My niece went thru three cycles! first as traditional (rising senior) got one interview, 2nd time after 1 gap year got 1 interview and WL, 3 time after grad school and got admitted to a DO school. She refused to apply to DO during first two cycles (despite my advice and my sibling's). She had 80th percentile MCAT score and 3.6 GPA (from T20 public school). She couldn't improve her MCAT score (old mcat, 4 attempts).Did you apply 3 times before gaining admission? How many years between your first cycle and the successful cycle. Were you successful in being admitted to a US MD school, DO school, or off-shore school? Please tell your tale.
oh i love this thread!Did you apply 3 times before gaining admission? How many years between your first cycle and the successful cycle. Were you successful in being admitted to a US MD school, DO school, or off-shore school? Please tell your tale.
The more i get to know you, the more i am impressed!!!!!I applied three times in a row in back to back cycles and I’m finally going to be a doctor at a top MD school! I definitely do not recommend this and I think I had a very unique situation which led me to having a very successful cycle. The first cycle I didn’t have any volunteer work, zilch, I naively thought all my research I did was volunteer work as I wasn’t paid at all. I also was rather burned out and I didn’t take my application as seriously I should have. The feedback I received was that my application was too one dimensional because I had 3 publications at the time, several hundred hours shadowing (it’s hard to believe but it’s true. It’s very easy to rack up hours when you worked closely with several docs), and of course my essay was purely about my desire to go into medicine to cure cancer because of my dad.
Onto round two, after doing some soul searching I realized that while my dad’s cancer played an important role in my decision to pursue medicine, being bullied as a kid was the main motivation. Knowing what it’s like to not have anyone to turn to or have any self confidence made me realize I wanted to inspire people as a doctor. That led me to volunteering with several organizations serving disadvantaged groups and me writing about being bullied in my personal statement. When writing my personal statement, I may have taken the previous feedback a tad too far and made my personal statement incredibly negative. No one wants someone with possible unresolved issues and I certainly didn’t do myself any favors with my strategy of using the heroes journey archetype. Think Hercules without the muscles and a lot more tragic beginning.
Now for my last cycle. Honestly, I prepared for it as if it was my last cycle since it was my third try. I actually turned down a 75k research coordinator job for a 10 dollar an hour scribing position thinking that if I didn’t get in, at least I knew I gave it my all. I think the amalgam of my scribing, absurd shadowing hours, 2 years of weekly volunteer work with the underserved, 8 publications in international journals, strong letters from my mentors (med school faculty interestingly enough in the residency I’m interested in), and proven resiliency as a 3x applicant helped me finally get the A at the University of Washington. I also helped raise 200k for the school which may or may not have helped. To be clear, I didn’t do this to bribe the school. My mentors helped me discover my passion for medicine and I knew I could leverage the power of my parents companies to fundraise. Think go fund me for Microsoft and other tech companies.
Looking back, I gotta say that I’m really fortunate. If I had been born into a less privileged family I probably wouldn’t have been able to apply three years in a row. I also wouldn’t have been able to dedicate so much time to research and bettering my app which in the long haul, may actually help me attain my goal of becoming a radiation oncologist.
That’s pretty much my story. I do apologize if it’s too long to read.