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  • Application cycles: 06/10/2015
  • Demographics: Male, 26, South Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 08/10/2016
  • Brief Profile: Applied MSTP only

    - 3+ years of lab research experience (all of undergrad, with one middle author paper)
    - Unique extracurricular with leadership (too identifying to go into details; was a major part of many of my secondary essays, but did not come up as much as I expected it to during interviews)
    - Some physician shadowing and hospital volunteering (probably less than average, but I doubt MSTP cares too much about this)
    - Spattering of other minor activities (tutoring, clubs, etc.)
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/10/2015

    • Undergraduate college: HYP
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 522
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.84
    • Science GPA: 3.84

    Summary of Application Experience

    General Timeline
    6/11 - Submitted AMCAS
    7/1 - AMCAS verified
    7/2 - Secondaries start rolling in
    8/12 - Finished my secondaries
    8/19 - First interview invite! (Mt Sinai)
    9/28 - First interview! (Emory)
    11/30 - Last interview (Harvard) and first acceptances (WashU and Northwestern)!
    3/8 - Waitlisted at Penn. Last school I was waiting to hear back from, so my cycle is now done (except for revisits I guess).
    4/25 - Accepted UCSF's offer and withdrew from last remaining school (WashU).

    Final tally: 22 applications, 17 interview invites, 11 interviews attended, 5 acceptances

    General thoughts:
    - I applied during my senior year instead of after I graduated (aka I'm going straight through instead of taking a year off). I don't know if this was the right call. I had a great cycle, so I guess I can't complain about too much. That being said I now know for a fact that if I had waited I would have had 1 second-author paper (and maybe even 2). I can't help but think that this *might* have made a difference at some schools (I'm specifically thinking about Harvard, Hopkins, and Stanford). Also, a majority of the people I met on the interview trail had taken a year off. Not to mention applying when you're at the NIH or a similar postgrad program makes taking time off for interviews much easier than when you're in school or a "regular" job.

    - I applied to too many schools (22 of 'em). I freaked out over some stuff junior year that made me doubt my candidacy. As a result, I massively expanded my school list (I was originally going to apply to only 15). Probably should not have applied to UMich, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Emory, or Mayo. One thing a lot of counselors don't realize is that most MSTPs aren't on a true rolling system like MD programs. With a few exceptions, I heard almost all of my results in Jan-March. As a result, you can end up going to a LOT of interviews since you might not have any acceptances until pretty late in the cycle. I think applying to 15-20 schools is a good range (though you might have to expand this if you are a weaker candidate, and this is just my opinion).

    - MSTPs don't care as much about applying early. This makes sense since they have so few slots and want to see as many candidates as possible before making offers. I submitted my primary in early June, but I met lots of people on the interview trail who did not submit until well into July. I also missed the two-week recommended deadline for secondaries for a majority of my schools, and I doubt it affected my application.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of Chicago
    Cornell University
    Columbia University
    Yale University
    University of Michigan

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    Mayo Medical School
    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, San Diego
    Duke University
    Baylor College
    Vanderbilt University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Harvard University
    Stanford University
    Johns Hopkins University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of Pennsylvania

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Emory University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine


    University of California, San Francisco
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Northwestern University
    New York University
    University of California, Los Angeles

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