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Application Cycles: 7/13/2010
Demographics: Male, 28, Arabic
Home State: California
Last Activity Date: 4/18/2011

Undergraduate College: University of California, Riverside
Undergraduate Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences

MCAT: BS 14, PS 12, VR 10, Q
Overall GPA: 3.67
Science GPA: 3.82

Brief Profile:
Verified on 08/04/2010.

Immigrated to the Unites States from Egypt November 2005. Was an overweight person but dieted and exercised to lose over 80 pounds.

Work Experience:
Been working close to full-time continuously since then. I have worked in a microbiology lab for 1.5 years and in an analytical chemistry lab for 8 months now among many other jobs.
Clinical experience:
Shadowed neurosurgeons at Loma Linda Hospital for 5 hours a week maybe a total of 50 hours and shadowed a neurologist in his private clinic for 3 hours a week.
Research experience:
Research at UCR since June 2009 with no publications and then 3 months in Dr. John Zhang's neurosciences lab at Loma Linda where I designed and completed my own project and created a poster which I presented at a symposium at UCR. My work along with the graduate student I worked closely with should be published soon. This project was funded by a fellowship Stipend from the MSSRP at UC Riverside.
Awards and affiliations:
Member of the Coptic Club Christian organization and the Medical Scholars Program at UC Riverside. Dean's Honor List for 7 quarters. Chancellor's scholarship since I was admitted to UC Riverside.
Community Service:
I started the Coptic Club academic support program to tutor and mentor other students and served and fed the homeless of Riverside.
I still have one year left at UCR to complete my B.S. in a neuroscience major. I obtained my rec letters from the following people:
Two from upper division neuroscience professor where I got A+ in their classes (one for neuropharmacology and one for neuroanatomy.
One from my manager at my current job as an Analytical Chemist.
One from the neurologist I shadowed.
Finally, one from Dr. John Zhang of Loma Linda (Research)
Working on cars, riding motorcycles, running, and exploring So Cal.

Recently started training to teach MCATs for Kaplan test prep.
If I were to do this again, I would've applied much earlier and worked more on my activities/work section of the AMCAS, I would've done a little more clinical and community service, and I would researched more schools to pick which ones I would want to go to exactly.

Clinical Research Coordinator at the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spince for Dr. Ty Thaiananthan on Lanx Aspen Spinal Fusion Device
Teaching myself spanish
Free MCAT tutoring at MSP at UCR

AMCAS submitted: 7/13/2010

Application Complete, Rejected

Mayo Medical School - "Request for fee on August 17th. Fee received on August 19th. Request for letters of reference on S..."
University of California, Davis - "Just waiting on the good news. Heard that they will be employing the new MMI interview format so I a..."
University of California, Irvine - "Everything complete on 08/16 and my status is pending review. A free iPad would be nice if I end up ..."
Harvard University - "Secondary granted August 24th and completed same day. Won't hear from them till November since they..."
Washington University in St. Louis - "Secondary granted August 18th and completed on the August 27th but the status website said that I wa..."
Stanford University - "Secondary granted August 7th and completed August 22nd. One of my letters that was sent to Stanford ..."
University of California, San Diego - "Possibly on of the hardest secondaries but its done and over with! Secondary granted August 13th 20..."

Attended Interview

Loma Linda University - "Ehhhhhhhhh. Took them forever to update my LOR's. Finally got an interview invite by snail mail."
University of California, Los Angeles - "Secondary submitted 08/15/2010 and letters of recommendation received by admissions office on 08/26/..."

Attended Interview, Waitlisted

University of Southern California - "Secondary granted August 12th and completed August 22nd. First Socal School to show me some love! In..."
Ohio State University - "Secondary granted on August 11th Completed on August 24th Invited for Interview on August 25th Di..."
University of California, San Francisco - "After the long wait, I was finally granted a secondary on September 13th and I completed it the next..."

Summary of Application Experience

It was tough but now that I am done with all my secondaries, I get to chill and wait for the interview invites. Show me some love UC's!