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Profile and Perspective for Yusuf Ali                  Viewed 31987 times

General Information
Name:Yusuf Ali
School:University of Maryland School of Medicine
Graduating:2012, MD degree
Marital Status:Single
Second career:No
Contact prefs:You may contact me.

Pre-Med Info
Pre-med:Biology, Morgan State University
Number med schools applied to:23

Read my med school diary.
Currently 3 entries.
Most recent entry: 9/12/2008
Read questions I have been asked
by readers and my responses.

Currently 8 questions and responses.

Schools applied, interviews, offers
This list only includes schools interviewed at and beyond, and may not include all schools applied to.
Med School Invitation? Interviewed? Offer?
Boston University School of MedicineNoNoNo
Georgetown University School of MedicineNoNoNo
Duke University School of MedicineNoNoNo
Emory University School of MedicineNoNoNo
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health SciencesNoNoNo
Howard University College of MedicineYesYesYes
University of Toledo College of MedicineYesNoNo
Pennsylvania State University College of MedicineNoNoNo
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolYesNoNo
Saint Louis University School of MedicineYesNoNo
University of Maryland School of MedicineYesYesYes
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson UniversityNoNoNo
Meharry Medical College School of MedicineYesYesYes

Profile Questions and Answers
Question Answer  
Why medicine? What is your story?Well I cant say that I wanted to be a doctor since pampers. Actually my desire to become a physician stem from freshmen year in college when I realized how difficult it is to gain admissions and to complete a medical degree. I definitely consider myself a challenge-seeker, therefore it was a perfect choice. Plus Im not the type who could endore an office position for the rest of my life. Medicine, to me, was the only option that provided me with that challenge and could feed my deep desire to learn very meaningful things in my career of choice. It was sort of a no-brainer. (Plus I get to show off because Im the first one in my family to graduate college).read other replies on this topic
Are you in any special circumstances? Anything unique?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.read other replies on this topic
What was the hardest part in preparing for med school?The hardest part in preparing for medical school was probably the finances and also the status of the undergraduate college I attended. My school didnt have an official premedical program so I had to figure out how I would get my letters of recommendation complete before the process. I did this through my wonderful academic advisor who not only served me as a teacher but also guided me through the process and ultimately into medical school (this was not in her job description by the way...lol). Im definitely greatful for that. Secondly its the big bad KAT!!! yup the MCAT put a pretty big hurting on me like many from my school, but fortunately for me I only had to fight it once. Thank God!!!read other replies on this topic
How much did you work while going through pre-med?I dont really care to get into the specifics of where I worked but I will give this much: my jobs ranged from overnight stocker to admissions clerk and also student researcher. I held several research positions over the summer also. They help alot with your letters of reccomendation and you also get paid quite generously by most programs. During the year I worked on average about 20 hours a week. Employement was mandatory as I was the one responsible for my tuition and living.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for MCAT preparation?No class, couldnt afford it. Got a couple of big huge Kaplan books from the local library and GOT DOWN!!!! I studied for about 6 grueling months at about 20 hours a week. Also purchased many questions books like ExamKrackers and tested myself constantly....you MUST test yourself constantly!!!!read other replies on this topic
How much did you shadow physicians?Not too much but Idid recieve some shadowing. ABout a couple of months everynow and again when I could outside of studying for the KAT.read other replies on this topic
How much did you volunteer?Plenty of volunteer. Food service to homeless, etc etc. Got it in.read other replies on this topic
What clinical exposure did you have?Check Q number 6read other replies on this topic
What did you do for research?I did a little bit of research at my undergrad (which was very brief). But my biggest experience was a 10 week summer program at a top 10 university. I learned so much there! we worked about 40 hours a week and lived on campus. I was well recieved by my research mentor and asked him to write me a letter for Med school. He wrote me a 2 page letter!read other replies on this topic
Do you have any leadership experience?I was tired of leading by the time I got to college...lolread other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the personal statement?Make sure that you write your primary personal statement generally, basically describing why you want to become a physician. I made a story of my life and others which I believe was written as though it was a few pages from a great novel. Make it interesting....Many arent going to have some sad sob story which consists of living in a 3rd world country and flying a plane that carried 60 starving children needing medical attention..lol. Just be brief, honest, and let the admissions committee Know that doing med school and ultimately physician was a well thought out decision. They can spot sincerity as easy as they can spot phony.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?Your secondary application should be alittle bit more serious and tailored (not inserted!!!) to the school of your choice. I recommend describing how the missions of the schools will fit in with your desire to attend.My secondary apps were written much differently than my primary in that I got a chance to show particular schools my interest. I wrote more business like with the secondaries, and wrote primarily on the topic of how I would fit in perfectly at X school. But Beware!:do your research on the schools of choice before writing and before your interview. For example, X school can cater more towards primary care and expect most of their graduates to follow through; therefore you may be less likely to get an interview if you write that you always wanted be a heart surgeon. This may not neccessarily mean that X school doesnt produce such specialists. Just try not to give them a reason to x you from the long list they have.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the interview?The word interview in the medical school admissions process can be misleading, as most successful interviews will be similar to a great conversation that you would have with a new friend. As an interviewee, you should show just as much interest in the person interviewing you as they show in you. The biggest difference is that yours will seem more sincere because you dont have their resume in front of you. My interview experiences were similar to this. I made each of my interviews a time to get to know the person doing the interviewing....I switched it up and put them on the spot! lol they actually love this because it gives them a chance out their busy schedule to talk about them, and only them, and this makes them feel relieved by the time the interview is over. I cant count how many interviews I allowed the interviwer to talk about their own research and careers the entire interview...it gets so bad sometimes that you have to ask "is there anything you would like to ask before we conclude?" lol (well maybe not that bad). But just keep in mind that interview day should not be taken lightly, your mannerisms and interactions with the faculty and colleagues are fair game. But at the same time dont be afraid to show your personality (if you find it to be a decent one..). They can tell if you are holding up a front and some will even try to break it. Interview days arent that bad tho, it just to make sure you arent crazy for most schools.read other replies on this topic
Describe your pre-med schedule, typical day and weeknothing is typical for premed, now med school is a different storyread other replies on this topic
Did you do any other extracurricular activities?Some but nothing major, I sadly spent most of my college time either studying, sleeping, or working. It was hard for a pimpread other replies on this topic
How did you choose your med school?I chose my med school based on where I would be most comfortable,...besides it wasnt possible for me to base it off prestige, med school admissions is so random that many dont get that opportunity. I chose Maryland because I had a lil history with the school, I knew many of the students who often came to my undergraduate to help us out ( we were right up the road). Maryland was definitely the right choice for me.read other replies on this topic
Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?Yeah, to make my transcript a lil more exciting than the rest, I took Calculus I, Calculus II, Differential Equations, Human Physiology, and psych. Warning! Only take courses (beyond your requirements) that you know you can do well in. I loved math and so it came natural when it was time to crank out the As for the above courses. It made my course of study much more sexy and probably gave me a heads up in the admissions process.read other replies on this topic
Any open-ended advice?read other replies on this topic

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