Profile Questions and Answers
|Why medicine? What is your story?||My goal has always been to serve a greater purpose, a purpose much greater than myself. The satisfaction of knowing that I might have a chance at saving a life by going to work every morning fills me with the utmost zeal towards pursuing a career in Medicine.||read other replies on this topic|
|Are you in any special circumstances? Anything unique?||.....||read other replies on this topic|
|What was the hardest part in preparing for med school?||Learning how to become a better test taker and taking the MCAT.||read other replies on this topic|
|How much did you work while going through pre-med?||Most of the paid work I did during undergrad was during the summer. I was lucky enough not to have work to make rent, thus I had ample time to focus on my school work and to get involved in extra curricular activities. In terms of where?, and what? I have had a lot of little jobs ranging from being an insider at Papa Johns, Cluck U chicken, to being a comptuter manager, security guard and Land surveying technician.||read other replies on this topic|
|What did you do for MCAT preparation?||I could write a whole book about my MCAT preperation. The MCAT is the biggest obstacle for a lot of med school applicants and was certainly a big obstacle for me to overcome. I used evrything you can think of, I studied for 7 months. I used Kaplan, Princeton, the Exam Kraker books, Gold Standard and the AAMC practice tests. I scored an 18 on my Kaplan diagnostic so you can imagine how much of a hill I had to climb. I started off doing about 4 hours a day with the 1001 Exam Kraker books and simply reviewing the material during the fall semester while taking a full course load. At the end of that semester, those 4 hours a day turned into 10 hours a day during winter break going through all of Kaplans material. When the spring semester started I started combining my Kaplan usage with the princeton, Gold Standard and AAMC material and simply took practice test after practice test. I took about 35-40 practice test during that semester: All the Kaplans, some princetons, some Gold standards and of course AAMC tests which I saved for last. The AAMC tests are your best friends when preparing for the MCAT. They provide you with the most realistic score to expect after test day so I would save them for last. I was able to raise my diagnostic scores exponentially after all this hard work. I was averaging anything between 28 to 34 a couple weeks before my test.||read other replies on this topic|
|How much did you shadow physicians?||I did a whole lot of shadowing since I volunteerd in the ER at a hospital in DC. I think the ER is a perfect place for Pre-Meds to work, working in the ER allows you to see all sorts of specialists: Anywhere from Cardiothoracic Surgeons to OB/GYNs since they all get called down to the ER for consults. Working in the ER gave me a chance to follow different specialists around when they came down. I also spent a lot my days shadowing emergency physicians. I met a lot of resident from different departmants in the hospital. Shadowing helped to strongly fortify an already strong desire to pursuit a career in Medicine. Once I got in that hospital I simply didn't want to leave.||read other replies on this topic|
|How much did you volunteer?||I have a lot of volunteering experiences in underserved communities. I started early freshman year and got involved with a non-profit company which renovates homes for underserved communities. I volunteered in the ER at hospital located in an underserved community in D.C for a couple years. I was a language translator for a non-english speaking students, and a lot of other little things to help the less fortunate.||read other replies on this topic|
|What clinical exposure did you have?||Look at question 6 and 7.||read other replies on this topic|
|What did you do for research?||I have about 2 years of research experience. I work in Cancer research(Cellular Apoptosis).||read other replies on this topic|
|Do you have any leadership experience?||I was vice-president of a 70 member organization and was a leader in many community amelioration programs through my work with non-profit organizations. Its important to remember that you do not need an official title to become a leader. The most life altering leaders are those who take the initiative to create the betterment they want to see in their communities.||read other replies on this topic|
|What suggestions do you have for the personal statement?||Take it seriously, a good personal statement will get you that interview, and a chance at an acceptance. Try to find out what makes you unique, let as many people edit your PS as possible and learn to accept criticsm.||read other replies on this topic|
|What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?||Be Yourself, don't write what you think they want to hear.||read other replies on this topic|
|What suggestions do you have for the interview?||practice, practice, practice. I'm not telling you to memorize responses but you should be comfortable with any of the common questions like: Why medicine? You should be able to direct interviews in ways which highlight your strentghs. Practice being yourself, practice maintaining eye contact, practice having the right facial expressions and etc.. I practiced with my roomate many times before every interview.||read other replies on this topic|
|Describe your pre-med schedule, typical day and week||Mon- class, research, study
Tues- class, extra curriculars, study
wed- class, volunteer, study
thrus- class, research, extra curriculars, study
frid - class, research, fun
Sat- volunteer, study, fun
Sun- study all day.
I tried to keep myself pretty busy during the semester. I always tried to schedule my classes early so I would have the rest of the day to fufill my other obligations. Once class was over, I was studying and if I wasn't studying, I was doing research, if I wasn't doing research, I was either volunteering or participating in one of my extra-curriculars. I didn't have time to horse around. I saved Fri and Sat evenings to relax, workout and to go out and have fun with friends.
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|Did you do any other extracurricular activities?||Yes. I was involved in many on campus organizations and played intramural sports for a couple semesters. I studied abroad for a semester and got to do some shadowing abroad.||read other replies on this topic|
|How did you choose your med school?||The location, the students at the school, the faculty and schools mission statement.||read other replies on this topic|
|Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?||I was a Bio major. I think studying Bio has equipped me with a good science base to build on.||read other replies on this topic|
|Any open-ended advice?||1. Believe in yourself: Don't wait for someone to tell you you can do it. The peole who don't make it to Med school are usually the ones who lack the confidence to believe in themselves.
2. Trust yourself: This goes right along with self confidence and believing in yourself. Don't be afraid to take risks. As long as you have trust in your judgment and your ability to succeed everything will be ok in the end.
3. Don't be afraid of failure: The most succesful people in this world have failed many times over. Use your past failures as learning experiences to continuously improve . My biggest strentgh is my ability to get knocked down and come back stronger every time. Remember to measure your sucess not by whether or not you have failed, but by whether or not you have learned from your failures.
4. Don't pay attention to the Nay-sayers:
People will run mountains and hills just to tell you that you can't do it. They will tell you that you dream too big. Some will try to persuade you to do a profession which is less competitive. These nay-sayers may be your parents, your brothers, sisters, closests friends or partners, your pre-med advisor, classmates or even complete strangers. This is the part where you put your ear plugs on and run after your dream as if you were being chased with a gun.
5. Work hard: This is a requirement for success. I can honestly tell you that I am no where close to the guy who gets As without trying. In fact, I'm the exact opposite. Every A I have gotten has been through streneous work and I very often had to work my tail off for Bs. If there is anything I have learned as a pre-med, it is that hard work pays off in the end. Your hard work will help you perform well on finals, on the MCAT, and will help you get an acceptance into Med school.
6. Break the rules: You should not be afraid to change the rules. Realize that there are many means to an end. You do not have to follow the tradition, create your own path for others to follow, break the rules without breaking the law.||read other replies on this topic|