GPA - 3.87
1st MCAT (1/13/15): 27 (9/9/9)
2nd MCAT: (4/1/16) 508 (126,124,129,129)
3rd MCAT: (9/1/17) 510 (129,123,130,128)
Just passing the torch :)
MDApps was incredibly helpful to me as premed student gearing up for the application process. I hope mine can help others understand their chances/competitiveness for medical school. Im also using this space to talk about my thoughts throughout the process. ...and it is a process :)
Submitted AMCAS 6/10/16 and verified 6/28/16 (however, it took from 6/28 - 7/20 for my premed committee to send letters)
Submitted AACOMAS 7/20 and verified 7/21
Will post exact stats after application cycle. LizzyM ~ 70
EDIT: MCAT (4/1/16): 508 (126/124/129/129). Cycle is pretty much over for me and I want accurately share my story for future applicants!
6/28/16 applying OOS to a lot of California schools because SO family. We will see how I fare over there lol :) EDIT: not faring well
12/15/16 - damn its hard to into medschool. I am having a lot less success than I thought I would... already have formulated backup plans to reapply. These are dark times..
1/5/17 - pretty much 100% set on re-applying in 2018-19. After coming to grips with just how difficult it is to get into MD school, I looked at my app objectively and saw a lack of personality/motivation written all over it. Ive looked at other healthcare professions and being a physician is STILL what I want! Even after a discouraging cycle! So I am gonna go ham and get it! First things first - MCAT. My premedical advisor message me personally on Facebook and told me my app was outstanding so Im pretty sure my MCAT, and not my ECs or PS, is what held me back at other lower-mid tier schools. So currently formulating a MCAT study plan and hope to boost to 515+ . Also, looking for positions in basic science research labs... something I did not get to do in college! The future is bright, albeit expensive, and I am excited to continue working towards my dream! P.S. I couldnt have made these decisions without my partner being so encouraging and supportive! Close family and friends are ~major~ key!
1/24/17 - gained a volunteer research position in a neuropathology cancer research lab! Beyond blessed the PI asked me to come on. The lab seems like a productive one and is the exact kind of basic science research position I was looking for. Praise be to God!
9/11/17 - just took the MCAT this past Saturday. I really gave it my absolute all, studied intensely from April-September but started CARS all the way back in February. Unfortunately, even after doing 500+ passages and doing everything I can I still scored a 123 and 124 on FL1 and FL2. I went ahead and scored my exam anyway, I feel like the rest of the sections went well. Currently, looking for a new full-time research position to carry me through my next gap year. Oh! And Ive been volunteering 4hr/wk since June and am really enjoying that!
10/16/17 - got my MCAT back last week. 510 (129,123,130,128). In short, I am thankful for at least increasing my score and not getting lower than my previous 508. At the same time I would be lying if I said I wasnt disappointed in that 123 CARS. I could write a whole post on it, and I plan to (Ill include a link here), but damn, I gave it everything. Read books every day, did over 500 passages timed etc. If I put my whole stock in life on my CARS I would be dead. But it is a week later and I am doing much better. I am so proud of the person Ive become over the past year and feel excited to craft a brand new application for next cycle! Which brings me to my next update...
I got hired on at the CDC as a contracted scientist!!! I absolutely loved my time in the neuropathology lab over this past year and I knew this was the next move. I am currently thinking about apply MD/PhD next cycle. I know it is a long shot but I hope my passion can shine through. VERY thankful for this job. I got offered it literally a day before I got my MCAT score so it made that blow very much less harsh.