigan
    New York University
    University of California, Davis
    Cornell University
    Mayo Medical School
    University of California, Irvine
    Brown University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University

    Attended Interview

    Washington University in St. Louis
    Hofstra University
    SUNY Downstate

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Columbia University


    Dartmouth College
    SUNY Stony Brook

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