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Profile and Perspective for George Dunham                  Viewed 38583 times

General Information
Name:George Dunham
School:St George's University School of Medicine
Graduating:2010, Caribbean degree
Marital Status:Married
Second career:No
Contact prefs:You may contact me.

Pre-Med Info
Pre-med:Biology, Wake Forest University
Number med schools applied to:12

Read my med school diary.
Currently 22 entries.
Most recent entry: 8/27/2008
Read questions I have been asked
by readers and my responses.

Currently 31 questions and responses.

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?
Florida State University College of MedicineYesYesNo
Wake Forest University School of MedicineYesYesNo
St George's University School of MedicineYesYesYes

Profile Questions and Answers
Question Answer  
Why medicine? What is your story?I have wanted to be a doctor since...well, forever...just like most everyone in medical school. I am getting married this July. I lived in Venice, Italy for 6months and it was the best time of my life. If you have the chance to visit 1 city in Europe...go to Venice. If you want to see some pictures...then go here: community.webshots.com/user/dunhgt2read other replies on this topic
Are you in any special circumstances? Anything unique?I am a Type I Diabetic.read other replies on this topic
What was the hardest part in preparing for med school?Applications...Secondaries...Interviews...and then just not hearing anything. I was disappointed how many schools that cash application fees and then never have another communication with you.read other replies on this topic
How much did you work while going through pre-med?I worked during the summer when I wasn't in summer school. I delivered pizzas, worked at a movie theater, golf course maintenance, well drilling, and was a bus boy.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for MCAT preparation?I took the Princeton Review...much better than Kaplan. The review material they provided was excellent.read other replies on this topic
How much did you shadow physicians?I shadowed an OBGYN, an ENT surgeon, and a Neurosurgeon. I spent about a day with each of them to see what was out there and what kind of medicine I wanted to eventually practice.read other replies on this topic
How much did you volunteer?I volunteered with the Samaritaan Inn (an overnight homeless shelter) and at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.read other replies on this topic
What clinical exposure did you have?I worked for several years as a lab tech in a Veterinarian's office and volunteered at the WFUBMC ER.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for research?I worked in an OBGYN research lab at WFUBMC on the effects of gravity on pregnancy in lower mammals. The ultimate goal of the research group was to explore pregnancy in outer space in preparation for the Mars project...set for 2020, but I doubt that deadline will be met.read other replies on this topic
Do you have any leadership experience?I'm an Eagle Scout. I was on the All Greek Council, Greek Alcohol Advisory Board, was head of the Service Committee for IFC.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the personal statement?Be honest. Proofread. Have your friends edit it. Write several drafts and explore different ideas in each one.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?Fill them out as quickly as possible. Type them if at all possible. If you don't hear a response after a few weeks, then follow up and all the admissions office...at least they hear your name and that you are interested.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the interview?Dress nicely. Be honest and sincere. Don't rattle off pre-fabbed responses that sound just like everyone else applying. PRACTICE. Have your friends, BF/GF, family, or whoever give you a mock interview. PRACTICE...you dont want to look stupid by stumbling over your words. Also, most schools will ask you about your research...be prepared to talk about it and answer questions. One of my interviewers turned out to be a co-author of a paper that the lead Dr. in my lab had written.read other replies on this topic
Describe your pre-med schedule, typical day and weekClass every day...labs 2 or 3 times a week...you all know what I'm talking about. Don't forget to take other classes too...I decided to study abroad my senior year and it was the best decision of my life.read other replies on this topic
Did you do any other extracurricular activities?I am a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. I was involved in student government and various greek leadership commmittees. I am also an Eagle Scout.read other replies on this topic
How did you choose your med school?well...haha...it was the only one I got into. Usually your best chances are with the schools in your home state.read other replies on this topic
Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?I have taken a course in just about every subject and discipline. Its good to be well rounded.read other replies on this topic
Any open-ended advice?Be careful about international medical schools. St. George's is definately the top of the list and a good option for those having difficulty being accpeted to US schools. The information about the Caribbean Schools on this website is a little outdated. I was surprised there wasn't more information on SGU. Here's their website: read other replies on this topic

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