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Profile and Perspective for Gregory Thom                  Viewed 27052 times

General Information
Name:Gregory Thom
School:Medical College of Wisconsin
Graduating:2009, MD degree
Marital Status:Single
Second career:No
Contact prefs:You may contact me.

Pre-Med Info
Pre-med:BS; Management Science, University of CA, San Diego
Number med schools applied to:28

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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?
Medical College of WisconsinYesYesYes
University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLAYesYesAlternate
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health SciencesYesYesAlternate
Drexel University College of MedicineYesYesYes
Saint Louis University School of MedicineYesNoNo
Tulane University School of MedicineYesYesAlternate
Temple University School of MedicineYesYesAlternate
New York Medical CollegeYesYesNo

Profile Questions and Answers
Question Answer  
Why medicine? What is your story?It is a well respected field that will give me the opportunity to greatly impact the lives of others in ways that would otherwise not be possible.read other replies on this topic
Are you in any special circumstances? Anything unique?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.read other replies on this topic
What was the hardest part in preparing for med school?choosing activities that would set me apart from other applicants, choosing which schools to apply to, and paying for trips to interviewsread other replies on this topic
How much did you work while going through pre-med?For the first three years of undergrad I would work random full time jobs during my summers and part time teaching/tutoring jobs during the school year. During the summer before my senior year I began working full time as an EMT for a private ambulance company where I continued to work full time throughout my senior year and the year inbetween undergrad and med school.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for MCAT preparation?I took the Kaplan prep. class during the spring of my Junior year and then I took the test that April. The class cost over $1000 but that is just a drop in the bucket compared to what you will be spending on interviews and tuition. I feel like it truely prepared me for the test which was proven by my strong performance and the fact that I only had to take the test once. The full length practice tests were extremely helpful, as a whole I would strongly recommend taking the course.read other replies on this topic
How much did you shadow physicians?I shadowed a DO at an Urgent Care center near my house for a handful of times which totalled to about 50 hours. Although not very exciting this activity showed that I was interested in the field and gave me more to talk about during interviews.read other replies on this topic
How much did you volunteer?I volunteered in a local emergency room during my year off of school. I would go in for just a few hours at a time about once a week totaling to about 100 hours. Most of the work I did was not very attractive but it did give me many opportunities to speak with docs about how I should go about applying, what they liked about medicine, etc.read other replies on this topic
What clinical exposure did you have?My most significant clinical exposure was the two years I spent working as an EMT for a private ambulance service. My company ran private transports as well as 911 calls along with the fire dept.'s paramedics. This job tought me a great deal about the field of medicine. Through this experience I met countless interesting nurses, docs, paramedics etc. who all had an impact on my decision to enter the field of medicine.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for research?none at all, not an interest of mineread other replies on this topic
Do you have any leadership experience?I was on several boards in undergrad but nothing serious. Mostly just resume builders.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the personal statement?Just be honest. It will probably take a few drafts but eventually you will end up with something that you truely think represents who you are.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?Finish them as quickly as possible. In general the sooner you get them tured in the better your odds at an interview.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the interview?Do a little research on the school and city that it is in before hand, they might ask you what you like about their school in particular.read other replies on this topic
Describe your pre-med schedule, typical day and weekread other replies on this topic
Did you do any other extracurricular activities?read other replies on this topic
How did you choose your med school?read other replies on this topic
Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?read other replies on this topic
Any open-ended advice?read other replies on this topic

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