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**How to get off a waitlist thread**

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by docjg17, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. docjg17

    docjg17 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Looking for suggestions/thoughts from people who have gotton off waitlists

    LOIs? phone calls? emails? what did you do and why do you think it helped?

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  3. EndSong

    EndSong Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    I am not sure there is a lot one can do about a waitlist. if I were on an adcom, and sitting there for many years, I would have created a system to have a waitlist that is both as fair and orderly as possible, i.e. one where I would rank waitlist candidates from strongest to weakest. That way, the moment an opening appears at my school, I would always try to pull the strongest candidates first.

    Where any additional letters/updates/phone calls may come into play is

    1) if you have something significant that would make you as appealling as one of the stronger candidates, i.e. publications, significant award or honor, etc. But I doubt that there could be any such sudden change over the last 3 months, such projects are usually mentioned in the application earlier.

    2) If the case is that you are ranked lower than 2 or 3 other candidates and you are all relatively similar in "desireability." Then if you are the only one to write a letter that has good updates and sincere desire to go the said school, then you may be chosen before the other 2 or 3.

    Purely conjecture here.
  4. fotografía

    fotografía Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2005

    To conjecture some more, also consider the fact that by the time a school is admitting off of a waitlist, they are trying to fill open spots in their class, especially as it gets closer and closer to the first day of classes. Therefore, they want to admit people who will actually matriculate. I do think that expressing sincere interest to a school and writting a LOI could help you out. My mentor (who has mentored a lot of premeds in the past), claims this makes a big difference for similar candidates. She told me one her of students really wanted to go to Vandy, and arranged a phone interview, basically confessed her love to Vandy, and got admitted on the spot.
  5. Finian

    Finian 7+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2006
    Has anyone ever asked a pre-med advisor to step in and make a phone call? I would think this might help but honestly have no idea.
  6. Doctor~Detroit

    Doctor~Detroit this poll sux!!! 2+ Year Member

    May 9, 2006
  7. kypdurron5

    kypdurron5 10+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    Lol, that's what I was thinking >).
  8. HispurposOnCall

    HispurposOnCall 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2007
  9. TerdFerguson

    TerdFerguson Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2005
    Yeah, how many times are you willing to say a rosary per day?
  10. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
  11. docjg17

    docjg17 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Good idea:)
  12. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
  13. blackrsx

    blackrsx OMGWTF 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    praying vs. LOI: at least an LOI might work
  14. FemalesCANTDriv

    FemalesCANTDriv LMAO 5+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Where I go to school
    What about sending an LOI to Jesus.

    "Dear Jesus,

    If you get me into X School of Medicine, I will withdraw all other acceptances immediately and matriculate. You know I'm not lying, because I live through you and you are my being. So techinically, you are writing this letter through me to yourself.

    Your humble servant,

    PS: I know I shouldn't have had that third shot of tequila"

  15. gary5

    gary5 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2003
    I would find out when the school usually taps their waitlist, and send an LOI one week before that date. That said, I'd estimate that an LOI makes only a 1% difference. Schools rank everyone on their waitlist and pick from the top, so they have already decided who will be chosen first.
  16. NonTradMed

    NonTradMed Perpetual Student 7+ Year Member

    I've heard a letter of interest or a letter of intent may be helpful, continually keeping in contact with the admissions people and showing you have an interest in their school helps. I was not waitlisted but I did have to wait for my acceptance, and I wrote a letter of intent during that time to the admissions dean. Don't know if it helped but I did get into a school that I was on the border for.
  17. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you
    I know 2 options that ALWAYS work:

    1. Get accepted.

    2. Withdraw.

    That is all.
  18. johnnydrama

    johnnydrama I'm no Superman 10+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2006

    Why not just ask him to grant you the power to heal the sick, and just skip the whole MD thing?
  19. FemalesCANTDriv

    FemalesCANTDriv LMAO 5+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Where I go to school
    Don't be greedy... I think that might be a sin. Plus, you have all of medical school, residency, and your career to ask for that power ;)
  20. CCLCMer

    CCLCMer CCLCM Alum c/o 2011 7+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2006
    Cleveland expatriate
    It really depends on the school. My program doesn't seem to care about LOIs, but I think other schools might. If I were you, I would contact students you know at that school (or ask for someone to help you on SDN) and ask their advice. Good luck, I hope you get off your waitlist. :luck:

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