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Profile and Perspective for Jeff Hanson                  Viewed 29771 times

General Information
Name:Jeff Hanson
School:Medical College of Wisconsin
Graduating:2009, MD degree
Marital Status:Married, 1 child
Second career:No
Contact prefs:You may contact me.

Pre-Med Info
Pre-med:Biology, Utah State University
Number med schools applied to:9

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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?
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health SciencesYesNoNo
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of MedicineYesYesYes
Medical College of WisconsinYesYesYes
University of Utah School of MedicineYesYesNo
Pennsylvania State University College of MedicineYesYesYes
Saint Louis University School of MedicineYesNoNo
Virginia Commonwealth University School of MedicineYesNoNo

Profile Questions and Answers
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Why medicine? What is your story?I can remember wanting to become a doctor since the age of 12, after I seriously injured my knee sliding over a sprinkler. At the time I also wanted to become a professional basketball, football, and baseball player. My athletic skills never really materialized, but my desire to go into medicine remained a part of my life. I became confident in my decision to pursue medicine as I studied subjects like physiology and anatomy and saw their real life applications in my clinical experiences.read other replies on this topic
Are you in any special circumstances? Anything unique?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.read other replies on this topic
What was the hardest part in preparing for med school?The hardest part for me was finding the motivation and time to do all the extra-curriculars that I felt I needed to do in order to be competitive.read other replies on this topic
How much did you work while going through pre-med?I worked about 10-15 hours a week during the school year and full-time during the summer building fences. In addition, I taught two labs a week for the biology department during the last two years of college. I was also involved in research for about 10 hours a week during two of those semesters.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for MCAT preparation?I took the KAPLAN course because I was busy with school, work, research, and family and I knew I wouldn't discipline myself to study on my own. I don't think the class itself really helped me but I think the five practice tests they make you take did . If you're disciplined at studying I would just get the books and do it on your own.read other replies on this topic
How much did you shadow physicians?I spent a total of about four days shadowing orthopaedic surgeons. Half of the time I was in the office and the other half I was in surgery. I also spent another day shadowing a family medicine resident.read other replies on this topic
How much did you volunteer?I spent two years in Germany as a missionary for my church and each week I was involved in various service projects within the community. Throughout college I volunteered a few hours a week at a pediatric rehabilitation center. I also briefly volunteered in the sterilization unit of a hospital.read other replies on this topic
What clinical exposure did you have?My clinical experiences consisted of volunteering in a pediatric rehab center and shadowing physicians.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for research?I spent two semesters working on two different projects for about 10 hours a week. For one of the projects, all I did was grow fungal cultures. I really didn't gain much research experience. The other project dealt with autism in children and I played a bigger role in the project. I performed assays of blood samples for different autoimmune markers and was named as a co-author on an abstract and a publication.read other replies on this topic
Do you have any leadership experience?I have had several leadership positions in my local church congregation.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the personal statement?I simply tried to write the personal statement so that it reflected my personality without making it sound too casual.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?I would just suggest finishing them as soon as you get them.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the interview?Just be yourself and be honest in your answers.read other replies on this topic
Describe your pre-med schedule, typical day and weekIn a typical day, I attended a couple of lectures in the morning, spent an hour or two volunteering around lunch, went to work building fences for a few hours in the afternoon, and then spent the evening with my wife. I was a procrastinator so I generally didn't study on a regular basis but crammed the night before a test.read other replies on this topic
Did you do any other extracurricular activities?I played on a few intramural sports teams.read other replies on this topic
How did you choose your med school?I think that the biggest factor for me and my wife was having family close by.read other replies on this topic
Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?My major was biology and that gave me a pretty solid background in most of the major courses during the first two years of medical school. In addition to the courses in my major, I took physiology, anatomy, and human dissection classes.read other replies on this topic
Any open-ended advice?I think that applying as early as possible is one of the biggest factors for getting interviews and ultimately getting in. Get your primary application ready the month before you are able to send it and then send it as soon as it becomes available. I would complete each secondary as soon as you receive them.read other replies on this topic

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