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2016-2017 SUNY - Downstate Application Thread

Discussion in '2016-2017 Allopathic School-Specific Discussions' started by WedgeDawg, Apr 30, 2016.

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  1. holdingontohopemd

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    Thank you both! Would you say that the curriculum is more lecture based or is it mostly independent learning? Is collaborative learning a big component?
     
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  3. peridotthecat

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    Thanks so much! I'd love to hear your thoughts on the clerkships so far/anything you've heard from 4th years about their clinical experiences. Do you feel prepared for clerkships? Also, how hard is it to get your preferred site for rotations (aka, how many people are involuntarily sent to Staten Island)?
     
  4. kb1900

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    This is my last question!
     
  5. Emt2md23

    Emt2md23 2+ Year Member

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    I stopped going to lecture/paying attention to lectures after unit 3 and my grades improved lol. You'll have like 2 pbl sessions (with 12 classmates), 2 POPS problem solving sessions (with 3 classmates), and sporadic radiology/cs/histology sessions in classes of 24 (divided into 4 groups of 6) each week. This supplements the learning you'll do on your own
     
  6. jk441

    jk441 2+ Year Member

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    And if you do still want to listen to the lectures, the audio is posted online usually later that night.
     
  7. sebas1191

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    2/7/2017
     
  8. CirclingtheDrain

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    Some of the smartest students follow every lecture. Some of the smartest students completely ignore lecture. It is all preference.

    The people here are collaborative, so if you want to find a study group you can. The collaborative learning in the curriculum (PBL, POPs, histo) is usually an inefficient use of time. All schools have that stuff now though.

    Clinical research was easy for me to find. I don't know what specialties are productive here, but I hear a lot about urology, ortho, health disparities, renal, sickle cell, and neurology from classmates and emails from professors looking for student researchers
     
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  9. DocDD425

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    They'll send us the username and password for the 100 deposit today, I assume?


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  10. lostintranslation

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    Alternate list today. Interviewed 3/1. OOS. Praying for some Alt List movement soon!


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  11. lostintranslation

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    Sorry if this is a super silly question, but does Downstate have two semesters per year? I'm trying to estimate my cost of attendance, and the website only lists the cost PER SEMESTER.

    Thanks so much guys!


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  12. DocDD425

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    Yep, spring and fall.


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  13. lostintranslation

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    Thank you for your help!


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  14. crgirl

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    I also just got alternate listed today, but i had kinda assumed I was on it anyway haha. I interviewed 3/7. Is it bad that I was alternate listed this late in the game? I was kinda hoping to get some "yes" or "no" around 5/1...
     
  15. DocDD425

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    You're welcome. Fingers crossed for you being pulled off of the alternative list.


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  16. yungspleen

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    No the class filled up a few weeks ago so you would've been placed on the alternate list anyways since you interviewed late. They'll probably start accepting off of the alternate list in a couple of weeks
     
  17. softball2344

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    Do they not over-accept?
     
  18. crgirl

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    Yeah what I'm saying is I assumed i was immediately gonna be on the alt list if anything, so I thought if I heard from them it would be news of a "yes" or "no" but way later haha.
     
  19. yungspleen

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    I'm not sure. I just know they said the class was full and the last 2 years they've accepted a good number from the alt list so who knows
     
  20. Questions4uuuuu

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  21. lifelonglearner1

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    Does anyone have last year's (or previous years') stats on the number of people on the alternate list and how many get accepted from it? Trying to gage percentages here.
     
  22. softball2344

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    Oh okay, it just seems odd that they would take the time to interview people after they are already full, but they seem to do it every year so :shrug:
     
  23. teabagdavinci

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    Can anyone comment on how long it took to receive the acceptance letter/package via snail mail after we received the email of preliminary notif?
     
  24. DocDD425

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    About one week.


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  25. Emt2md23

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    Lmao.
    They did not. I only got drug tested before the start of third year and it only happens once for kings county. No other hospital apparently asks for one
     
  26. softball2344

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    Are the majority of rotations done at King's County/ UHB?
     
  27. Emt2md23

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    There are a ton of clinical sites throughout Brooklyn and even some in Manhattan and even Long Island and Staten Island. You rank your sites for each rotation and enter a lottery as to where you're placed. Certain sites are better for certain rotations. Kings/downstate are available for every rotation. And you can definitely end up doing the majority of rotations there but it varies. Personally I think it's nice to be able to see multiple different hospital settings.
     
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  28. lifelonglearner1

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    Bump... anyone on here have this info?
     
  29. champion1

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    Did anyone hear back from downstate from the 4/10 interview about the alternate list?
     
  30. #2DerekJeter#2

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    I interviewed on 4/12. I doubt we'll hear anything for another 3-4 weeks because on Friday the people who interviewed in early March were notified about their alternate list status.
     
  31. softball2344

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    But by that point most alternate list movement will probably be over..
     
  32. LaprasGirl

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    Interviewed on 02/22 and haven't heard anything. Should I contact them or will that just annoy them?
     
  33. #2DerekJeter#2

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    Yea, unfortunately. I honestly got the impression that we were just given the chance to interview just as a formality because we received that email back in February that we were selected for an interview. I don't know how much of a realistic chance we have to get an acceptance, but fingers crossed :xf:
     
  34. always happy boy

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    How does one withdraw their seat from here?
     
  35. KyraBadu

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    Email, why are you withdrawing?
     
  36. always happy boy

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    Didn't feel like the school was a good fit for me. I've been deciding between downstate and upstate for a while now
     
  37. crgirl

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    Does anyone know if it's acceptable to ask to meet in person? I live in the area and thought it might be a good idea instead of writing a letter. I'm not sure if anyone's done this in the past
     
  38. softball2344

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    You mean if you are on the WL? I feel like that would be a bit odd
     
  39. Cheekawaga

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    placed on alternative list today, the email stated that the class is currently full. I interviewed 3/16
     
  40. holdingontohopemd

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    Sorry to hear that :(. Did the email say when you would hear back?
     
  41. softball2344

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    This sucks I feel like they could at least speed up the review process to give us more of a chance. I knew we were interviewing for a waitlist spot but didn't know it was a no real chance waitlist spot
     
  42. sofpink

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    Entre aqui y alla
    From my conversation with the Dean of Admissions, she mentioned that all U.S medical schools at this time of the cycle should have a full class. Thus, many applicants might have interviewed for a spot on the waitlist (even at other schools) without even knowing it. However, the waitlist is not a death sentence mainly because Downstate takes a big chunk of students from it to fill up their class. It is also worth noting that she also mentioned that the waitlist is ranked. However, because some applicants might have the same ranking, the committee is flexible with the ranking and might look at other variables to make acceptance decisions. Lastly, she said that they know which applicants have multiple acceptances since mid-February. Hence, the committee has started contacting some of them to determine who is really committed to Downstate or who is still gauging his/her options. Overall, do not lose hope quite yet.
     
  43. LaprasGirl

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    Do you know when the last acceptances went out for non alternate list? I interviewed on 02/22 and haven't heard anything.. I'm starting to get worried since traffic day starts in 4 days.
     
  44. sofpink

    sofpink 2+ Year Member

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    I have no idea but seems like the class has been filled for a couple of months already.
     
  45. carrots28

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    I am withdrawing for sure. I hope waitlist moves soon!
     
  46. KyraBadu

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    Were you ever accepted?
     
  47. carrots28

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    Yes
     
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  48. Yorick

    Yorick a fellow of infinite jest 2+ Year Member

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    Withdrew here post acceptance, good luck everyone waiting!!
     
  49. donedonelondon

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    Just withdrew post-acceptance. Good luck y'all!!
     
  50. gonnabadoc

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    Next two weeks should be interesting...
     

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