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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by edogg, Mar 18, 2002.

  1. edogg

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    My favorite rejection line is in UPENNs letter:

    "We hope that you understand that this decision does not reflect on your qualifications for admission, but rather on the quality and quantity of our applicant pool."

    How I read it: "You are not completely dumb, but there are a whole hell of a lot of people smarter than you."

    fun stuff!

    I got this idea from my friend last year: I keep a wall of rejection letters. Its good times reading them with your friends.
     
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    Boy that line looks familiar. Medical schools should think of some more creative lines to reject us...that is the least we deserve for all of the effort that we put into writing "original" secondary essays :rolleyes:
     
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    Sinai writes:

    "...A large number of highly qualified students apply to the School of Medicine and, for this reason, it has become necessary to withhold offers of acceptance to many worthy applicants..."

    However, they of course neglect to say whether or not you fit into the category of "worthy applicants!" If you're getting the letter, chances are they think you're not, otherwise they would've let you in!

    Not nearly as humorous as the Penn one though, I must say! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    Damn! I threw all my rejection letters away already! The best ones were for the schools I decided to withdraw from. Like UNC, for example...I never sent my secondary in. But they send me a rejection letter that says, we're sorry but this year has been very competitive and we cannot offer you a space in the class, especially since you're an out of state resident. Oh yea? They tried to get back at me, I think.
     
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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 edogg:
    <strong>My favorite rejection line is in UPENNs letter:

    "We hope that you understand that this decision does not reflect on your qualifications for admission</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">i used to get annoyed when med schools said things like that, but then i started interviewing for jobs and the letters changed to "we cannot offer you a position because you are not qualified" :p so i guess it can get worse :mad: <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
  7. LizardKing

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    Honestly, I would feel much less insulted and belittled if the schools just told you outright: "The committee has decided to REJECT you. Have a nice life."

    These schools use the wordiest sentences to try to let you down easily, but it's actually quite condescending. I mean, come on, we've spent money applying and interviewing at your school, have the decency to be blunt with us!
     
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    Oh, Dartmouth's takes the cake! I can't remember the wording, as the letter has been long recycled and is now part of someone's toilet paper in Lubbock, TX, but it went something like this: You may be disappointed by the following news...

    May be.... yeah, my top choice med school just rejected me. Conditional phrases are bunk, and this one wins the prize.
     
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    The actual wording is "I am writing to share what I belive will be disappointing news." (Reading from my very own rejection letter)
     
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    From UT Houston:

    "It is the sincere hope of the members of the Admissions Committee that your extensive interest in and intensive preparation for a medical education will be fully realized in another school or another related field."

    And it was so nice of them to bother to send me this letter on Jan. 16, after the day we were supposed to submit our rankings for the Texas schools.
     
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    Ideal letter:
    version A: yes
    version B: no
    version C: maybe
     
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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 Coalboy:
    <strong>The actual wording is "I am writing to share what I belive will be disappointing news." (Reading from my very own rejection letter)</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">:rolleyes: Talk about arrogance :rolleyes:
     
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    "We greatly appreciate your interest in attending the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. I am sorry to inform you, however, that your application has not received favorable consideration by our Committee on Admissions.

    We have come to this decision reluctantly. It is based on the Committee's review of your entire application, including your academic record, outside activities and personal statement."

    FROM UCSF,
    With Love

    So pretty much what they're saying is that your entire application, including your academic record, personal statement, and outside activities all suck. Gee thanks! At least they put reluctantly in there!

    "The Committee for Admissions has reviewed your AMCAS application to Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Your credentials have been evaluated on the basis of past experience and in relation to current applications. This provides you a decision at the earliest possible date.

    The Committee recommended that your application to Vanderbilt not be processed further."

    This is the kinda response I appreciate. Quick and to the point. At least they don't drag things out.
     
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    The best is when they "wish you luck" on getting into some other medical school. Even if it is genuine, I don't need that condescending BS from a school that doesn't want me. Man, if I didn't have any acceptances, that sort of crap would really tick me off. :D
     
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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 SRM:
    <strong>From UT Houston:

    "It is the sincere hope of the members of the Admissions Committee that your extensive interest in and intensive preparation for a medical education will be fully realized in another school or another related field."

    And it was so nice of them to bother to send me this letter on Jan. 16, after the day we were supposed to submit our rankings for the Texas schools.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">My UT Southwestern rejection letter was DATED February 18th, 17 days after the match results were posted. When I didn't get an interview by January 15th, I was reasonably confident I didn't get in. But it was nice of them to put it in writing. What a waste of paper.
     
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    Received from UCI today - just 7 months after they received my application:
    "Just the fact that you were motivated to apply to such a competitive program says a lot about you as an individual."
    WTH?!? They're pretty much telling me that it took a lot for a loser like me to even think about going to such a fine institution of higher learning. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
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    Worst: Dartmouth! Even their timing was bad! I was part of the Christmas massacre.

    Best: Haaaaaahvard. Yes, I was crazy and applied there last year. :oops: What the hell was I thinking!?! Didn't apply there this year, but I remember the letter being pretty damned good.

    Damn, I seem like an IVY chaser with these two. I swear, they're the only two I applied to (Harvard last year and Dartmouth this year). <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    I think they should have a little electronic button that you press that says:

    "You are the weakest link, GOODBYE!!!"
     
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    My favorite rejection line is:

    You're a nice guy but...
     
  20. my favorite reads something like:

    Fuc# Off. You've been warned.
     
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    my ucsf post-interview rejection letter rambles on and on about how they think i'll be a good doctor -- but just @ somewhere else!! <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" />

    and then to top it off, it says something about 35 people competing for each spot... that's the worst thing they could have said.... that means out of 35 people, i was #2 (because they accept 50% of interviewees).... f*cking number two -- first place loser. close but not close enough... aghh... i hate when you lose a close game.
     
  22. </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by barb:
    <strong>Received from UCI today - just 7 months after they received my application:
    "Just the fact that you were motivated to apply to such a competitive program says a lot about you as an individual."
    WTH?!? They're pretty much telling me that it took a lot for a loser like me to even think about going to such a fine institution of higher learning. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    Similar to Upenn's famous letter is Stanford's:

    "Please understand our decision is not based on negative of your application, but upon a comparison of the strengths of your application to those of other very qualified applicants."

    Translation: "Although you don't suck, you suck compared to the rest of our applicants."

    Screw Stanford!!!
     
  24. </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by matthew0126:
    <strong>my ucsf post-interview rejection letter rambles on and on about how they think i'll be a good doctor -- but just @ somewhere else!! <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" />

    and then to top it off, it says something about 35 people competing for each spot... that's the worst thing they could have said.... that means out of 35 people, i was #2 (because they accept 50% of interviewees).... f*cking number two -- first place loser. close but not close enough... aghh... i hate when you lose a close game.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">their post interview rejection was so FREAAAAAKIN long...I didnt know if it was an acceptance, waitlist or rejection half way through the letter...

    I was like..they think I'm good (acceptance), but? (rejection?) oh wait....committee reluctantly decided (waitlist)...

    went on a roller coaster for 10 minutes....
     
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    How about these lines from my last week's rejections?

    1. "It is our sincere hope that you will be accepted by another medical school."

    2. "We congratulate you on the many accomplishments you have achieved so far and know that they will serve you well in the future. We wish you success as you continue to pursue your future goals."

    In other words, you can be a doctor if you want to, but just don't go and stink up this year's class at our fine institution!
     
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    Oh my gosh you guys had me laughing so much! I wish I could post on here, but I instantly shredded all my rejection letters. U Penn did say something like,

    "After reviewing your application MULTIPLE times, we have decided not to offer.... blah blah"

    Translation: Basically they couldn't stop laughing at my stats and so had to review it over and over just to make sure that I was serious about applying to their precious ivy school. That's how I see it. I would of never applied if they hadn't friggin sent me a letter encouraging me to do so!
     
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    My favorite is wayne state...i didn't get their secondary until end of jan...at this point I didn't finish it so yesterday I got "Since we have not heard from you in four weeks we assume you are not interested and we are withdrawing your application...." All I wanted to do was to respond...since I didn't hear from you in 4 MONTHS.... <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" />
     
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    The most obnoxious rejection letter I've received is from NY MED, which really wasn't at the top of my list anyway. The letter suggests that I try again next year and consult my pre-med office "for advise" on ways to improve my application. This despite the fact I was deemed qualified enough to receive an interview. The presumption that I won't get in anywhere is totally insulting(I did receive an acceptance somwhere else). The misspelling of "advice" is another classy touch.

    I too got a kick out of Dartmouth's rejection letter. The opening line sounds like something a doctor uses on someone who has terminal cancer. I thought Pitt's rejection was the best--heartfelt and encouraging despite the fact they were canning you.
     
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    I love the one from Arizona. Not only are they arrogant and tell me that "I know you're disappointed" and they can't offer me a position for the next class, they go on to tell me about a workshop I should attend with the dean that will help me when I apply again next year. It's like they assume I didn't get in anywhere else or that I'll turn down everything if I'm not accepted to Arizona! lol

    <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    I don't want to say too much about USUHS since I'm still being reviewed there, but last year they rejected me and sent me this long, detailed letter on how I can improve, etc but called me David (my name is nowhere close to David) and they advised me to take some post-bac courses to improve my GPA (I have a master's in chemistry with a cumulative GPA of 3.8, completed before I applied last year).
     
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    Favorite rejection lines from my collection --

    Mayo: Unfortunately, your application will no longer be considered

    Case: The Admissions Committee has given your application a complete review........we are inactivating your file and your appliction will receive no future consideration from our school.

    UVa: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer you a position in the incoming class.....We realize that this decision will be a disappointment to you.

    Michigan: We have tried to be as fair and thorough as possible in reviewing application materials that you submitted.

    JHU: (over the phone) "we won't be offering you an interview," followed by no letter.

    Classy letters that I can't really complain about --

    Pittsburgh
    Wash U.
     
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    How about this one from Vermont:

    'I regret to inform you that we cannot act favorably on your request for admission...It is necessary for us to make some decisions based on the careful review of the complete application file'

    Like I was begging. Thanks a lot!

    Or from UF:

    'We sincerely hope that you gain acceptance to one of the other schools to which you have applied'

    GRRRRR, I sincerely hope that all of your students actually pass their boards this year.

    :)
     
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    My favorite was from from Wake Forest :
    "Although you were in AN interview category, you were not in THE interview catagory..."
    sounds like:
    "I love you but I'm not IN love with you...." :D
     
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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 Ditwee:
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    Or from UF:

    'We sincerely hope that you gain acceptance to one of the other schools to which you have applied'

    GRRRRR, I sincerely hope that all of your students actually pass their boards this year.

    :)</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">LOL <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    I think Temple's was the worst: "We wish you luck in whatever profession you choose" ie since we didn't accept you, nobody will!!
     
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    my favorite line, and i can't even remember which rejection this was (there are just too many at this point):
    "our hope is that you gain admission to the medical school of your choice"

    what the hell?? you WERE my first choice!
     
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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 EMTgirl:
    <strong>my favorite line, and i can't even remember which rejection this was (there are just too many at this point):
    "our hope is that you gain admission to the medical school of your choice"

    what the hell?? you WERE my first choice!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
    why would they write that? It's pretty funny though.
     
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    My rejection from Nevada came in as a registered/return receipt letter I suppose to be sure that they knew that I knew that I was rejected.

    "We wish it were possible to admit you and many more applicants..."

    I guess they just didn't wish hard enough or perhaps they didn't blow out all the candles in one puff...
     
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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 edogg:
    <strong>I got this idea from my friend last year: I keep a wall of rejection letters. Its good times reading them with your friends.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">At the beginning of this process I decided that I would frame and hang all of the rejection letters that I received in my future office.
     
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    Well at least schools let you guys believe they were considering you by letting you wait some time before rejecting you. Northwestern sent me a rejection within a few weeks (2-3 weeks literally) to tell me they basically laughed hysterically while tossing my application in the garbage...hate Northwestern. Got accepted to 3 others though.
     
  41. shorrin

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    well, this isn't a rejection line per se... I got the sorry letter from finch which in a thin envelope, then about a month later I get a packet from them saying 'that with my credentials and mcat scores I might be a great match for the william school school of podiatric medicine'. talk about hitting you when you're down. I'm not smart enough to study the whole body I guess, just the feet. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    Wayne State could "no longer consider my application." Being a smartass I called the Admissions office was like "So, does that mean I'm in?" Alas, I'm still acceptance-less in 2002.
     
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    The two worst phrases:

    1. "This year has been very competitive..."
    Comments: Oh yea? Isn't every year pretty friggin' competitive? So you're saying you'd accept me, say, next year or a year ago?

    2. "Due to the limitations on the number of spaces, we cannot..."
    Comments: I already KNOW your spaces are limited. You seem to be dodging the real issue, the fact that you think I'm unqualified for your school! Quit blaming Mr. "limitations" and take responsibility for your decision!
     
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    What's the point of talking about it since you have already been rejected.
     
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    Apparently you haven't felt the sting of rejection. Bottom line, their letters are condescending.

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by niksem:
    <strong>What's the point of talking about it since you have already been rejected.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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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 niksem:
    <strong>What's the point of talking about it since you have already been rejected.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">this forum is a place for applicants to discuss whatever part of the process they feel like discussing. frankly, there are plenty of things about applying to med school that totally suck, and if venting or joking about it makes people feel better, why is that a problem? you've posted some less than constructive things yourself on other threads...perhaps once you have actually applied and gone through the process you will be more understanding of what other applicants are going through. :rolleyes:
     
  47. futrfysician

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    A much wanted letter:

    Dear Applicant,

    After we stopped laughing and a few members of the committee cleaned up themselves, we determined that you really don't qualify for our school.

    Now before you send us letters talking about the fact that 18 members of our class last year failed the boards, we are frankly looking to improve that and make sure only 15 fail this year and onward.

    Frankly, we have no idea of what we are looking for. We really haven't a clue. If we did, every school would be calling us instead of us calling them. We think last year we really screwed up. Half the class couldn't pass Anatomy because they couldn't wield a scalpel wihout someone getting taken to the ER for injuries, but life goes on.

    Thanks for applying. We will spend your $75 wisely on improvements like the other 5000 applicants sent on bonuses for the Admissions staff.

    Much love.

    The Dean
    :D :D :D :D :D
     
  48. barb

    barb Senior Member
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    USC's rejection came in an e-mail saying that a decision has been made but to find out what it was I had to go to their website which then had me click on my "final decision letter" which then told me I was rejected. Why not just send an e-mail saying "REJECTED YOU LOSER!" :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
  49. chapinsita

    chapinsita from premed to med!
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    This was some good comic relief after feeling down about my post-secondary rejection from stanfurd. Oh-well, who needs them anyway!

    Bump for this year's rejects ;)
     
  50. jlee9531

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    my sentiments exactly....its only stanfUrd....
    the anteater can piss on their pine tree right?
     
  51. ewing

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    Great line NE!!
     

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