Osteopathic Medicine

Success Story Kim Chong

Kimberly Chong

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Overall GPA: 3.47
Graduation Year: 2016
Which school are you attending?

I will be attending Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Fall of 2017.

What UC Davis extracurriculars did you participate in?

I was a sports medicine/performance lab intern at the UC Davis Sports Medicine Clinic for 2 years. I was an intern at a Gamete Biology Lab for 1 year. I volunteered at the Women’s Resources and Research Center for all 4 years. I volunteered at the Sutter Davis Hospital’s birthing center and emergency department for 1 year. I was the service coordinator for the Burmese Student Association for 1 year. 

How many hours on average did you spend studying for your courses per week?

I don’t really remember how many hours I spent studying for my courses (thank goodness), but it was definitely a lot!

Did you use a test prep course?

Yes, I used a Kaplan test prep course. I felt that the class itself focused mostly on test taking strategies, but what I found most helpful were the resources that they provided. I believe that the key to success on this test is practice, and they provide many practice tests and questions so that was great.

What do you consider to be your strengths in your application?

My GPA and MCAT score weren’t the best, but from freshman to senior year, my GPA consistently went up, which was probably a good sign for the admission committee. I would consider my extracurricular activities to be my strengths in my application especially my diverse experiences with underserved populations. Also, having strong letters of recommendation and personal statement/secondaries are very important because that’s your chance to show the admission committee who you are.

Did you apply nationally?

Yes, I applied to 36 schools across the United States.

What advice do you have for others?

Definitely study! Start getting ready for applications early (resume, letters of recommendation, personal statement, transcripts, etc.) so that you can apply earlier in the cycle. But most importantly, don’t give up if this is your passion. Honestly, I had a tough time in undergrad and with applications, but just know that you’re not alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because there are many resources out there and people willing to help. For me, it was Joanne, my friends, and my family that helped me throughout this process, and I am so thankful for all of their support. Lastly, try not to stress out too much – sometimes a little Netflix is good for the soul. Take things one at a time and enjoy the process because before you know it, you’ll be heading off to medical school. Best of luck to everyone, you got this!