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How carefully does U.Maryland screen?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by lisalisa, Nov 3, 2002.

  1. lisalisa

    lisalisa Junior Member
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    I am an out-of-state applicant who received a UMD secondary a few days ago. Desperately needing a bit hope, I am wondering if they really looked at my primary and made a decision to allow me to continue the application process. (Or did they just want the $50?)

    Anyone else surprised they got a secondary?
    Anyone get rejected before one?
    Opinions?
    Rumors?
     
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  3. poloace

    poloace Senior Member
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    i have a secondary- my app blows... chances are they don't screen...
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  4. I'm a former resident of Maryland (still have an MD driver's license in fact), and I know that they do screen all out-of-state applicants. I don't know what criteria they use, sorry I can't help there.. I know a girl (not a URM) from CA with a 3.6 from UCLA and 29 MCAT who interviewed at UMAB and was waitlisted there, and when I interviewed in 2001, I was one of a few in-staters there, and there were about 4 people out of 20 from California. From what I can tell (based on 2 application cycles and talking to a lot of people), it seems that Maryland tends to favor out-of-staters who a)are URM, UMAB is known for strong minority recruitment, b)are from California, Delaware (since DE is next door and doesn't have a med school), Virginia (esp. NoVA), Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, particularly from states that border Maryland, c)have exceptional stats, d)attend school in Maryland (UMAB LOVES JHU grads), or e)are MD/PhD. So if you fit into one or more of these categories, you have a decent shot at an interview. Maryland does give strong preference to state residents, who comprise 80-90% of each entering class. It's a great school, but is still a very hard school to get into compared to many other state schools. good luck!
     
  5. lisalisa

    lisalisa Junior Member
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    Huh. I meet none of those criteria.

    But thanks for making me feel like one of the chosen few.
     
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    the princeton review book 2003 ed. says maryland screens and gives secondaries to 25% of out-of-state applicants.
    hope that helps.
     
  7. RT

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    The farther away you are from MD, the harder it is to get in. UMD's class is about 82% instate.

    By rough calculation, they interview about 15-20% out-of-staters who submitted the secondary.

    Rt
     
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    only 25%- that seems awfully low... anyone have any takes on this??

    peter
     
  9. poloace

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    if this is true... i really have to get that secondary out in the next few days. thanks -
    p
     
  10. RT

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    Heheh, yeah, it's Nov already, now is better than later. They have tons of essays, it's not even funny. No online, no pdf application. A pain.

    Rt
     
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    Would anyone be so kind as to list the US News stats for Maryland?
    You know,....the good stuff.

    -Mooch Mister
     
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    Peer Evaluations 3.2
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    Ave. Accepted GPA 3.68
    Ave. Accepted MCAT 10
    Acceptance Rate 9.40%
    NIH Funding $88.8 Million (*?)
    Faculty/Student Ratio 1.7/1
    Top 3 Match 66.70%
    Out-of-state Tuition $26,849
    Class Size 579

    I interviewed there a few weeks ago in case anyone has any questions about that...
     
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    Hey everyone!
    To give you some encouragement about U of Maryland, I received a secondary and an interview already. I believe they really do look at your application because my stats are horrible - 2.9 UG, 3.3 BCPM, 4.0G, 27M mcat - non -urm- out of state resident. I say go ahead and apply - the school is awesome and the students are unbelievably friendly! I'm crossing my fingers I get in.
     
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    I also got a secondary from UMD a couple days ago and am out of state. Don't fit any of the "special" criteria except that I'm from NY so it looks like we're both lucky. Then again maybe not that lucky because we have to write all those app questions:(
     
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    abw-
    you give me hope my friend... hope.
    p
     
  16. lisalisa

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    abw:

    Thanks for the hope. My fingers are crossed - for both of us.

    lisalisa
     
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    My brother lives in Maryland and i'm from GA. Does anybody think i should call/e-mail/write UMD and tell them my brother lives in MD to increase my chances of getting a secondary?
     
  18. lisalisa

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    deepfry:

    I'm leaning toward no.

    I think I would only play that card if I had waited some time for the secondary and felt I had nothing to lose.

    If you are going to mention it, how about writing a letter to the Committee about your attachment to Maryland?

    Better yet, what about writing a letter about recent accomplishments/updates that are not on your AMCAS application and casually mention having family in the state?

    lisalisa
     
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    About UMD's selectivity...

    Has anyone been rejected without a secondary?
     
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    thanks for the advice lisalisa!

    -so far it looks like most people are getting the secondary.....i'm not sure how many don't though
     
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    From reported data and some calculations:

    Total
    Primary: 3055
    Secondary: <1149 received
    Interview: 485, 42.2% of secondaries
    Acceptance: 290, 25.2% of secondaries, 59.8% of interviews
    Entrance: 137

    In-state
    Primary: 721
    Secondary: ~566 (based on 79% average of Stanford's data)
    Interview: 307, 54.2% of secondaries
    Acceptance: ~235, 41.4% of secondaries, 76.4% of interviews
    Entrance: 112

    Out-of-state
    Primary: 2334
    Secondary: <583 (based on ~25% of Princeton)
    Interview: 178
    Acceptance: ~55
    Entrance: 25

    Rt
     
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    Can we collectively bitc# about how much MD's secondary blows! Is anyone else still working on it?

    And what's with the Job V Profession question? Where did they pull that one from?
     
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    It took me forever to finish UMD's secondary just bc it was such a pain in the a$$, but i forced myself to do it since it's one of my top choices. One thing about the job vs. profession question is that it was a big question in my interview - we talked about it for a while. Also, I'm in a m.p.h. program now, and we had a chapter in one of my classes discussing what professionals were. I think you're pretty much supposed to say that it's a field that you believe in and put effort in through that belief. It's something above and beyond a job.
     
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    In the UMD School of Medicine catalog (2002-2004) on pages 24-25 there is section about professionalism in medicine. This might give you some ideas for the secondary essay. I believe the catalog is online on their website. It is a huge pdf file, but worth a look if you are looking for inspiration for the essay.

    BTW, has anyone who interviewed in mid-October heard from UMD?
     
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    They already started interviewing? That is fast. I heard they weren't looking at files until the beginning of October.
     
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    I interviewed on October 16. The dean said they started interviewing on September 30. There were about 8 M.D. candidates and 2 MD/PhD at my interview day.
     
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    i interviewed on oct. 21rst... haven't heard anything yet!
    let me know when you hear :)
     
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    Haha, I was there that day. There was actually 5 MD/PhDs interviewing that day but only 2 of us showed up to the financial aid breifing. Oops. I was one of the tards who did show up tho, the tall guy with buzzed hair and glasses.

    Anyways, I hope you had a good time. I'm expecting a decision from them, but the director e-mailed me today asking me about some concerns about my application, whatever that means.
     
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    The wait is killing me. Everyday I agonize all the way home from work about whether today will be the day. I am out of state, but I grew up in Maryland (lived there for 24 years). I am also non-traditional - so I am not sure what my chances are. I felt my interviews went well - but I am not sure how to interpret an interview. I have been to three different schools and all of them have been much more conversational than I had expected. I was at UCLA yesterday and the interview went great (?) ... well, I guess it did. I am not really sure how to tell anymore? Well, good luck - I hope we hear from them soon.
     
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    i applied to MD last year also... it was the only school i applied to, i interviewed on oct. 15th heard NOTHING until february and then heard that they hadn't decided on my application. then in june i got wait-listed and finally in mid-september was informed that they were no longer accepting. so i'm hoping to hear soon but def. not holding my breath!!! :laugh:
     

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