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Leave of Absence for Semester Due To Depression

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by astrife, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. astrife

    astrife Senior Member
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  3. Bleurberry

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    You're fine. It may come up, and you don't have to get into specifics, just say it was a school approved medical withdrawl. After all, your medical records are private, and admissions will understand that better than most.
     
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    i havent even applied to med school but that will not effect you in ANY way. i would be honest with them about it tell them the truth(if your comfortable with it) and even if you just say it was a medical leave i still doubt it will hiurt your changes what so ever. with a 3.92 youll be looking at some great schools....good luck
     
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    I agree that you'll be fine. It was only one semester and the rest of your record is sterling. Schools will want reassurance that the problem is controlled and unlikely to effect you again, and I think you can provide this in good conscience. Definitely stick to the premed route. This experience can only make you a better doctor.
     
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    you are very fortunate to have responded to medication (depression runs in my family as well). I wish the best of luck to you.
     
  7. LizzyM

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    You (and/or your pre-med committee LOR) will need to address the LOA. All that needs to be said is that you had a flare-up of a chronic illness that precluded you from attending classes (no need to be specific - it is none of anyone's business) and that you withdrew on your doctor's advice. The only problem is that you might be asked what you will do if you have a flare-up during medical school and you should be able to address that because it is something that you should think about... that said, treatment for depression is relatively common among medical students and doesn't preclude anyone from being successful in med school.
     
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    This shouldn't cause a problem. I'm not sure I would want admissions committees to know that about the depression, though. I'm sure they are very understanding but it's something I'd be uncomfortable bringing up.
     

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