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  • User #5817

  • Application cycles: 2006
  • Demographics: Male, Caucasian
  • Home state: Illinois
  • Brief Profile: -Awards: Deans list (2 sem), Jackson Scholar in Biochemistry, Thomas O. Sidebottom Award for best senior thesis, graduation with distinction
    -AMSA Pre-Med member and webmaster: Completely redesigned a modern webpage in 'blog' format (using Wordpress) and wrote 3 custom plug-ins to promote usability. Got a lot of great insight from physicians.
    -Progressive Care Unit (IMCU) Vounteer (5 mo): Wasn't allowed to do much except fill water glasses and wheel patients to their cars
    -Senior Thesis: Obtained my own funding, 2 publications (JACS), 2 posters, thesis itself and award (above)
    -Relay for Life
    -Web Designer: founded a website on medical interest literature
    -Certified Nursing Asst training: Currently training to be a CNA so I can work in a hospital on my year off while I apply. Also becoming BLS CPR certified (American Heart Assoc.) (not req. for CNA)
    -Working as a phlebotomist full-time since graduation
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2006

    • Undergraduate college: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champ
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 505
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 126, CARS 126  
    • Overall GPA: 3.49
    • Science GPA: 3.45

    Summary of Application Experience

    6/20/06 - Submitting my AMCAS by the weekend after a not-so-thrilling MCAT score, although better than my last year 26P. Considering having my writing rescored. Bumped Northwestern and probably should have bumped U of Chicago. Might still add a school or two.
    7/1/06 - AMCAS Submitted
    7/7/06 - Received 1st secondary: Pritzker
    7/10/06 - Received 2nd secondary: Wright St. and completed
    7/21/06 - AMCAS verified and submitted Pritzker finally
    7/24/06 - Got secondaries from Case Western/CCLCM, SLU, and MCW. Completed MCW. Case's research oriented programs look great! Too bad my MCAT sucks :-/
    7/25/06 - Got UIC and Rush today. UIC was already completed thanks to the folks at SDN, so I mailed it off :) Working on Rush tonight.
    7/30/06 - Submitted Rush and working on Case/CCLCM
    8/10/06 - Wow busy couple of days. Sent off RFU and Case/CCLCM and am complete at both now. FINALLY am complete at Rush. Took forever and I thought they lost my signature sheet in the mail. Received Loyola, SIU, and Medical University of Ohio (U of Toledo). Whew, I have a lot of work ahead of me!
    8/16/06 - Finished and mailed Loyola before leaving for vacation for 5 days. I'm going to try to work on SIU while gone.
    8/21/06 - First rejection, University of Chicago. It was expected but disappointing nonetheless
    9/11/06 - Case Western rejection via status page
    9/18/06 - First Interview: SIU. Can't tell if I'm excited or not yet...
    10/19/06 - First Interview with SIU yesterday. I was much more excited and impressed than I thought I would be. Seems like the school is pretty decent. Now lets just hope for an acceptance!
    10/20/06 - Rejected from MCW :-/
    11/14/06 - Wait listed SIU (not good) :-/
    01/26/07 - RFU interview invite. That's surprising this late in the game. Maybe a glimmer of hope still in this round?
    02/09/07 - RUSH INTERVIEW INVITE??!?! This was definitely unexpected. Maybe this cycle will turn around for me? Or maybe I'm just getting my hopes up...
    03/01/07 - Rush was awesome. I hope I did well enough to get in!
    03/20/07 - RFU was cool. Not as nice as Rush, but I'd be happy there I think. Very tech-saavy which I like.
    03/22/07 - Waitlist from Rush... :(
    05/21/07 - Accepted to Rush off the 'Middle Tier' waitlist. Hallelujah!

    Applied, Withdrew

    Saint Louis University
    University of Toledo
    Northeastern Ohio Universities

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Wright State University
    University of Chicago
    University of Illinois
    Cleveland Clinic Medical School
    Case Western Reserve University
    Loyola University Chicago

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    Rosalind Franklin University
    Southern Illinois University

    Accepted off Waitlist

    Rush Medical College

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