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					1. Do you wish to include any comments (in addition to those already provided in
your AMCAS application) to the Admissions Committee at Tufts University School
of Medicine? (1000 characters or less)

I am currently working full-time as a research technician with a neurobiology laboratory
at Children’s Hospital Boston. The overall research centers on neuron-glia interactions,
while the project I am most closely involved with focuses on discovering a treatment for
various types of neuropathy. We are currently running trials testing a treatment on mice
that have developed neuropathy. A few weeks after birth the transgenic mice develop
neuropathy and no longer show a reaction to hot and cold or a delayed reaction. In trials
run, the drug has shown an ability to stop the death of certain neurons, preventing the
neuropathy from forming and even stimulating a healing of the sensory nerves. My main
duties include helping with the heat sensing testing, running polymerase chain reactions,
running gel electrophoresis experiments and sectioning and staining tissue from the mice
so that the sensory nerves can be compared between wild type and transgenic mice.

(966 characters, it is the same as the what will you be doing essay from Tulane’s
application)

2. Do you consider yourself a person who would contribute to the diversity of the
student body of Tufts University School of Medicine? (1000 characters or less)

Having attended Tulane University in New Orleans for my undergraduate education has
exposed me to a different region of the country as well as the chance to live in a
rebuilding city. My first orientation was marred by Hurricane Katrina and I was not able
to return to Tulane University until January of 2006. Upon my return the city was not at
all as I remembered and many restaurants and stores were still closed. Due to the
strength and determination of the city’s inhabitants and volunteers, the city was once
again vibrant by my senior year. Although there were some difficulties and minor
annoyances living in post-Katrina New Orleans this opportunity is one I would not
change, and a rare experience which will add to the diversity of Tufts University School
of Medicine’s 2010 class.

(795 characters so some room to play around)
I’m not sure if minor annoyances is a bit much and what you think of the last sentence
whether it is too forward or just the right amount of confidence

				
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