Major upward trend. I had a 2.6 sGPA freshman year but graduated 05/10 with a 3.55 sGPA (maintained 3.95 sGPA for 3 years)
CV (current at AMCAS submission date):
Birthdate: April 15, 1987 Birthplace: Long Island, New York Languages: English, Spanish
2002-2005 St. Pauls School (Concord, NH)
2006-2010 Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology Minor: Non-profit Business Management
Basic Science Research Experience
2006-2007 Plant Physiology: Stem Photosynthesis as a Survival Mechanism in Ceanothus spinosus Chaparral Injured by an Extreme Freezing Event Mentor: xxxx xxxxx, Ph.D
2007-2009 Molecular Biology: Signal Transduction in ER stressed Fibroblast cells elicits a proteosomal based destruction of the Mitochondrial outer membrane protein, Myeloid Cell Leukemia-1 Mentor: xxxx xxxx, Ph.D - NSF-REU grant #xxx-xxxxxxx
Clinical Research Experience
Dates Company Study 2010-Present Amgen Hyperlipidemia 2010-Present Ardea Biosciences Gout 2010-Present Boehringer Ingelheim Diabetes Mellitus TII 2010-Present Glaxo Smith Kline Diabetes Mellitus TII 2010-Present Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Mellitus TII 2010-Present Merck Hyperlipidemia 2010-Present Sanofi Aventis Diabetes Mellitus TII 2010-Present Takeda Hypertension 2010-Present Takeda Gout / Cardiovascular 2010-Present Novo Nordisk Diabetes Mellitus TII
2008 Davis, S., Helms, A., Heffner, M., Shaver, A., Amory de Roulet D., Stasiak, N., Vaughan.,Leake, C., Lee, H., Sayegh, E. Chaparral Zonation in the Santa Monica Mountains: The Influence of Freezing Temperatures. Fremontia, 35:12-15.
2007 “Ceanothus spinosus Green Stem Photosynthesis Elicits Freeze-Induced Survival Strategy” Posterboard presentation at Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research. CSU, Los Angeles.
2008 “Signal Transduction in Endoplasmic Reticulum stressed Fibroblast cells elicit a proteosomal based destruction of the Mitochondrial outer membrane protein, Myeloid Cell Leukemia-1.” Oral presentation at Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research. CSU, Pomona.
Activities & Experiences
2005 Intern with the Ladakhi Heart Foundation – Jammu and Kashmir Province, India. Assisted M.D.s with providing medical care to rural Indian (Himalayan) populations.
2006 Intern with PREDISAN (Medical NGO) – Catacamas, Honduras. Helped provide basic healthcare and performed educational programs on basic hygiene. Shadowed multiple M.D.s providing primary care to rural Honduran population.
2006 Volunteer in Emergency Department – Franklin Hospital, Queens, New York. In addition to volunteer duties, shadowed ER chief physician.
2006-2009 President & Founder of Waves for Change – Student Organization. Raised $70,000 for SurfAid International, a medical non-governmental organization.
2007-2010 Volunteer at Venice family clinic – Venice, California. Clinic provided basic healthcare to low-income and Latin American populations in Los Angeles.
2009-2010 Independent Student Preceptorship – Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles. Volunteered under Dr. xxxxx xxxx, Director of xxxxx. Additionally shadowed physicians in Procedure Center and Internal Medicine wards. *** For anyone going to college in LA, this experience was transformative for me. I enthusiastically recommend the program!
2010-Present Independent GED Tutor – The Dream Center, Los Angeles. Volunteered as a GED tutor for a forty year old student who had been a veteran member of the El Salvadorian gang La Mara Selvatrucha. He grew up homeless in San Salvador, was a federal inmate in both Mexico and the United States, and suffered chronic conditions from gun shot wounds to the head and chest. He has been enrolled in the Dream Center rehabilitation program for three years and plans to take the GED in 2012.
2010-Present Clinical Research Coordinator – xxxxxxx Institute of Research, Los Angeles. Responsibilities include: regulatory and data maintenance and laboratory processing of subject specimens.
// Applications //
Application Cycle One: 06/20/2011
Undergraduate college: Pepperdine University
Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
Total MCAT SCORE: 520
MCAT Section Scores:
Overall GPA: 3.65
Science GPA: 3.55
Summary of Application Experience
[6/28] - Received MCAT score. Right on AAMC average. [8/4] - First interview invite to FIU. Will be in Tanzania throughout August, will schedule mid September date. [9/2] - Interview invite to USC. #1 school, I am so excited! [9/6] - Hofstra Interview Invite. My father was on the board of the North Shore / LIJ health system for 30 years. So for me it\'d be a real pleasure to be a part of something that he was directly involved in. Although the school is new, the hospital system is incredible and I feel lucky to have an interview! The school is 20 minutes from my parents and I\'d enjoy returning to Long Island after 10 years away! [9/9] FIU interview was this afternoon. Didn\'t go well at all, not expecting much in 6 weeks... hopefully USC will go better. Miami is beautiful though! [9/13] Great interview at USC. I loved everything about the school and LAC hospital. [10/17] Accepted to USC!!! Best day ever! [10/17] Accepted to FIU. Wasn\'t expecting that...! [1/18] Decided to update. Ultimately, I didn\'t apply to Cornell (removed the school from my list) and there\'s been no love from Philly. Still hoping for an interview at Geffen though. It was really wonderful hearing from USC so early, it made this whole process of applying relatively easy and anxiety free. There is a part of me that wishes I had applied to more top tier programs, but I always worried that my low gpa would prevent me from being considered. Oh well... I believe that my personality is ideally suited for trauma/emergency medicine; no better place to train than USC+LAC! [2/12] My fiancé was accepted today to Western\'s DO program, which is 30 minutes away from Keck. Off to Southern California in August. [3/6] Rejected from UCLA yesterday, oh well... Temple interview invite today. Better late than never?