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Profile and Perspective for Matt Tallar                  Viewed 27100 times

General Information
Name:Matt Tallar
School:Medical College of Wisconsin
Graduating:2009, MD degree
Gender:Male
Marital Status:Single
Scholarship:None
Nontraditional:Yes
Second career:No
Posted:2/7/2006
Contact prefs:You may contact me.

Pre-Med Info
Pre-med:Microbiology/Biotechnology, UW-Milwaukee
GPA:3.95
MCAT:27
Number med schools applied to:7


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Schools applied, interviews, offers
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Med School Invitation? Interviewed? Offer?
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthYesYesAlternate
Medical College of WisconsinYesYesYes

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Why medicine? What is your story?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?Getting volunteering and shadowing experience.read other replies on this topic
How much did you work while going through pre-med?While I was in undergrad I worked on average 20-24 hours a week. I worked as a department assistant in a hardware store during my first and second year. My third year I worked third shift as a lab tech assistant for 6 months and then as a pharmacy technician in a hospital.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for MCAT preparation?Took the MCAT twice. Once while I was in school and once while I was out for a few years. The hardest part was having to answer questions on material that I hadn't seen in 5-6 years. I studied mostly for two weeks with olds tests direct from MCAT website and with a princeton review book. My only problem with that was I did not have any of my undergrad books for a reference so many things were a little unclear when I took the test.read other replies on this topic
How much did you shadow physicians?I clocked over 50 hours of shadowing the year before I started medical school. Every single hour was worth it. I felt that it gave me an advantage during the application process and school itself. It gave me a much broader sense of what being a doctor entailed. One of the most important things you can do in my opinion is to shadow as much as you can. Also, try to shadow physicians in different fields. This will keep your shadowing experience interesting and also give you a more global perspective on medicine. Physicians I shadowed: 2 Family Practice 1 Anesthesiologist 1 General Surgeon 1 Pediatric Oncologistread other replies on this topic
How much did you volunteer?I volunteered at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for almost two years before I started school. I worked on the pediatric oncology unit for a year, security for 6 months, and Pediatric E.R. for 6 months.read other replies on this topic
What clinical exposure did you have?I had several clinical exposures. I worked as a lab tech assitant at West Allis Memorial Hospital for 6 months. After that I was a pharmacy/IV/Chemotherapy IV technician at St. Luke's Medical Center for almost 5 years. These comprised most of my hospital experience. All of my clinical experience came from shadowing.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for research?I did one independant study in undergrad the summer before I graduated.read other replies on this topic
Do you have any leadership experience?read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the personal statement?SELL SELL SELL yourself. Unfortunately that is what the personal statement is. Think of it as a job application with more personal and abstract questions. If they don't like what they read, chances are you won't get an interview. Be honest and original. Some of the questions they like to ask are: What type of hardships have you overcome? Why do you want to be a doctor? Things of that nature. Many of the interviewers have been doing this for years and they know when someone is being a cookie cutter. Make it personal for you and very apparent how and why this was such a hardship for you.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?Do exactly what the directions tell you to do. Follow deadlines to a T. The major thing is to make it complete as possible in the shortest amount of time as possible. The faster you get your application in the faster you will get an interview. If you wait too late you may be interviewing as an alternate and not next years class.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the interview?BE HONEST!!!! If you have gotten this far you must sell yourself. Do not be argumentative and answer questions to the best of your ability. Most times they really don't care what your answer is, but how you will respond. Don't try to impress them with who you know or how good you. The biggest application killer is conceit or self-centeredness. That is a key sign to them that you are not a team player. Your patient not only relies on you, but all the staff under you.read other replies on this topic
Describe your pre-med schedule, typical day and weekI went to school full time and worked 24 hours a week.read other replies on this topic
Did you do any other extracurricular activities?Weightlifting, movies, volunteering, and work work work.read other replies on this topic
How did you choose your med school?It was in town. I wanted to stay here.read other replies on this topic
Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?None.read other replies on this topic
Any open-ended advice?Just be yourself. On paper and in person. If you don't get in the first time. Med schools love persistance so try again. If you know what school you really want to go to apply for early admission. Your chances of getting in may be better if they see that you are committed only to them. For instance, at MCW if you apply for early admission I don't think you can apply anywhere else until the process is over. So by doing so you may be severely limiting yourself with other schools depending on when you hear back. It really is a double edged sword. A resident once told me if you apply to too many schools you appear needy and despirate. If you apply to only one or two (not in your area or for early admission) you may look cocky. I don't know if that is true or not, but 7-12 seems to be a nice magic number. Hope that helps. Good luck.read other replies on this topic


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