Timestamp: June 4 10:41 AM PST (Off Wait-List)
Accepted SMP (3rd choice)
Early or regular deadline: Regular
MCAT: 515 (130/125/131/129)
Year: Graduated 2017
ECs: I may have initiated ECs intent on improving med app but by integrating into communities (whether its basic science research lab, senior center, etc.), I ended up making connections and networks with people and this made it very hard to leave the activity. As a result, I had quite a few long-term commitments (almost all >= 1year long). For anonymity reasons, I'll leave specifics out. Please message me if you'd like.
Interview: This was my second time interviewing, I also interviewed last year. Since then, I worked a lot more in healthcare and developed some of the interpersonal skills that I think are either consciously or unconsciously tested for in interviews (e.g. confidence, extroversion, thinking on your feet). I also read a lot more on current social issues and really engaged with them by thinking about those things in the real world and talking to people about them. I found that there was an ethical element to a lot more of these issues than I had realized before and I tried to think about the ethics from as many different angles as possible.
To be completely honest, I would say that there is an element of luck in the interview process. I wouldn't go as far as calling it a lottery because I do think there are ways one can improve on interviews, but I also don't think it's as much of a meritocracy as one would think. There are people who I really thought would get in this cycle who didn't and there are people who I worried were sociopathic who did get in (they did after all have high GPA + MCATs). The takeaway I'm suggesting is: try to practice for interviews but don't stress too much about it - just be a normal person.
Please message me if you have any specific questions. The med school process is stressful as is and as someone who thankfully made it in, I feel like I have a responsibility to pay it forward. Best of luck everyone.