"Best" is pretty subjective. Could you clarify on the things you're looking for?
Best is very subjective, I agree but that's why I want to know everyone's opinion to formulate my own opinion overall 🙂
Things that I am looking for: overall impression of didactic and clinical phase, unique resources/facilities that the locations, overall impression of the school, flexibility of the clinical and distance from the school, standard of living within the region, relationship with faculty and other students.
Essentially pro/con of the schools.
Undergrad: UC Berkeley
Major: Anthro / IB
Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.8
Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.75
Age at application time: 25
GRE: Did not take
Direct Patient Care: 4790 hours - cardiovascular ICU tech (BLS/NIHS/ ECG certifications)
220 hours- President of Pre-Health club (3 years)
12 hours - Incident commander
100 hours - Foster a Dream volunteer
200 hours - Mentor
30 hours - Marathons for a cause
Teaching Experience: ~ 130 hours as a volunteer tutor for biology/anatomy/physiology/ micro
Shadowing: 168hours (~100 hours PA (CT/EM/Ortho/Neuro) ~8 hours Cardiologist, 50 hours Cardiac Surgeons, 10 hours ICU Nursing
American Medical Student Association (AMSA) -4 years
Letters of Rec: 4 - 1 Charge nurse, 1 RN, 1 M.D., 1 CT PA.
Schools Applied: 6 : SMU, CSUMB, Touro ca, WesternU, MBKU, Dominican ca.
Application Submitted Date: August 31 (Very late ! Lol )
Denied: - CSUMB (less than 12 hours after submitting rejected since I didn’t meet the requirement of volunteering underserved communities for min. 500 hours)
Rejected: will update
This is my test run, I didn’t have a chance to take the GRE this year so it limited my already limited selection greatly. Also applying late was not the best choice but life happens 😅.
GIven I am flying in from central america, I had to keep the costs down, staying at a Motel 6 LOOOL. Gets the job done. hahaha. I guess just PM me your number and we move on from there.