Welcome to The Premed Prescription! This blog contains tips not only for the general premed student, but in particular for BYU premed students. During my journey through applying to schools, I found a lot of general advice on the internet, but not a lot of specific tips that helped me. In this blog, I will try to be as specific as possible and will give my honest opinion on what I think will help you.
My name is David Eng, and I just graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and no minor. I applied to medical school at the usual time during the summer after my junior year. I had a 3.90 science GPA and a 3.93 overall GPA. I took the MCAT on May 21st, and got a 37O. I had over 60 hours of physician shadowing (family practitioner, orthopedic surgeon, cardiologist, radiologist, and allergist), and 6 months of volunteer experience in a hospital. I also had numerous other volunteer activities and was involved extensively in research for two years although I did not have a publication. I am listing my stats only so that you will get a picture of where I stood when I applied to med school.
I applied to 12 schools, mostly top tier ones with a few back-ups. I thought I had it made. 12 months later, however, I was not accepted–I didn’t even get a single interview. 😥
The next year, I applied to 24 schools and had 10 interviews–9 of which were early in the interview cycle in August and September. I was accepted to 4 schools: 2 in the top 25, 1 mid-ranked, and the other unranked. I decided to go to UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX. It is one of only 23 schools that are ranked in the top 25% in both primary care and research.
In the following pages, I will discuss what helped me to succeed in my second round of applying and why I failed the first time around. Hopefully it will help you to succeed where I had failed.