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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by lady in red, Jan 19, 2002.

  1. lady in red

    lady in red Senior Member
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    I just spent about 500 bucks that I don't really have (450 plane ticket, 50 hotel room) for an interview at a 'back-up' school. I don't really want to consider this school back-up and try to treat each itnerview like its the only one, but still. The thing is, they gave me an interview notice (at least I received it) 5 days before the interview!!!!!! they sent it out a week before the actual date, so I was royally screwed for the flights. Do you guys think its worth it? Everyone keeps telling me I am an idiot for going there, but I am not in yet anywhere. Is this REALLY an expensive interview? What are you guys spending per trip? Thanks. My flight is from California to a midwestern city, and the school is REALLY small.
    I guess my major question is--is it normal to spend so much per interview or am I smocking crack for doing this?
     
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  2. Weeble

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    Flights from CA to midwest or east coast plus hotel can often be in the $500 neighborhood, especially when a school royally screws you like this one did. :mad: Sadly, however those of us without acceptances kind of have to swallow our pride, gather up our last tattered shreds of dignity and suck it up. (Can you tell I'm feeling sorry for myself?) ;) <img src="graemlins/pity.gif" border="0" alt="[Pity]" />
    Anyways, I'm sorry they did that to you. It's incredibly inconsiderate and seems to happen all the time. :(
     
  3. brandonite

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    I guess that depends on whether you think you would honestly consider going there... If they were the only school that let you in, would you rather wait a year, redo your MCATs (which I think you said were the biggest problem with your app), and try and stay in San Fran next year? If you think you might honestly go there should none of your other schools work out, then you should probably go to the interview. Maybe you could call them up and ask them if you could interview a week or two later, to make things easier for flights. Some schools are accomodating like that.

    Nobody can really tell you what to do. It's a tough call. But I just got my first interview this week, so it'd be an easy decision for me! :D You might want to wait and save that money up for other schools that you prefer later on down the line. After all, you'd hate to interview at this school that you don't really like, and not be able to afford to fly out to a school you'd really prefer.

    It's a tough choice. I'd go if I were you, but I can see the reasoning behind the hesitation.
     
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  4. THE instiGATOR

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    I'd go!

    Which school? Not that it matters...I still stand by my advice. Keep interviewing until you have an acceptance.
     
  5. i know right..what the hell kind of question is this Lady? you can afford that pretty red dress but can't go to a school that might take you??? at this point, be very cautious..unless applying again doesn't bother you.
     
  6. Jalby

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    I'm guessing Medical college of Wisconson.
     
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    Two words: CREDIT CARDS

    Get them...use them...pay them down later. :)
     
  9. lady in red

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    Well, I did not want to name the school b/c I don't like name-calling. If I had a bad experience there with interview scheduling, does not mean everyone else would, so I don't want people to be biased about this school. Brandonite, thanks! You are always my man! Can you PM me which interview you got? I read somewhere you have your first one! i am not surprised. The thing is, you probably know i applied to 58 schools, and I got 15 rejections and counting, so that leaves A LOT of schools behind. this is why i was cautious w/$$$.
     
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    "Cookie" said she was accepted immediately post-interview -- like within two or three minutes!!! Interviewer said, excuse me, I'll be right back, and then came back and she was was in!!! Supposedly..... Ignited quite a firestorm when she reported it here on SDN!!! She wouldn't give the name of the shool, but we were able to figure it out (i've since forgotten which school it was) because she'd previously posted when she was intereviewing where.
     
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    I don't have a lot of money left, but I'd be willing to spend $500 just to land another interview ;) .
     
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    Lady in Red...I can understand why you might not want to name the school, but others who have interviewed there may be able to give you a better idea of if the trip is worth it. Someone above guessed MCW, if thats the case go. Great facilities compared to most of the schools I have visited, great area, and great rotation opportunities.

    Good luck no matter what you decide.
     
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    Imagine that this school is the only one you got into. Would you go? If the answer is no, then save yourself the $500. I'm going on an interview this Friday to the midwest, and I really regret it now. I realized that I would probably not go to this school, despite the fact that it is a really good school so what's the point of shelling out the money for the interview? <img src="graemlins/pity.gif" border="0" alt="[Pity]" />
     
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    I would go until I had an official acceptance letter in my hand. Call the school, and maybe they can hook you up with a student host...
     
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    Well, for those wondering, I am going tomorrow. Yes, if that was the only school that took me, I'd go, what the heck, MD is an MD, right? I am still grateful they invited me, though, and if I could, (and if I had the money), I'd go to all interviews (in the perfect world...) that i get invitations for. You guys are like analgesic: dulled the pain of potentially-wasted 500 dollars :)
     
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  19. Jalby

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    You know, there is a schools currently requesting interviews thread. Might be kind of usefull to know this schools is still sending out interview requests. (sorry, shameless plugging for my pet thread.)
     
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    That's fast brandonite! Didn't they just show that episode for the first time tonight? :)
     
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    mmmm. I've always liked
    "1-600-DOCTORB. Da 'B' is for bargain!" :D
     
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    I like the scene when he gives Homer a bypass - you hear his voiceover saying "Think back to your med school days, Nick", and they show him at a frat party saying to some girl "Seriously babe, I can prescribe anything I want".

    Dr. Nick is one of my all time favorite Simpsons characters. He hasn't been on in awhile. Nice to see him back.
     
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