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  • User #9212

  • Application cycles: 2008
  • Demographics: Male, Caucasian
  • Home state: California
  • Brief Profile: From my post-bac days:
    -Post-Bac GPA- 3.89
    -Alumni Scholarship
    -Medical Assistant at Oakland clinic for day-workers (6 months)
    -Peer counselor at the Berkeley Free Clinic (2 Years)
    -Coordinator of the Peer Counseling Collective at the Berkeley Free Clinic (One year)
    -Case Manager of the HIV/AIDS housing program through Anka Behavioral Health. (8 months, 32-40 hrs/week)
    -Voting member of the Contra Costa County HIV/AIDS Consortium (six months)
    -Physics TA (One year)
    -Academic Coordinator/Admin Assistant for the Dept. of Ocular Oncology at UCSF. (Six months)

    -Scene Shop worker for Theatre Dept. (lots of fun with paint!) (3 quarters)
    -Photography Lab assistant/TA (approx 3 years)
    -Architectural Intern (approx 3 years)
    -Traffic Engineering Intern (full-time summer internship)
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 2008

    • Undergraduate college: Santa Clara University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Fine Arts/Architecture
    • Institution: Mills College
    • Area of Study: Premedical Studies
    • Degree Obtained: PostBac
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 522
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 130, CARS 132  
    • Overall GPA: 3.49
    • Science GPA: 3.45

    Summary of Application Experience


    Dean Jones from Loyola called me yesterday to congratulate (and notify) me of my acceptance to Loyola! He caught me completely by surprise--I had thought pretty much all the seats were filled. I don't think I've ever been as nervous as I was between the time I understood who the call was from and the time he informed me of my acceptance.

    I'm a reapplicant, and when I applied to Loyola last year I made the bold (or according to some, 'stupid') decision to apply only to Loyola. I was so excited about their program and after all my medical school research, chatting with students, researchers, etc., I felt Loyola was the best place for me to build the foundation for my medical career. I reasoned that if I'll practice medicine for a few decades, why should I hurry to get into medical school ASAP, if one can better lay that foundation than another? I reasoned if I didn't get into Loyola last year, which I didn't, then I could try again this year.

    Of course I applied to a few other programs since you're limited to applying to Loyola twice, and if I wasn't going to get into Loyola then I still wanted to go to medical school and become a doctor! I felt Loyola would be the best fit for me, but I knew I could still become a great doctor at another school.

    So here I am, two years after having began my pursuit of Loyola, and four years after my switch from architecture to medicine. It's been a wonderful journey, and while I dreamed of this outcome, it's different when it comes true.

    I hope everyone's dream come true as well :)


    I really enjoyed interviewing at both Loyola and UCLA. Both programs were amazing and I would be incredibly happy at either program.

    I'm waiting to hear back from both programs, though with my interviews taking place a bit later in the interviewing period, it's possible that waitlist spots are all that are currently available. I guess we'll see--I would sure love to have an acceptance soon!

    If I have to apply again (this is my second year applying) then I'll be happy to do so. Wherever life takes me, I'm sure it'll be wonderful!

    Applied, Rejected

    University of California, San Francisco

    Application Complete, Rejected

    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Withdrew

    University of California, Los Angeles


    Loyola University Chicago

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