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WAMC, CA ORM Looking to advice for cycle

Kingfisher999

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    I recently graduated and am looking to apply this cycle. I'm looking for particular advice on a school list. I do not really have a regional preference.

    State of residence: Northern CA
    Race: Asian
    sGPA/cGPA: 4.00/4.00
    MCAT: 520
    Undergraduate: UC

    Research (2000+ hours)
    Several publications w/ 1 first author publication
    Several abstracts w/ 2 as first author and oral presentations at national conference
    Also had some hours with patient enrollment for research

    Clinical Exposure/Volunteering (400 hours)
    Split between volunteering in the ER and a memory care center

    Non-clinical volunteering (around 200 hours all within the last 2 years)
    Serving food to homeless at a soup kitchen
    Food bank volunteering during COVID & sewing masks for donations

    Shadowing (around 80 hours)
    All with one cardiology physician

    Awards
    Dean's list and an abstract award

    Hobbies
    Swimming/sports/gym

    Tentative school list
    UCSD
    UCSF
    UCLA
    UCI
    UCD
    Stanford
    Kaiser
    CUSM
    Yale
    UChicago
    Northwestern
    Cornell
    Columbia
    NYU
    Sinai
    Vanderbilt
    WashU
    Penn
    Baylor
    Case
    Michigan
    Ohio State
    Cincinatti
    Boston University
    SLU
    Tulane
    NYMC
    Downstate
    Creighton
    Quinnipac
    Maryland
    Wake Forest

    Thanks for the help in advance!
     
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      Make sure you have something about yourself that is unique or special. Be sure to write about it well, don’t be too modest when it comes to sculpting the narrative of your ECs and highlight your strengths and uniqueness. I believe this comes with deep reflection and reasonable confidence.

      I had a very similar app but Asian-URM at some schools and with additional strengths in other areas (in my opinion). I ended up being very humbled by this application cycle. Looking back and also discussing with other similar applicants who arguably had more success, I wasn’t able to translate the true value of my ECs into writing and speech.
       
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      Kingfisher999

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        Make sure you have something about yourself that is unique or special. Be sure to write about it well, don’t be too modest when it comes to sculpting the narrative of your ECs and highlight your strengths and uniqueness. I believe this comes with deep reflection and reasonable confidence.

        I had a very similar app but Asian-URM at some schools and with additional strengths in other areas (in my opinion). I ended up being very humbled by this application cycle. Looking back and also discussing with other similar applicants who arguably had more success, I wasn’t able to translate the true value of my ECs into writing and speech.
        What should I do in the event that there really isn't much uniqueness in my application aside from, maybe, my research portfolio. I believe I have very standard extracurriculars (hospital volunteering, food banks, etc.) that many other applicants probably have participated in.
         
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          What should I do in the event that there really isn't much uniqueness in my application aside from, maybe, my research portfolio. I believe I have very standard extracurriculars (hospital volunteering, food banks, etc.) that many other applicants probably have participated in.
          I actually think that most applicant EC profiles aren't that unique on the surface, Olympian-level ECs exist but aren't very common. What ends up making the "typical" 4.0/520 applications unique is how they write about it and how they incorporate their ECs into their theme. Perhaps "unique" isn't the exact word (although uniqueness does help), I think it can be interchanged with "passion" or "perspective".

          With research, what makes you interested in it? Could it be tied to a population or an issue you are interested in working with? Does it tie into your background or some challenge or some significant life experience?

          Same with your clinical volunteering. I would bet many other 4.0/520s have some plain clinical volunteering. But what is special about your experience? What perspective, lesson, experience, etc can you offer? You can still be able to find these elements in not-so-fancy clinical volunteering.

          It also helps a lot to sell yourself. Don't simply write about what you did...that doesn't show a lot about you and certainly doesn't give you a leg up on the other 4.0/520/ORMs. Why was this experience meaningful? Does it tie back to your own story? What skills did you learn? What challenges did you overcome or how did you grow? What results did you produce and how did it make a change? Many of these schools aren't looking for just any student who will become just any doctor, they're looking for people who they are confident will make some sort of positive change or innovation in the community, field, or world.
           
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          Kingfisher999

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            I actually think that most applicant EC profiles aren't that unique on the surface, Olympian-level ECs exist but aren't very common. What ends up making the "typical" 4.0/520 applications unique is how they write about it and how they incorporate their ECs into their theme. Perhaps "unique" isn't the exact word (although uniqueness does help), I think it can be interchanged with "passion" or "perspective".

            With research, what makes you interested in it? Could it be tied to a population or an issue you are interested in working with? Does it tie into your background or some challenge or some significant life experience?

            Same with your clinical volunteering. I would bet many other 4.0/520s have some plain clinical volunteering. But what is special about your experience? What perspective, lesson, experience, etc can you offer? You can still be able to find these elements in not-so-fancy clinical volunteering.

            It also helps a lot to sell yourself. Don't simply write about what you did...that doesn't show a lot about you and certainly doesn't give you a leg up on the other 4.0/520/ORMs. Why was this experience meaningful? Does it tie back to your own story? What skills did you learn? What challenges did you overcome or how did you grow? What results did you produce and how did it make a change? Many of these schools aren't looking for just any student who will become just any doctor, they're looking for people who they are confident will make some sort of positive change or innovation in the community, field, or world.
            Hmmm. I think I see what you are getting at. It all plays into the narrative you have and being able to explain how these experiences either add or support this narrative. The EC's in and of itself doesn't create the uniqueness, but adding your own personal experiences is what does it.

            Thanks a lot for your advice and help!
             
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              Hmmm. I think I see what you are getting at. It all plays into the narrative you have and being able to explain how these experiences either add or support this narrative. The EC's in and of itself doesn't create the uniqueness, but adding your own personal experiences is what does it.

              Thanks a lot for your advice and help!
              Yup. Though there are certainly ECs out there that are inherently unique.
               
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