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  • SurgeonOrBust

  • Application cycles: 07/29/2012
  • Demographics: Male, 28, Caucasian
  • Home state: New York
  • Last Active: 05/29/2013
  • Brief Profile: Hello everyone! I have always been a strong believer in utilizing the experiences of those who took the path before you as an illumination to your own future. So, feel free to ask me any question about my path towards being accepted to med school - I\'d be more than willing to help where I can! I have gone through the stressful process (or at least am in the process of going it), so I know what you are dealing with. I hope that this page helps someone out, it is the least I could do.
    Here is a little bit about me:
    I am a Mathematics Major with a Biology Minor and a Pre-Medical Focus at American University in Washington, DC.
    I loved working, living and learning in DC for undergrad - there is always something (be that political, cultural, eventful, social) surfacing at all times in the District. It\'s a culturally explosive city, with a population as diverse as can be.

    I have worked hard my whole life and have tried my best to thrive - although I sometimes can fall short, as does any human (re: MCAT attempt 1,2).
    Here\'s some of my ECs that I have worked my pants off for over years:
    -Eagle Scout in the BSA
    -Black Belt in Karate
    -Division I Swimmer for American University
    -President of Pre-Health Society (2009-2012)
    -President of American Medical Student Association of American University (2008-2012)
    -Research Intern for PECARN at the EMTC of CNMC (June 2010 - July 2012)
    -Hundreds of hours of clinical experience and shadowing from this position (over 2000)
    -Voluntary Research Coordinator for a study conducted at CNMC.
    -Published on the poster and abstract three times for our Clinical Research study as a Co-Author.
    -Quality and Performance Improvement Best in Show Poster Cash Prize.
    -Currently drafting a manuscript to be published by the end of September.
    Undergraduate Research Conferences
    -Robyn Rafferty Mathias Annual Student Research Conference, 2010/2012
    2010 (Poster/Presenter) – Quorum Sensing: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria
    2012 (Presentation) – A Differential Equations Analysis of Pandemic Disease Spread in an Apocalyptic State.
    *Best Oral Presentation in the Sciences by an Undergraduate Student – Honorable Mention Cash Prize
    2012 (Presentation) – The Relations of Telomerase Function and Premature Aging in Down Syndrome Patients.

    -Undergraduate Mathematics Conference in Washington, GWU, 2012
    2012 (Presentation) - A Differential Equations Analysis of Pandemic Disease Spread in an Apocalyptic State.

    -American University Honors Capstone Research Conference, 2012
    2012 (Presentation) - A Differential Equations Analysis of Pandemic Disease Spread in an Apocalyptic State.


    -My first MCAT was May 21st, 2011: Not so hot...24R. I was averaging about 4 points higher, but I guess I just did not answer enough questions correctly this time around haha.
    -On August 6th, 2011 I received a 25R. After this result, I pretty much scrapped my 2011 application.
    -On July 6th, after taking a solid month of only MCAT studying, I received a 31Q (10/11/10). I could not have been happier. I still get excited just thinking about it. It took alot for me to master this test, even though I had all the knowledge needed. I just tried to do too much while studying (40 hours of work/week, 30 hours of swimming, etc). I happily knocked this one out of the park and am so grateful :]

    Like I said, if you have any questions, just ask. Medicine is about working together to solve a common goal. If there is some way I can help someone who is starting their medical process move forwards, it would make it all the more worthwhile.
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 07/29/2012

    • Undergraduate college: American University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Mathematics
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 127, CARS 129  
    • Overall GPA: 3.74
    • Science GPA: 3.74

    Summary of Application Experience

    So I had some push backs with my application - I initially wanted it ready to be submitted on June 1st, but after studying for my MCAT was extended (and with great success!) I ended up backing myself up to July 30th as the submission date. My transcript was submitted and received by AMCAS on 05/21/12 and my letters were received 08/15/12.

    Application Update: 09/06/12 AMCAS Verified!

    Secondaries Received by the following:


    -09/28/12 Drexel University COMPLETED 09/30/12
    -09/28/12 Wake Forest COMPLETED 09/30/12
    -09/28/12 University of Missouri - Kansas City Not accepting anymore apps. REJECTED before secondary. Woof.
    -09/12/12 Eastern Virginia COMPLETED 09/26/12
    -09/12/12 Georgetown University COMPLETED 10/15/12
    -09/11/12 Jefferson COMPLETED 09/17/12
    -09/10/12 Downstate COMPLETED 10/01/12
    -09/10/12 Mount Sinai COMPLETED 10/15/12
    -09/10/12 University of Maryland COMPLETED 09/21/12
    -09/07/12 University of Pennsylvania COMPLETED 10/15/12
    -09/07/12 University of Pittsburgh COMPLETED 09/17/12
    -09/07/12 University of Buffalo COMPLETED 09/07/12
    -09/06/12 Albert Einstein COMPLETE 09/21/12
    -09/06/12 Stony Brook COMPLETED 09/16/12
    -09/06/12 New York University COMPLETED 10/15/12
    -09/06/12 University of Connecticut COMPLETED 10/16/12
    -09/06/12 Hofstra-LIJ University COMPLETE 09/09/12
    -08/22/12 Columbia University COMPLETED 10/15/12
    -08/15/12 New York Medical College COMPLETED 08/15/12
    -08/01/12 The George Washington University COMPLETE 09/09/12

    04/25/13 UPDATE: I was invited to 6 interviews. I was rejected by one (Albert Einstein), I was waitlisted at three (Georgetown, Buffalo, EVMS), I have yet to hear from one (NYMC) and I was ACCEPTED at George Washington!!!

    Application Complete

    Jefferson Medical College

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Hofstra University
    Columbia University

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Albert Einstein of Yeshiva University

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Georgetown University
    Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Accepted

    George Washington University
    New York Medical College

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