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  • medicalCPA

  • Application cycles: 07/12/2015
  • Demographics: Male, 37, African
  • Home state: Alabama
  • Last Active: 12/18/2019
  • Brief Profile: I debated whether to open an MDApps profile, but ultimately decided to have one, since looking at other people's profiles helped me tremendously, and I'm hoping my profile helps someone in the same way.

    I get slightly annoyed by vague/incomplete profiles that promise, "I will update my profile to be more comprehensive after the cycle," because they never do what they promise. Presumably, after getting accepted, updating MDApps becomes less of a priority. My profile will not be like those. I will continually update it during the cycle, and I will try and provide as much information as possible to those who read it. There will be cases where I will withhold information for reasons of anonymity, but I will do my best to do so as rarely as possible.

    I am an international student (non-Canadian), and a poor one. As a result, I am applying to schools that (a) will accept me, and (b) will give me financial aid. This pretty much limits me to the schools in the top 20, which is why my school list is so top-heavy. It will be an uphill battle, but here's hoping that at least one school likes me enough to admit me!

    Summary of Extracurricular Activities
    1. Hospital Emergency Department volunteer, ~200 hours.
    2. Founding member of a nonprofit.
    3. "Outstanding Graduate" in both my majors.
    4. Extensive research as part of my PhD.** Hoping to publish two papers so I can graduate!
    5. Undergraduate senior Honors thesis.
    6. Hobbies: Reading**, Tournament scrabble, calligraphy.
    7. Full-ride academic scholarship for undergrad.
    8. Dean's list, 8 semesters.
    9. Presentations at local, regional, and international scientific conferences.
    10. Physician shadowing, ~50 hours total.

    **Most meaningful.

    (There was no writing section on the MCAT I took. Ignore the writing score above)

  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 07/12/2015

    • Undergraduate college: Wonderful, unranked university in the US Midwest
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: PhD
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 514
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 128, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 4.00
    • Science GPA: 4.00

    Summary of Application Experience

    Overall summary
    18 primary applications | 16 completed applications | 13 rejections | 7 interview invites | 6 interviews | 2 waitlists | 1 acceptance

    Costs
    Interfolio subscription (1-year) plus LOR delivery fee: $25
    MSAR subscription fee, 1-year: $25
    US News Compass subscription: $30
    Primaries (18 schools): $789
    Secondaries, total: $1,505
    Travel costs:
    Sinai+Hopkins (Flight & Greyhound): $209
    Duke+Yale (Greyhound, Train, & Flight): $379
    Airbnb in New Haven: $38
    UCLA Flight: $377
    Airbnb in Los Angeles: $80
    Taxis, transportation, and food for UCLA trip: $108
    Stanford Flight: $449 My poor wallet.
    Taxis, transportation, and food for Stanford trip: $97

    Applied, Rejected

    Vanderbilt University

    Applied, Withdrew

    New York University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Chicago
    University of Pennsylvania
    Northwestern University
    University of Southern California
    Columbia University
    Emory University
    Baylor College
    Harvard University
    University of California, San Francisco

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Washington University in St. Louis

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    University of California, Los Angeles
    Yale University
    Duke University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Stanford University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

    Johns Hopkins University

    Accepted

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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