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How much does knowing a prof in the med school really help in admissions

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by dirkdiggler, Jul 17, 2001.

  1. dirkdiggler

    dirkdiggler Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2001
    does it have any pull to get a interview?
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  3. Medic171

    Medic171 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    I just asked this question a few days ago, try Searching a bit before you repeat a recent post. The general consensus was"can't hurt, might help, but probably won't help any more than any other established physician writing for you".
  4. rxfudd

    rxfudd 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2001
    Chicago suburbs
    My honors advisor is professor of human genetics at my university's medical school. When I asked him for a recommendation letter, he told me he would need to see my mcat scores first. Turns out he had a student in his lab who he wrote a letter for the previous year. The professor could not get him in even though the guy had a 27 MCAT and a 3.4 GPA. If you can get a letter from someone in the school, it will probably be as good as (or maybe a tad bit better than) a letter from an undergrad professor. But don't, by any means, expect it to work wonders.
  5. imtiaz

    imtiaz i cant translate stupid Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2000
    New York, NY
    It depends if they're on the ADCOM, and how much they like you.
  6. rxfudd

    rxfudd 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2001
    Chicago suburbs
    Agreed, if you know someone on the adcom (and you know them outside of the application process, like as a professor or an advisor), and they like you, you are definitely ahead of the game. But unless they are an adcom, my opinion above does not change.

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