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I interviewed at Uniformed Services University recently. I should really give them credit for drawing a realistic picture of military medicine and the amount of committment that is required. After all the information sessions, I really do not think that military medicine matches my personality.

Now my question is should I call them to withdraw my application? The thing that I am kind of worried about is that even though I have had four other interview invites, there is still some small chance that I do not get into any of those schools and only get into USUHS. I have interviewed at three other places, and have one coming up in March. I actually have done well in most of those interivews (I hope), but I can never be sure. For some reason, I think that I will probably get in to USUHS. My first interviewer was tough, and I did not know the answer to many of his questions, but at the end he still told me that I make a great USUHS doctor.

I have read many threads here that given an acceptance, a person should go to medical school where ever it is. Now, considering that I might only get into USUHS (hypothetically) and I dont know if I get in anywhere else yet, should I just call and withdraw my application now? :confused:

Thanks for your feedback.
 

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I interviewed at Uniformed Services University recently. I should really give them credit for drawing a realistic picture of military medicine and the amount of committment that is required. After all the information sessions, I really do not think that military medicine does not match my personality.

Now my question is should I call them to withdraw my application? The thing that I am kind of worried about is that even though I have had four other interview invites, there is still some small chance that I do not get into any of those schools and only get into USUHS. I have interviewed at three other places, and have one coming up in March. I actually have done well in most of those interivews (I hope), but I can never be sure. For some reason, I think that I will probably get in to USUHS. My first interviewer was tough, and I did not know the answer to many of his questions, but at the end he still told me that I make a great USUHS doctor.

I have read many threads here that given an acceptance, a person should go to medical school where ever it is. Now, considering that I might only get into USUHS (hypothetically) and I dont know if I get in anywhere else yet, should I just call and withdraw my application now? :confused:

Thanks for your feedback.

It seems to me that not wanting to go into the military might be considered a justifiable excuse and therefore an exception to the decline-an-acceptance-and-you're-dead rule. Thoughts?
 

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It seems to me that not wanting to go into the military might be considered a justifiable excuse and therefore an exception to the decline-an-acceptance-and-you're-dead rule. Thoughts?

I agree...and especially with the military, it's understandable to not want to attend because it's not a good match, even if it's your only acceptance. I'd withdraw.
 

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A couple of quick questions/points:

What did you put down as your rank order for the uniformed services?

You did not get an acceptance yet and if you do not have one yet, why throw one away?

Why apply to a school and not KNOW a good deal about what its mission and objectives are?
 

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A couple of quick questions/points:

What did you put down as your rank order for the uniformed services?

You did not get an acceptance yet and if you do not have one yet, why throw one away?

Why apply to a school and not KNOW a good deal about what its mission and objectives are?

Well, I should say that even though I don't have an acceptance, I think I really rather reapply than to attend a school I am not very happy in, especially because I applied pretty late this cycle. I also have to say that I applied to that school even later ( about 5-6 weeks ago) and got the interview invite pretty quickly. I mean, I really thought that applying that late would have gotten me nowhere. And besides, how many people do you know on SDN who apply to schools they really do not want to go to and end up getting into them and not want to go?
 

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It sounds like you don't really want to go even if accepted, so I would withdraw.

The military is a big commitment and it is not for everyone. Unless you are sure you would like to do it then I wouldn't.

Just take your chances. Maybe you will get in at the other schools you interviewed. If not, reapply (earlier).
 

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Why apply to a school and not KNOW a good deal about what its mission and objectives are?

Sometimes people don't do everything perfectly the first time around. I applied to a few schools that I shouldn't have and didn't apply to a few that I should have. Why? I was scrambling to get my AMCAS in, find a job, find an apartment and pack everything I own. In a phrase, **** happens. :oops:

Oh, and sometimes people just change their minds.
 

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Sometimes people don't do everything perfectly the first time around. I applied to a few schools that I shouldn't have and didn't apply to a few that I should have. Why? I was scrambling to get my AMCAS in, find a job, find an apartment and pack everything I own. In a phrase, **** happens. :oops:

Oh, and sometimes people just change their minds.

Exactly. That is what the interview is for. An applicant might change his mind about a school, after the interview with that school.

Thanks for the feedback, guys. I think I will call to withdraw my application before they make a decision regarding acceptance. Hopefully, I will get into the other schools that have invited me to interivew. :)
 

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Sometimes people don't do everything perfectly the first time around. I applied to a few schools that I shouldn't have and didn't apply to a few that I should have. Why? I was scrambling to get my AMCAS in, find a job, find an apartment and pack everything I own. In a phrase, **** happens. :oops:

Oh, and sometimes people just change their minds.

I completely agree with this--no one is perfect and sometimes in a fit of fear you click on extra schools in your AMCAS! (I certainly, stupidly, applied to places I knew nothing about just for a little padding).
 

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Definitly withdraw...USHS (Whatever) is a larger commitment than just medical school...it really is a commitment of your life to a certain lifestyle...as others have said this is the exception to the rule
 

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FAR better to withdraw before they send out an acceptance than to have it be your ONLY acceptance, decline it, and have to explain it if you reapply next year.

Withdraw. It's more than a simple "I don't like the school" thing.
 

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i think you should withdraw, and withdraw now before you have to decline an acceptance and face whatever (i've heard huge) consequences declining an acceptance has. don't feel bad about it, you interviewed and learned a lot more about the school. That's the point of visiting the school isnt' it--to make sure it's a good place for you.

worst case you reapply--just not to this school again.
 

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I declined my acceptance last year to USUHS and was waitlisted at my state school and didnt get in. I reapplied this year and was accepted to medical school. The long commitment to the Army was just too much for me. If you know you dont want to me an armed services doc, then withdraw. If you are still contemplating, then wait for a decision and decide later. Declining my acceptance did not hurt me in this years application process.
 
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