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Deferred for interview at UPenn. Now what?

StevenRF

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    Got the message too. I think it means that we are on the path to rejection. Basically if they can't find anyone better to fill the spots by March, then we might see some action. We are on the waitlist for interview I think is what it boils down to.

    Doesn't bother me much though. Only applied for the off chance that I got in I could do a dual MD/MBA at wharton
     
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    tigress

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      They aren't rejecting anybody yet. They don't send out any admissions decisions until March. IMO this is basically equivalent to a rejection, although I'm sure you could find a few people who do get interviews even after getting this status. It probably depends on what their applicant pool looks like when they've reviewed it entirely. But for me, at least, I'm accepting it as a rejection to come in March.

      (sorry to be so pessimistic. I just think I'm being realistic)
       

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        Oh yeah, I wanted to say that I'm actually glad they changed the message. I'd rather know that I'm going to be rejected now than wait and wait to see if they decide to interview me. Although there's still a chance they will, now it's not something that I'm really thinking about, because I feel like it's even more unlikely.
         

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          So I just called Penn to ask someone what that status actually means. And to all my questions, the woman kept repeating the same thing over and over: "It means a decision has not been made yet" So I'm like, "does that mean there's a chance my application will be reviewed again?" "No, it has been reviewed already. It means a decision has not been made yet." "Can you tell me from past experiences if people with this status can still get an interview invite?" "I really can't say. It means a decision has not been made yet" "Well has anyone been rejected yet?" "No, all decisions are made in March." "So is this basically a rejection?" "As I said, It means a decision has not been made yet." Man, it was like talking to a freaking parrot! So who's willing to psychoanalize this conversation?
           
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            NYMed said:
            So I just called Penn to ask someone what that status actually means. And to all my questions, the woman kept repeating the same thing over and over: "It means a decision has not been made yet" So I'm like, "does that mean there's a chance my application will be reviewed again?" "No, it has been reviewed already. It means a decision has not been made yet." "Can you tell me from past experiences if people with this status can still get an interview invite?" "I really can't say. It means a decision has not been made yet" "Well has anyone been rejected yet?" "No, all decisions are made in March." "So is this basically a rejection?" "As I said, It means a decision has not been made yet." Man, it was like talking to a freaking parrot! So who's willing to psychoanalize this conversation?

            Yeah, I think they just want us to read between the lines. This sounds like something you should hear from a law school not a medical school.
             

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              NYMed said:
              So I just called Penn to ask someone what that status actually means. And to all my questions, the woman kept repeating the same thing over and over: "It means a decision has not been made yet" So I'm like, "does that mean there's a chance my application will be reviewed again?" "No, it has been reviewed already. It means a decision has not been made yet." "Can you tell me from past experiences if people with this status can still get an interview invite?" "I really can't say. It means a decision has not been made yet" "Well has anyone been rejected yet?" "No, all decisions are made in March." "So is this basically a rejection?" "As I said, It means a decision has not been made yet." Man, it was like talking to a freaking parrot! So who's willing to psychoanalize this conversation?

              This is pure speculation, but...

              I think it means that you're application has already been reviewed and scored. Your score wasn't high enough to warrant an automatic interview, but if enough people decline, your score might be good enough to receive a late invite.
               

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                TheMightyAngus said:
                This is pure speculation, but...

                I think it means that you're application has already been reviewed and scored. Your score wasn't high enough to warrant an automatic interview, but if enough people decline, your score might be good enough to receive a late invite.

                Wow, that gives me hope :) Although I doubt too many people would decline a Penn interview. I actually took the conversation to be a definite rejection. I figured if there's still a chance, wouldn't she tell me that instead of repeating the same thing that's written on the status page over and over again? Where is this speculation coming from?
                 

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                  Hey! What year are you? I am class of 2003!!! :love:
                  I've been out for a while... long enough to work at 3 different "real jobs" and to finish a second degree (not from Penn) this semester. I left Philly in 1996, and while I am bitter about getting passed over for an interview, I still love Penn! :love:
                   

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                    You guys got me nervous and I checked my application status page. I have the same message as you. I thought I would get an interview, as my numbers were really solid. Maybe there is something else they didn't like. I'm nervous now. This is lame.
                     

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                      I checked my page after looking at this posting and my message is the same you guys have.
                      My two cents, they may be done with the applications and have already sent interview invites to everyone they want or may want.
                      Out of those, some will be accepted, some will be waitlisted (who still have preferred status over us) and there there are us, those who have not yet been interviewed.
                      Like a previous posting said, maybe a couple will be picked out of this pool, but since it's a pool of a couple of thousand, the odds are pretty low.
                      Penn was a little out there for me anyway.
                      I applied to 12 schools, got 8 interviews and I'm already done (3 acceptances) so I am cool.
                      My opinion, message=98% chance of rejection
                       

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                        NunoBR said:
                        I checked my page after looking at this posting and my message is the same you guys have.
                        My two cents, they may be done with the applications and have already sent interview invites to everyone they want or may want.
                        Out of those, some will be accepted, some will be waitlisted (who still have preferred status over us) and there there are us, those who have not yet been interviewed.
                        Like a previous posting said, maybe a couple will be picked out of this pool, but since it's a pool of a couple of thousand, the odds are pretty low.
                        Penn was a little out there for me anyway.
                        I applied to 12 schools, got 8 interviews and I'm already done (3 acceptances) so I am cool.
                        My opinion, message=98% chance of rejection

                        Wow, thanks for the optimism... I hope you're wrong.
                         

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                          el chivo said:
                          You guys got me nervous and I checked my application status page. I have the same message as you. I thought I would get an interview, as my numbers were really solid. Maybe there is something else they didn't like. I'm nervous now. This is lame.


                          El Chivo-

                          We're in the same boat...like you, I think that I have some pretty solid numbers on my app, along with a good essay, and excellent LORs. So, I was also surprised to see the 'no-interview' message on my status page.

                          The one weakness in my application is clinical experience...I've done research, but in a chemistry lab (not in any way medical/biomedical) and I volunteered just once a week in the local ER (for 7 months sophomore year).

                          So, I'm thinking Penn chose not to interview me because, in their eyes, I haven't shown enough commitment to medicine so far and/or have not demonstrated to the AdCom that I've proved to myself that medicine is the right career for me.

                          Any thoughts about what might have happened with you? Is it similar at all? I'm just trying to figure out where I/we fell short.
                           

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                            duh? said:
                            Slide said:
                            If you get waitlisted from Penn, save yourself the trouble and kill yourself now. It's the start of a long road you might as well cut short.
                            :laugh: That was funny!
                            Not that I found them particularly humorous before, but since my cousin took his life this this fall I definitely don't think suicide jokes are funny.

                            (I know you didn't mean anything too serious or significant with your comment, but felt the need to share my $0.02)
                             
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