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Anybody Accepted/Interview at Top 30 MD?

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Just wondering if any Canadians have been accepted/or even interviewed at any top 30 USMD schools in the last cycles???

If so, what was your GPA/MCAT and ECs like?  And your experience interviewing? 

Any reply would be really appreciated..please give me hope lol!!!!

Thanks in advance!!

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Hey Van,

I got accepted to Case Western Reserve University this past cycle (ranked 25th on the US News list, if I'm not mistaken). I'll preface my stats/profile by saying CWRU no longer accepts international students for the University Program (the standard, 4-year MD) as of next year, but you can still apply to the College program (MD with a heavier research component + mandatory master's level thesis project). Details to that here: http://portals.clevelandclinic.org/Admissions/tabid/7093/lcm2/Academics/tabid/7091/Default.aspx

Moving on...

AMCAS cGPA (note: I went to University of Western Ontario, so my GPA conversion reflects that): 3.93

sGPA: 3.89

MCAT (written July 2013): 12 PS / 10 VR / 12 BS

Extracurriculars:

- 2 years full-time employment at an IT research and advisory firm in Toronto

- Started a Terry Fox run-related initiative at UWO (personally ran 300km in 36 days, raised $1800)

- 4 week preventive medicine and primary care observership in Nigeria

- 3 years of volunteering as a orientation leader/mentor to first year science students (2 years as a general member directly assigned to 10-20 students for the year; 1 year as the head of the team responsible for team selections, event planning, team management, etc. etc)

- 1 year as faculty representative on UWO Orientation Planning Committee

- 30 hours of shadowing in a critical care unit in Mississauga

- 150 hours of volunteering as a tutor at the Boys and Girls Club of London

- Acted as a standardized patient for Schulich Med's point of care ultrasound symposium for two years

-Veterinary assistant+ social media manager at a Toronto veterinary clinic

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Just now, DrHueyFreeman said:

Hey Van,

I got accepted to Case Western Reserve University this past cycle (ranked 25th on the US News list, if I'm not mistaken). I'll preface my stats/profile by saying CWRU no longer accepts international students for the University Program (the standard, 4-year MD) as of next year, but you can still apply to the College program (MD with a heavier research component + mandatory master's level thesis project). Details to that here: http://portals.clevelandclinic.org/Admissions/tabid/7093/lcm2/Academics/tabid/7091/Default.aspx

Moving on...

AMCAS cGPA (note: I went to University of Western Ontario, so my GPA conversion reflects that): 3.93

sGPA: 3.89

MCAT (written July 2013): 12 PS / 10 VR / 12 BS

Extracurriculars:

- 2 years full-time employment at an IT research and advisory firm in Toronto

- Started a Terry Fox run-related initiative at UWO (personally ran 300km in 36 days, raised $1800)

- 4 week preventive medicine and primary care observership in Nigeria

- 3 years of volunteering as a orientation leader/mentor to first year science students (2 years as a general member directly assigned to 10-20 students for the year; 1 year as the head of the team responsible for team selections, event planning, team management, etc. etc)

- 1 year as faculty representative on UWO Orientation Planning Committee

- 30 hours of shadowing in a critical care unit in Mississauga

- 150 hours of volunteering as a tutor at the Boys and Girls Club of London

- Acted as a standardized patient for Schulich Med's point of care ultrasound symposium for two years

-Veterinary assistant+ social media manager at a Toronto veterinary clinic

Let me know if you'd still like me to elaborate on the interview experience, or parts of my profile!

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4 hours ago, DrHueyFreeman said:

Let me know if you'd still like me to elaborate on the interview experience, or parts of my profile!

Thanks DrHueyFreeman for the info! Just saw your post in the Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted thread. Did you end up getting interviews/accepted to anywhere else you applied?

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4 hours ago, DrHueyFreeman said:

Let me know if you'd still like me to elaborate on the interview experience, or parts of my profile!

Hi! Thank you so much for responding! I really really appreciate you writing this! It was super super helpful!!! Thanks so much for the info!! 

How did you find the interviews? Did they focus a lot on your extra curriculars or more on your personal qualities? 

Once again, Thank you so much!!!

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On 6/30/2017 at 0:17 AM, crazy_cowz said:

Thanks DrHueyFreeman for the info! Just saw your post in the Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted thread. Did you end up getting interviews/accepted to anywhere else you applied?

I got rejected everywhere else unfortunately. 

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On 6/30/2017 at 0:30 AM, vanxcity said:

Hi! Thank you so much for responding! I really really appreciate you writing this! It was super super helpful!!! Thanks so much for the info!! 

How did you find the interviews? Did they focus a lot on your extra curriculars or more on your personal qualities? 

Once again, Thank you so much!!!

So for starters, some schools do panel interviews, one-on-one interviews, or the MMI. I think most schools say what method they use on their website.

Case Western did two one-on-one interviews, one with a faculty member and one with a current student. Each had access to different parts of the application (faculty member can see your ECs, AMCAS profile, secondary essays; student can only see your personal statement I believe). The interviews were very relaxed I found, and talked an equal amount about ECs and personality traits. The faculty member asked me some questions about why I wanted to come to the US as a Canadian, so that was probably unique to my interview. They both asked about healthcare experiences as I mentioned those in multiple sections of my application.

The interview at SUNY Upstate was MMI of about 9 stations, so the experience was pretty varied. There was one role-play scenario (not very intense, no distressed patient or anything like that), a couple stations where you typed out a response to a prompt, and the rest were one-on-ones with faculty or students asking a question.

Overall, I enjoyed both interviews and they were much more relaxed than I thought they would be. 

Hope this helps!

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