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Application Cycles: 7/15/2011
Demographics: Male, 44, East Asian
Home State: Illinois
Last Activity Date: 4/4/2013

Undergraduate Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences

MCAT: BS 11, PS 11, VR 8, L
Overall GPA: 3.85
Science GPA: 3.80

Brief Profile:
Postbacc sGPA 3.98
2012 AACOMAS Submitted 6/15/2011; Verified 7/6/2011
2012 AMCAS Submitted 7/15/2011; Verified 8/16/2011

A non-trad trying to pursue a lifelong dream at the age of 41. Graduated ages ago and had to take all the pre-reqs in addition to upper-division courses as a postbac, racking up 79 new credit hours. Worked as a CNA, a cab driver, and a manager in a nice, cushy office. It's funny some of these odd jobs outside of my comfort zone have always turned me into a better human being. I know medicine is demanding but hopefully it will bring out the best in me.

Applied to 18 MD and 17 DO schools to cast my net wide but I probably applied to way too many schools. I ended up withdrawing from 12 schools (did not complete their secondaries) and eventually rejected from all MD schools. At this point, I'm grateful that some schools are willing to take older students like myself and I am very excited to begin my journey.

AMCAS submitted: 7/15/2011

Application Complete, Rejected

A.T. Still University - Kirksville - "Finally one rejection after 6 interview invites in a row. No longer being considered...."
George Washington University - "Hold for re-review = Rejection. 13,000 applicants blah blah..."
Rosalind Franklin University - "Small pooled 10/11/2011 but rejected. "
Drexel University - "On hold for re-review. Likely to be a last minute rejection."

Application Complete, Withdrew

Lake Erie College - Bradenton - "Withdrew after DMU acceptance. "
Ohio University - "Withdrew after DMU acceptance. "
UMDNJ - Osteopathic Medicine - "Withdrew after DMU acceptance. "
Lincoln Memorial University - "Withdrew after DMU acceptance. "
Touro University - Henderson - "Withdrew after DMU acceptance. "

Invited for Interview, Withdrew

Kansas City University - "Withdrew my application. Would have attended the interview if time and money were not an issue. "
Arizona College of Mid. University - "Withdrew after narrowing down my school choices."
Touro University - Mare Island - "Withdrew after DMU acceptance. "

Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

University of Illinois - "Last minute interview for a waitlist spot. It wasn't a very fun position to be in but in the end, it..."

Accepted

Lake Erie College - Erie - "Accepted but withdrew after DMU acceptance. "
Des Moines University - "ACCEPTED!!! The happiest moment in my life. Friendly environment, very supportive staff and faculty ..."
Chicago College of Mid. University - "Home state school but a tough decision to make...."

Summary of Application Experience

It has been a long, winding road. Waiting for the result after the interview was definitely the hardest part of application. Dreams can come true but you have to make it happen.