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Profile and Perspective for Chris Cruz                  Viewed 39194 times

General Information
Name:Chris Cruz
School:University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Graduating:2010, MD degree
Marital Status:Single
Second career:No
Contact prefs:You may contact me.

Pre-Med Info
Pre-med:Biomedical Science, Texas A&M 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?
Texas A & M University System Health Science Center College of MedicineNoNoNo
University of Texas Medical School at GalvestonNoNoNo
University of Texas School of Medicine at San AntonioNoNoNo
Baylor College of MedicineNoNoNo
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of MedicineNoNoNo
University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM)NoNoNo
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical SchoolNoNoNo
University of Nevada School of MedicineYesNoNo
University of Texas Medical School at HoustonYesYesYes

Profile Questions and Answers
Question Answer  
Why medicine? What is your story?read other replies on this topic
Are you in any special circumstances? Anything unique?Nope...just a regular joe trying to live his dream.read other replies on this topic
What was the hardest part in preparing for med school?3 things. The MCAT for sure because of the preparation (it's like taking an extra 15 hours in college) and the mind-numbing 9 hours of total test time. Next one is the application itself. Gathering information and countless personal statements make this task tedious. But the hardest part is the waiting. You wait for months before the MCAT scores come out. Another few months before you hear if you got an interview. And then another few months before you find out if you got in, if you're in the waiting list, or if you have to do it all over again. The application process is like a roller coaster ride with peaks and valleys.read other replies on this topic
How much did you work while going through pre-med?I tutored Physiology during the last two years of college. 3 nights a week for about 1 hour each. And yes even on nights I had an MCAT prep course, I still taught later that night.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for MCAT preparation?I took a Princeton prep course which was about $1200. It was really helpful considering most of the courses were freshman level. The verbal section was the most helpful because the only way you can practice for that is by reading passages. Tutors offered great test taking tips. However, the real preparation was taking practice tests to build up stamina and work on speed. The biggest thing I learned is that the MCAT is a massive English proficiency test that tests nothing about your scientific or medical aptitude. Believe me when I tell you that all the answers are there in the test itself...you just have to figure out how to eliminate wrong ones. I seriously think anyone who hasn't taken a science course will do well. Of course taking those pre-med courses won't hurt.read other replies on this topic
How much did you shadow physicians?None...I've seen how they act while I was working at the hospital though.read other replies on this topic
How much did you volunteer?Volunteer medic at school. Most of my other volunteer work were done through the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M within the community.read other replies on this topic
What clinical exposure did you have?Most of it came after college when I worked as a PT tech and CCU tech. While in college it was a simple exposure to BLS as a volunteer medic.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for research?Don't care about research so I didn't even bother.read other replies on this topic
Do you have any leadership experience?I was in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M. I had a chance to lead 3 different departments and work with a good number of underclassmen.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the personal statement?Make it entertaining and very personal. It is a personal statement and it should reflect what you are as a person. Imagine how many essays these people read and if yours is not close to being lively, they won't remember it. Lord of the Rings was 3 hours long but people still watched it because it was engaging. Tell a story or two about why you chose medicine. Don't bog them down about "it's a dream or a calling". They know that. They want concrete examples or proofs to show you are dedicated and sure about your decision. Make sure your statement flows and doesn't jump around to avoid confusing your reader. Lastly, be true to yourself...listen to your heart. This part of the application is what makes you more than an MCAT grade or GPA.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?Wash, rinse, and repeat. Most of the questions can be answered from your personal statement in you main application. Heck, almost all of the secondaries I had had similar themes for their questions (e.g. would you like to work in a rural community, what do you think being a doctor means). Get them done early though and space them out. I was burnt out doing applications after applications for 2 months. Oh, watch those deadlines.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the interview?You've heard this often so I'll say it again...be yourself BUT don't be an idiot. Be professional and courteous. And at least practice your responses or try to figure yourself out. I had a list of my strengths and weaknesses as well as responses to common questions. It's a 30-minute interview so be clear, quick, and don't forget to show your enthusiasm.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?The school chose me plain and simple. It turned out perfectly because I don't think there are any other places in Texas that can compare to a school in the middle of the Texas Medical Center.read other replies on this topic
Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?I took the basic requirements for med school (e.g. Bio, Chem, Org)...you know the stuff that really didn't matter. There were upper-level classes that were required for my major like anatomy, physiology, and biochem. I also took electives that pretty much ended in -ology (immunology, virology, histology). The thing is the entire undergraduate material will be covered in about two weeks. That's what I've heard from most people so my advice is, take the class to gain some exposure and because you like it.read other replies on this topic
Any open-ended advice?YOU BETTER BE SURE YOU WANT THIS. Getting prepared takes a long time. The application phase itself is very stressful. There are times when I asked myself if I was good enough and I probably felt the lowest in my life during that one year. But keep your head up. If you want it, then you will do anything to get in. Keep in mind that the hardship doesn't end during the application. The real tough part comes when you get accepted. From your date of matriculation, starts a life-long process which will surely test every amount of intellect and character within yourself.read other replies on this topic

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