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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by whitesoxfan2000, May 18, 2002.

  1. whitesoxfan2000

    whitesoxfan2000 Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 13, 2000
    Hi, I've been arrested for underage drinking twice. Do medical schools ask if you have been arrested for a misdemeanor? If so, can they determine through a background check if you have been arrested for a misdemeanor? If they can, what is the likelihood of a medical school running a background check?
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  3. Laura JC

    Laura JC 7+ Year Member

    May 10, 2002
    Some school secondaries ask about misdemeanors, others don't. Whatever you do, if they ask, DON'T LIE! Not only do you risk losing a chance at a particular school if they catch you, but they can report it to AMCAS that you have lied, and you can kiss med. school goodbye.
  4. otter

    otter Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 31, 2001
    How long ago were your offenses? Background checks will most likely turn up convictions. Some schools mandate background checks as part of the admissions process (like UWashington). Others will require it at some point before you start your third-year rotations.

    On the AMCAS, I can't remember whether/not they only ask about felony convictions or all convictions (other than minor traffic violations). Like Laura said, do NOT lie. Your offenses are misdemeanors and they're pretty benign ones, too. I think it'd be awfully unreasonable for med schools to hold this too much against you, especially if they happened a while ago. Let's face it - the only difference between you and 70% of college underclassmen is that you got caught and they didn't.
  5. Laura JC

    Laura JC 7+ Year Member

    May 10, 2002
    AMCAS does not ask about misdemeanors. The DO primary app. DOES. About half of the MD secondaries I filled out asked about misdemeanors, the others just asked about felonies and/or drug convictions.
  6. Doctora Foxy

    Doctora Foxy Meow 7+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Here's a link to a similar thread that lists some schools that ask for any prior convictions other than felonies (as well as schools that don't ask):

    <a href=";f=1;t=012178" target="_blank">;f=1;t=012178</a>

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