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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by loverboy, Jan 17, 2002.
can you guys let us know what was your stats aswell as what else you guys did,
I have posted my stats a few times....but here they are again....
Lots of research, a couple of publications, some shadowing of DO's/MD's, worked as an ER tech for about a year, blah blah blah
I think what got me in was my interview....it went very well. I absolutely loved AZCOM!
Although i hate checking the stats thing- i feel the acceptance is different for each person- i had a 3.8 overall, 3.7 science: a dissapointing 24,R on the mcat, three+ years volunteer service, 2+ years clinical experience, and super letters of rec (one from a do oncologist in phoenix- he is faculty at azcom) I, too, felt that the deal was sealed mutually at the interview. I had Dr. Carungi- not sure about the spelling - he's in charge of the surgery aspect and that is my love so we clicked. As a said above, getting accepted is different for each person. I have friends who nailed the mcat but didn't get in anywhere, i didn't do very well at all and got into a super school. Just keep all doors open and go at it with all you got! GOOD LUCK!
I don't really care to post my stats, but if it helps anyone else I will do so. I felt my academic stats were ok, but my experience was on the low side. I did not feel like I had a hard time getting in.
Some shadowing, no actual clinical. Good work and leadership experience. Good letters of Rec from people really close.
Good luck on getting in.
Since we are all posting stats, I thought I might as well.
GPA: 3.6 science and overall
MCAT: 22O (yuk!!)
I taught suday school for five years at my church. In addition, I shadowed a cardiac electrophysiologist (in office and cath lab), volunteered/shadowed my personal physician who is a DO, and wrote me an awesome letter of rec, volunteered in medical records at a local hospital, I also have been working as a paramedical examiner for the last four years (I have my EMT and phlebotomy license) doing exams for life insurance policies (health histories, vitals and specimen collection). I also had a wonderful time at my interviews. They really liked my work experience, and the fact that I worked so well with the kids. I played these things up since they really help in teaching me to connect with people, and that seems to form the foundation of osteopathic medicine. Hope this helped.
30 Q MCAT
lots of extracurrics (everyone says this), traveling, some research, not a lot though.
From my experience with AZCOM so far, they really seem to look at what else you've done besides be a book worm. Teaching, traveling, clinical stuff especially. Many of my questions at the interview, now that i look back, were about things that have happened in my clinical experience-- i think they were trying to see if i actually paid attention to all i was learning there. Ry- those are some impressive experiences!!
one more tip that doesn't really apply to this year-- apply early!!! I got my app in fast, interviewed early oct. and was accepted by november. Having all this time to compare/debate where to go has been great!
I second jhug on that, get your app in early. I had my AACOMAS in by the end of june, and my secondaries out by the beginning of september, interviewed in eary oct, and was debating on where to go in november. It makes a big difference. I also think that the earlier you interview, the better chance you have. At both COMP and AZCOM, I had students tell me this. Needless to say, it eased my nerves a bit before the interview.
I'll third this one....APPLY EARLY!!! Get your Primary app (AACOMAS) done at the soonest possible moment, take the April MCAT so at least you have scores that can be used to start processing your application (don't bomb the MCAT just to get your app started, though). Have all your Letters of Recommendation ready to go, minimize your turn around time with secondaries...basically plan for the worst by doing everything as early as possible!!
Your odds of admission are greater when you are competing for 150-200 seats at the beginning than 10 seats towards the end of the application/interview cycle.
thanx everybody...luv from loverboy <img src="graemlins/lovey.gif" border="0" alt="[Lovey]" />