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Application Cycles: 6/2/2011
Demographics: Male, 28, Caucasian
Home State: California
Last Activity Date: 4/18/2013

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ucsf acceptance???
YoungN, 2/25/2012 at 9:24am EST
how many Nicaraguans did you save?
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fert, 12/26/2011 at 8:41pm EST
Congrats on the successful cycle! Were your shadowing hours mostly through school programs? I have been having some trouble finding doctors around LA that will allow me to shadow .. :(
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Yadida, 12/29/2011 at 8:24pm EST

Thanks! Actually, none of the shadowing I did was through school programs. Instead, I looked up docs affiliated with UCLA Health System whose work I was really interested in. I then emailed ~15 of them, because many receive 100's of emails per day. Only 3 replied, but I knew that they would ultimately become great mentors because they took time out of their busy day to reply to me. In the email I sent them, I wrote one or two paragraphs about who I am, my motivation for medicine, how my research pertains to their clinical work (professors LOVE undergrads who are doing research, and if you can tie your bench research into their clinical endeavors it will not only help you land a shadowing gig but will also be great material for interviews), and why I want to work with them specifically. I know its sometimes hard to find MD's to shadow, so email as many as you can and eventually you will find a supportive and inspirational role model. I decided to start shadowing instead of volunteering at the hospital, and it was one of the best decisions I could have made. Good luck, let me know how it goes!

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BruinBaby2012, 12/15/2011 at 2:32pm EST
Thanks for the good luck! I wish the same for you! Seems like you are doing pretty well this cycle! Let me know where you end up going :)
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Good Luck!
Dr.PurpleGeisha, 10/14/2011 at 2:02pm EST
You still will get in regardless, your stats are good plus, you helped the underserved! Good luck! I know, this is a hectic process and I cannot wait until this is done.
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Yadida, 10/15/2011 at 7:36pm EST

Thanks a lot! Yes, it is a very crazy, random process, but absolutely worth it in the end. Good luck as well :)

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