I started applying to schools in July 2016. I had just finished the last of my prereqs and the MCATs. My GPA was pretty good and I had a boatload of experience (Army Vet, 8 years in healthcare, volunteer work, etc), but I had an MCAT score of 497. For the non-medical people out there, this is a terrible score, but I was determined.
I applied both MD and DO, spending days getting both applications in tiptop shape. I got a bunch of secondaries and was walking on cloud-nine before I found the Student Doctor’s Network (SDN). SDN is a great forum filled with information about the application process, but it can be bad for your self-esteem. People post when they get interview invites and it’s a bit nerve-wracking to watch the invites roll in for others while all you hear is crickets.
Thankfully, I got an invite to Pacific Northwest University (PNWU), a DO school in Yakima, WA. At the time I was working in Kennewick, WA an hour away, so it was a perfect first interview. The staff was super friendly and we had a few group interview/games that helped calm me down. Though the one-on-one interview is a rapid-fire set of 4 interviews with only 8 minutes apiece. I did well on 3 of them, but bombed the last 1. Two weeks later, I was waitlisted.
With no news from any of my other applications, and halfway through December, I applied to 6 more schools. People get nervous about applying so late in the season, but really you never know until you try. In January, I got an Interview invite to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine: Georgia Campus (GA-PCOM).
I felt a lot better about this interview. It was a two-to-one interview with a professor and a 3rd year student that lasted about 30 minutes. I was less nervous about this one, and being a Georgia resident helps. About two weeks later I got a letter in the mail, waitlisted.
This hurt, but I was not deterred. I was on 2 waitlists, I should be fine, right? Not so much. I sent a letter of intent and a letter of interest, but neither seemed to do me any good. By May 2017, I had come to terms with applying again. This time, I decided, I wasn’t taking any chances.
If you have any questions about the application or interview process, feel free to comment or email me.