*4 years research, 2 more years gap year research
*1 poster presentation, 1 oral presentation @ major conference, 1 first-author publication
31 schools applied (6/13/18)
30 secondaries made available (received/no secondary/form to fill out)
26 completed applications
15 interview invites
2 interview holds
2 withdrawn applications
2 pre-interview rejections
6/13/18: Submitted primary
7/11/18: Verified finally. Secondary flood begins.
7/12/18: Complete Tufts MD. Passed pre-lim screening and received secondary from UC Irvine. More secondaries from non-screeners.
7/13/18: Complete SUNY-D MD.
7/14/18: Complete Tulane (only MD).
7/15/18: Complete Tufts MD/PhD.
7/16/18: Passed pre-lim screening and received secondary from UCSD.
7/20/18: Complete Albert Einstein. Complete MD/PhD SUNY Downstate.
7/23/18: Complete UC Irvine.
7/24/18: Complete UW preliminary app.
7/25/18: Complete Stony Brook. Offered UW secondary application, and completed. Complete Colorado.
7/26/18: Complete MUSC.
7/27/18: Complete Tri-I.
7/30/18: Complete UCSD. II from MUSC!!!
7/31/18: Complete BU. Complete Harvard & eagerly waiting my rejection. Secondary received from UCLA.
8/1/18: Secondary invite from UCSF.
8/2/18: Complete WashU. Complete Mt. Sinai.
8/6/18: Put on hold for an II from UW. Not a rejection, but not taking it as the best sign. Onward we go!
8/8/18: Complete USC.
8/9/18: Complete OHSU. Finally.
8/13/18: II from Stony Brook!!! Need to catch up on the rest of those secondaries though.
8/16/18: Complete UCSF.
8/21/18: Complete UCLA. One of my top choices and why I was so paralyzed when trying to finish this secondary.
8/23/18: Received UTSW and complete.
8/28/18: Rejected from Tri-I. Saw this one coming and not too upset beyond my first R!
9/5/18: Hold from Tulane MD. II from Mt. Sinai!!!
9/6/18: II from UT-Houston!!!
9/9/18: Finally complete UNC.
9/11/18: II from UC Irvine!!!
9/12/18: II from UT-Southwestern!!! Feeling incredibly blessed.
9/14/18: II from Einstein!!!
9/27/18: II from UT-MB!!!
10/2/18: Mt. Sinai interview completed. WOW I really loved the culture of this school. The students all seemed relatively laid-back but extremely intelligent. True pass/fail curriculum translated to very little sense of competition. I like the small-ish feel, and the interview questions I got were interesting. Of course, for translational research, and the accessibility of patients or clinical samples, it doesnt get much better than Sinai.
10/4/18: Withdrew UTMB since I cant make any of their three interview dates, and flying has been getting expensive. II from UCLA!!! One of my absolute top choices!
10/11/18: II from BU!!!
10/30/18: II from SUNY Downstate!!!
12/10/18: Havent been great at updating, but since last update, more IIs from USC/Caltech, Oregon Health Sciences University, and University of Virginia! Withdrew from Stony Brook.
12/11/18: II from Baylor!
12/14/18: ACCEPTANCE CALL FROM UC IRVINE! This was one of my top choices so I am ECSTATIC. Ive withdrawn from about 5 schools now, but still waiting to hear back from some.
1/18/19: ACCEPTANCE FROM MT. SINAI! Got accepted to my tied #2 choices...would be hard to choose between the two, unless I get into UCLA.
6/25/19: FINAL UPDATE: After attending Baylors interview and being extremely impressed, and attending all three second looks, Ive decided to go to Baylors program. I stayed on UCLAs waitlist as long as possible, but its not going to happen, and overall, I am incredibly happy with my decision!