Is AMCAS selling your personal info?

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  1. chak_de_phatee

    chak_de_phatee Senior Member

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    I just got my third Podiatric school packet in a week...........how do these people know I want to go to med school............any ideas?????????
     
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  3. Smoke This

    Smoke This Sweet cuppin' cakes!

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    Maybe they're psychic. :laugh:

    I got a lot of stuff like that last year (stethoscope sales, etc.) and the only possibility is that AMCAS gave them my name. Looks like the scads of money we have been paying AMCAS isn't enough if they're selling mailing lists. Try paying them more money to keep this from happening in the future. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member

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    you can sue them for this, I guess.
     
  5. MyEyesMesmerize

    MyEyesMesmerize Senior Member

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    I got the same podiatry stuff. I know though that they are aware you take the MCAT, and that info (not the score) is released to them. I think its somewhere on our registration for the MCAT. I forget. But if you checked yes then the podiatry schools come huntin'.
     
  6. tBw

    tBw totally deluded

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    I don't know if it is AMCAS or the schools themselves - last year I wasn't ready to apply but I asked a couple of schools for their brochures. Within a month, in addition to the programs I had actually written to (all US schools) I received postcards advertising the programs in Mexico and the Caribbean.......

    The other source of "random" school info is that some schools contact pre-med advisors for contact info for people that might be applying that year....
     
  7. Adcadet

    Adcadet Long way from Gate 27

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    From the AMCAS instruction book:


    The AAMC recognizes its responsibility to treat with care the information it
    collects about individuals involved in medical education, and to respect their
    privacy relative to sensitive data concerning them. To meet this obligation, the
    Association has developed policies to prevent the exposure of truly confidential
    personal data without the permission of the individual involved, to limit the
    distribution of sensitive data to those situations which require it, and to permit
    distribution of non-sensitive, directory information wherever a useful purpose
    can be served.
    Directory information consists of lists of students attending each medical
    school, lists of graduates of each medical school with year of graduation, and
    lists of residents participating in each program of graduate medical education.
    For identification purposes, birth dates and Social Security Numbers are
    sometimes exchanged on a confidential basis with certifying boards and other
    organizations involved in medical education to accompany this directory
    information in order to assure that credentials are attributed to the proper
    person.
    Information about applicants and students is, of course, disclosed to the
    schools to which a student applies or matriculates. Each medical school
    authorizes the Association to circulate the names of accepted applicants for
    each entering class after all deadlines have passed, but before classes have
    begun. Information submitted to the AAMC by a medical school is available
    only to that institution, except for the accepted applicant lists discussed above.
    Medical schools also provide information to the AAMC about the entrance,
    dismissal, transfer, withdrawal and graduation of students, and residency
    program directors provide information about participation in graduate medical
    education. Such information permits the Association to maintain accurate
    records of the number of enrolled students and residents and their mobility.
    Information relating to medical school applicants, students and residents from
    various sources is published in the form of aggregate statistics, such as the
    tables found in Medical School Admission Requirements and other AAMC
    annual publications. Except for directory information as defined above and
    communications with the schools as a part of the application and record
    keeping process, information about individual students is not shared with
    anyone in a way which would permit individual identification.
    Any personally identifiable data submitted by an applicant will be made
    available to that applicant upon written request. Where archival data from prior
    years is requested, a fee may be assessed to cover retrieval costs.
     
  8. Smoke This

    Smoke This Sweet cuppin' cakes!

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    Sounds like the short answer to the OP's question is "yes." I take it one of the "useful purpose" they refer to is lining their own (non-profit) pockets.
     
  9. Adcadet

    Adcadet Long way from Gate 27

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    I was reading that info since I am not real happy with the Sinai email that included ~900 email addresses.
     
  10. chak_de_phatee

    chak_de_phatee Senior Member

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    Thanks for the info guys, gotta love AMCAS.......:mad:
     

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