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My application status

Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by isidella, Nov 29, 2002.

  1. isidella

    7+ Year Member

    May 23, 2002
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    For those who are considering MD/PhD, I wanted to post how my applications are coming along. I know this stuff is in other lists somewhere, but here is the big picture.

    April 2002 MCAT (sucked)
    August 2002 MCAT (rocked)
    Submitted AMCAS mid September
    Verified AMCAS mid October
    17 schools on AMCAS application $630
    17 secondary apps no pre-secondary rejections about $900

    The schools/status:

    Rejected-Yale, WashU, U Wash, Dartmouth

    Interview offers-UVM, Utah, UConn, Rochester, SUNY Syracuse, Mayo, Colorado, SLU, UIC, KU

    Not a peep- OHSU, Hopkins

    Random Stuff -MD only interview offered at Wash U, MD only app still under consideration at Yale:rolleyes:

    Emotional Rollercoaster ride!

    I am curious to know how the rest of ya'll are doing. Feel free to share your info!

    :D Isid
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  2. CaNEM

    CaNEM Senior Member
    10+ Year Member

    Jun 11, 2002
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    I never really broke down my application on SDN, so why not, I'll spill my guts now. Here are all the places I applied and where I stand:

    Columbia - interviewed, decision expected in Feb/March
    Cornell - interviewed, decision expected Dec 11
    Georgetown - interviewed, invited for second look Jan 17
    Jefferson - interview scheduled Dec 11
    Harvard - no word, not expecting MSTP interview
    Hopkins - interviewed, not offered MSTP seat, recommended for MD acceptance
    MUSC - applied just recently, no word yet
    NYU - app complete just recently, no word yet
    Penn State - interviewed, decision expected in ~1 month
    Temple - interviewed, accepted MD, MD/PhD decision Dec
    U Penn - no word, not expecting MSTP interview
    U Pitt - interviewed, invited for second look Jan 10-12
    UT-Houston - interview scheduled Dec 5
    Wash U - rejected MSTP pre-interview, interviewing MD Dec 16
    Yale - applied just recently, no word yet

    So there's me. =)

    I have a good GPA and MCAT, but I've been having bad luck at some of the top schools because I have less research experience than top applicants, I come from a small-name school, and I do not have publications yet. I'm sure being a white male isn't helping me out much either. =)
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  3. exigente chica

    7+ Year Member

    May 28, 2002
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    Canem and Isdella are twovery qualified and nicest applicants on SDN, I wish both of you well and good luck in this process..and

    You guys rock:clap:
  4. marq_bme

    marq_bme Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2002
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    I guess I'll break down my year so far. I would be what you call an average or slightly below average MSTP applicant. I think i've been extremely lucky/fortunate to have been granted the interviews I have so far.

    August 2001 MCAT (33Q)
    Submitted AMCAS mid July
    Verified AMCAS early August
    20 schools on AMCAS application $??
    18 secondaries sent in $??

    The schools/status:

    Pre-Secondary Rejection:

    Pre-Interview Rejection:

    UChicago MD
    Dartmouth(MSTP + MD)
    WashU MSTP
    Cornell MSTP
    UMich MSTP
    UW Madison MSTP
    Duke MSTP
    UPitt MSTP
    Harvard MSTP

    Interviews Scheduled at..

    Northwestern MSTP
    Vanderbilt MSTP
    Case Western MSTP
    UW-Madison MD
    Harvard MD
    Duke MD
    Saint Louis MD


    Saint Louis MD
    MCW MD

    Not a Peep from:

    WashU MD
    Cornell MD
    Emory MSTP
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  5. OP

    7+ Year Member

    May 23, 2002
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    I guess I can update this now that the story is almost over. Enjoy. :D

    April 2002 MCAT (sucked)-$180

    Examkrackers Audio Osmosis and Books-$175

    August 2002 MCAT (rocked-at least I think so ;))-$180

    AMCAS submitted mid-sept, verified mid-oct

    17 schools on AMCAS $630

    17 secondary apps $900

    two suits and luggage $300

    flight segments-24

    minibottles of vodka on flights-17

    # times oxygen masks fell in Northwest A319-once (and the bag does not inflate when oxygen is flowing)

    hours on greyhound bus from Denver to Kansas City-13 (OMFG)

    # times "Bob," (passenger sitting next to me on bus) fondled me-3

    # times "Bob" drooled on me-countless

    total travel expenses (even with help from many programs)-$1750

    Dividend Miles earned-16,000

    Grand total expenses-$4115 (probably more like 5K including vices)

    The schools/status:
    Accepted-MUSC, UVM, Utah, UConn, UIC, KU

    Waitlist-Mayo, Rochester

    Post Interview Status Unknown-Colorado

    Rejected-Yale, WashU, U Wash, Dartmouth

    Interviews declined-SUNY Syracuse, SLU

    Not a peep- OHSU, Hopkins

    Still don't know where I am going. . . But I sure am glad it is over.
    :) Isid
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  6. Mozart

    Mozart Junior Member

    Jul 25, 2002
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    So here's my catharsis:

    MCAT: (Aug 2001): 35S

    GPA: 3.79 overall, 3.82 science only

    Research length (by the time of AMCAS application): 2 years in the same lab

    Research area: cardiovascular (nitric oxide, vascular biology)

    Ugrad school and major: Stanford '03, Bio (w/ classics minor)

    First-author publication: 1

    AMCAS primary app submitted on July 22, 2002, verified Aug 15, 2002

    AMCAS app submitted to 9 schools total, all MSTP, and got secondaries from all 9 schools by October (Duke is the latest to come)

    # of secondaries completed: 7

    # of MSTP interviews: 7

    Grand total expense ~ $1700
    Advice for travel: Go Southwest Airline! Pack food with you to avoid buying the $15 sandwich (only slightly larger than my fist!) offered at most airports.

    Waitlisted: UCSF (February 20, 2003)

    Rejected for MSTP: Duke (March 17, 2003)

    Accepted MSTP:
    U. of Pittsburgh (Jarnuary 11, 2003)
    Stanford (February 7, 2003)
    UC San Diego (February 12, 2003)
    Harvard (March 9, 2003)
    UCLA (March 13, 2003)

    Advice for those who interview during their senior year: Avoid taking even normal courseload during the quarter of interview; it was a frustrating disaster for me to take just 3 classes...

    Congrat everyone, and good luck for all the prospective applicants! I sincerely hope to meet you sometime along our medical career :)
  7. badger03

    badger03 Junior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2003
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    April 2002 MCAT (35R)
    GPA: 3.9+

    AMCAS submitted late July
    # of primaries: 11
    # of secondaries received: 11
    # of secondaries completed: 8 (7 MSTP, 1 non-MSTP MD-PhD)
    # of interviews: 7

    Undergrad: University of WI-Madison
    Major: pharmacology & toxicology
    Research: 2+ yrs of systems and molecular neuroscience (epilepsy) in the same lab
    Publications: 2 in press (one as first author)

    No word whatsoever:
    Johns Hopkins (MSTP or MD)

    Interviewed, waitlisted:
    University of WI MSTP (withdrew both MSTP and MD)
    Cornell MSTP (no word on MD)
    Harvard MSTP (accepted MD)

    Intervied, still waiting:
    Stanford MSTP

    Intervied, accepted:
    University of MN-Twin Cities MSTP
    Tufts MSTP
    Boston University MD-PhD (will withdraw)
    Harvard (MD only)

    Total expenses: ~ $3500-4000 (a low estimate)

    Advice for future applicants: I agree with Mozart concerning the appropriate courseload for the interview season. If you are still taking classes, be sure that you can handle missing lectures and having weekends in which little or no homework can be completed. Most of my interviews were during this current semester in which I have six classes. Way too much if you want to keep decent grades and have a life! ;) I applied to schools at quite different levels just to increase my chances of acceptance (I had no idea how competitive my application would be for MD-PhD because most schools don't broadcast stats). In retrospect, I should have applied to more top tier schools to improve my chances of acceptance at that level. If the expenses seem high, realize that I flew to most interviews and often stayed a few days extra to see the city surrounding the school. I stayed with a friend once in Boston, but all the rest were nights spent at hotels (some were paid for, others not). I tried to stay with students, but never received notification in time.

    I hope to meet more of you in the future. :D
  8. nooreen

    nooreen Member
    7+ Year Member

    Sep 8, 2002
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    undergrad: USC (Biophysics & Biomedical Eng)
    research: 3 summers (los alamos, NIH, Mayo) + extracurricular
    no publications

    GPA: 3.9
    MCAT:11/13/11(R) April 2001

    Interviewed, rejected:
    Harvard (accepted MD)
    Stanford(waitlisted MD)
    UCSD (waitlisted MD)

    Interviewed, rejection pending:

    Will Interview:
    U Chicago, next week

    Interviewed, waitlisted:
    U Penn

    UIC (post-interview)
    UIUC (post-interview)
    Einstien (pre-interview)

    Interviewed, accepted:
    U Pitt
    Wash U (Note: waitlisted for an MSTP interview)

    Amount Spent: $5500 (consider flights from the west coast and also postage for letters proclaiming my love to Dr. Skip Brass)

    It could be better, but it could be worse. I think there are some weaknesses in my application because I don't do very many extracurricular activities. Also, I am half-epygtian. I don't think there is discrimination, but it isn't a subject that I am comfortable discussing. This doesn't help during interviews. Future applicants should read the guide on jot's web page.
  9. surge

    surge Medicinski Znanstvenik
    10+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2002
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    Hey, nooreen, so you're saying that you're in for MD at WashU, right? Do you think you'll go?
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  10. bahraini

    bahraini Junior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Mar 10, 2003
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    Adding yet another applicant profile . . I guess I am curious to know how you guys interpret this particular profile.

    Adding another profile:

    April 2002 MCAT (36R)
    GPA: 3.9+

    F1 Student

    AMCAS submitted JULY
    # of primaries: 16
    # of secondaries received: 16
    # of secondaries completed: 16 (13 MSTP, 3 non-MSTP MD-PhD)
    # of interviews: 11

    Undergrad: New York University
    Major: Chemistry, Neuroscience
    Research: 3+ years of visual psychophysics, molecular neuroscience and behavioral neurosience
    NO Publications

    Jefferson MDPHD
    Penn State MDPHD
    Columbia MD
    Emory MD

    Southwestern MDPHD

    Rejected Pre-Interview

    Rejected Post-Interview MSTP
    Wash U
    Emory MSTP

    EINSTEIN: Rejected MD, Waitlisted MDPHD
    (whatever that means)

    Waiting on SINAI

    Total expenses: ~ $3500-4000

    Somehow, I think the fact that I am an F1 played into this whole mess . . I don't know, I guess I need to blame something/someone . .

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