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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by doctorFred, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. doctorFred

    doctorFred intensive carer
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    ..to quote aerosmith.

    i had meant to post this a while ago but i've been busy. just a quick note that there really is hope in the process for the biggest long-shot applicants. highlights from my ordeal:

    -- i earned two c's and a d my freshman year, the d being elementary college algebra. i went on to earn six more c's during college, another d, and two "withdrawn while failing" marks.
    -- during my junior year, my advisor told me that i "didn't have a shot" of getting in anywhere.
    -- i finished college with a science gpa of 2.9, including a c in basic physics II my last semester (so much for an upward trend!)
    -- i participated in no research of any kind during college, nor was i ever published anywhere (not even a letter to the editor in the college paper!)
    -- in five years at school, i was on the dean's list once out of ten total semesters (and had made deans list that semester by the slimmest margin.)
    -- on my first practice mcat, i scored a 16.
    -- i was rejected from my two state schools post-interview, both of which heavily favor in-state applicants.
    -- i was waitlisted from the final school that interviewed me, albany medical college. i was only accepted at the end of june and with one of the final waitlist spots being used to fill up the class.

    so.. yeah. keep hope alive.

    p.s. -- i'm not an urm. just an average white guy who ended up getting into a private allopathic school by the skin of my teeth. also, please don't flame me for pointing this out. thanks!
     
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  3. CavalierMD

    CavalierMD Secondary Stalker 4-Lyf!
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    You are my hero!!
    Great job, kid :clap: :luck: :clap:
     
  4. PerpetualBurn

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    I second that.
     
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    good inspirational story.

    congrats to you.
     
  7. MiesVanDerMom

    MiesVanDerMom D.o. or Die
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    thanks for posting this :) i needed it! :thumbup:
     
  8. OofWillis

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    Thanks for the hope!
     
  9. TeaLeef

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    You're awesome for sticking to you goals.
     
  10. Schaden Freud

    Schaden Freud MiSanthrope II
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    You are the man! :thumbup:


     
  11. Sporky

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    You rock!!!!

    For this post you have earned a Super Grover flyover.

    Swoosh!!!
     
  12. Oculus Sinistra

    Oculus Sinistra Finish it.
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    Ditto!
     
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    It could also be a freight train coming your way, to quote Metallica. And for the vast majority of applicants with a 2.9 science, it probably is.
     
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    Why would people flame you? You're letting people know it's possible even if the odds are against them.
     
  16. jackieMD2007

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    Yeah seriously you should do what you want. :)
     
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    MrMet31 DWright for MVP
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    AMEN.
     
  18. Gotcha!

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    Good stuff !

    What did you do to improve your application? IE did you do a post bac? take upper divs? Kill the mcat?

    I'm in your shoes right now - except my state is not the place to be, which is why I'm asking.
    Thanks.
     
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    So, has there been anyone on SDN with the opposite story? Great MCAT score, great GPA, awesome ECs, etc, etc...

    Yet did not get in anywhere?
     
  20. doctorFred

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    i didn't 'kill' the mcat but i did pretty well on it, which is basically what got me in, aside from (presumably) decent interview skills. so there you go. i was also an emt for my last two+ years of college.
     
  21. s.a.m.o.

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    Definitely one of my favorite acceptance stories of the year :thumbup:
     
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    Congrats dude. Glad to hear that while people with similar stats face long odds and that our chances are improbable, it isn't impossible to get in someplace. Kick some ass in school.
     
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    or it could be a toy train over which he is the ultimate controller
     
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    Congrats dude! I think I'll put a little link to this on the Downstate waitlisters thread. We're desperately in need of some hope right now.
     
  25. doctorFred

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    stay positive. there's gotta be like.. at least 15 or 20 people ever year nationwide that get into med school the week that classes start, and we're still a little ways off from that.
     
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    fantastic story
     

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