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  • ishuman

  • Application cycles: 06/10/2015
  • Demographics: Male, 26, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 04/19/2019
  • Brief Profile: Traditional applicant (applied during senior year), MCAT taken on 9/10/2014.

    I applied to 35 schools, 27 MD/PhD, 8 MD only. 29 AMCAS (submitted 6/12/2015, verified 7/2/2016) schools, 6 TMDSAS (TMDSAS submitted on 5/7) schools.

    Results summary for MD/PhD vs MD:
    3 MD/PhD interview invites, attended all interviews, 0 acceptances.
    7 MD only interview invites (some from schools that rejected me for MD/PhD), attended 5 interviews, received 2 acceptances, 2 waitlists, and 1 rejection.

    Results summary for AMCAS vs TMDSAS (note that 27/29 AMCAS schools are MD/PhD, while all TMDSAS schools are MD only):
    7 AMCAS interview invites, attended 5 interviews, 0 acceptance, 4 rejections, 1 waitlist.
    3 TMDSAS interview invites, attended 3 interviews, 2 acceptances, 1 waitlist.

    Notes about MD/PhD: I do not regret applying to MD/PhD at all, if I were to apply again for the first time, I would still apply to MD/PhD programs since I was not sure if I wanted to do MD or MD/PhD (if I were to apply again for the SECOND time, I would apply MD only). Even though most advice I heard was if you are not sure about MD/PhD, apply to MD only, but my rationale was that there's nothing to lose in applying to MD/PhD programs, and I could choose not to attend an MD/PhD program even if accepted. However, it turned out that I did lose money and from my experience, applying to MD/PhD hurt my chances for the MD programs in that institution if they allowed you to apply to both at the same time. My application to MD/PhD programs was certainly unsuccessful, and I believe the greatest hindrance was LACK OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCES (all I had was plenty of other research experiences).


    3 main research experiences (one on solar cell for around 4 years, one on plant genetics for around 4 years, one on origin of life for 2 summers), 3 co-authored pubs (no 1st or 2nd authored papers, no big journals like Nature or Science).

    40 hours of physician shadowing (3 surgeons - orthopedics, ENT, urology - and one rheumatologist).

    343 hours of volunteering at a hospital (involved patient contact).

    Teaching/tutoring: one on campus for one year, one private for 2.5 years.

    Some pre-med/health conferences, some awards (no significant ones like Marshall or Rhodes).

    Some leadership (webmaster of Tau Beta Pi for less than a year, not significant IMO).

    School's Christian Club Member (4 years).
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/10/2015

    • Undergraduate college: UC Riverside
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 520
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 132, CARS 126  
    • Overall GPA: 3.97
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    COST (total around $5600):
    Applications (primary + secondary): ~$3500.
    Flights (6): $1930.
    Others like suit and interview spending: around $200.

    The application cost was totally worth it! I am really happy about the results and am very excited to start med school at UT Southwestern!

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, Davis

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Texas, Galveston
    University of Texas, Houston
    Long School of Medicine - University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio
    Columbia University
    University of Rochester
    University of Michigan
    University of Pennsylvania
    Baylor College
    Johns Hopkins University
    Duke University
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Wisconsin
    Case Western Reserve University
    Vanderbilt University
    University of Washington
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Yale University
    Emory University
    Harvard University
    Stanford University
    University of California, Irvine
    University of Maryland
    University of California, San Francisco
    University of California, San Diego

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Loma Linda University
    Indiana University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of California, Riverside
    University of Southern California
    Northwestern University
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Washington University in St. Louis

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Texas A & M University


    Texas Tech University
    University of Texas, Southwestern

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