Where did you apply last time? What items will construe a significant improvement on your new application this upcoming cycle? Are you a Canadian, US, or dual citizen?Greetings! I am a non-traditional Canadian re-applicant to USMD schools for the second time in the upcoming 2020-2021 cycle.
I had an unfortunate incident during my prior cycle whereby one of my key reference letters was delayed by several months - this was due to my professor's unforeseen circumstances. As a result, by the time I got a back-up letter in, I was not fully complete until early-mid October. Nevertheless, I did not receive a single interview last cycle. I assume it was largely due to being complete so late, but perhaps my application was lacking somewhere else as well.
I would love to get some feedback on not only my stats and CV, but also the school list I had chosen last year. I truly want to make sure I get everything right this time around. Any insights and critiques are very much appreciated. Thank you so much for your time and help.
Degree: Honours Specialization in Physiology & Pharmacology (2009-2014)
MCAT (2nd time): 514 - 130/124/131/129
(1st time): 511 - 131/123/130/127
ECs: Many hours of volunteer-work (medical and non-medical; over 500 hours in the ER from 2016-present; 300-400 hours in the community from 2009-present**), physician shadowing in the ER, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Cardiology (approximately 200 hours) from 2010-2014, Cardiovascular Research (778 hours, no publications), many years of tutoring experience, (volunteer and employed; 2010-present), various long-term sports commitments and hobbies (i.e. competitive and recreational powerlifting, SCUBA diving, etc.) and jobs ranging from personal training to retail (also worked during the majority of my undergraduate years).
** - note, I had a debilitating medical condition with complications from 2011-2013, with a recurrence from 2014-2016, which impaired my ability to work, pursue academic studies or perform extracurricular activities – from service work to sports and fitness.
List of USMD Schools (not in any particular order):
1) Boston University School of Medicine
2) Case Western Reserve
3) New York Medical College
4) Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
5) Tulane University School of Medicine
8) Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
9) Wayne State University School of Medicine
10) West Virginia University School of Medicine
11) Central Michigan University College of Medicine
12) Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
13) George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
If there are any schools I missed that you believe I should include or even remove, as per my stats/info, please let me know!
Thank you again for taking the time to read this - I sincerely appreciate it.