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  • MIKHALIDIS

  • Application cycles: 07/13/2010
  • Demographics: Male, 28, Arabic
  • Home state: California
  • Last Active: 04/18/2011
  • 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.
    Academics:
    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)
    Hobbies:
    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
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 07/13/2010

    • Undergraduate college: University of California, Riverside
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 519
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 131, C/P 129, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.67
    • Science GPA: 3.82

    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!

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Mayo Medical School
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine
    Harvard University
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Stanford University
    University of California, San Diego

    Attended Interview

    Loma Linda University
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    University of Southern California
    Ohio State University
    University of California, San Francisco

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