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, I will finish this three-part series on David and tell you how well he did.
Part III – How Did David Do?
Out of the 12 schools David applied to, he was accepted into three: the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin U-Med & Sci, and the Boston University School of Medicine. He was also waitlisted at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. Our work most definitely paid off.
David stood out for a variety of reasons. He is a great listener, genuinely caring, and was intelligent — he also had the credentials to prove it. His time studying Chemical Engineering was not easy and it proved that he was more than capable of handling the rigor of medical school. His volunteer work was also critical to his success and it gave him the necessary skills to be considered by medical schools. He connected his stories in a way that demonstrated all of these characteristics through his personal statement.
There was little doubt in my mind David would do well, but I’m glad he managed to overcome some of his weaknesses, particularly his rigidity. His time in engineering lent himself to being very scheduled, but this also made him predictable — I’m glad that we succeeded in making his personal statement less contrived and more emotional. By the last draft, it most definitely came from the heart and that, I believe, really impressed the admissions committee(s).
Are You Still Interested in David’s Story?
There is plenty more about David and other case studies in my book, Pre-Med Success Stories. Please check it out, it would definitely help any prospective student who wants to get into medical school.