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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Jalby, Mar 19, 2002.

  1. Jalby

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    Just curious if anybody else is only on waitlists right now with no acceptances. Right now I'm on Baylor, Mich, Case Western, Tulane, SLU (wtf), and ohio state. It seems like all the schools I go to I only get the waitlist. I'm not really scared yet, but just shocked that I'm 7 for 8 waitlists from schools I interviewed at.
     
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  3. Patiently Waiting

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    what can I say....I condemn the whole system. :mad: Even at the schools (forget the backups) I felt like I had super awesome interviews, I was put on their waitlist. I still have yet to hear from one other school post-interview, and have one more interview to go, but I hate to not know if I will be in med school at all in the fall.

    Also important to keep in mind, there are some schools whose waitlist move fast so if you are waitlisted at one of these, you will have a fat chance getting in. Probably, doesn't comfort your mind that much...
     
  4. LizardKing

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    Patiently Waiting, same with me. I mean, I'd rather get a rejection now than be dragged along only to get a rejection months later!

    no rejections so far, only waitlists. I had pretty good interviews and positive feedback (e.g. interviewer said to me, "see you here next year.") but they still waitlisted me anyway. who knows.
     
  5. Patiently Waiting

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    Lizardking,

    I can totally echo your sentiment... I noticed that there are some SDNers who haven't heard back for like 4 months post-interview... so, I guess I can't complain too much, though I really don't see the difference btw placing on the waitlist and then hearing nothing for the next 7 months AND not hearing at all post-interview for several months.

    My interview feedbacks were ENTHUSIASTIC too...three of them were with the associate dean himself/herself of the schools. Obviously, they either have no persuading power as I thought they have OR they simply are seasoned interviewers who can disguise their REAL feeling quite well. In the meantime, I'm back to <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" />
     
  6. brandonite

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    Hey, good luck to all of you! I (luckily) haven't been waitlisted yet, but that must be a tense situation... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />
     
  7. Meizy

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    Just the thread I needed to vent to...

    I am currently on SIX waitlist/acceptable pool/high priority/hold or whatever they call it.. UCSF, Mich, Pitt, UCD, UCSD and now Sinai.

    I don't get it...

    I am still waiting to hear from 5 schools post interview... I have an interview scheduled in two weeks but I am not sure if i am going.. any advice? I am just darn broke.

    Which of the schools that I listed do you think has the most movement??????

    geez-- i just need to get out of this waiting mode. I would be so grateful I might just go to the first school that accepts me..

    <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" />
     
  8. LizardKing

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    Meizy, UMich has the most active waitlist. 40% of their class gets in off the waitlist. They don't send out that many initial acceptances.

    You've been waitlisted at the very top schools. There must be nothing wrong with your application, otherwise they would have rejected you. Looking solely at odds/probabilities, you will most likely get in somewhere...probably in one of the those schools.
     
  9. oldman

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    try writing really strong letters of intent???
     
  10. Doctora Foxy

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by oldman:
    <strong>try writing really strong letters of intent???</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">What do you mean letters? I thought we could only write one! Can we write more than one?
     
  11. shorrin

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    don't worry too much jalbrekt. 7 waitlists is good. try mine: 1 interview,1 waitlist. at least your odds are better!!
     
  12. worry not; I was on 6 waitlists last year and now I am a first year med student. I got in in July, and most of you will get in too (prob. earlier than July!).
     
  13. barb

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    5 interviews - 2 waitlists, still waiting to hear from the last 3. Had another interview invite to NYMC for tomorrow but I'm absolutely broke, so I couldn't afford to go. I tried moving the date a month back (so I could save up the money for the trip) and they wouldn't move it.
    What really sucks is if I don't get in this year I'll keep thinking that the interview I missed was the one where I would have gotten accepted. <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" /> :confused:
     
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    Katie: Where did you finally get accepted?

    I'm on wait lists at Columbia, Emory, Tulane and probably Duke. I still have to hear from Wash U, NYU and Downstate. It's good to know that I'm not alone in this situation. We should have some interesting threads going until the summer.
     
  15. Assassin

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Jalbrekt:
    <strong>Just curious if anybody else is only on waitlists right now with no acceptances. Right now I'm on Baylor, Mich, Case Western, Tulane, SLU (wtf), and ohio state. It seems like all the schools I go to I only get the waitlist. I'm not really scared yet, but just shocked that I'm 7 for 8 waitlists from schools I interviewed at.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I thought I was the current waitlist record holder with 7 :( oh well, I think I got 2 more coming... <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    Waitlisted/Hold at UCD, Stanford, and UCSD. I do have one acceptance, and that was from my very first interview. Anyway, I know for a fact that my interviews at Stanford went excellent because I was told by my interviewers. Actually, I communicated with one of my Stanford interviewers after I got placed on the waitlist, and she was pretty upset about me not getting in. The interviews at the other two schools were wildcards so I really don't know what the interviews might've said about me.

    Either the majority of applicants do very well, and in the end it goes back to stats, or interviews don't weigh as much. Or maybe interviews are major hippocrits and they can play off their disdain toward us?!
     
  17. PelicanMan

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    Great thread

    I am on three waitlists at UF,Emory, and Pritzker and not expecting any more interviews.

    I really think that I am not going to get in this year. Although my Pritzker interviews were awsome. I expect not to get in this year that way If I do get accepted I will be surprised.
     
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    yoyoyoyoyo
    here's what i dont get.
    how can jmejia get an interview at stanford and not get in ucsd and ucd? not only is stanford super competitive because of its rank, name, and reputation, but its class size is half as small as other schools. how did jmejia get an interview from stanford and not acceptances from ucsd and ucd? can someone explain this? or is nothing in this med school process explainable.
     
  19. nyskindr

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    Logic wont explain why students are accepted to one school and rejected often without interview from a less competitive program.Each school sets up its own screening criteria and evaluation process which are unique to that institution.What stikes one school as great personal statement may not get a second glance from another.Applying to a broad mix of schools is essential.
     
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    I've got a few waitlists or waitlist equivalents myself: UChicago, Tulane, GW, Dartmouth, Tufts, and probably Northwestern. But I do have two acceptances to fall back on.
     
  21. Dr. Corday

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    I know exactly how you guys feel. I had awosome interviews at emory, where the interviewer basically said that he thought I would get in a lot of schools and hoped that emory would be high and also a great interview at vandy(alma matter), yet got waitlisted in both. Now I don't care anymore, b/c I got a nice surprise from Duke <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> But it was hard before I heard from Duke.

    Keep your hopes up. This application year has been wierd and I have a feeling that many people will end up going in from the waitlists.
    Good luck :)
     
  22. Dr. Corday

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    The more good news I get, the more my writing skills deteriorate!

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Dr. Corday:
    I know exactly how you guys feel. I had awosome interviews at emory, where the interviewer basically said that he thought I would get in a lot of schools and hoped that emory would be high <strong> on my list </strong> and also a great interview at vandy(alma matter), yet got waitlisted in both. Now I don't care anymore, b/c I got a nice surprise from Duke <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> But it was hard before I heard from Duke.

    Keep your hopes up. This application year has been wierd and I have a feeling that many people will end up going in from the waitlists.
    Good luck :) </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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    Penn, Tulane and SLU for me...I interviewed at 5 more schools earlier this month so I won't hear from them for a while yet. I have this sneaking suspicion that I was interviewing for waitlist positions at those schools too :rolleyes:
     
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    I have seven and the worst part about it is that I am above average at all the schools(GPA and MCAT). My interviews went well also.
    I contribute my situation to the AMCAS problems this year. I interviewed VERY early in the season. Since they were expecting many late applications they probably put a large number of us on hold this year to further evaluate the applicant pool. I venture to say that it was better to interview late this year.
    I'm hoping that a school accepts me when they receive the list of multiple acceptances and notice that I have not been accepted anywhere yet. They have nothing to lose at that point. I mean as waitlisters we are qualified applicants.
     
  25. I got in

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    I am on three waitlists too Creighton <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" /> , GWU <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" /> & EVMS <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" /> .
    this is odd: a lot of us are waitlisted at GW. How's their waitlist movement? Anyone knows???
     
  26. drewskovitch

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    i've interviewed at five schools (with two more to go) and i've got three waitlists so far - columbia, penn, and case western.

    i wish i had at least one acceptance... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
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    First off, this situation doesn't sound any different from previous years, AMCAS problems or not. Keep in mind that MANY schools (even the "top" ones like Columbia or Wash U) may end up taking anywhere from 40-50% of their class off of the waitlist. This has happened in previous years -- there is no reason why it wouldn't happen this year.

    As to why so many of you seem to be getting the waitlist notice rather than acceptances, one reason may be because LAST YEAR, many schools were having significantly slower waitlist movement and some schools were oversubscribed by 20 or more students initially. This resulted in a lot of lists not really moving until mid-June.I'm not sure why waitlist movement was so slow last year, but it was an unusual phenomenon commented on by several admissions directors. Anyways, some schools may be worried about possibly overfilling again this year, so they may be initially waitlisting a greater number of applicants.

    Finally, interview comments really don't mean that much. I really hit it off with one of my interviewers last year -- he did the whole "You'd be excellent here... you should come to my clinic when you attend, blah, blah, blah." And then I got waitlisted (although ultimately got accepted). Keep this in mind when residency interviews roll around as well (there's actually a thread about this in the Residency forum) -- unless you actually get something in writing, these verbal compliments after the interview really don't mean anything and are no sort of guarantee of admission. Maybe your interviewer thinks you are awesome when you interview in November or December, but he still will be interviewing applicants for 2-4 more months -- things change.

    In all honesty, going off of the experience of friends and SDN'ers, it seems like if you are on at least 3 or more waitlists, you have a very, very good shot of being accepted by the summer. Obviously there's no hard and fast guarantee about these things, and it is extremely frustrating, but more often than not, it seems to work out. Good luck.
     
  28. PelicanMan

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    Thanks lilycat

    Your response has given me hope.
    I am on 3 waitlists, and I am hoping to be accepted this year.
     
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    I can relate too...I'm waitlisted at 3 schools I wanna go to...I guess all we can do is hang in there!

    Good Luck to everyone.
     
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    Pelican Man....I know MANY people who've gotten into Pritzker off of the waitlist from previous years.
     

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