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Application Cycles: 6/4/2011
Demographics: Male, 24, Caucasian
Home State: Texas
Last Activity Date: 4/20/2012
SDN Handle: trypanosomiasis

Undergraduate College: Southern Methodist University
Undergraduate Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences

MCAT: BS 10, PS 12, VR 9, R
Overall GPA: 3.83
Science GPA: 3.77

Brief Profile:
I'm not really sure how my stats stack up. I look some places, I think I'm OK. I look other places, I feel like the bottom of the barrel. Guess you just gotta shoot for what you can and see what happens. My schools list is a bit top heavy, I'm thinking, but what the heck, right? I'm still thinking all will be well come next spring!

Biology and French double major, Chemistry minor, got an MCAT score that didn't really reflect my much higher practice scores (especially since I teach MCAT courses now!). English/French bilingual - ├ža va bien?

TMDSAS GPA: 3.87 overall, 3.80 BCPM, 3.94 non-sci
AMCAS GPA: 3.83 overall, 3.77 BCPM, 3.90 non-sci
OMSAS GPA: take a while for that US/Canadian conversion to happen

AMCAS submitted: 6/4/2011

Applied, Rejected

University of Washington - "Email rejection, pre-secondary, 7/11/11. If you're from outside the WWAMI region (Wyoming, Washi..."
University of California, San Francisco - "Primary receipt confirmed email: 7/12/11 || R: 8/29/11 UC schools as a Texan were longshots. Have..."

Application Complete, Rejected

Mayo Medical School - "Fee Request/Sent: 7/9/11 || Fee Received: 7/11/11 || R: 8/1/11 Probably a bit out of my league. I..."
Johns Hopkins University - "SR: 7/4/11 || SS: 7/9/11 || C: 8/1/11"
Stanford University - "SR: 7/10/11 || SS: 7/10/11 || C: 7/13/11"
Emory University - "SR: 7/11/11 || SS: 7/11/11 || C: 7/12/11 || R: 3/2/12"
Tulane University - "SR: 7/12/11 || SS: 7/12/11 || C: 8/3/11 || R: 8/26/11 Very surprised by the pre-interview rejecti..."
University of Southern California - "Added to AMCAS 7/12/11 || SR: 7/13/11 || SS: 7/13/11 || C: 7/14/11 || R: 2/9/12"
University of California, San Diego - "Primary receipt confirmed email: 7/14/11 | SR: 7/15/11 || SS: 7/19/11 || On Hold for interview: 11/3..."
New York University - "SR: 7/19/11 || SS: 7/21/11 || C: 7/22/11 || R:2/15/12"
Texas A & M University - "SR: 6/4/11 || SS: 7/21/11 || "Under Review": 8/16/11 || R: 12/20/11 I'm convinced the reasons for..."
Harvard University - "SR: 7/25/11 || SS: 7/25/11 || C: 8/5/11 || R: 3/6/12"
Northwestern University - "SR: 7/26/11 || SS: 8/5/11 || C: 8/8/11 || R: 1/19/12"

Attended Interview, Withdrew

University of North Texas - "SR: 6/4/11 || SS: 7/3/11 || II: 7/8/11 || IA: 8/4/11 || W: 1/10/12"

Attended Interview, Waitlisted

University of Texas, Houston - "No secondary app || C: 8/16/11 || II: 8/26/11 || IA: 9/23/11 || WL: 2/1/12"
University of Texas, Southwestern - "SR: 6/4/11 || SS: 7/3/11 || II: 11/16/11 || IA: 12/10/11 || WL: 2/2/12"
Baylor College - "SR: 7/1/11 || SS: 7/3/11 || C: 7/19/11 || II: 1/20/12 || IA: 2/17/12 || WL: 4/19/12"
Georgetown University - "SR: 7/12/11 || SS: 7/15/11 || C: 7/15/11 || II: 8/8/11 || IA: 9/19/11 || WL: 10/31/11"
McGill University - "Prim Done: 9/2/11 || SS: 9/29/11 || II: 12/21/11 || IA: 2/20/12 || WL ** note McGill has its own ..."

Accepted

Texas Tech University, El Paso - "No secondary app || II: 6/29/11 || IA: 8/11/11 || A: 11/15/11 || W: 1/10/12"
University of Texas, Galveston - "No secondary app || II: 7/11/11 || IA: 8/19/11 || A: 2/1/12"
University of Texas, San Antonio - "No secondary app || C: 7/8/11 || II: 7/29/11 || IA: 8/15/11 || A: 11/15/11 || W: 2/1/12"
Texas Tech University - "SR: 6/4/11 || SS: 7/3/11 || C: 7/3/11 || II: 9/8/11 || IA: 10/28/11 || A: 11/15/11 || W: 1/10/12"

Summary of Application Experience

**If schools send out "Complete" Emails, I will mark them above as "C." The abbreviations match most of those used by others on this website. I will add some details about myself and any necessary commentaries (impressions post-interview, what plays into my final decision, etc.) sometime after the cycle ends/when I've withdrawn or been accepted from/by the school, to preserve a hint of anonymity. Hopefully, this can serve as a big help to myself and someone else out there! :-D

TMDSAS and AMCAS submitted: 06/04/2011
Transcripts sent from school: 06/07/2011 (had to get them corrected... grr...)
TMDSAS transcripts received: 06/15/2011
TMDSAS verified and transmitted: 06/17/2011
LORs received: 06/20/2011 (AMCAS & TMDSAS, thanks VirtualEvals!)
AMCAS transcripts received: 06/14/2011
AMCAS transcripts placed in queue: 06/21/2011 (it takes a week to get in line, haha)
AMCAS verified and transmitted: 07/08/2011

********************************INTERVIEWS******************************************

TCOM interview: 08/04/2011

First interview. And wow. TCOM is incredible, and I have to say, I would feel comfortable going to DO school so long as it was at TCOM. Great facilities, awesome students, only true issue is the whole "class from 8-5 nonstop" thing. I'm not super crazy about Ft. Worth either. Withdrew.

TTU-El Paso interview: 08/11/2011

Again, another awesome school. The campus is super tiny, but El Paso is a much more beautiful town than I could have ever imagined. The first class from El Paso is just now entering their clinical rotations there. I would be more interested if there was a track record behind the school's revolutionary pre-clinical curriculum and knowing there was a steady patient base in the clinical rotations. Withdrew.

UTSA interview: 08/15/2011

Older facilities, but still nice. I got a good sense of cohesiveness within the class, and despite the reputation of administration there as being uptight, students said there was definitely a conscious effort to change that going on. The pre-clinical curriculum is changing for the 2012 entering class (which should have changed for the 2011 entering class; hence, UTSA got LCME Probationary status), which might put us under the 'guinea pig' status, but they seem to have been very slow and careful about how this new curriculum would look, which is nice. The opportunity to be in Harlingen as a medical student, but acting as an intern resident, is very attractive to me. San Antonio as a city is nice, and has a hybrid feel of big city/small town. Plus I'd still be able to cheer on the Mavs from SA! Withdrew due to matching at UTMB.

UTMB interview: 08/19/2011
Match school!


Georgetown interview: 09/19/2011



UTH interview: 09/23/2011



TTU-Lubbock interview: 10/28/2011

Lubbock has great facilities, a proud student body, and near complete control of patients around the Red River and the TX Panhandle. Rotations are split into three sites, Midland/Odessa, Lubbock, and Amarillo, which can ensure more individual attention and responsibility on wards. Interviewers were both great people, and my interviews here were definitely the most laid back of all the schools I've been at thus far. Not sure if I could grow to like the city though, especially if I ended up staying extra years for dual degree or even just for residency. Withdrew.

UT-Southwestern interview: 12/10/2011


Baylor COM interview: 2/17/2012

McGill interview: 2/20/2012




***************************POST INTERVIEW DECISIONS***********************************************

Georgetown Waitlisted: 10/31/11
TTU Lubbock ACCEPT!: 11/15/11
TTU El Paso ACCEPT!: 11/15/11
UT San Antonio ACCEPT!: 11/15/11
UTMB Galveston ACCEPT!: 2/1/12
UT-Houston Waitlisted: 2/1/12
UT Southwestern Waitlisted: 2/2/12