Two articles published and two in review, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, clinical research on stroke and movement disorders, research and scientific presentations abroad, posters at several neurology conferences, four years of teaching experience in anatomy, lots of creative/artistic extracurriculars, very detailed/supportive LOR's from my wonderful mentors.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 2006
Undergraduate college: University of Illinois at Chicago
Undergraduate Area of study: Computing and Information Science
Institution: Master of Science in Kinesiology
Area of Study: Computing and Information Science
Degree Obtained: MS
Total MCAT SCORE: 505
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.80
Science GPA: 3.90
Summary of Application Experience
6/23/06 Here we go!
6/29/06 Received secondary from Columbia University within 3 days...I don't think they screen primary apps...
8/15/06 I don't think anybody screens primaries anymore... got all the secondries back way too fast. The only one I know has been screened is Wayne State. Everybody else seems to want your money before they'll spend the time.
10/18/06: Three interviews so far! Pray that you get one interview invitation before the post-secondary rejections come. This small psychological buffer does wonders! P.S. The first rejection feels like a funeral, but you will get over it.
12/30/07: Dropped off the face of the earth once I got a few acceptances and had to work on financial aid hoop jumping. I am now starting my second semester at Loyola and am loving it! I feel incredibly fortunate to be at this school which is unique in its focus on student centered learning and patient centered care. You truly feel like you are hand picked (e.g. the Chair of the admissions committee personally called me on the telephone to inform me of my acceptance). The emphasis on humanistic values in medicine comes through loud and clear in all of our course work. I am glad that this is being emphasized early on in my professional development. It helps to counteract the cynicism and commercialism that currently permeates so much of American medicine. For other nontrads out there: Avoir la tete plus dur que les autres! Work hard, be persistent, and remain honest with yourself about your motivations and capabilities. You can do this if it is what you really want!