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For those of you who call adcoms often!!!!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Beoz, Jun 22, 2002.

  1. This is some interesting information. I know the coordinator for prospective students at a large MD school and she let me in on this info.

    The people who call every week to check up on their applications or ask question of the adcom's or about their admissions will be singled out, in a bad way. Everyone in the admisistration is pretty close and they talk to each other about prospective students. There was one gentleman who she said "was hurt" because he called too often.
     
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  3. mr.annoying

    mr.annoying Senior Member

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    This is the exact reason why I NEVER called the admissions offices. I just thought that they'd simply get annoyed by you asking them all the time about your status. I did, however, keep good communication via e-mail, but not simply to ask about my status every week. I asked thoughtful questions that the admissions lady was happy to answer, and I think that was enough to show them that I really wanted to go there.
     
  4. 1st Rain Drop

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    It depends on the school because during orientation at one of my interviews they were actually encouraging us to call their office and show continued interest.
     
  5. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

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    Of course you do not call every week with the same question "Are we there yet?". Anyone would get annoyed. Being moderate is important here however I understand how difficult it is when you were waiting for the whole year.
     
  6. pocwana

    pocwana MD/MBA candidate c/o 2008

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    so if you're not asking about your status, what are you asking about? specifics of the med school curriculum, or what?
    for us future annoyers :D , please help us out. thanks. :)
     
  7. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

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    How abour calling/e-mailing every other week?
     
  8. Well basically it should not be like "Yeah, Berblette called about her application." "Again?" "Yes, again - she is annoying" "Let's put Berblette on the **** list"
     
  9. jmejia1

    jmejia1 Senior Member

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    like someone mentioned, it depends on the school. i've read that calling every two weeks or so demonstrates your interests and it can favor you. at ucsf, the guy that gave the tour, mentioned that his friend consistently called ucsf while on the waitlist and eventually got offered an acceptance.

    it also depends who you are calling, calling the main office and speaking to an administrative person or someone who's paid to answer phones won't get you anywhere.
     
  10. Bradleyp

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    I called six times yesterday, do you think that is bad? They sounded pissed at four, but I figured I could get two more calls in.
     
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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 Bradleyp:
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    you obviously dont want to be annoying, but a call frequency of once a week is definitely not high in my opinion. i think the best course of action is to ask when you can call back when you call the first time, that way the adcom makes the decision and youre on their timescale. i always make sure to ask "when should i call back?" and they tell me. that way you cant go wrong.
     
  13. zealous

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    When you say "calling the adcom" who exactly are you referring to? I call the admissions office where i am waitlisted to get info and have spoken to the admissions director but never anyone on the admissions committee. Are people actually calling the chairman of the admissions committee to ask questions? I think I would be too afraid that I would say something he didn't like and then he would tell the committee to reject me. Brave people!
     
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    I realize this differs significantly from the medical application process. However, when I applied to grad. school my application was VERY weak because my undergrad was in Civil Engr. and I was seeking a Chemistry M.S.. I lacked many of the normal chemistry pre-req's. Being a people person myself I chose to get to know the grad school secretary and either dropped by or called EVERY WEEK just to see where the admission process was. Of the 250 applicants, only 15 were admitted...and I was one. When I asked "Why?" of the secretary, she said it had a lot to do with my "maturity" and "persistance". She continued to say that taking the time and effort to contact her showed that I REALLY wanted to attend their university and was determined to go there. One note though...if she hadn't been so receptive to me, I wouldn't have bothered her as often! I'd say take your que's from the person you speak to. Usually it's possible to tell if you're advances are welcome.
     
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    do you guys actually talk to the admissions director or just the person who answers the call and looks up your file?

    I have written letters and emails to the director, but never called. Should I be calling???

    thanks
     

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