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Application Cycles: 9/26/2011
Demographics: Male, 26, Caucasian
Home State: New York
Last Activity Date: 2/7/2014
SDN Handle: fly higher

Undergraduate College: Stony Brook University
Undergraduate Area of Study: Psychology/Social Sciences

MCAT: BS 12, PS 10, VR 7, S
Overall GPA: 3.34
Science GPA: 3.46

Brief Profile:
Psychology BS, didn't do amazing in undergrad (sub 3.0 GPA)
Post-Bacc tells a different story, retook Orgo I and turned F it into an A both Orgo 1/2, + TAing orgo (3.9+ postbac gpa)
Currently taking Biochem I and Physiology, next term taking Biochem II, Anatomy w/ Lab, EMT class on weekends
Got a letter from a few science professors, DO, and chairs of two departments at my university

Owned a full-time business during college
Shadowed/Research with a DO
Volunteer in the Emergency Dept
Currently an Organic Chemistry TA

AMCAS submitted: 9/26/2011

Application Complete, Rejected

New York Medical College - "They rejected me from their SMP program too. Oh well, I got into a medical school so I can't complai..."

Accepted off Waitlist

Lake Erie College - Erie - "Invited for Feb interview. Accepted to Seton Hill PBL but rejected from Erie campus. Withdrew (got t..."
New York College of New York Tech. - "Wait listed for months, got in a month before classes started. So grateful they took me, I love it h..."

Summary of Application Experience

Note: I used my AACOMAS GPA for listing purposes, since no MD school took me anyway.

Undergrad GPA: 2.98/2.61 (cGPA/sGPA)
Postbac GPA (22 credits of upper div Biology): 3.91
Current AMCAS GPA: 3.14/3.11
AACOMAS: 3.34/3.46

Applied to all the MD schools in NY, and the major DO Schools: NYCOM PCOM LECOM AZCOM MSUCOM DMUCOM UMDNJ UNECOM

Won\'t focus on AMCAS because it\'d be a miracle if any school accepts me, though my reaches are Hofstra, TCMC, and Jefferson.

AACOMAS:
Submitted 9/26/2011
Verified: 10/22
Secondaries Received (NYCOM UMDNJ LECOM): 10/26

12/5/11
Accepted to St. George's for January, deferring to August semester while waiting to hear back from MD/DO schools.
Complete for UMDNJ, PCOM, NYCOM, and MDs: Downstate, NYMC, Hofstra. Gave up on some schools I wasn't too serious about like MSUCOM (pain in the ass to resubmit LORs), or schools too far away like AZCOM.
Interview scheduled for LECOM-E in Feb.
Excited!

I haven't updated this thing in a while... so here's a quick summary of things that happened.

I was wait listed at NYCOM and LECOM for months back from April-ish. Got a call from BOTH LECOM and NYCOM that they were taking me on July 10, 2012. LECOM wanted a deposit by 10am the next day, and that personally left a bad taste in my mouth. I also got accepted for the Drexel IMS program that day... Anyway, I chose NYCOM of course, and having been here a month already I can say I love it here. Considering the class is over 300 people, they handle it very well and professionally... I have very few complaints about this place compared to my friends from LECOM, and any complaints are minor (like sometimes lecture halls are a little too cold).

Tips: Apply early, show persistence (write a LOR and show who you are as a person), if you got a low MCAT and you have time to do a Jan retake... seize the opportunity if the rest of your application is good. G'luck guys.