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So I got accepted to a DO program 1,500 miles away from home, and Orientation is August 5. I’m also on 7 MD WL with pure silence from them so far, with limited movement from SDN-specific threads. Was planning on looking for an apartment by the DO school next week if I don’t hear anything by Friday the 21st. Would you guys suggest sticking to this plan, or waiting out longer?
Did you write a LOI to the MD school that you have a good shot of getting off of [stats wise]? Saying you have a DO acceptance and would drop the acceptance and all WL positions if accepted to [x MD school] may help. If not, emailing admissions that you're still interested in their program could help [showing interest is good, spamming and being annoying is bad]. If you've done all of the above, just sitting and waiting is your best bet. I'd def start looking at apartments though since all you have rn is that acceptance.
 
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I have some what of an odd question. Recently I came across a professor at one of the schools I’m waitlisted at who does research in a field I’m very interested/have past have experiences in. I don’t know if it’s weird but could I send an email to them with my interest and state that I would love to learn more about their research and if accepted I would like to do research under them if there are open opportunities. I don’t want it to seem like I’m bombarding faculty/pestering. Would this be an okay or would adcoms have an issue with this?
Welcome to networking
 
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Lol does that mean it’s okay to email?
Lol, yes. This is what's commonly referred to as an "informational interview"; it's commonplace and often times the first step toward getting the job you want.

I shouldn't laugh - as a former bench scientist who transitioned to cubicle life a few years ago, there are so many of these "office life survival skills" things they just don't teach us in the lab or as premeds.

Worst case scenario is you either get ignored or the professor just doesn't have time - I don't see anything you have to lose here.
 

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I have some what of an odd question. Recently I came across a professor at one of the schools I’m waitlisted at who does research in a field I’m very interested/have past have experiences in. I don’t know if it’s weird but could I send an email to them with my interest and state that I would love to learn more about their research and if accepted I would like to do research under them if there are open opportunities. I don’t want it to seem like I’m bombarding faculty/pestering. Would this be an okay or would adcoms have an issue with this?
depends on the school mission and the field. for example if they are looking for people to do primary care and you do research in plastics it would not be a good look but then again I am just a lowly applicant. ask gyngyn or Goro
 

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Lol, yes. This is what's commonly referred to as an "informational interview"; it's commonplace and often times the first step toward getting the job you want.

I shouldn't laugh - as a former bench scientist who transitioned to cubicle life a few years ago, there are so many of these "office life survival skills" things they just don't teach us in the lab or as premeds.

Worst case scenario is you either get ignored or the professor just doesn't have time - I don't see anything you have to lose here.
Lol I haven’t actually met the person. I ran across their information while learning about whether or the not the school was a good fit for my future goals. Which it is. But I think I’ll email them and see what happens. I just hope it doesn’t upset the adcoms that I’m cold “calling”/emailing faculty members
 
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Lol I haven’t actually met the person. I ran across their information while learning about whether or the not the school was a good fit for my future goals. Which it is. But I think I’ll email them and see what happens. I just hope it doesn’t upset the adcoms that I’m cold “calling”/emailing faculty members
But there's nothing wrong with cold emailing! It's a good thing as long as you word your email well. If anything it shows initiative and determination.
 
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But there's nothing wrong with cold emailing! It's a good thing as long as you word your email well. If anything it shows initiative and determination.
Exactly. I mean, how else are you going to find out if there is a potential research opening for you (of course, assuming this PI doesn't have a lab website with a job openings section)
 

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How else are you going to find out if their lab has a potential open

Exactly. I mean, how else are you going to find out if there is a potential research opening for you (of course, assuming this PI doesn't have a lab website with a job openings section)

True. I wouldn’t be afraid of emailing if I wasn’t on their waitlist and was already accepted. I don’t want them to get the wrong idea. But I think I’m going to email them and see what they say/ or not say if the ignore
 
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True. I wouldn’t be afraid of emailing if I wasn’t on their waitlist and was already accepted. I don’t want them to get the wrong idea. But I think I’m going to email them and see what they say/ or not say if the ignore
Totally understandable. Happy to help draft/review your email if you like.
 

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What about emailing a professor asking if you can do research with them
Some of my feedback i received for why I was rejected was because I pursued a grad degree in an alternative field, so I have basically been barred from building an alternative career path for now.
Oh man, that is rough. I would be very interested to learn about the specifics, if you are willing to share. I have PM'd you.