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  • User #4999

  • Application cycles: 2007
  • Demographics: Male, Caucasian
  • Home state: Alabama
  • Brief Profile: I have a solid molecular neuroscience background (4 pubs but none first author, poster presentation at national conference, senior thesis), but also some econ/business type research and some health systems classwork. Led a department of the school paper (35-80 hours/week for two semesters), led it well, and have the data to prove it. Spent four semesters teaching science in inner-city classrooms (10-15 hours/week and lots of fun), and currently tutor for 3-4hrs/week. Have heard back from other applications that my rec letters are very strong. Currently doing full-time statistical research on global health. I think my major weakness (aside from some ugly grades freshman year) is clinical: have worked on the statistical or mol. bio. side of a few clinical studies, shadowed a day per week over one summer, and have scrubbed in on a few surgeries, which leaves me with plenty to write about, but it's still not much in terms of time committed. I avoided the traditional pre-med thing and I hope it doesn't come back to haunt me. I'm basically only applying to schools around NYC, since that's where my fiancee will be, so I can't play the apply everywhere game either, particularly since I want to go into academia, so I'm not applying as broadly as I otherwise might.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2007

    • Undergraduate college: U. Penn
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 523
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 132, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.69
    • Science GPA: 3.59

    Summary of Application Experience

    Really want to do MD/PhD, with the PhD in health policy/systems. The geographic constraints mean that there were about 4 MudPhud programs I could apply to. Of those, one rejected me and another is too far, so that leaves two. Hopefully they will work out. If not, I'm incredibly excited about Cornell's MD program, and thought Sinai was awesome too, so I'd go to one of those and apply internally for the PhD.

    Application Complete, Rejected

    New York University
    Yale University
    Johns Hopkins University

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    Jefferson Medical College

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Harvard University

    Attended Interview, Withdrew

    Dartmouth College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Columbia University


    University of Pennsylvania
    SUNY Downstate
    University of Alabama
    Brown University
    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
    Cornell University
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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