I was born without a sense of smell. I don't want to get into any specifics but it's a genetic thing. My brother and mother can't smell either. that's the only thing wrong--no other abnormalities. anyhow, i've never considered this a disability--never got disability checks nor applied to any school or job as disabled. with the thread about hearing impaired and medical school rejection, i'm now worried that i might be considered disabled. many schools have technical standards that state matriculants should have a functional use of smell. i know the field i choose might be limited, but does that exclude me from medicine altogether? i've worked my ass off the past four years: I scored high on the MCAT, have a high GPA, and have unique EC's in every area (according to my advisor). I already have three invitations to interview. Now I'm in a panic that all of that was for nothing. What do you guys think? When should I inform the med schools of this disability and how? I asked one of the schools I'm interviewing out if anosmia (laack of a sense of smell) would make me ineligible for matriculation. she stated that i should go through the interview process and if i get accepted then i will be sent a sheet asking if i can perform in all the technical standards. if i can't it is up to the school to decide if they can accomodate my disability. umm, so i'm supposed to spend the money and time applying, traveling, and interviewing so that they can accept me to reject me? i want some concrete answers. if you won't accept a person who can't smell tell me now so i won't even bother applying. sorry about my rambling. i'm just flabbergasted.