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Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by LookingForAnswers81, Jul 28, 2015.
Answer the questions as written.
If a secondary asks about charges, tell them.
If they only ask about convictions you won't have to explain until it comes up on the background check, then explain fully.
If they don't ask, you don't have to volunteer it.
If they don't ask, you are not responsible for telling them.
I only work at one medical school, but in my experience, background checks that reveal things that could have been asked about and were not are the school's oversight, not yours.
If you are confused about the way the question is asked you can call the admissions office to clarify what they want you to disclose.
I have done this for several schools and I am really glad because I have gotten several different answers even when the question is worded the same.
No. We Adcoms were once young and stupid too. It's multiple DUIs that kill both people and medical careers.
1) Is this DUI going to be something that kills my dreams of becoming a doctor?
2) Is being too honest going to hurt me?
3) Anyone ever been in this situation? How did it work out?
See 3. Just use the box on the app form to explain, and own your transgression.
4) Any adcoms on here, would you hold this against me?
It is good that you will have 5 years between the dui and applying to med schools. Yeah look at wording carefully and mention if they ask for charges/arrests. But if they ask for convictions only, you technically don't have to say anything.
I believe the DUI will pop up on screening for residency, or licensing, and the procedure then is to explain what happened.
@mimelim , @gyngyn, am I correct here?
If they only ask about convictions, he is not obligated to respond.
When it pops up on Certiphi it is up to the school to inquire further if they wish.
But if a school asks about any criminal offense, even if charges were dropped/dismissed, we should disclose the circumstances even if we know it's not on our record?
What exactly comes up on your background check? That you were charged with a crime and found not guilty? Or did you plead no contest and do some kind of probation?
I was 14 at the time, so I did community service and it was gone. Nothing shows up on my background check as far as I know.
To answer your questions, no I don't think it will kill your dreams of becoming a doctor, and I don't think being honest would hurt, it might even help. Reading your explanation, it sounds like after the DUI you transformed your life, learned from it, became a better person, didn't get in anymore trouble etc. I think that actually STRENGTHENS your application because it shows that, even at 18 years old you realized you needed to change and truly did.
I have a sort of similar experience. I don't have a DUI, but I was convicted of misdemeanor underage alcohol use at 16 and again at 18...not on the same level as DUI I know, BUT the repeat conviction looks just as bad in my opinion. I informed AAMC and medical schools of both, even though I am fairly certain my minor record is sealed, I was informally deferred but I didn't want to take the chance of it coming up later and looking dishonest. After the 2nd one when I was 18 I similarly learned from it, changed my life, etc and I am 24 and have not had any issues since. I am a little worried about it hurting my chances too, but I think the change of behavior, honesty and length of time passed make a difference. What you do is up to you, but I also felt dishonest about not mentioned the first one when I was 16. I am not adcom, and I am also just an applicant this cycle, so this is my opinion to be taken with a grain of salt. We will have to let each other know how it works out.
Hope I helped in some way.