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Getting in off waitlists

Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by none, Apr 24, 2002.

  1. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    Do MD/PhD applicants ever get in off waitlists?
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  3. shamus1

    shamus1 Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 18, 2002
    Happens all the time; even HMS's MD/PhD has to go to its waitlist. You might want to contact each school to see where you are on their waitlist (if they will tell you), and what kind of a chance you have. Ask them about movement on their waitlist over the past few years. If you are holding an acceptance at another school, you can tell them that; it might get their competitive juices flowing and make you more attractive in their eyes (the Bathsheeba effect).

    You probably want to communicate with the school you are most interested in and let them know that you will definitely attend if accepted. Schools that utilize waitlists like to make their admissions stats look good, and would rather offer a position to someone who will definitely accept rather than "waste" it on someone who might turn them down, all other things be roughly equal. (Hey, admissions officers are people too, and they do not thrive on rejection.) It probably would be major uncool to pledge your troth to all the programs you are waitlisted with. Notwithstanding the virtues of honesty, a couple of the programs might communicate with one another and you could end up hacking off both programs and losing your chance at admission.

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