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  • nickyr

  • Application cycles: 06/15/2014
  • Demographics: Male, 32, South Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 04/17/2015
  • Brief Profile: Hello everyone; primarily putting this information up for non-traditional students and re-applicants. I graduated from college in 2011, applied in 2012, and re-applied again this cycle (2014). In between both application cycles, I completed an MS in Global Health and spent some time conducting infectious disease research in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/15/2014

    • Undergraduate college: Colorado College
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Institution: University of California, San Francisco
    • Area of Study: Other
    • Degree Obtained: MS
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 128, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.47
    • Science GPA: 3.41

    Summary of Application Experience

    I took a year to address deficiencies in my application. During the first cycle, I felt that I had strong extracurricular experiences, particularly volunteer clinical/public health stuff. However, I had poor grades, a low MCAT score, and I was also lacking in research experience. My strategy was to:

    [1] Re-take the MCAT (I pulled my score up from a 28 to a 36; my second test had no writing section, but for some reason MDapplicants won't let me leave this field blank)
    [2] Conduct clinical/translational research at the graduate level (i.e., during and after an MS program). My research topic overlapped with my volunteer experience (specifically, infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa).

    If you have any more questions at all about my application process, please feel free to shoot me a message; I am on SDN with the same username.

    Applied, Rejected

    Mayo Medical School
    University of North Carolina
    University of Washington
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Application Complete

    Drexel University
    University of Vermont
    Rush Medical College

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Boston University
    Duke University
    University of Colorado
    University of Rochester
    University of Southern California
    Tufts University
    Tulane University
    Jefferson Medical College
    New York Medical College
    University of Michigan
    Cleveland Clinic Medical School
    Stanford University
    University of California, San Francisco
    University of California, San Diego

    Attended Interview

    University of Chicago
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of New Mexico


    Emory University
    Case Western Reserve University

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