In this series of articles, I will be sharing excerpts of case studies on several of my former students (with their permission, of course). Names and other identifying information have been changed, but the material facts — MCAT score, GPA, etc. — are unchanged. The full case studies are published in my book, Pre-Med Success Stories.
I’ll present each case study in three parts — an introduction of the student, followed by an in-depth assessment of the student’s profile and chances for admission to medical school, and then finally I’ll explain what happened to the student once s/he applied.
In this article, will be finishing the third, and last, part of a case study on a client of mine called Jeremy.
Part Three — How Did Jeremy Do?
Jeremy was luckily accepted to a few osteopathic schools, but as spring rolled around he became anxious about his prospects for the five allopathic schools he applied to. Luckily, all five of them called him in for the interview — however, as the responses came, it was rejection after rejection. Jeremy began to consider alternative strategies, but soon good news came. He was accepted to Temple University School of Medicine. He took it immediately.
Jeremy turned out to be a much more complex candidate than I initially thought. His confident demeanor didn’t really tell his story. He dealt with feelings of inadequacy and I think it helped him to finally discuss how he felt. Because of this, I also developed a level of trust with him. He was always honest with me and that allowed me to work with him closely.
What Allowed Jeremy to Excel?
Through his personal statement, Jeremy emphasized his ability to carefully listen throughout many different situations. He felt a deep connection between himself and his patients, and I believe this shined throughout his work and personal statement.
His undergraduate performance improved with time and he certainly demonstrated he was academically capable. Throughout high school, he felt incredibly isolated, but in college he began to change this by focusing on his social life — however, this came at the expense of his academic performance. Through our discussions, Jeremy balanced this academics and social life, and he is much better now than he was. Although Jeremy would have done better had he had a higher GPA, his dedication to bettering himself proved to be a worthy test to determine if he was able to handle medical school. He clearly demonstrated he had grown as a person and that made his application work in his favor.
Still Interested in Jeremy’s Story?
If you want to find out more be sure to check out my book, Pre-Med Success Stories. I hope you can take something from Jeremy’s success story and apply it to your own medical school aspirations.