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*** BS/MD Results For Class Of 2015 ***

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Replies to: *** BS/MD Results For Class Of 2015 ***

  • jb9832jb9832 Registered User Posts: 182 Junior Member
    edited June 2015
    Class Rank: 2/170 Salutatorian
    GPA: 102.19

    ACT: Math: 35; Science: 36; English: 34; Writing: 33; Combined English/Writing: 33; Essay: 10
    Total ACT: 35

    SAT:
    Math: 750 (bro I only had one question wrong???!!!!!); Critical Reading 690; Writing 750;
    Total: 2190 -_-

    AP's (at the time of application to BS/MD programs):
    AP Biology: 5
    AP Physics B: 4
    AP US History: 4
    AP Lit: 4

    Subject SAT:
    Bio M: 730

    Senior Year APs:
    AP Lang, AP Chem, Calculus AB, AP French, AP Microeconomics

    Teacher Recs: I thought they were absolutely amazing and perfect!

    State: NY
    Gender: F
    Ethnicity: Asian Indian
    Income: >125k
    Hooks: None lmao I'm Indian and I go to a really small school and live in an area with limited opportunity. I did whatever I could.

    ECs:
    Model UN Secretary- Commended at BOSMUN and BardMUN
    Science Olympiad - Captain, 15 medals at regional/state overall
    Math Team, Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society, National Honor Society
    Student Council- Senior Class Secretary
    French Club and French Honor Society Secretary
    Interact/Rotary Club
    Quiz Bowl- Got to States
    Sports: Track and Field, Soccer, Tennis, all scholar athlete awards.
    Music: NYSSMA/All County Soloist on the Clarinet, 1st chair in concert band
    idk what else ive done there's a lot lol.


    Community Service:
    Senior Assisted Living/Hospital shadowing about 150 hours
    Tutoring at library/school throughout high school
    Created a campaign for girls' education in India.
    Taught young swimmers how to swim locally
    Teen Vogue/Toyota Safe Driving Ambassador


    Research Experience:
    Dimension metrology and data analytics research for a month under IBM nanotechnologists.


    Applied to the following BS/MD programs:

    1. NJIT/Stevens/TCNJ with NJMS: Combined Interview for all 3 - Declined after med school interview
    2. Rutgers/NJMS: Declined pre interview
    3. Drexel/Drexel: Declined pre interview
    4. Sophie Davis: Interview - Declined
    5. Brooklyn (Macaulay Honors)/SUNY Downstate: Interview- ACCEPTED
    6. Stony Brook Engineering Scholars for Medicine/ Stony Brook Medicine: Interview- ACCEPTED
    7. RPI/AMC: Declined pre interview
    8. Hofstra/LIJ North Shore: Declined pre interview

    Decision: Stony Brook Engineering Scholars for Medicine 2019/2023 (the engineering sfm accepts 1-3 students each year)

    Reflection: warning there are tons of exclamation points in this :)

    I'm going to be completely honest with you all... I didn't even know what BS/MD programs were until September of 2014! I started looking into these programs when I heard about the Stony Brok one (ironic right??) and by October I decided to apply to some and it kind of just kept going from there to be honest! I had already been doing shadowing at hospitals and interning at primary care facilities, so I wasn't completely clueless, but if I have to suggest something, definitely do more research, because I didn't have a whole lot of it and I know for a fact I wasn't considered for RPI/AMC because of that detail. With Drexel, the fact that my application was declined two days after I paid my $150 deposit tells me that they already selected people to interview but asked for money from everyone that fit the requirements anyways. Be aware of these little things when you apply! Get your applications in early!!! Also, definitely take SAT/SAT IIs more seriously! I didn't know the importance of Subject SATs unfortunately. I wish I had known all of this information!! And also, read the directions of the application carefully! I didn't do that for Hofstra and I knew before I even heard anything that I would be declined because my essays didn't match the prompt whoops! Don't apply Sophie Davis unless you really think you have a visible commitment to primary care! My interviewers were extremely impressed but I think I came off as not interested in primary care, as I'm into surgery more, so... apply accordingly. NJIT/Stevens/TCNJ was honestly a surprise to me! My interviewer literally told me that "I'd hear about my acceptance in April" but I guess not! If you can, get late interview dates so that the people remember you! My interview for that program was one of the first and who knows how much they remembered me two months and 40 more interviews later to be honest. But I wasn't accepted. It's a huge game of luck! I had no expectation of being accepted to the SUNY Downstate program! I was just being myself in the interview and I was able to really connect with my interviewer, so make sure to do that! My top program from the beginning of the process was Stony Brook, but as all of the results were coming out, my hopes kept decreasing, since the process for Stony Brook is exceptionally cut throat, with them accepting less than 10 out of thousands of applicants total for Scholars and Engineering Scholars. Stony Brook really values a strong essay and exceptionally strong interviews, after extremely high scores. If you show your passion in both, and you have good stats, you should be able to qualify for interviews! I didn't really apply to any top-tier programs other than Stony Brook, as they were inconveniently far from home, but for those, you definitely need extremely high ACT/SAT scores to be able to even qualify. Ace the interviews and hope for the best after that! I'm extremely thankful for my acceptance to Stony Brook.

    If you are a young high schooler aspiring to be in a BS/MD, try to get your hands on research and also get hospital experience! those two aspects are pretty key to a good application, of course along with really strong SAT/ACT/Subject SAT scores. At the end of the day, if you really want to accomplish something, don't let anything get in your way!!!! Show your passion in your essays and in the interviews, and good luck!! It's been a crazy year with the surprises and the realizations, but at the end I'm happy to have gained the knowledge that I have. If anything, I gained tons of interview experience!!

    I rambled so much in this.. sorry! But GOOD LUCK :)
  • in2llectin2llect Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    Class Rank: N/A
    Weighted GPA: 4.35
    School Type: Public, STEM magnet school
    Gender: F
    Hooks: None

    SAT:
    Math: 800; Critical Reading 750; Writing 800; Total: 2350

    ACT:
    N/A

    SAT II:
    Math Level 2: 800
    Chemistry: 790

    AP's (at the time of application to BS/MD programs):
    Biology: 5
    Chemistry: 5
    BC Calculus: 5
    Computer Science: 5
    Environmental Science: 4
    Statistics: 5
    US History: 5
    Spanish: 5


    Seniors Year AP's:
    AP Lang, AP Government, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics

    Teacher Recs: Didn't see them, but I think they were pretty strong.
    Counselor Rec: Super strong, counselor knows me very well and was able to talk about my involvement with medicine, research, and how I've promoted STEM in my school.
    Additional Rec: From my two research mentors (one of whom is an MD/PhD), probably my strongest recs since they were both able to talk about why I would be a good fit in healthcare.


    Major EC's:
    -2014 Intel Science and Engineering Fair Regional Grand Prize Nominee
    -Toshiba ExploraVision National Semifinalist
    -Spirit of Innovation International Finalist (flown to NASA to present our project about developing a continuous blood glucose biosensor monitor for diabetic patients)
    -Future Problem Solvers State Champion
    -Verizon Innovative App Challenge State Winner
    -Co-President of Bioengineering Club
    -2 summers of research at a national pediatric research institution, several manuscripts published
    -South Indian classical music vocalist: have learned for over 10 years, performed concerts and won competitions across the United States and India

    Community Service:
    -400-500 hours of hospital volunteering
    -Co-Director of X-STEM Outreach: teaching science to children in inner-city urban areas in partnership with the USA Science and Engineering Festival
    -Branch Co-Director of Kids Are Scientists Too: teaching science to children in local area
    -Outreach Officer of Future Problem Solvers

    Applied to the following BS/MD programs:

    1. VCU GAP – Interview – ACCEPTED
    2. University of Pittsburgh GAP – Rejected pre-interview
    3. University of Miami HPM – Interview – ACCEPTED AND WILL BE ATTENDING
    4. Case Western PPSP – Rejected pre-interview
    5. UConn SPiM – Interview – ACCEPTED
    6. GW/GW – Interview – ACCEPTED
    7. Northewestern HPME – Interview – Rejected
    8. Penn State – Interview – ACCEPTED
    9. UMKC BA/MD – Interview – ACCEPTED


    Other Schools
    Accepted: UVA, Vanderbilt, UNC, etc.


    Decision: University of Miami HPM

    Reflection: I honestly can't believe the process is done for me - I remember my position exactly a year ago, reading through these forums and trying to understand the many, many details in the BS/MD process. I started closely looking into BS/MD programs in the middle of my junior year, and from then on it was a wild ride. If you are a rising senior reading this right now, I would strongly recommend you to use this CC forum to your advantage. As @FutureDoc2015 said, it's important not to be obsessive, but the amount of information I gained from CC about the whole process - from applications, to recommendations to interviews - was truly invaluable as I started to put my application together. There are so many forums from kids who were in your exact position years ago, and if you read closely you can find some gems of knowledge that will help you immensely as you get further into the process.

    I think BS/MD is by far one of the trickiest application processes to navigate - every program has its own set of recommendations - SAT subject tests, # of recommendations, details on how to send your BS/MD apps and so much more. If you are a junior, I could not stress enough the importance of getting a headstart over the summer. I started by making a spreadsheet of all my colleges and indicating exactly where I'd be sending my app to, what the supplements I needed to write were, and color-coding all the deadlines. Sounds a little over the top, I know, but it really saved my life when school started and I had to start sending transcript requests, talking to teachers about recommendations, AND managing a full school workload. Remember, first semester senior year is just as tough as any other, so why not lighten the load by writing some essays and planning everything out over the summer? I promise you it will make everything so much easier.

    Additionally, with a process as tricky as BS/MD, I can't stress how important it is to work together with your parents - I honestly don't think I would've been able to apply to even half the schools I did without the my help of my Mom and Dad in planning. Obviously it is up to you to make it happen, but remember you can always rely on your parents for help in other ways, whether it's writing out envelopes, making a checklist with all of the program requirements, etc. They want to support you, and there's no shame in taking that help, especially with such an overwhelming process!

    The most important thing to remember is to take everything as it comes - the BS/MD process is so subjective. You may get into programs you thought you never had a chance at, and not get into programs you thought you were a sure fit. Every program is looking for something different, so the best thing you can do (as cliche as it sounds) is stay true to yourself and your interests, because there is a college or program that is looking for you. I never thought I would get into GW and Miami merely due to how insanely selective they are, and they ended up being my top two choices. Don't worry about the outcome, just stay focused on the work you put in along the way. Anyways I could ramble on and on, but I wish you all the best of luck, and feel free to message me if you have any additional questions about planning for the process, what specific programs are looking for, interviews, or anything else!
  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 1,202 Senior Member
    @in2llect
    Thanks for sharing your reflections. Congratulations on your accomplishments.
    1. For U of Miami, did you send the supp app, recommendations etc second time to the college of medicine (in addition to sending the doc to UG office) via postal mail?
    2. Is it ok to PM you to get some clarification on the application process?
    3. How to PM in CC?
  • in2llectin2llect Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    @GoldenRock just sent you a PM
  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 1,202 Senior Member
    @in2llect
    Thanks a lot for your PM and the detailed feedback and input. Greatly appreciate your help and support.
  • TopheeTophee Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    edited August 2015
    I made an account just for the purpose of this as I used a lot of previous threads for advice and I appreciate those who wrote before me.

    Class Rank- School does not rank
    Weighted GPA- 4.18
    School: Public
    SAT:
    Total-2160
    M -680
    CR -730
    W -750
    ACT: N/A

    SAT II:
    Math 2: 720
    Chemistry:740

    AP classes (Junior Year):
    AP Chem-4
    AP Calc AB-5
    AP French-4

    Senior Year : AP Bio, AP Psych, AP Stat

    Major Extracurriculars: Student Government,Leader of Biology club, FBLA,Orchestra, Piano

    Community Service:Tutoring, First Aid , Library , Hospital/Shadowing, School Events

    Research Experience:
    None

    Applied to the following BS/MD programs:

    1. Rutgers/NJMs- Rejected pre interview
    2. TCNJ/NJMS - Rejected pre interview
    3. PSU/Jefferson -Accepted
    4. NJIT/SGU- Accepted
    5.Howard- Withdrew application
    7.Boston- Accepted
    8.Drexel/Drexel- Accepted
    9. Brown- Rejected



    Other schools: Rutgers (Accepted) , Johns Hopkins (accepted) ,GW (Accepted), TCNJ (Accepted)

    Decision:

    Boston University Seven Year Accelerated Liberal Arts Medical Program

    Reflection:

    I’m so happy with where I am now. It’s been a long and hard journey with lots of thoughts and prayers but overall I’m glad. I picked BU ultimately because I love the city and the opportunities it presents. The undergraduate and graduate programs are strong and there are plenty of opportunities for research. Go Terriers!! As far as advice goes, apply broadly to BS/MD programs and normal undergraduate schools. Do your research: there are several BS/MD programs all with different MCAT requirements and GPA requirements once you get accepted. The MCAT is changing and some of them have changed the curriculum to reflect that. PSU/Jefferson ( PSU/Sydney Kimmel) is now a seven year program as opposed to 6 year program. BS/MD programs have early deadlines ( October/November) so I suggest write your applications over the summer. Anyways, keep organized, there are several essays and components that need to be handed in by a certain date, so I suggest an excel sheet. People always emphasize that scores are important but don’t let average sat scores prevent you from applying. I barely got the minimum score for Penn state and I still applied. However, don’t give them a reason to doubt your application, try to get the best scores in SAT and AP tests your scores for some of these programs are the things that determine whether or not you get an interview. Some programs won’t even look at your application unless you have a 1400/1500 SAT score in one sitting (Math and Critical Reading). However, other programs are more rounded and look at the overall application/person before the interview.

    Don’t be intimidated by other people. I believe my essays and interviews helped me along with my life experiences and volunteer skills. I spent a lot of time with my common app essay and the additional questions/prompts to display my personality and life story. Use the additional questions to answer “ Why you want to be a doctor”. Ask yourself this and come up with something that will be a common thread in you answers to the questions /essay prompts and during the interviews. If you can’t answer this question honestly then really think before embarking on this long process. But with that said good luck. Apply broadly and don’t put all your faith in one program be open minded try out several schools regular undergraduate and combined BS/MD schools to figure out the program that you imagine yourself succeeding in for the next 7/ 8 years and beyond. If you get into the interview stage it is a level playing field be yourself, show that you can talk to people and be compassionate ( isn’t that what every doctor should be?). Make conversation and prepare for questions you know they are going to ask ex. “Why do you want to become a doctor”, “ Why this program” *hint hint, wink wink*. They want to see that you want this program not your parents, not anyone else, after all you’re going to be in it for the next 7-8 years. Show your passion in your essays and in your school work. You’ll need lots of teacher recommendation so I suggest writing a handwritten thank you to your teachers at the end of this process.

    At the risk of sounding cliched try your best on every application ( imagine yourself going there) and keep your mind open. You might be rejected by some schools you thought you would get into and accepted into schools that you never thought you would get into. Apply so that in come April or May you have plenty of options of schools that you would like to go to, whether it be BS/MD schools or regular undergraduate schools. The fact that you are looking at this program shows that no matter what route your going to go through, you have a bright future. Also look back at old threads because people leave really good advice. I can’t remember who said it and the exact quote but another person posted on a BSB/MD thread a long time ago .... show them what you did in the past to prepare you , your present maturity and your readiness to adapt in the future to the challenges ahead. Good luck guys!
  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 1,202 Senior Member
    @FormerCCStalker Thanks for sharing. Your reflection is so beautiful and succinct. Hope all students benefit from your thoughtful words.
  • 3kiddos3kiddos Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Awesome . Thank you so much . What s your email address . So if I have any questions I can contact you
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