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  • Hau5MD

  • Application cycles: 06/06/2016
  • Demographics: Male, 27, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 07/10/2018   -   Latest Activity
  • Brief Profile: As average as it gets. LM 68-70. You can reach me on SDN if you have any questions.

  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/06/2016

    • Undergraduate college: UC
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 127, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.73
    • Science GPA: 3.76

    Summary of Application Experience

    Submitted 6/7 ~2pm (had to nap a bit after my final). Applying with a very broadly in hopes of a successful cycle.
    MCAT 1 9/12/15: 127/127/128/128 - 510
    MCAT 2 1/23/16: 127/127/127/126 - 508 O_o
    All apps submitted on 6/7 with the exception of UM and BU, which were submitted a several days later.

    Things I've learned so far (not in order of importance):
    -Applying is super expensive. Bill to a credit card with good point redemption so you can save a little on interview travel
    -At least pre-write your challenge, diversity, and gap year activity essay (if applicable). Keep it under 1000 characters.
    -Don't withdrawal from schools you don't think you qualify for. Call admissions to be sure otherwise don't bother completing the secondary
    -Use a passport photo in interview wear for your picture upload. Torso shot wearing a collared shirt in front of a blank wall works in a pinch. Smile!
    -Use Interfolio for LORs. Easier for your writers to upload and they can check for letterhead/handwritten signature if you call.
    -While no essay secondaries might seem like a money grab at first, they soon turn into a blessing in disguise. TY NY schools.
    -Get a hard copy of your official transcript. You'll be referencing it a lot.
    -The submit in 2 week "rule" seems easy at first when you only have one secondary. It gets much harder when you have 6.
    -Apply to more schools than you think necessary. Some schools will unexpected requirements which you can't/don't want to complete. Worse comes worse, it is possible to take a pre-req before matriculation.
    -Double check the location/dates of your interview before booking your hotel/flights. Especially if there are multiple campuses
    -Just because a interview is conversational, doesn't mean you cant use it to highlight your accomplishments and what makes you unique. If someone else can give a similar answer, it probably isnt the best answer you can give.
    -Practice for MMI. While you can't prep for every possible scenario, you can practice responding to MMI style questions and refresh on medical ethics. I found Dr. Desai's MMI guidebook, UOttawa ethics guide and UW ethics guide to be helpful.


    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    George Washington University
    University of Miami

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Application Complete

    University of Vermont
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Oakland University
    Georgetown University
    Tufts University
    New York Medical College
    Drexel University
    University of California, San Francisco
    Tulane University
    Queen's University
    Rosalind Franklin University
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Irvine
    Western University of Health Sciences
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Wake Forest University
    McGill University
    Mayo Medical School
    University of Rochester
    SUNY Buffalo
    University of Southern California
    SUNY Stony Brook
    University of California, Davis
    Loyola University Chicago
    Temple University
    Jefferson Medical College
    University of Michigan
    Boston University

    Invited for Interview

    Saint Louis University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    West Virginia University
    Albany Medical College

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