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Letters of Intent

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Amitha726, Apr 24, 2001.

  1. Is it true that people write letters of intent to adcoms every week when they are waitlisted? What can you possibly have to say in subsequent letters that wasn't said in the first one? I wrote one to the schools I'm waitlisted at, but some posts on this board make me paranoid that I should be doing more. Isn't your rank on the waitlist pretty much carved in stone anyway? Any insight is appreciated.

    University of Rochester, class of 2001
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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
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    If they do, that is overkill and they run the risk of being irritating and moving DOWN the list.

    I recommend simply writing 1 letter and then checking in once a month or so while on the wait list. Obviously if you have something new to add to your file, another letter detailing these great new deeds is in order, but to write or call every week seems suicidal IMHO.

    Penn State University
    Department of Surgery
  4. Christiangirl

    Christiangirl Banned Banned

    Dec 25, 2000
    Hey amitha. I think it is school specific. Some schools carve your rank in stone, others do not and review the files of all waitlist applicants as spaces become available and so forth. I don't think personally that writing once a week at the present time is effective. However, I could be wrong. If anything, I would think at this point people have been writing at most biweekly and I don't think that is common. Some may have been calling more frequently than that. I think that should be something to be done (weekly letter) in June maybe. At this time, I would guess one to two letters is sufficient unless you have done something spectacular since the last one. But this also depends on how long you have been on the list. If your letter was written more than a month ago, you may want to send another one. For some schools, calling once a week is helpful for others it is annoying. It all depends. I would try to find something on the allopathic site for a particular school and see if they can offer advice. However, there is no one size fits all. In general, no one is going to see any upward movement at this point until May 1st or May 15th. One exception that I know of is Michigan as a friend of mine was pulled off the list about two months ago. Best wishes... I share your plight in life. [​IMG]

    p.s. Take all of my advice with a grain of salt and others please feel free to correct me. I am just a fellow applicant and have not been moved off any of my 3 lists yet. [​IMG]

    [This message has been edited by Christiangirl (edited April 24, 2001).]
  5. Zummy

    Zummy Easily intrigued. Fickle. 7+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2001
    Would you offer some advice as to what to write in the letter of intent?
    I had an interview in Feb and haven't received anything, including waitlist status. Can I write them yet or do I only send a letter if waitlisted? Thanks
  6. Zummy,
    You should definitely call the school(s) and ask about your status if you haven't heard anything since interviewing in February. It really shouldn't take more than six weeks to hear something.

    University of Rochester, class of 2001
  7. What's with all the ass kissing? You did not get in so give it up. Go lick your wounds and try again next year.
  8. Um, I hate to break it to you, but lots of people come off of the waitlists. In some classes, the majority of students came off the list. It ain't over till I get the last rejection letter.

    University of Rochester, class of 2001
  9. colorado_1

    colorado_1 Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    and after comming off of the wait list, your MD still looks the same as the outright acceptances.

  10. Yeah send a letter of rejection. That will tell the adcomm you mean business and they may take a second look at your file again.

    I don't follow tha drugz, tha drugz follow me
  11. Yo josejalapeno, ese,

    What's with all the identical posts? No one is listening to you, so give it up already! Go lick your butthole and try again in 5 minutes.

  12. You are!

    I don't follow tha drugz, tha drugz follow me
  13. guardian

    guardian Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2001
    Would it be appropriate to send a letter of intent from a school you interviewed but just haven't heard from? I'm reluctant to call some of the schools because they've explicityly stated not to call them. Also, what kind of format would you suggest for a leter of intent?

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