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I Want My Msar!!!!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Doc Henry, May 1, 2007.

  1. Doc Henry

    Doc Henry blowin' in the wind 10+ Year Member

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    I ordered it on the 26th and I really really want it!

    On another note...anyone excited to start their app in a few days??? Thats another thing I'm really anxious about

    I'm noticing a trend of me wanting to spend more time working on applying to med school and less and less time studying for my current class...Not really a good trend.
     
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  3. DrMidlife

    DrMidlife has an opinion 10+ Year Member

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    Got mine. It's purple. Soon you can join me in data whoredom.
     
  4. Funky

    Funky This space is for sale 10+ Year Member

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    i have the 2006-2007 version, should i get the updated one?
     
  5. NYyanx28

    NYyanx28 7+ Year Member

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    Don't be fooled by the numbers, it is of accepted and not matriculated students. Of course schools will accept students with 40's on their MCAT, but the better estimate of your odds at a school would be the matriculated student's numbers.
     
  6. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

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    Wow, I remember being bright eyed and bushy-tailed this time last year. How old we get in this process :(

    I wouldn't buy a new MSAR - yeah some numbers will change slightly, but not much (what you have in a 2008-2009 MSAR are the numbers reported for the 2006 class anyway - already 2 years before your class would be). Check schools websites to double check that you have all the prereqs but beyond that sure numbers change, but not so much that it would make or break your decision to apply to a school).
     
  7. DrMidlife

    DrMidlife has an opinion 10+ Year Member

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    No. There's not that much that has changed. Even with the new one, it's best to verify all data on each's school's website anyway. So use the old one, and for the schools you think you want to apply to, look on their website to see if anything major has changed.

    Unless you're data obsessed. Then what are you waiting for?
     
  8. yobynaes

    yobynaes 10+ Year Member

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    you should buy my msar from 2006-2007, so you can analyze the trend of change...:laugh:
     
  9. lunaire

    lunaire Hypogunner 10+ Year Member

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    Go to the library and read it there if you're that impatient.

    Also, I'm excited to end this application year. Good riddance.
     
  10. DrMidlife

    DrMidlife has an opinion 10+ Year Member

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    :laugh: I have trend data back to 2004. I'm almost done updating my spreadsheet with the 07-08 data, and I got the book 2 hours ago. I'm a dork.
     
  11. silverlining1

    silverlining1 7+ Year Member

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    Wow, already? I also ordered mine on the 26th and checked my mail today but nothing yet... That's all right, though; I've got enough to deal with in school!
     
  12. chickenlittle84

    chickenlittle84 2+ Year Member

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    So the MSAR data for gpa and mcat are based on all of the candidates they ACCEPTED, not the candidates that actually MATRICULATED??? I didn't know that! So that probably means that for top tier schools the numbers are pretty accurate in terms of chances, but for mid or lower tier schools the numbers are likely exaggerated. The best kids (40 MCAT, 4.0, etc) will get into multiple places, choose the top tier schools, bringing down the average numbers for the class that actually matriculates at lower tier schools...

    Are the average/median numbers for matriculants available anywhere?
     
  13. DrGoofy

    DrGoofy 2+ Year Member

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    is the msar a "must have" for choosing which schools to apply? i'm a first time applicant for the upcoming cycle, and was just wondering if i absolutely need to get this book.
     
  14. Surf Rx

    Surf Rx 7+ Year Member

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    not a "must have," but it definitely helps.
     
  15. DrMidlife

    DrMidlife has an opinion 10+ Year Member

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    It would be a mistake to apply without looking at the MSAR. You don't have to buy it, and you don't have to find the latest one.

    Do you know how you're choosing the schools you'll apply to? Location? Cost? US News ranking? Class size? M/F ratio? Classmates who are members of your ethnic group? If you haven't thought about this, the MSAR lays out a great deal of info in a browseable fashion. If you have thought about how to choose, you'll want to verify that you haven't missed some targets or chosen ones with OOS teflon.

    Do you have rock star stats? 4.0, 44T, eye-high DABs, published, LOR from Paul Farmer? If so, apply anywhere. Otherwise, to quote LizzyM, you'll want to focus on schools where your GPA is within 0.5 of their average (although all MSAR gives is median) and apply to as many of them as you can.

    Best of luck to you.
     
  16. pcguy2

    pcguy2 Minneapolis Master 2+ Year Member

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    Must have as in, go to library and ***** it for a day.
     
  17. degoo_

    degoo_ 2+ Year Member

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    werd
     

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