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Are you in any special circumstances? Anything unique?
No special circumstances. I am a traditional applicant.

Rita Arons at Creighton University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2019.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Developmental Biology degree. Answer posted 11/20/2014
I am an average person. I like reading, cooking and running. I also have a Tumblr blog: medicalbalance.tumblr.com

Jennifer Hsu at University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM) (DO), class of 2018.
Pre-med: University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. Management Info Systems degree. Answer posted 3/29/2014
I did very well at a great public HS in Ohio. I got into Princeton, which was my first choice. I love the place. It kept me from sliding and not doing my intellect justice in the transition to college. I have a step-uncle and aunt that are docs. But mostly this is all me and I would not be considered to have special circumstances.

Jacob Aurens at Stanford University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2016.
Pre-med: Princeton University, B.A. Philosophy degree. Answer posted 9/3/2013
In Ghana where I school, it's very difficult, if not impossible, obtaining admission to the medical school without haven taken Biology in high school. With a direct admission into med school after high school final exams and the numerous applications into the few med schools, my chances were slim. However in the end, I'm the only one admitted in my year group who didn't take a biology course in high school.

Mawuena Corsy-Dewu at (MD), class of 2017.
Pre-med: University of Ghana, Biological science degree. Answer posted 5/24/2013
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Iggy at State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: University of Maryland- College Park, Biology and American Studies degree. Answer posted 1/4/2009
I am a 25 year old, single father.

James Tolbert at Harvard Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Harvard University, B.S. Chemistry & Biology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2008
I actually have a very unique story as I never really got the chance to finish High School. I sorta "dropped out" during my sophomore year to work and add to the finances of my huge family. I did this when I was turning 16. I took the High School Eqvuilency test and scored very well in the Sciences (and hence my decision to pursue biology even before my medical school dream). I took it in April and was enrolled in a nearby 4 year college in August. I was quite younger than most of my peers and probably very well less prepared. I stuck it out, however, and ended up on top. I love these kind of challenges.

Yusuf Ali at University of Maryland School of Medicine (MD), class of 2012.
Pre-med: Morgan State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 6/13/2008
I have Italian citizenship. Aside from that, I'm your typical caucasian dude.

Sandro Corti at UMDNJ--New Jersey Medical School (), class of .
Pre-med: Answer posted 3/24/2008
I paid for my undergraduate education, and only the second in my family to go to college. I'm the first person in my family to obtain a professional degree.

Lynn at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cedar Crest, Genetic Engineering degree. Answer posted 6/19/2006
Computer Science Degree
EMT prior to school
AHA Instructor prior to school
Have a significant other
Have a dog
Started at 25, a little older than the usual


Erik A. at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, B.S. Computer Science degree. Answer posted 8/17/2006
I graduated high school second in New South Wales so I was offered a place at Sydney Uni.

Emily Lehman at University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine (Internat), class of 2014.
Pre-med: none, none degree. Answer posted 12/21/2007
I wasn't interested in medicine until the end of my sophomore year of college.

Paul Nielsen at New York Medical College (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cornell, Human Biology, Health, and Society degree. Answer posted 10/11/2006
I have my own personal challenges. That is why finishing med school is important.

STEPHEN BROSNAHAN at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: Communication, Pschycology degree. Answer posted 9/29/2007
I am one of the older students in my class. There are 7 or 8 students (out of a class of 210) who are older than me. I am also one of several students in my class who are pursuing medicine as a second career. I taught high school Spanish for 10 years before deciding to try for medical school. I recently decided to pursue a dual MD/MPH degree. So, I will be doing a MPH in Clinical Investigation over the next year instead of 3rd year clinicals. I will start Med 3 next July and will now graduate in 2010 instead of 2009.

Amy Raubenolt at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Bowling Green State University, Spanish degree. Answer posted 1/13/2006
nah...i'm just your average half-asian southern girl. i also like to count things.

update: still half-asian. but now i'm above average because i recycle and am afraid of high fructose corn syrup!


emily at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Mississippi, B.S. Chemical Engineering degree. Answer posted 3/20/2006
I am a non-traditional student in terms of being 30 yrs old when I started med school. I also come from an "economically disadvantaged" background. That said- I'm "different" from most of my classmates (whom I adore) in that they are 20ish and, generally, adding to the professional legacies established by their families.

Maria Reyes at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: university of utah & westminster college (2nd BS), psychology & biology degree. Answer posted 5/10/2007
I am a Type I Diabetic.

George Dunham at St George's University School of Medicine (Caribbean), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Wake Forest University, Biology degree. Answer posted 5/2/2007
I had over 10 years medical experience working in medicine and on a volunteer basis. Got straight A's my senior college year because I smartened up and got disciplined. Was pretty lazy my other years, money was good at work so I didn't apply myslef much. Anyway, thus the 3.1 GPA.

Student DO DO at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton Campus (LECOM Brandenton) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: New England, Biology with chem minor degree. Answer posted 4/8/2007
There really are no special circumstances in my personal situation. Neither of my parents are physcians or are in the medical field, and I am somewhat "nontraditional" in that sense as well as being a bit older (25) to start med school.

Chad Hall at The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) (DO), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah Valley State, Biology degree. Answer posted 3/7/2007
I was admitted to the Medical Scholars Program, a 7 year BS/MD program offered to sophomores at the University of Miami. Although it is required that I take the MCAT, I do not need a minimum score.

Brian Wolf at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Miami 07, B.A Psychology degree. Answer posted 7/8/2006
Maybe not unique to people who get into med school, but I definetly have worked hard. I have always attended school full time while also working full time. I have 170 credits at my school, with a 3.67 gpa. So I am pretty proud of that.

Zack Gangwer at Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program (AZPod) at Midwestern University (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Weber State University, Microbiology/Clinical Laboratory Science degree. Answer posted 12/29/2006
Only that I will be married when I start school in august of 2007.

Brian Dix at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: South Dakota State University, BS Biology degree. Answer posted 12/20/2006
Nothing particularly special, except that I'm slightly older than most matriculants; but I believe this has definitely worked to my advantage, at least in the application process.

Sarah Levin at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Wesleyan University, Neuroscience & Behavior degree. Answer posted 11/26/2006
I'm 40 y.o. now and driven like never before

Doug Christensen at Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Loras, BA Secondary Education degree. Answer posted 10/10/2006
Nope...just a regular joe trying to live his dream.

Chris Cruz at University of Texas Medical School at Houston (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Texas A&M University, Biomedical Science degree. Answer posted 5/20/2006
none

Ehren Dueweke at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Kalamazoo College, Chemistry degree. Answer posted 8/21/2006
No special circumstances--unless you consider being older (32 when applying), being married (13 years this year), having 3 girls (6,9 and 10 years old), 2 dogs (a lab mix and a newfie puppy), 1 cat (my wife's), 1 rat (pretty complacent sitting in its cage all day), 20 million guppies (increasing daily), and a successful previous career as unique.

Bill Holmes at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Molecular & Cellular Bio/Anthropology degree. Answer posted 1/6/2006
N/A

Dana Marie Smith at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Ithaca College, B.A. Biology degree. Answer posted 6/24/2006
I applied for only MD-PhD programs because I worked in a research lab for 5 years before applying to medical school. During my senior year in high school I was selected to participate in a special research program. Participating in research at the age of 18 was the beginning of my journey in becoming a physician-scientist.

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Andrew Doan at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2001.
Pre-med: Reed College, B.A. in Biology degree. Answer posted 6/11/2006
For the most part my situation is not unique. The only thing that is somewhat different is that I am married and am somewhat older than the typical medical student. I waited out two years for my wife to finish pharmacy school. We both thought that it would be best for her to finish pharmacy school before I started medical school.

Scott Larson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2005
I have been an ER and critical care nurse for 8 years. I think my exposure to the medical field will be a nice foundation for starting medical school.

Mindy Williams at Morehouse School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of South Alabama, BSN degree. Answer posted 5/31/2006
I took 2 years off after undergrad to "grow up." Just before I entered school, I got engaged. I am now married and epecting my first child in September.

Robert Greenhagen at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Briar Cliff University, B.S. in Biology degree. Answer posted 5/30/2006
I am first-generation. I carry the blessing and burden of being the first in my family to attend and graduate college, not to mention move on to graduate and medical school. Living below the poverty line most of my life has taught me to appreciate the blessings of my struggle and to see the lessons that each obsticle has provided me.

Y.L.Rucker at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Rochester, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 5/12/2006
I think that what makes me different from a lot of pre-med students in miami is the fact that there are not many women neurosurgeons in south florida.

Mayra Coelho at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Miami, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
I've lived in 4 different countries and seen so much. I personally suffered from Grave's disease and was very sick for a few years. Nevertheless, I still persevered and here I am :)

Dina R at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School (MD), class of 2008.
Pre-med: University of Toronto, Hon BSc degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
I am married to my better half, Sarah, and have two kids: Daxton, 5, and Tori, to be born some time in march 06.

Casey Lythgoe at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: B.Y.U.-Hawaii, Biochemistry degree. Answer posted 10/25/2005
Nothing really that special. I am married with a little boy born during the first semester of medical school. That made things a little interesting.

Jeff Hanson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
I did not major in a biological science in undergrad. I choose it major in management science (business) in order to broaden my education and to prepare myself to one day run my own clinic if I should choose to open one.

Gregory Thom at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of CA, San Diego, BS; Management Science degree. Answer posted 2/8/2006
I'm a chewy abnormal center with a sweet normal shell.

Marc Biedermann at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, BS Human Biology Health Sciences degree. Answer posted 2/6/2006
I do not think so....

John Gannon at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: UCLA/ University of Utah, biological chemistry degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
I am engaged to be married in August of 2006.

Joe Behn at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/4/2006
Not really, other than on a 4 year Army scholarship which is super sweet.

Adam Mehring at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Grove City College, Molecular Biology degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
I can't say that I am in any special circumstances now. When I was coming up, I was homeschooled part of the way and attended a very small Baptist high school. At the time, some people thought that I might not get the "proper" education with homeschooling and a Christian school. But, I guess my accomplishments speak for themselves.

Jonathan Taylor at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Tennessee Temple University, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/2/2006
Went on a 2 year church mission to a foreign land after my freshman year at UCLA. Came back and transfered to BYU because it was a lot cheaper. Got Married, graduated in Neuroscience, moved to Wisconsin, deferred med school for a year while doing research in Pulmonary Hypertension, had a kid, then started school.

J Chang at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2007.
Pre-med: BYU, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 7/28/2005
None exactly.

Aaron Beck at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Concordia University Wisconsin, General Biology degree. Answer posted 1/3/2006
I received my acceptances to medical school as a reapplicant, so I have a somewhat unique outlook on the application process from that angle.

Jesse Stringer at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Biology degree. Answer posted 8/31/2005
I was born and raised in Germany until age 18 and came to the U.S. as a high school exchange student. While on the exchange, I met my future wife and immigrated to the U.S. permanently in 1995. Medicine is my second career. I am married with 5 children, ages nine to three (2 boys, 3 girls).

Christian Becker at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Zoology degree. Answer posted 7/26/2005




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