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I got a drinking my frosh yearSo how bad does a minor in possession of alcohol misdemeanor look on a med school application if GPA, MCAT, extracurricular activities, etc. are all competitive?
If this offense is dismissed after a year, is it worth waiting a year to apply in order to legally not have to disclose the offense?
Perhaps some of you have applied with similar things on your record, or know people who have. If so, what happened at interviews, how much of an impact did it have, etc.
I am speaking from personal experience where my girlfriend, the girl who NEVER drinks, went on a camping trip with her friends after graduating from high school. She got the exact violation from the one time she did drink to celebrate her graduation. I was just saying that just because someone got the violation does not mean they are some raging alcoholic that is always drunk.hmm apparently people here equate being "fun and laid back" with "alcohol violation."
It is a huge part of almost every culture in the world. My own family has wine every Sunday before and during dinner. Not a big deal.
I think the big thing here is that alcohol is not an illegal drug...I think that's a bit of an overgeneralization...culturally alcohol is very frowned upon in a lot of countries...especially Muslim countries and I believe the count is to 1.3 billion Muslims worldwide. The only reason alcohol is looked at as okay and things like marijuana aren't is because culturally alcohol comes from Europe whereas other drugs and what not come from places where non-whites live. But that's an argument for another time.
I say go for it and apply early, as long as you can articulate how you grew from it and have matured since then. I had an alcohol related IA on my AMCAS; I applied last year and was accepted to a MD program.I received a Minor in Possession ticket 2 years ago while at the lake. The ticket will be expunged once I turn 21 at the end of the month, in which case I would not need to put it on my application.
I am debating on submitting my application by the end of the week and explaining my ticket on the TMDSAS application. I have a 3.67 gpa from UT Austin and 34 MCAT. Do you guys think this will affect my application? Should I not even list the misdemeanor on there since it will be expunged in less than a month?
Illegal drug, no? Obviously illegal if you get caught drinking underage so it isn't THAT much different. Some would argue that many drugs are natural and shouldn't have steep penalties for personal use. Stupid potheads at a party cause less problems for others than a middle class worker that drives drunk. And the previous poster is correct in that alcohol being so freely used is mostly an American and European thing. Alcohol abuse is frowned upon in many cultures. In many places, an alcoholic beverage is part of a meal and it ends there. We're one of the few countries where large amounts of people sit on the couch and drink beer.I think the big thing here is that alcohol is not an illegal drug...
Now if he got caught popping opiates or some prescription thats entirely different since it would imply he could abuse his power as a doc. But who the hell doesn't have a drink once in awhile? MUCH bigger deal when getting caught abusing prescription pharmaceuticals
Almost all will check nowadays if you're accepted but that isn't the issue. He's wondering if it will matter. The schools will almost certainly see it. Like someone said, even "expunged" records show up on deep background checks, the police record is just "gone". For the most part it won't matter. I live in one of the few states where parking tickets show up on your background check. The school already warned people to not panic when you get your report back and notice a "criminal" background because the school doesn't care about most of it unless you committed a serious crime.It depends on the school
Some schools require criminal records some schools dont
You should check that in MSAR
Getting an underage as a physician would be impressive. Just kidding, I follow you. Although I'd say doctors get away with and have more power than a pre-med kid that is applying. Applying to med schools can be one of the most helpless situations where good kids get rejected all the time and don't know why. I've known a couple doctors with heavy suspicion of drug abuse and still have their pen and pad. And by suspicion I mean, the normal co-workers all know that he/she abuses prescription pills but administration would have a hard time proving it without a drug test which most doctors would just decline anyway and move along with no punishment if they are difficult to replace.I often think about this as, "If you did this as a medical student, would the school suspend you, put you on probation, or expel you?" You could also ask yourself, "If I was caught doing this as a licensed physician, would the state licensing board revoke my licence, put me on probation, or require me to have random drug testing? Would my hospital revoke my privleges?"
If they would be unlikely to do any of those things, then in all likelihood it won't interfer with your consideration as a applicant.