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Length of time from Application to Interview

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by DaffyDoc, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. DaffyDoc

    DaffyDoc Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2005
    I know this depends on the school, but on average...when would one be offered an interview if he/she applies in late June? In other words, how long does it take to get an interview (on average) from the time that you apply?
    Does the process go like this?
    June - Apply
    July - secondaries
    August - request for interview
    October - interview
    November - decision


    Thank you.
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  3. QuakerPreMed

    QuakerPreMed 2+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2007


    The first part of your list is fine; I submitted AMCAS first day and did most secondaries by late July/early August. I interviewed between August and November -- there was no real correlation between when I turned in a secondary and got an interview, that is, I interviewed sooner at some places that I turned in secondaries later. However, plenty of students interview through Februrary or even March.

    However, acceptances roll in far slower than that. A few lucky people may hear October 15 or so, but I have yet to hear from one school that I interviewed at in September. And lots of top-tier schools wait until March to tell any accepted students that they're in.
  4. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Here's my perspective as an adcom member.

    August 1: readers begin reviewing applications

    August 20th: first invitations to interview go out

    sometime in September or Oct.: interview season begins

    mid Dec, or early Jan.: finally reach the bottom of the stack of interviews

    sometime in February or March: interview season ends

    In late October I'm still reading applications that were complete in August. When 1,500 applications arrive on Day One (and thousands more later) it takes time to dig out.
  5. moto_za

    moto_za Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    is it posible to get secondaries and interviews if you submit your app. without mcat scores at the time?
  6. etsuprinthead

    etsuprinthead 2+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    finished my AMCAS late june (or whenever MCAT scores came out), started getting secondaries a couple of weeks later. with a pretty solid app, my first interview was late Nov (interview offer sometime in october), and the bulk of my interviews were Jan through early March. granted, i was a little slow on some of my secondaries, but still -- this process takes forever.
  7. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Orange, CA
    You can get a pretty good idea by looking through mdapps for people who did "blog" types with dates and stuff.

    I personally got verified early July, interview invites started mid August and first interview was mid September. Then I withdrew from most of my schools. So yeah like the adcomm person said it seems like invites tend to only start going out in mid-late august, even if you submitted early June. And you can get acceptances starting October 15th.
  8. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Orange, CA
    Some schools send out secondaries automatically (GW comes to mind) so they will send you the secondary (they sent me one before I was even verified).

    But even if you submit your secondary you won't be complete without MCAT scores so they won't review you. So no you can't get an interview.

    But even the secondaries are rare, most schools won't send you secondaries.
  9. sprinkibrio

    sprinkibrio 7+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Prepared to be getting interview invites as late as late March, doesn't matter when you apply.

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