Chemistry Major trying to become a physician scientist! No one in my family has an MD, so even though I had a great pre-health office, I was still a bit lost going in... I've learned a lot from visiting various places and was surprised by many things along the interview trail! I'm probably not going to write all my thoughts here, but feel free to message me here or on SDN if you have any questions about my impressions of schools or experiences; I'm happy to chat with people.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 05/31/2015
Undergraduate college: Liberal Arts College
Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
Degree Obtained: MPhil
Total MCAT SCORE: 517
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 4.00
Science GPA: 4.00
Summary of Application Experience
Notes (I'm not going to put absolutely everything here but just a few things that might be interesting):
Research (probably the weakest part of my application... but hey! Goes to show you don't need 5 publications?): -2.5 years in my undergraduate lab (1 second author publication) -1 year as an MPhil student abroad (0 publications) -1 year working as a research tech (0 publications) -1 semester as a research student abroad (0 publications)
-Extracurriculars: - Varsity sport, 4 years (co-captain senior year). -TA for Chemistry and Biology courses. -Lived with freshmen as a sophomore as a "sponsor" - 300 Hours as a Clinical Care Intern, where I had direct patient interaction (I assisted nurses with tasks such as bathing patients, feeding patients, transporting patients, etc.) - Health problems (not really an extracurricular, but they made school a lot harder)
-Notable Awards: -Valedictorian of graduating class (senior year) -Chemistry Department Award (senior year) -Award for top pre-medical student (senior year) -Phi Beta Kappa (senior year) -Phi Beta Kappa Award (senior year) -Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Study Award (senior year) -Goldwater Scholarship (junior year) -Top organic chemistry student (sophomore year) -Top general chemistry student (freshman year)
-I didn't actually get a W score (I took it in 2012).
University of Washington
Combined PhD/MSTP: Yes
Secondary Completed: No
Interview Invite: No
Interview Attended: No
Summary of Experience:
Applied for MSTP. Completed pre-secondary, rejected before secondary.