5+ Year Member
- Feb 10, 2017
- Reaction score
- 3.2 cgpa, 2.7 sgpa [3.8 post-bacc gpa (46crs), 3.7 post-bacc sgpa (25crs)]
- Strong upward trend from my junior spring up until my year and a half of DIY post-bacc work. 5.5 years of undergrad total.
- My first 2.5 years were horrible. I had non-existent study habits that stemmed from dealing with really bad anxiety + a health issue + lack of guidance. Basically never slept. Solved most of it in the winter break of my junior year, hence the immediate jump in gpa from then on. (3.0 jr fall –> 3.6 jr spring. Never looked back!)
- Last few pb credits were done at a CC because they gave me a scholarship.
- Biggest red flags imo, failed calc twice during that horrible 2.5-year period. Got an A on the third try. Had to retake chem/phys twice as well during that period. Took upper-level chem/bio during the last 3 years so hopefully, that helps a little.
- 504 (126/125/125/128)
- AA Male
- Top 25
- 1500 hours of clinical experience (paid). Great stories and experiences. >1.5 years.
- Hoping to start clinical research full time from now (March, 2023) until ~starting med school (June/July, 2024)
- 250+ hours of wet-lab research focused on childhood cancers. Cited on 2 posters by PhDs but no posters of my own. Lab was working on a paper that I was a co-author on but covid ruined everything. The lab dissolved. Mastered certain lab techniques that made me pretty valuable to the lab. Have a few lessons to share about the experience.
- Once again, I plan on starting clinical research soon.
- 55+ hours. Trauma surgery (got a LOR from former chief of surgery) CT surgery, Anesthesiology, Ob/gyn. Can get more hours if I need to.
- 450+ hours of non-clinical volunteering. 160 hours of volunteering/leadership for a club that was very dear to my heart. We helped underserved inner-city high school students visit universities for the first time and taught them about all of the opportunities higher education has to offer. I have great stories about this (also I was a student-participant when I was in H.S.). Led initiatives for another org that raised thousands of dollars for local and global causes. Currently working on a med/tech nonprofit that provides medical services to a specific underserved group overseas-have a partnership with the local government there. Worked as a virtual tutor during covid for underserved middle schoolers. Simultaneously worked as a math tutor for an all-girls school (both paid).
- Pretty strong leadership experience overall. President of two orgs in ugrad. Leadership roles in my local community. President of a youth African-American mentorship program associated with a medical school.
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- Significant healthcare leader award in my city, significant service award at my ugrad, significant young leader/service award in my local community, Deen’s list once (basically if you don’t have a 4.0, you aren’t getting dean’s list at my ugrad lol)
- LOR from non-clinical volunteering advisor, upper-level science prof., trauma surgeon/former chief of surgery, professor who I developed a very strong relationship with. Hobbies: Sports. Not against DO but I want to go into a competitive specialty and I don’t want the unfortunate disadvantage it sometimes presents. If it’s the only way, however, I’ll do it.
I apologize for this extremely long post. I have been watching and waiting for YEARS to post my WAMC. I’m extremely nervous about the hole I dug myself into in early ugrad, but I think I have a unique situation so hopefully, this can help future students who can relate.