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 California State University, Fullerton

Brian McKinney

sfghI will be entering the class of 2013. As of now, I have been accepted at Michigan State (MD) and Albany Medical College. I am also currently wait-listed at 5 M.D. schools (Chicago Med, St. Louis, Rochester, Vermont and Creighton). I had about a 3.5 GPA in the post-bac program at CSUF and scored a 33 on the MCAT (10 Verbal, 11 Bio, 12 Physical)

About me:

I originally obtained a B.A. in Economics and Film Production from Chapman University, in Orange. While at Chapman, I interned at the Cannes Film Festival while enrolled at the College International Du Cannes. After about a year out of school, I decided to go back to school to pursue medicine, and enrolled in the post-baccalaureate program at CSUF in August of 2006.

During my time at CSUF, I participated in many extracurricular activities. For my clinical activities, I volunteered in an emergency room in Ventura County for approximately two years and also worked as an emergency room scribe. I also volunteered at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles where I shadowed a team of Internal Medicine residents. I also went with the Flying Samaritans a few times to their clinics in El Hongo, Mexico. Lastly, I volunteered with Companion Hospice in Orange for about nine months.

I also volunteered with the YMCA of Orange County for about two years. I worked with their mentoring division, where I served as both an academic tutor and mentor to a 6th grade foster child. I also assisted the YMCA with other activities. During the summer of 2008, I served as a camp counselor for Camp Titan at a camp in Big Bear.

I also participated in research. In the summer of 2007, I spent five weeks in Chiang Mai, Thailand, performing research on air pollution with a Thai professor of Environmental Chemistry. I also performed research on Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells in the lab of Nilay Patel at CSUF.

The advice I would give is: 1) APPLY EARLY! 2) Take your MCAT prep seriously (take as many practice MCAT’s as you can) 3) With extracurricular activities, I think its more quality than quantity. My interviewers seemed more interested in what I had learned from a given activity than the number of activities I had.

If there any questions about the post-bac program, please feel free to contact me.