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    Currently a second year Doctor of Medicine (MD) student at a USC.

    Prior work experience:
  • 1.5 years in drug addiction treatment, basically managed the facility logistics - supplies, intake, paperwork, etc.
  • They do not encourage employment during medical school - it's pretty much impossible, so my third year (when I am working in the hospital full time) and my research projects will have to stand in for employment.
    No GMAT yet...scored in top 5% nationally on the MCAT so hopefully I can pull off the same on the GMAT..

    College:
  • UC San Diego 2011, 3.44 GPA, Biology major, literature minor, upward trend.
  • No excuses for the GPA, except that organic chemistry is tough.
  • I was light on the quant classes.
  • USC Med school does not give grades or rank students - it is pass/no pass only.

    College leadership:
  • Student Health Educator
  • Program Development at a hospital volunteer program involving 500 volunteers.

    Current med school leadership:
  • Class council president, President of Health Policy club. Took the club from a barely functioning 6 members to 30+ active members, started a policy newsletter, brought in policy experts to do discussions with members.
  • My main project: I'm currently putting together a team to build a patient coaching software for doctors treating obese patients. This has involved market research, engaging stakeholders (doctors in the community), user research, business model development. We're hoping to have the software built by early 2015 and running clinical trials in local clinics by the end of the year.

    Target programs: HBS, Stanford, MIT, Wharton, Columbia, Haas, Yale

    I plan to apply R1 2015-2016 or R1 2016-2017? My goal is to start in the fall of either 2016 or 2017. I have wiggle room, as my school allows me to take a few years off to do an MBA and then come back to complete the MD. I want to do the full 2-year MBA program rather than a joint MD/MBA because I don't want to go to USC for my MBA.

    Near term Goals: I want to start a company focused on building software and IT systems for the medical world.
    Long term Goals: I want to go into C-suite hospital/healthcare system administration, and be one of the ones that pushes hospitals and medical clinics into the 21st century via the implementation of better technological infrastructure that also improves patient care. I'm seeking the MBA because I've come to realize that you really need skills in both technology (to build tech) and business (to build tech that fits with healthcare business models) in order to have any hope of making this happen.

    Things I'm worried about: my GPA, my lack of full time work experience before going to med school, the fact that I'm not at an elite private institution. Would appreciate feedback, thanks.
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New post 06 Dec 2014, 09:39
Hello,

Actually I share 1 of your 3 concerns – lack of work experience. You don't need an elite undergrad institution, and the so-so GPA is not so bad for MBA programs – but it does necessitate a high GMAT when you take it. Also, your grades in the quant courses should be relatively high—if they are low, that would be problematic for your chances.

I consider your prospective candidacy to be idiosyncratic and therefore it’s hard to predict adcom responses. IF you have a great GMAT, I would still consider HBS and Stanford almost unrealistic reaches – but it depends in part on the credibility and nature of your post-MBA entrepreneurial plans. The other programs – with stellar applications and a strong GMAT – would likely be reasonable reaches.
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