Pursuing MD

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Hello all,

I can really use all of your advice and/or suggestions. I recently was accepted into a podiatry school. HOWEVER, I may not want to attend any podiatry school at this time.

I am still waiting to hear from SGU medical school, which granted me an interview last week. If I am not accepted to SGU, then I will hopefully go after podiatry...but that will be a year from now.

Any suggestions as to what I should tell the podiatry school, if anything? I mean, I can decline their acceptance without having to explain my decision; this is normal. However, I am afraid that this will leave a very negative impression with the podiatry school, and may hurt my chances if I don't get into SGU and later decide to apply to the podiatry school.

I can -- maybe -- defer my acceptance for a year...does anyone know if I can actually do that w/ pod. schools? Or if I were to reapply to the podaitry school next year, I can (try to) explain to them why I reapplied a year later after being accepted. But what would be a good reason...I was considering a carrer in MD? I doubt they'd like to hear that.

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It sems like Podiatry is not your first choice career. If I were in your situtation and didn't get into med school on the first try, then I would reapply to med school. You have to ask yourself whether you are really going to be happy with Podiatry as a career. You don't want to have regrets in later in life. Podiatry is a great profession, but you have to make the choice if its right for you, not because you weren't able to get into med school.

Good luck! :)
 

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I agree with Christie whole-heartedly, and would second those comments.
 
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Originally posted by Pursuing MD


I can -- maybe -- defer my acceptance for a year...does anyone know if I can actually do that w/ pod. schools?
Not a problem. The worst that will happen is you'll have to apply next year. In near-seriousness, I did not apply to pod. schools and I still got accepted. ;)

I'll third Christie's very wise comments.
 

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In near-seriousness, I did not apply to pod. schools and I still got accepted.
I would consider the first part of this, and not take him seriously.
 

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I did receive literature in the mail from Barry (who doesn't?) which is just as good as an interview invite from them.
 

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I suppose that's just about the same as getting in, which means you really just about graduated too. Right?
 

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Eric,

I think that Gavin is correct about a mailing from a pod school equals an invite. I'll even go further (as you sarcastically alluded to) and say that it equals an acceptance. I cannot speak for the difficulty of remaining in pod school or graduating from one because I will not be attending one. I can speak on the ease with which one can receive an interview and acceptance because I received 2 before I decided that Podiatry was not right for me. Because of the severe lack of applicants versus the number of available seats, I don't think it's a stretch at all to think that everyone who applies will at least get an interview and probably an acceptance. I do not assume that that means that getting out will be as easy as getting in.
 
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