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  • SheBlindedMeWithScience

  • Application cycles: 07/18/2015
  • Demographics: Female, 30, Caucasian
  • Home state: North Carolina
  • Last Active: 04/04/2016
  • Brief Profile: I will add a bit more information once the cycle is complete
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 07/18/2015

    • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 472
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 118, C/P 118, CARS 118  
    • Overall GPA: 3.50
    • Science GPA: 3.50

    Summary of Application Experience

    Got a 515 on the new MCAT (PS:130 CARS:129 BS:128 PsychSoc:128)

    My application timeline (2015):
    10/19: First interview invite! MUSC! Thank god! I was starting to get nervous (although I did get my secondaries in pretty late...)
    11/13: Last minute interview invite from VCU! Only two weeks away.
    11/18: Rejected from UPitt. Director was amazing though and gave me feedback/advice for my upcoming interviews.
    11/23: Even more last minute interview invite from Cincinnati! Just one week prior, and the same week as the VCU interview. Luckily VCU interviews Sun-Tue and Cincinnati Thur-Sat. I finished my Cincinnati secondary 11/2, so I'm surprised to have heard from them so soon.
    11/30-12/1: VCU interview!!! Very small, personalized interview process! There were only 4 applicants interviewing and we all had our own rooms. Met with lots of very happy students, and the program is very clearly student-centric! It's not a MSTP program, but it's fully funded and the admin emphasized their focus on applying for MSTP status.
    12/1: Rejected from Hopkins as I finished up my VCU interview visit. Bleh.
    12/3-4: Cincinnati interview! Had a really great time! I was very impressed. There were 16 applicants (shared hotel, paid travel) and the administration had our schedules very well coordinated. Everyone was so welcoming and all the students clearly got along! My interview group got to attend the annual MSTP holiday party at the director's house - what a treat! All of the MSTP students clearly know each other well, and many seem to be good friends. By the end of the interview I was absolutely exhausted. Two interviews in one week was too much! But my fault for getting my secondary in so late.
    12/3: Rejected from UPenn while on my Cincinnati interview visit.
    12/8: Rejected from UNC. At this point, I'm starting to think the remaining schools are all going to be rejections :/
    12/11: FIRST ACCEPTANCE: CINCINNATI!!!! I'm going to be a MD/PhD one day!!! I was incredibly impressed with the speedy turnaround time to hear back - less than a week! SO SO thrilled!!!
    12/17: MD acceptance notification from VCU via the portal - I'm a little confused if it's just the MD or also the MD/PhD acceptance. During my interview, the MD/PhD program said I would hear back before now and I haven't been contacted directly.
    12/18-19: MUSC interview! Charleston is such an amazing place to live. Travel wasn't paid, but we all got our own hotel rooms! I think MUSC spent a lot less time trying to convince applicants that their program is the best (although their 70% success rate for F30 grants is very impressive) and more time letting applicants see the area. The interviews themselves were compressed into one day (Friday) and the second day was spent on a horse-carriage tour of Charleston, enjoying an amazing brunch, and walking through the Charleston market. MSTP students aren't as close as I've seen at other programs - none of them had each others numbers or seem to hang out - and I heard several say that they aren't as "cliche-ish." I heard this about MUSC before visiting so it wasn't a surprise; it's not necessarily a negative either, just depends on the person.
    12/18: Yale interview invite! Wow! Super excited!! At this point, I had chalked up the remaining schools as rejections. Still waiting to hear from Jefferson, Tufts, Emory, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Harvard.
    1/8: Rejection from Vandy. I expected to hear from Duke by today based on their website, but I'm sure that rejection will be following before long :/
    1/9: The MD/PhD acceptance letter from VCU arrived in the mail! Apparently the MD and MD/PhD acceptances go through different committees and have different feedback processes.
    1/12: Rejection from Jefferson
    1/13: Rejected post-interview from MUSC. Completely blind-sighted by this! All my interviews went really well as far as I know, and one in particular even made it clear that he was going to fight for me. I expected a wait-list at the very least.
    1/19: Saw on SDN that Duke's website has been updated to say that all interviews are given out. So, rejection.
    2/2: Emory rejection
    2/4: Tufts rejection. They just keep piling in...
    2/15-16: Attended my Yale interview. WOW. This is my first choice! Fingers crossed.
    3/2: Harvard rejection. No surprise.
    3/8: Yale waitlist. I am so hopeful that this turns into an acceptance. Please please please...

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Vanderbilt University
    University of Pennsylvania
    Duke University
    Emory University
    Jefferson Medical College
    Tufts University
    University of North Carolina
    Harvard University
    Johns Hopkins University
    University of Pittsburgh

    Invited for Interview

    Yale University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Medical University of South Carolina

    Accepted

    University of Cincinnati
    Virginia Commonwealth University

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