French riddle

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Jacques Li asked 2 years ago

Hi Kate,

First of all, thank you for fixing my account. Second, I’d like some advice as to my future MBA application.

Here is my professional and personal background:

I’m a 26 years old French medical resident. I graduated from Medical school in 2014. French medical curriculum is quite different compared to the American curriculum. Here’s a quick overview: in France, students enter medical school right after high school. At the end of the first year there is a competitive exam which you can attempt twice (you need to be in the top 15 to gain the allowance to the 2nd year). Fortunately, I was in the 3% upon my first attempt. At the end of the 6th year, medical students enrol in a residency program which lasts 4 years. Currently I am a 3rd year resident in the public health specialty in Paris. During my residency I have worked in clinical research, national healthcare technology assessment agency and currently I’m working in a Top 15 pharmaceutical company. During my residency I’ve tacked various issues for the private and public sectors. I have coauthored in some great journals such as the Journal of American Medical Association.

As to my personal background, I was born and raised in China, I came to France at age of 10 without any kind of knowledge about France. I was able to quickly integrate and I became a French citizen in 2008 or so. Today, most of my colleagues don’t believe me when I tell them that I was in fact not born in France :). I’m bilingual (Mandarin and French) and I have a pretty good command of English (though not nearly as good as natives !)

I don’t have a lot of extracurriculars. I’m in a English debating club and I’ve done some inter-varsity tournaments and friendly debates. (Best I’ve done was being finalist of a novice British Parliament debating tournament). Also last year I taught public health in a podology school where I organised the coursework, training session, and exams. I have some other hobbies but I don’t have any spectacular achievements.

I passed the GMAT last week: 670 (Q47/V35), IR 8, AWA 4.

I’d like to attend a MBA program in order to work for a Global pharmaceutical company in Europe or US (the geographic location of the job does not matter a lot to me).
I’ll finish my residency on November 2018, so schools that offer a january intake would suit me well (Columbia, Insead). Columbia seems really interesting because it offers a healthcare specialisation and INSEAD offers a great international experience (though it is located in my backyard).
What so you think about my profile? Should I retake the GMAT ?

Many thanks
Jacques

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