1. K

    Is an A- worthy of a grade update

    I'm an applicant to MD programs this cycle. I received B/B+ in my organic chemistry and biology classes but I took biochemistry this past summer and got an A-. Should I include this in my update letter? I have other significant updates (like a publication, new volunteering hours, etc). My BCPM...
  2. L

    DPT 2020-2021 application cycle and COVID-19

    To anyone reading this, It saddens me that my first post here is in the midst of so much change. I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy, and doing as well as possible during these unprecedented times. As someone who has worked tirelessly the past few years for the best chance of success for...
  3. V

    Oral presentations at professional conference?

    Recently got my abstract accepted for an oral presentation at a national conference. Was wondering how this is viewed upon on and whether it would give me a boost for updates as I am waitlisted at a T10. I've had poster presentations and co-authored two basic science papers before, so I'm not...
  4. C

    Should I email a school updates if I have already done so on AADSAS? (Waitlisted)

    I got waitlisted at MWU-AZ, and am not sure if I should email them updates about me acquiring my x-ray license and continuing to assist at a dental office for the past 8 months, as well taking an anatomy course right now. I updated AADSAS to reflect these changes a month ago, but just wanted to...
  5. CES5

    Letter of Intent Confusion

    Hello! I am in the process of writing a letter of intent to a school that I got WL at (WL came about a month ago). I have significant updates I am planning on including in my LOI and know for a fact I want to go to this school in particular. What I am confused about is whether or not to list...
  6. jilingula26

    Adding New Experiences (Work, volunteering, etc.)

    Hello! With regards to adding more experiences to our application, how are schools notified about them? I know AADSAS will formally notify schools about any academic updates, but is this the same case for new experiences (e.g. getting a new job at a dental office, attending a conference, etc.)...
  7. MedSmithie

    In the Area Notification Etiquette- How far should you be, and should you mention which school?

    Hello all, I have received an II in the NYC area for September, and I am a bit confused by the conflicting advice on the internet regarding In the Area emails/calls. I go to school about 5 hours from NYC, and the train is expensive. I know that this is nothing compared to students who have to...
  8. LindaAccepted

    Medical 3 Tips for Writing the Optional Essay in Medical School Secondary Applications

    Many medical schools include an optional essay in their secondary applications. Obviously, this “optional” essay is not required, and the essay prompt sometimes emphasizes this point. Often, the question will include the stipulation that you cannot include anything that was already mentioned in...
  9. A

    Additional Info Section on Secondaries

    I know some schools have an essay or section on their secondary app for applicants to provide additional info, such as post-primary updates. Is there a list of the schools that have this/which schools are known to provide this?
  10. sunny234

    Have to include grades in update?

    I am sending updates to schools about my activities but am not sure if I need to include my grades from the past semester. They weren't bad (2 A's, 2 A-'s) but don't really show an upward trend. Should I include them anyways to be safe? Thanks!
  11. Rainbows&Waterfalls

    Sending updates/letters of intent

    One of the schools that I was waitlisted at is adamant about sending updates and expressing interest. I interviewed there mid-September and was waitlisted mid-October. I am just curious about what the format of these updates should look like, along with what an appropriate length is. Plus, how...
  12. M

    When to send updates?

    Okay guys, so I have some substantial updates I can send to med schools. One of them is a link to a publication (I vaguely mentioned in my AMCAS that my second author paper had been published, but I did not have a link yet) as well as being hired to a pretty high profile non-medical job (at one...
  13. broken down muffler

    Speeding ticket after all applications submitted.

    If you get a speeding ticket (not a misdemeanor) after your primary has been verified and you've submitted all your secondaries, how should you proceed? Inform each school? Inform AMCAS?
  14. Welshman

    National Conference Poster Presentation

    Hey everyone, so I just found out that the abstract from my senior thesis has been accepted for a poster presentation at the NASPGHAN conference in November. THe only problem is that I'm currently living and working in the UK so it would be very hard and expensive for me to get to Las Vegas to...
  15. C

    Columbia Ophthalmology Residency / Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    Hey Ophtho applicants, Columbia residents here! Our program has undergone a number of substantive changes in the past few years, so we thought we’d reach out in the medium we remember using as med students ourselves. Major changes include an increase from 3 to 4 residents per year with the...
  16. S

    Selling Newest Collins Pcat

    Hi if you are looking to buy PCAT materials I have the most recent dr collins and some additional kaplan stuff. I'm willing to sell all of my materials for cheap. If you are interested message me.
  17. dudeethatsrad

    Sending letters of interest/update letters of admission committees?

    My mail-out date was mid-August, and I applied to 12 schools. Since then, I've received 2 interviews (which I'm very excited for!), have 4 application completes, and 4 under reviews (the other 2 schools don't use aadsas). While I know stats aren't everything, I'm a little surprised/worried at...
  18. J

    When is the best time to update schools?

    I spent the last year hoping to get into medical school and working three (non-clinical) jobs to support the process. As such, between last year's application and my current application, not a lot changed. Since submitting my application, I begun several new clinical activities that I am eager...
  19. london.smog

    How can I talk about my new research experiences in secondaries?

    Or more specifically, how do I explain it in the popular "what are you doing this year?" question. I recently received a grant to do public health research in a conflict region and it's going to take up most of my time this coming year. For my secondaries/updates, I'm not sure how much is too...
  20. I

    How Many Updates is too Many?

    So I have an updating dilemma for my current top choice school (Note: I have not been accepted to MD/PhD programs anywhere else, so this is probably my only option). I thought they would be doing final review either late December or early January so I sent an update letter just before the...
  21. TalaDuShrrg

    Deciding to update fall grades

    I've just gotten my fall grades, and my GPA has gone up a little but not a huge amount (3.85 to 3.9). I've already sent update letters to schools that accepted them, and no school has specifically asked for fall grades. Do you think its worth it to send them a copy of my transcript? Or are they...
  22. TalaDuShrrg

    Should I update?

    I listed volunteering in a hospital on my AMCAS (which I did all of last semester) and said that I expected to continue into this semester. However, after a lot of trying I was unable to get in contact with the volunteer coordinator and so was unable to volunteer. Should I send an update saying...