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Application Cycles: 6/22/2011
Demographics: Male, 28, East Asian
Home State: New York
Last Activity Date: 10/21/2012
SDN Handle: kpcrew

Undergraduate College: Boston College
Undergraduate Area of Study: Physical Sciences

MCAT: BS 12, PS 14, VR 11, Q
Overall GPA: 3.57
Science GPA: 3.53

Brief Profile:
I'm posting this as a reference for myself and for others so that they can see how I fared in this application process. I was a chemistry major/economics minor with a bunch of bio electives. I'm just another student trying to get into med school.

I was thinking about going to pharmacy school but I took the PCAT and got a 99th percentile with only a few weeks of studying. That made me think that I should try to push myself and not sell myself short. So I didn't decide to apply to medical school until the beginning of my junior year and my activities were a bit weak. My work/activities included about a year and 2 summers worth of volunteering, shadowing 3 doctors, a summer and 2 semesters of research, a year at an afterschool program, 2 years of work at the dining hall, an alternative spring break and hobbies including playing the violin and golf. I took a gap year in which I sent out my applications and worked in a research lab at a medical school.

For the MCAT, I studied in the summer of my junior year and took it in September. I bought the exam krackers set to review the basic topics and took several full length kaplan practice exams during the last month or so before the exam since I didn't have the money for a class. I also bought three of the official AAMC practice exams and got about a 32/33 average. I reviewed all the questions that I got wrong and flagged the ones I was unsure about to make sure to reread those topics again.

I received letters of recommendation from two science professors and a language professor. I was close with one of the science professors, having taken three of his classes and visiting him frequently during office hours. The other was the PI of the lab that I worked in and he taught one of my classes. They were packaged in a committee letter from my school. Part of the reason why I applied after I graduated was because I didn't start the process for the committee letter on time. Don't miss your deadlines. The other part was that I wanted to have more time to raise my grades (they stayed the same) and I wanted to spend more time on my activities since I was late in starting on them.

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Like some others, I think that the personal statement is not as important as many people think it is, but know that if you're offered an interview, the school has read your entire application carefully. I was asked about something I mentioned offhand in my personal statement at two schools. Interviews are stressful but most of my interviewers were very nice and easy to talk to. I feel that these were more difficult than the interviews where they basically go through a checklist. I've only had two stress interviews, although I didn't realize it until after the fact. If I had to apply again, I would rewrite my extracurricular activity descriptions because I was very factual and didn't really do the description style which might have been better. I would have also done some mock interviews to practice. This may seem obvious, but thinking up answers and talking to yourself is very different from talking to another person, especially in a stressful situation. I also wish that I talked up my experiences and my motivation for medical school. I figured that I included everything in my application and tried to include new things when I should have just rehashed everything I wrote and embellished my answers.

At the beginning of my application season, my top choices were Mount Sinai and Stony Brook. Since I was accepted from a waitlist, it was a long year but I'm grateful to have gotten in on my first try. There are many more applicants than seats at medical school, so don't feel too discouraged if you don't make it in. When there are hundreds of people vying for each spot, chances are slim. I know a few people who didn't get any interviews their first time around but made it into a great school their second or third time so don't give up.

During this year, I spent a lot of time poring over internet forums and camping on my email, hoping to hear from schools. So feel free to send me a message on sdn if you have any questions because I know how nice it is to be able to talk to someone with firsthand experience of what you are going through. Good luck!

AMCAS submitted: 6/22/2011

Application Complete, Rejected

University of Rochester - "They send out a nice brochure, you can read all about it there. It's a reputable school but the city..."
Boston University - "Very timely rejection, the 3 weeks review thing seems to hold true for the vast majority of appliant..."
Cornell University - "Nice place, great neighborhood with a lot of fine restaurants. Lots of opportunities for working abr..."
Emory University - "Interviews until the end of February. I applied after hearing a lot of good things about this school..."
Tufts University - "Interview invites stop coming in February and interviews finish in March. It's an expensive place."
Columbia University - "Interviews end Feb 10. Great school, just tried for kicks and didn't expect anything. And no, I don'..."
Mount Sinai School of Medicine - "Disappointing. I was hoping for an interview here since I heard that this school likes high MCATs. M..."
New York University - "Interviews end at the end of January. Wish I had a chance to interview since Langone is very well kn..."

Attended Interview, Rejected

SUNY Upstate - "I wasn't very impressed with the news that they were having trouble with their accreditation and I g..."
Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University - "It has nice research, a lot of money and great facilities. You can spend an extra year doing researc..."
Albany Medical College - "Screening is done until March, interviews are conducted through late April. I had no ethics question..."

Attended Interview, Waitlisted

SUNY Downstate - "Put on Hold for Spring Consideration. Alternate List 06/04/2012 hoping to hear soon"

Attended Interview, Waitlisted, Rejected

New York Medical College - "Lovely area, lovely people. It's a bit far from the city but it has a beautiful campus. The anatomy ..."
SUNY Stony Brook - "They over-accept and it looks like the high priority waitlist is barely moving. It was a very nice s..."

Accepted off Waitlist

SUNY Buffalo - "First interview and first acceptance. I got in off of the Middle Third by email (right before they s..."

Summary of Application Experience

Verified 07/14/2011. Letters were sent out by my school near the end of July.

I was planning on a reapplication at the end of June, early July 2012 if I didn't hear back from any schools by then.