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Profile and Perspective for Dana Marie Smith                  Viewed 33221 times

General Information
Name:Dana Marie Smith
School:Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Graduating:2010, DO degree
Gender:Female
Marital Status:Married
Scholarship:None
Nontraditional:No
Second career:No
Posted:6/24/2006
Contact prefs:You may contact me.

Pre-Med Info
Pre-med:B.A. Biology, Ithaca College
GPA:3.85
MCAT:25
Number med schools applied to:15


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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?
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)YesYesYes
University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical SciencesYesYesAlternate

Profile Questions and Answers
Question Answer  
Why medicine? What is your story?Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be a pediatrician. My mom works as an RN in the nursery of a hospital and I have always loved science. Those were initially the two driving forces for me to start on the pre-med pathway. During my freshman year of college, I was in an accident and broke my right leg. All of the experiences from being rushed to the emergency room to almost not being able to walk again really confirmed my desire to become a doctor and help others as my doctors helped me.read other replies on this topic
Are you in any special circumstances? Anything unique?N/Aread other replies on this topic
What was the hardest part in preparing for med school?Seeking out the necessary clinical experiences and studying for the MCAT.read other replies on this topic
How much did you work while going through pre-med?I worked about 8-10 hours a week at the college library during the school year and 25-30 hours a week during the summer at Eckerd Pharmacy.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for MCAT preparation?I received a scholarship to take a Kaplan MCAT prep course for free. I took that during the 2 months prior to the exam. It was a lot of work and I could not really keep up with it. Honestly I can't remember how much I studied per week. I just know that being it was summer time, I was not very motivated and did not study every day. I regret not studying more and not taking the MCAT in April instead of August. But there was no way I could have studied for the April test with my involvement in Circle K and my academic studies.read other replies on this topic
How much did you shadow physicians?During the summer before my senior year of high school, I was involved in the Health Careers Opportunity Program at SUNY Stony Brook. For a week we got to follow around various health professionals such as a respiratory therapist, physical therapist, and emergency room doctor. During the summer before my junior year of college, I volunteered in an emergency room at a hospital. This was quite minimal though as I found that emergency medicine wasn't for me. During this past winter, I followed around my mom in the nursery for a couple of hours and then an osteopathic pediatrician for a day.read other replies on this topic
How much did you volunteer?I was extremely involved in a community service organization called Circle K (related to Key Club and Kiwanis). I volunteered about 250 hours with Circle K at a soup kitchen, elementary/middle schools, a nursing home, an emergency shelter, and various other events. I volunteered about 20 hours in the emergency room of a hospital.read other replies on this topic
What clinical exposure did you have?I followed/assisted health professionals around for a week in high school such as a respiratory therapist, physical therapist, and emergency room doctor for a total of 30 hours. I volunteered in an emergency room for 20 hours. I shadowed an RN in the nursery for 3 hours and an ostepathic pediatrician for 5 hours.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for research?I did a semester of research, which was for about 10 hours a week, in an evolutionary biology lab. I found that I did not enjoy working in a lab much so I did not continue with this although I recommend doing lots of research to get into med school.read other replies on this topic
Do you have any leadership experience?I have tons of leadership experience, mostly with Circle K. Here are the positions I held throughout my undergraduate career. -Circle K *New York District Secretary (Twice) *New York District Conventions and Conferences Committee Chair *New York District Kiwanis Family Committee Chair (Twice) *New York District Marketing Committee Chair *New York District Sunshine Committee Chair *Club President *Club Treasurer -Premed Society *Vice President *Treasurer -Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society *Executive Committee Memberread other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the personal statement?Write it from the heart. Include the one thing that truly pushed you to pursure medicine. For me, breaking my leg really pushed me forward. It encouraged me to help others more through volunteering and to never give up on my dream of helping others as a doctor just as I was helped. My doctor helped me walk again. I want to be such a support system for children one day.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?Put as much effort into the essays as you can. As much as the personal statement on the primary application if you can. I wish I had put more effort into mine.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the interview?Really prepare for the interview using the questions on SDN. I didn't discover this site until a few days before my first interview. I would have been so much better prepared if I had known about that sooner and if I had done mock interviews.read other replies on this topic
Describe your pre-med schedule, typical day and weekI attended all of my classes, which usually lasted until about 2, 3, or 4 during my first 2 years. I got out earlier the last two years, but during those years I did have to fit in time for research, Circle K, and work at the library. I remember not really doing the required reading for my classes until it was time to write a paper or study for a test. Of course I am sure I will have to keep up in med school though! I really had plenty of free time to devote to Circle K and my boyfriend. I rarely did homework on the weekends until Sunday night. And I pulled a 3.85.read other replies on this topic
Did you do any other extracurricular activities?-Circle K (all 4 years, many leadership positions, 250 service hours) -Premed Society (all 4 years, held leadership positions) -Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society (all 4 years, held leadership position) -Red Cross (last semester) -Community Service Network (2 semesters) -Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society -Oracle Honor Societyread other replies on this topic
How did you choose your med school?It was the only one I got into!read other replies on this topic
Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?I simply took the required prep courses such as Organic Chem, Gen Chem, Physics, and Bio. I did take Microbiology and Biochemistry because I thought med schools might like those advanced courses. I was a Biology major.read other replies on this topic
Any open-ended advice?Apply EARLY! Take the MCAT in April not August. If you get a low MCAT score, don't be afraid to apply to DO schools. Take interviews SERIOUSLY! Get lots of clinical experience!read other replies on this topic


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