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Monday, March 29, 2010

Medical School Admissions – Recommendation Calls to Admissions Committees

Now that the March 15th deadline has passed, you should know where you stand with most schools – accepted, waitlisted, or rejected. Some schools have a “hold” designation. Consider a “hold” to equal a waitlist spot at this point in the medical school admissions cycle.

Many clients come to me for help formulating a waitlist strategy. In addition to writing a letter of intent to the top choice school and update letters to other waitlisted schools (see January 25 and February 1 posts for more details on these letters), clients often ask if calls from recommenders or school alumni to the admissions office on their behalf are beneficial. In general, any glowing recommendations will help your case. But calls should only be from recommenders who know you well. A call from your uncle’s cousin’s wife who has met you once but happened to graduate from your waitlisted school will not be of much help and might even hurt you. So be smart. Don’t inundate the admissions staff with calls. One or two glowing phone calls, or even unsolicited written recommendations, can improve your application.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Medical School Admissions – March 15 Deadline

By March 15, all AMCAS schools are supposed to have offered the number of acceptances as space in the class. This often does not happen and some schools will not let you know your status until April. Check the websites of each school for information on when they send acceptances. If the website does not have the information, you may call the admissions office. Be sure to be polite to whoever answers the phone. A curt phone conversation can turn an acceptance into a rejection.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Medical School Admissions – Multiple Acceptances

By now, you will likely have heard from schools regarding your acceptance, waitlist, or rejection status. Many schools put a strict deadline on the acceptance, meaning that you will have to accept the acceptance within a certain period of time. The good news is that you can hold multiple acceptances, thus deferring your final decision until May 15, after which you must withdraw your application to all but one school.

Though it may boost your ego to hold multiple acceptances, please only say yes to schools you are seriously considering attending. Don’t confirm multiple acceptances just so that you can brag on Student Doctor Network. Try to make a decision early so that others can get off the waitlist.

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