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Did I screw up?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by GoLAClippers, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. GoLAClippers

    GoLAClippers Banned Banned

    Feb 26, 2007
    I am starting to freak out now. I was interviewed by a medical school professor for a letter of rec two weeks ago. Just for your info, he also happens to be in the admission committee of a top school. He wanted to know what my goal in medicine was, and I told him I would like to open my own family clinic in a RURAL area of California in the future? He asked, "Where?" I said, "Lake Elsinore and Mission Viejo - my friends live there- or Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks Area." Today, my friend told me those areas are actually more like suburbs, not rural. Also, he mentioned that rural would be more like places in Nebraska or Kansas. Oh great! Did I shoot myself on the foot?
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  3. sejin8642

    sejin8642 5+ Year Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    You call asking for LOR is screw?
  4. GoLAClippers

    GoLAClippers Banned Banned

    Feb 26, 2007
    No, I am just concerned that he might think either I am an idiot or liar.
  5. Chuckwalla

    Chuckwalla Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2006
    Chill out. I bet the professor doesn't even know whether these places are rural or not. Even if he did he probably gave you the benefit of the doubt. If you are freaking out about this I can only imagine the panic attacks you have when you come against a real problem.
  6. arsenewenger

    arsenewenger 2+ Year Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    No u r not screwed! However, Honesty is the best policy. At my interview, i was asked where I see myself in the future... I told them that i plan set up shop in Beverly hills, two weeks after i was accepted!

    Just be honest next time!
  7. HumbleMD

    HumbleMD hmmmm... 7+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    East Coast
    Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks as rural? :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: What kind of clinic would this be? Plastics? If you could afford the real estate its clear you wouldn't be working with the (fewer) indigent patients out there...

    I'm sure he as just giving you advice. Good job asking for LORs now though.
  8. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    While I find it as amusing as the above poster to consider Lake Elsinore, Thousand Oaks, Santa Barbara or Mission Viejo as rural, there are areas in California which qualify. Places in the San Joaquin Valley like Five Points or Huron definitely have a need for health care...too bad its not nearly as nice an area as the places you listed, and you would most likely need to speak Spanish.

    Anyway, I don't think you screwed yourself; if anything, the professor was as amused as we were with your description of those areas as rural and put it down to a sheltered existence more than anything else.

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