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Application Cycles: 6/20/2011 | 6/15/2013
Demographics: Male, 35, Caucasian
Home State: California
Last Activity Date: 11/19/2013
SDN Handle: alexrgross

Undergraduate College: University of Oregon
Undergraduate Area of Study: Premedical Studies

MCAT: BS 11, PS 10, VR 11, R
Overall GPA: 3.26
Science GPA: 3.41

Brief Profile:
Grew up in Los Angeles Area. Graduated high school 2001, then attended community college and worked. Major surgery changed my life in 2004. Transferred to UCSC in 2006 and graduated in 2009, BA Cultural Anthropology. Next, got a BS Human Physiology with Honors, Biology Minor, @ U of Oregon in 2011. VCU "SMP" 2013. I love ceramics, the piano, and watching fish swim.

MCAT Taken 8/19/10 - Scores Released 9/21/10 - 10 P 11V 11B R = 32R
MCAT 7/27/2012 10 8 13 = 31S
BCPM GPA-- [ uGrad - ~3.11 (8 years/211.6 semester units) post-Bacc - 3.8 (3 years/90.1 semester units) ]
Click here to see my grades trend.

600+ Hours Clinical Service 305 US/~380 Abroad (International, multilingual, direct patient care, shadowing X 4)
400+ Hours Original, Independent Human Research
700+ Hours Community Service (300 Leadership, 150 Teaching, 450 Teamwork)
Certified Research Diver
Active Ceramic/Glass Artist
French Language Club
University "Volunteer of the Year" Award/Red Cross Outstanding Volunteer Award
First cycle, 2012 entering class.

AMCAS submitted: 6/20/2011

Applied, Rejected

University of California, Irvine - "Pre-Secondary Rejection"

Application Complete, Rejected

Oakland University - "Post-rejection advising advice from Oakland Admissions office - "Your strong post-bacc GPA shows pro..."
University of Cincinnati - "Post-Rejection Advising "We like your application, the uGPA was not a concern. You're slightly below..."
Combined PhD/MSTP: No
  • Submitted: Yes
  • Secondary Completed: 8/12/2011
  • Interview Invite: No
  • Interview Attended: No
  • Waitlisted: No
  • Accepted: No
  • Rejected: 12/12/2011
Virginia Commonwealth University - ""FURTHER" status. Post-Rejection Adivising - "Submission of Secondary August 23rd was a big handic..."
University of California, Davis - "Maybe they will tell me about their reasons for rejecting me..."

Attended Interview, Waitlisted

University of Central Florida - "Loved UCF and students are happy. Orlando is my kind of place. "
Creighton University - "The school is overall solid, clinically and academically very well provisioned. This is an ideal pla..."

Summary of Application Experience

1 application cycle, 2012 entering class.
~ 40 applications submitted, 2 waitlists.
Schools felt I need a slight GPA fix and more shadowing. Was abroad volunteering while doing secondaries, some schools looked disfavorably on secondaries submitted in late August early September. The update only seemed to help with Creighton, and that information needed to be on my primary.