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Profile and Perspective for Dina R                  Viewed 31960 times

General Information
Name:Dina R
School:Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School
Graduating:2008, MD degree
Marital Status:Single
Second career:No
Contact prefs:You may contact me.

Pre-Med Info
Pre-med:Hon BSc, University of Toronto
Number med schools applied to:30

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Schools applied, interviews, offers
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Profile Questions and Answers
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Why medicine? What is your story?I've always wanted to help people, since I was very young + had intense interest in the medical sciences + enjoyed the diversity and the continued education medicine provided. After volunteering in hospitals and conducting cardiovascular research I decided to definetly pursue medicine.read other replies on this topic
Are you in any special circumstances? Anything unique?I've lived in 4 different countries and seen so much. I personally suffered from Grave's disease and was very sick for a few years. Nevertheless, I still persevered and here I am :)read other replies on this topic
What was the hardest part in preparing for med school?I would have to say the verbal section on the MCAT (since English is NOT my first language)read other replies on this topic
How much did you work while going through pre-med?- I made the mistake of working in my third year of undergrad and my GPA plummeted. - I worked in the summers for pharm companies, private tutoring, research etc - after undergrad I did research in lower back pain (took some time off) + tutored + worked 1 to 1 with psych patientread other replies on this topic
What did you do for MCAT preparation?Princeton (great review), 2-3 months was sufficient, although the verbal was hard for me, I redid the test a few times ONLY to improve my verbalread other replies on this topic
How much did you shadow physicians?I volunteered at a peds clinic + breast cancer clinic, but I didn't actually 'shadow a physician'read other replies on this topic
How much did you volunteer?- peds clinic - breast cancer clinic - charity work etc etc etc.....read other replies on this topic
What clinical exposure did you have?- peds clinic, breast cancer clinic, helping patients fill out charts, talking to them about various treatment options and their concerns. I also worked with a schizophrenic patient on a one to one basis which taught me ALOT about her condition.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for research?- Cardiovascular research - Toxicology Research - Pharm research - Lower back pain research read other replies on this topic
Do you have any leadership experience?WOW where do I start LOL.... - President of several undergrad clubs - orgonized many educational seminars for undergrad students - orgonized students to make sandwiches and feed homeless people etc etc etcread other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the personal statement?- BE HONEST - Make it interesting, ADCOMS see tons of personal statements and yours HAS to stand out. - THE FIRST few sentances are crucial, perhaps start with an interesting quote - I think I did mine chronologically, to make it easier for the ADCOMSread other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?- GET THEM IN FAST!!!!!!!!!! even fedex them! read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the interview?- BE ON TIME - BE POLITE - BE RESPECTFUL - BE INTERESTED - BE HONEST - Practice a mock interview with your family and friends several times, and get feedback. Try to stay over with a med student host and ask them for advice/mock interview.read other replies on this topic
Describe your pre-med schedule, typical day and weekI never had a 'typical' day or week, some days I studied 14 hours straight, others I slept most of the day. The key is to know what makes you successful and to try to keep a balanced life!read other replies on this topic
Did you do any other extracurricular activities?- Aerobics - Chess - Swimming - Movies/hanging out with friendsread other replies on this topic
How did you choose your med school?I was REALLY impressed with the facilities at RFUMS-CMS and the match list was GREAT! the board scores are also above the national average. In addition, as a Canadian student, they DID NOT require an escrow account (have $200,000 grand in your bank account) as many other schools do. I did have a choice for other schools, but am REALLY glad I came here, the people are great. Our dean is really friendly and even has lunches with students every week. The facilities in the anatomy lab are great and the histo labs are all online!!!read other replies on this topic
Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?My undergrad education was enough, double specialist in tox and pharm + human bio major :)read other replies on this topic
Any open-ended advice?Talk to current med students and get them to look over your application + APPLY EARLY!!!read other replies on this topic

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