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  • chemphd

  • Application cycles: 07/12/2015
  • Demographics: Male, 31, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 05/10/2016

// Applications //

Application Cycle One: 07/12/2015

  • Undergraduate college: 20-40th Ranked Liberal Arts
  • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
  • Institution: Top 5 in Chemistry
  • Area of Study: Physical Sciences
  • Degree Obtained: PhD
  • Total MCAT SCORE: 523
  • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 132, CARS 132  
  • Overall GPA: 3.80
  • Science GPA: 3.80

Summary of Application Experience

2015 MCAT score was 522 (38?)
Took the MCAT in 2010 after my sophomore year and got a 34.

Made this for future people applying to medical school after their PhDs. Most of my volunteering was done many years before I applied (due to time demands of PhD) and I was concerned this would limit my chances.

I selected schools mostly based on where my wife can also go to graduate school.


I would summarize my undergraduate ECs as great for non-clinical and research and decent/average for clinical volunteering.


1. EMT-B for all 4 years of college. Volunteered with an ambulance company that responded 911 but was never professionally trained. Did a lot of work with campus student-lead EMS organization. Spent 1 year on their leadership team.

2. Peer Health Exchange for 2 years. Taught mental health workshop to high school students once a week.

3. Small amount of hospital volunteering (~120 hours) summer after my freshman year and shadowed one doctor during college and one doctor during graduate school (total about 30 hours). Did a lot more of these things after submitting my app and added them in updates in the winter.

4. Worked with a scientific education outreach program during graduate school for 2 years. About 8 meetings each year with middle school classes from local schools. Taught them why it’s cool to be a scientist.


1. PhD in organic chemistry. My work was tangentially related to medicine so it was pretty easy to tell the story in essays and interviews. Worked for “famous” chemist but not one any MD interviewer would have/had heard of. 2 2nd author papers and 1 1st author paper (wasn’t published yet when I submitted primary unfortunately) + a 1st author mini-review.

2. Undergraduate researcher in organometallic catalysis lab for 3 school years and 3 summers. 1 2nd author paper after graduation.

3. NSF Predoctoral graduate research fellowship


1. RA my junior and senior years of college. This was a pretty big time commitment at my school. (10 hours/week)

2. Tutor at on campus tutoring center for undergraduates during junior and senior year. (10 hours/week)

Feel free to message with any questions.

Application Complete, Rejected

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University of California, San Francisco
University of Virginia

Invited for Interview, Withdrew

Boston University

Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Cornell University


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University of Michigan
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Vanderbilt University

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