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  • arsenal77

  • Application cycles: 06/02/2015
  • Demographics: Male, 26, South Asian
  • Home state: Oklahoma
  • Last Active: 03/03/2019
  • Brief Profile: These profiles were very helpful for me when I applied to medical school, so I thought I would pay it forward and make one of my own. My career interests are specifically in writing about health policy from a clinician perspective, and I tried to play this up as much as I could throughout my application and interviews.

    Global Health/Health Policy-related Activity:
    - Graduated in three years with a degree in anthropology, and pursued a one-year master's degree in health policy and global health in the UK during my application cycle.
    - Regular writer at a prominent national blog (think Slate/HuffPost/Vox), writing on topics related to politics and health.
    - Worked as a liaison between a DC think tank and my undergraduate student body, putting together a few policy-related talks and attended a few conferences at their HQ in DC.
    - Attended two biomedical and global health conferences (DC and Greece).

    - Research assistant for a year at my university's medical school.
    - Independent physical anthropology project for one semester -- presented findings at national conference and submitted first-author manuscript.
    - Organ donation policy research for master's dissertation in the UK (still ongoing project).

    Volunteer Work:
    - Help start a tutoring program between my university and a local library in a nearby underserved community (1 year).
    - Volunteered and helped program pacemakers at a cardiac clinic. (1 summer)

    Clinical Exposure:
    - Shadowed physicians of a few different specialities in my hometown (no more than 50 hours).
    - Assisted in the OR of an organ donation clinic for one summer.

    - Was in a selective medical anthropology-focused student program which involved an internship and program-specific coursework.
    - Club squash team member for 2 years.
    - Drafted a novel on the American Dream in one month for NaNoWriMo.


    Rough estimate of interview-related expenses:

    Travel Costs:
    - London to Boston (early November) -- 40K miles = $680
    - Boston to Providence (car) -- $100
    - London to Oklahoma City via Dallas (late November) -- 52.5K miles = $893
    - London to Raleigh/Durham (mid December) -- 40K miles = $680
    - Raleigh/Durham to New York to Dallas (mid December) -- $320
    - Dallas to London (early January) -- 20K miles = $340
    - London to St. Louis via Chicago (late February) -- 40K miles = $680
    - London to Dallas (early June) -- 40K miles = $680

    Hotel Costs:
    - Hotel in Providence -- $150
    - Hotel in OKC -- $90
    - Hotel in Durham -- $300
    (stayed with family and friends in New York, St. Louis, and Atlanta)

    Miscellaneous costs:
    - Global Entry membership (good for both Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check) -- $100
    - Public transit costs -- $50
    - Uber -- $40

    - 45K miles free with new credit card = $765

    Total: $3618
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/02/2015

    • Undergraduate college: Washington University in St. Louis
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Psychology/Social Sciences
    • Institution: London School of Economics (LSE)
    • Area of Study: Psychology/Social Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: M.Sc.
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 516
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 126, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.66
    • Science GPA: 3.73

    Summary of Application Experience

    Submitted: 6/3/2015
    Verified: 6/15/2015
    Took the old MCAT without the writing exam.

    Applied, Rejected

    Vanderbilt University
    Texas Tech University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Texas, Galveston
    University of Texas, Southwestern
    Long School of Medicine - University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio
    Mayo Medical School
    University of Rochester
    University of Vermont
    Tulane University
    University of Pennsylvania
    Dartmouth College
    Saint Louis University
    Cornell University
    Baylor College
    Georgetown University
    Columbia University
    University of Michigan
    Tufts University
    Harvard University
    University of Chicago
    University of Southern California
    New York University
    Emory University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Yale University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Northwestern University
    Stanford University
    Jefferson Medical College
    Drexel University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Temple University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Duke University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Washington University in St. Louis
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University


    Brown University
    University of Oklahoma

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