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2017-2018 Florida International University

Discussion in '2017-2018 Allopathic School Specific Discussions' started by Lucca, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. fldoctorgirl

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    I think you're overthinking it. Whether or not you have other IIs is irrelevant if this school is your top choice. The point of a LOI is to communicate that to the adcom.
     
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  3. ImADocToBe

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    I would just send an update for now and then send the LOI later on when you're 110% committed to FIU (upon potential acceptance). I just think an LOI is not the most ethical/transparent thing to do when you're still not sure if you'd attend them over the other school. The simple update might be enough to push you over the edge anyway. Write something genuine, persuasive, and detailed, and they'll appreciate it
     
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  4. The Unburnt

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    If I were you I would wait until after you’re done interviewing only because in my personal experience the interview days have changed my perception of schools A LOT. There were a couple interviews I didn’t think much of before going and ended up falling in love with the school so you really never know until you go and see what they have to offer and what the atmosphere is like. On another note, if you have something significant enough to send an update, I think most people reiterate interest in the school somehow in their updates so you can always do that and kind of quickly remind them why you would be a good fit without dedicating an entire letter to that purpose. Just my two cents! Good luck!
     
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  5. multivariabird

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    Thank you for your input everyone! I am going to send an update for now and hold off on the LOI. The school I'm interviewing at costs about $20k less a year (I'm OOS), so I think an interview day and the tuition might ultimately have a large impact on any potential decision I have to make (though I love you FIU :( )
     
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  6. Welshman

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    I know that I was wayyy more impressed with FIU than I thought I would be and wayyy less impressed with the other public SoFlo school than I thought I would be, funny how that works
     
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  7. Philippians413

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    Interview Invite a few hours ago!
     
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  8. lingmed

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    awesome!!! holding out hope
     
  9. osckey

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    For those accepted: don't forget your matriculation paperwork when the time comes. Aside from that, enjoy enjoy enjoy this summer. Go out and have some fun, or sleep in all day (although that seems like a giant waste). Come ready, med school is a crazy experience. Thankfully, there are some great experiences ahead of you here.
     
  10. Welshman

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    Where/when do we get the paperwork? Also, when do we have to pay the deposit?
     
  11. LOLERs

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    Interviewed 12/20, still nothing
     
  12. tmv11

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    Interviewed 1/12 and they mentioned the admissions committee would be meeting the week of 2/12
     
  13. DrLebron

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    Hey i have been accepted here and was wondering if this school is pass/fail? Also is there internal ranking and how difficult is it to have rotations at different places?
     
  14. Welshman

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    it is NOT pass fail, something which concerned me but the students said it wasn't a problem
     
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  15. The_Free_Elf

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    Yeah that kinda concerns me too not gonna lie haha
     
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  16. Welshman

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    Especially when some people have said they grade on a curve and make 5-10% of the class repeat a year if they repeatedly do poorly, even if poorly is still passing.

    Can any current students comment on this?

    It was mentioned in the school Y vs School X forum a few days ago but wanted to bring it up again for a wider audience
     
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  17. The_Free_Elf

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    Geesh! Haha I didn’t even know that.. definitely a tad scary.

    Yeah if any current students could comment on that it would be greatly appreciated
     
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  18. osckey

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    You'll get the paperwork some time after the decision day. That's when they typically begin to send out matriculation paperwork.

    The school is graded with alphanumeric grading. For those most part, you can consider anything above an 80% as a pass and not worry about a thing. Between 75-80% is a minimum pass that puts you on the radar when it comes to academic performance. Too many performances between 75-80% and it's grounds for the promotion committee to recommend withholding your promotion to the next year.

    All of this sounds damning and scary, and much of it is. However, every medical school out there has policies concerning promotion and finds people to hold back every year. In my class of around 126, I'd guess that 2 were held back. However, they were all dealing with personal issues that were making studying very difficult. 1-2 decided to take a leave of absence (health issues), and I believe one of us had a complete breakdown and decided med school wasn't for them. The person in question was rather strange and by 3 months in to med school they were gone. Just pass your pre-clinical coursework without a hitch and you'll be just fine when it comes time to apply to residency.

    The point is, be well rested and ready for school when August comes. Med school is challenging but certainly possible, and if I can make it this far so can anyone else.
     
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  19. Welshman

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    So grading isn’t done on a curve as some people have suggested?
     
  20. osckey

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    Curving is done primarily in the first year, from what I've experienced. We have a z-score for the class. If you don't pass the class by the numbers (above 75), as long as you are within a certain z-score deviation (usually above -1.7) you'll be fine and you can ride the curve to pass. This becomes less and less common however as school progresses as the need to do so decreases significantly.
     
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  21. Ravenclaw prefect

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    Anyone else nervous about next week?
     
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  22. LOLERs

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    Very
     
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  23. Ravenclaw prefect

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    Anyone receive any news yet?
     
  24. Almond Man

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    Nope. I remember them saying we'd hear back on 2/12/18. Maybe they're running behind.
     
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  25. LOLERs

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    Negative ghost rider
     
  26. sss1219

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    You should hear back the day your portal status changes to 'admissions committee review completed'. At least I and most of us prior did.
     
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  27. LOLERs

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    Oh boy it seems like all decisions came out on a Tuesday! Spooky!
     
  28. tmv11

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    My status changed to review completed!
     
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  29. LOLERs

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    Oh my!! Accepted!!!! First acceptance woooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  30. tammyp

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    Congrats! By phone or email?
     
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  31. LOLERs

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    Both!!!
     
  32. Almond Man

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    Congratulations!!
     
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  33. The_Free_Elf

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    Accepted!!!!! Holy crap!! Literally crying right now. This is my favorite school!
     
  34. Ravenclaw prefect

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  35. Ravenclaw prefect

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    Email or phone call?
     
  36. tmv11

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    Haven’t heard anything yet :/
     
  37. The_Free_Elf

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    Both!!
     
  38. carebear204

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    Congrats to all accepted!!! I fell in love with FIU when I interviewed - sadly I'm waitlisted...but you never know!
     
  39. tmv11

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    Did you hear back today?
     
  40. carebear204

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    I interviewed in late November and was waitlisted in mid-December
     
  41. tammyp

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    Its been 3 hrs since I changed to "admissions review complete", hope they got all the waitlist emails done by now...:xf:
     
  42. tmv11

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    Same here, hopefully we will hear back soon!
     
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  43. Almond Man

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    Accepted! Interviewed on 1/5/18, was really impressed by their program.
     
  44. tmv11

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    Wait listed :/
     
  45. tammyp

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    Same... :(
     
  46. MDiscoming

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    ACCEPTED! By phone and email an hour ago!
     
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  47. Ravenclaw prefect

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    Same
     
  48. V.hugo1862

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    Accepted yesterday and declining. Good luck everyone!
     
  49. buzzgatorade

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    Do you remember the name of the person that called you?
     
  50. The_Free_Elf

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    I honestly don’t remember. My brain kinda blanked after they told me I was accepted lol
     
  51. Welshman

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    Has anyone gotten more information after they’ve been accepted? Besides the letter and magnet that is
     
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