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  • User #5471

  • Application cycles: 2006
  • Demographics: Male, East Asian
  • Home state: Mississippi
  • Brief Profile: -Honors degree in Chemistry
    -3 years in Taiwanese club. Did tons of stuff, including running it.
    -Active fraternity member, one year as VP and on exec board, current historian/webmaster.
    -Engineering comp sci and hydrologic research for US Army Corps of Engineers.
    -Organic chem summer research at a phamaceutical company. In oncology group focusing on targeting kinases.
    -Volunteering at a children's hospital for a semester and continuing.
    -Shadowed a trauma surgeon several times.
    -Workstudy job in tech support at engineering school to support tuition.
    -Organometallics research
    -TA for Advanced Organic Lab
    -Volunteering at a free clinic in West Philly
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2006

    • Undergraduate college: University of Pennsylvania
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Physical Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 129, CARS 124  
    • Overall GPA: 3.54
    • Science GPA: 3.58

    Summary of Application Experience

    All in all, this is pretty much what I expected, other than not hearing back from Tulane after being waitlisted, and honestly, I'm happy that this process is done and I'm going to med school that has low tuition. For any of you Ivy league students that are applying to schools, some words of wisdom:
    -Your school can open some doors, but it's up to your credentials to actually get you through them.
    -The four key credentials are GPA, MCAT, research, and clinical experience. Those four are will what get you in the door, with much emphasis on the first two. Research is almost required to get into a prestigious med school, while clinical experience is something you will absolutely be asked about at an interview.
    -Get your applications early. Admissions is rolling-based.
    -If you really like a school at get waitlisted, keep nagging them about how much you love them until they either accept you or block your e-mail.
    -Last, this entire process is a crapshoot, and to be honest, a pretty crappy system. I know people with bad scores that got into med school easy, while others with detestable personalities and characteristics that I know will make them unprofessional, bad physicians in the future that got into really good schools. Don't let it get to you, and as long as you get in somewhere, you're set. The more people you talk to about this in the field, the more you'll realize it's all the same everywhere.


    University of Miami
    Harvard University

    Applied, Rejected

    Duke University
    Vanderbilt University

    Applied, Withdrew

    Georgetown University
    Drexel University

    Application Complete

    Emory University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    George Washington University
    New York University
    Jefferson Medical College
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Northwestern University
    Tufts University
    Cornell University
    Columbia University
    Baylor College
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Chicago
    Stanford University
    Dartmouth College

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Tulane University


    University of Mississippi

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