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  • nakamarra

  • Application cycles: 06/13/2018
  • Demographics: Female, 26, East Asian
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 06/25/2019   -   Latest Activity

// Applications //

Application Cycle One: 06/13/2018

  • Undergraduate college: Top 5 LAC
  • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
  • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 129, C/P 128, P/S 132, CARS 130
  • Overall GPA: 3.78
  • Science GPA: 3.78

Summary of Application Experience

Applying MD/PhD
*4 years research, 2 more years gap year research
*1 poster presentation, 1 oral presentation @ major conference, 1 first-author publication
31 schools applied (6/13/18)
30 secondaries made available (received/no secondary/form to fill out)
26 completed applications
15 interview invites
2 interview holds
2 withdrawn applications
2 pre-interview rejections
6/13/18: Submitted primary
7/11/18: Verified finally. Secondary flood begins.
7/12/18: Complete Tufts MD. Passed pre-lim screening and received secondary from UC Irvine. More secondaries from non-screeners.
7/13/18: Complete SUNY-D MD.
7/14/18: Complete Tulane (only MD).
7/15/18: Complete Tufts MD/PhD.
7/16/18: Passed pre-lim screening and received secondary from UCSD.
7/20/18: Complete Albert Einstein. Complete MD/PhD SUNY Downstate.
7/23/18: Complete UC Irvine.
7/24/18: Complete UW preliminary app.
7/25/18: Complete Stony Brook. Offered UW secondary application, and completed. Complete Colorado.
7/26/18: Complete MUSC.
7/27/18: Complete Tri-I.
7/30/18: Complete UCSD. II from MUSC!!!
7/31/18: Complete BU. Complete Harvard & eagerly waiting my rejection. Secondary received from UCLA.
8/1/18: Secondary invite from UCSF.
8/2/18: Complete WashU. Complete Mt. Sinai.
8/6/18: Put on hold for an II from UW. Not a rejection, but not taking it as the best sign. Onward we go!
8/8/18: Complete USC.
8/9/18: Complete OHSU. Finally.
8/13/18: II from Stony Brook!!! Need to catch up on the rest of those secondaries though.
8/16/18: Complete UCSF.
8/21/18: Complete UCLA. One of my top choices and why I was so paralyzed when trying to finish this secondary.
8/23/18: Received UTSW and complete.
8/28/18: Rejected from Tri-I. Saw this one coming and not too upset beyond my first R!
9/5/18: Hold from Tulane MD. II from Mt. Sinai!!!
9/6/18: II from UT-Houston!!!
9/9/18: Finally complete UNC.
9/11/18: II from UC Irvine!!!
9/12/18: II from UT-Southwestern!!! Feeling incredibly blessed.
9/14/18: II from Einstein!!!
9/27/18: II from UT-MB!!!
10/2/18: Mt. Sinai interview completed. WOW I really loved the culture of this school. The students all seemed relatively laid-back but extremely intelligent. True pass/fail curriculum translated to very little sense of competition. I like the small-ish feel, and the interview questions I got were interesting. Of course, for translational research, and the accessibility of patients or clinical samples, it doesnt get much better than Sinai.
10/4/18: Withdrew UTMB since I cant make any of their three interview dates, and flying has been getting expensive. II from UCLA!!! One of my absolute top choices!
10/11/18: II from BU!!!
10/30/18: II from SUNY Downstate!!!
12/10/18: Havent been great at updating, but since last update, more IIs from USC/Caltech, Oregon Health Sciences University, and University of Virginia! Withdrew from Stony Brook.
12/11/18: II from Baylor!
12/14/18: ACCEPTANCE CALL FROM UC IRVINE! This was one of my top choices so I am ECSTATIC. Ive withdrawn from about 5 schools now, but still waiting to hear back from some.
1/18/19: ACCEPTANCE FROM MT. SINAI! Got accepted to my tied #2 choices...would be hard to choose between the two, unless I get into UCLA.
6/25/19: FINAL UPDATE: After attending Baylors interview and being extremely impressed, and attending all three second looks, Ive decided to go to Baylors program. I stayed on UCLAs waitlist as long as possible, but its not going to happen, and overall, I am incredibly happy with my decision!

Application Complete, Rejected

Cornell University

Invited for Interview, Withdrew

SUNY Stony Brook
University of Texas, Galveston

Attended Interview, Withdrew

Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University
University of Texas, Southwestern
University of Texas, Houston

Attended Interview, Waitlisted

University of California, Los Angeles


University of California, Irvine
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Baylor College

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