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what are my chances?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by Chino987, May 25, 2008.

  1. Chino987


    Sep 19, 2007
    amherst college alumni (2004)

    bcpm gpa: 3.68
    overall: 3.62

    mcat: bio 10, chem 11, read comp 10, writing R (total:31)

    other misc:

    Master's degree in neuroscience (yale university 2006)

    50+ hours volunteering, shadowing experience.

    2 years working experiencein a lab at a pharm company.

    undergrad thesis work

    research posters presented at 3 different conferences

    National Science Foundation graduate fellowship winner

    Amherst College Award winner for best thesis work in neuroscience

    2 summer research internships

    principal clarinet in the college orchestra

    dad worked for 10 years at SUNY Upstate medical university as a doctor

    Possible bad points:

    did not pass the qualifying exam in grad school and left with a masters

    school list (PA resident, fwiw):

    Penn State
    Upstate (SUNY)
    Case Western
    U Vermont
    Boston Univ
    Albany Med
    Univ of Cincinatti

    how do i look?
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  3. soparu

    soparu 2+ Year Member

    May 8, 2008
    why didn't you pass the qualifying exam in grad school?
  4. Chino987


    Sep 19, 2007
    i hate making excuses but after passing the written part of the exam i was not ready for the level of long, extended questioning i received on the oral section.
  5. scarletgirl777

    scarletgirl777 7+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I don't know if you have to mention the failing the qualifying exam part.
  6. HumidBeing

    HumidBeing In Memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    Don't even mention that unless somebody decides to ask why medicine instead of a PhD.

    Your numbers are fine. Keep working on volunteer efforts while you go through the application process because 50 hrs total volunteer/shadowing combined doesn't show any commitment to volunteering. I know it can be difficult to "do everything" while you are neck deep in research.
  7. Chino987


    Sep 19, 2007
    thanks for the advice. however, if i dont mention it at all in the essay, then wouldnt it be considered a knock on my integrity as its kind of likely that somoene's going to ask why i left grad school during interviews?

    also, it is probably going to get mentioned on my committee letter from undergrad.
  8. scarletgirl777

    scarletgirl777 7+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    It is not a knock on your integrity. If you've already told your premed committee, fine. But in general, you don't independently call attention to bad things until someone else asks about them.
  9. ChemGrad08

    ChemGrad08 5+ Year Member

    May 21, 2008
    I'm leaving grad school with a masters not because I didn't pass my quals, but because upon further examination I've decided that my life would be better spent with an MD not a PhD, I'm sure even in a world where you failed your quals you could still say that something like that is true. Like you weren't really committed to your quals because life as a research scientist couldn't get you up in the morning or what not.

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