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Hey guys,

I just checked my status for a medical school and it said that "No decision has been reached and your file has been kept for further review". I'm just really confused. What does this mean? Does this mean they didn't want to invite me for an interview?

It's my first time applying so sorry if I sound clueless.
 
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sovereign0

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It could mean any number of things, nobody knows exactly other than the admissions committee. We could speculate, you could speculate, but would it really achieve anything?

Try not to worry about things that you have no control over, you'll be a happier person throughout the cycle, trust me. :nod:
 

MrLogan13

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It means what it says. Don't read too much into it or worry about it. Just wait until you hear something from them.
 

LizzyM

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No news is good news. Don't expect to hear from every school or have a change in status at some schools until April. Meanwhile, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
 

piii

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Think of it this way, OP:

You just took a girl on a nice and casual coffee date.
You dressed appropriately - not too nice - and you presented yourself in a manner that lets her get a good glimpse of the positive attributes that you possess.
After the date, you smile. You tell her you had a wonderful time and that you'd like to do this again sometime.
She smiles and gives you warm kiss on the cheek.
You both part ways, back to your respective homes.

Now, she's got another 2,000 casual dates lined up for the next week, after which she will consider if she wants to go on a more formal, intimate dinner outing with you. ;)

Do you:

1) Call and text her obsessively to let her know how interested and lonely you are?

2) Let the neurotic paranoia seep in your mind, make believing that she thought you were ugly and will flake out on you so that by the time she gets back to you in a week you will have convinced yourself that you shouldn't reply to her text out of spite?

3) Go about your life, not making assumptions, and think positively and happily no matter what the outcome may be?

Good luck, OP!
 
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Goro

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Patience is a virtue, the need for instant gratification is not.

Med schools get anywhere from 5000-14000 apps. Give them time to work their way down the pile to yours.


Read this post by the very sage Gonnif:

http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/no-interviews-yet.1156541/#post-16824138




Hey guys,

I just checked my status for a medical school and it said that "No decision has been reached and your file has been kept for further review". I'm just really confused. What does this mean? Does this mean they didn't want to invite me for an interview?

It's my first time applying so sorry if I sound clueless.
 

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Patience is a virtue, the need for instant gratification is not.
Med schools get anywhere from 5000-14000 apps. Give them time to work their way down the pile to yours.
Read this post by the very sage Gonnif:

http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/no-interviews-yet.1156541/#post-16824138
And I thank my esteemed colleague from west St. Louis for his kind words.

I just checked my status for a medical school and it said that "No decision has been reached and your file has been kept for further review". I'm just really confused. What does this mean? Does this mean they didn't want to invite me for an interview?
Rule 1: Take a Breath

The process of reviewing an application has many steps and often is not done in a linear manner. It is likely that your application has been initially reviewed by adcom staff and has be placed in second priority in work flow as it is parsed out to adcom members and readers. They may pull out "outstanding" candidates, URMs, children of alumni, UGs from parent university, linked PB/SMP, usual feeder schools, etc. Some state schools look first at in state, others purposely OOS to find any with state connection or that may have strong ties to its mission. They may look at the first group to be read/scored/interviewed/decided, prior to dealing with next group of applications. This may be done at any point in the chain of tasks above. For example, the adcom may want to decided on who to II in the first group then seeing how many slots are left before they move on to next group.

That is especially true now as many schools are still ramping up their full process. August is still a relatively off month with staff dealing with incoming class, faculty still away on summer, and what not. Some schools may not start adcom voting meetings until September.
 
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