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  1. westsidespartan

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    Since I'm feeling pessimistic about my chances of getting in this year, despite having a fair amount of interviews, I thought I would pose this question.

    For the reapplicants, who thinks they had the most interviews with no acceptances last year?

    And for current applicants, who's had the most interviews so far with no acceptances?
     
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  3. barb

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    I've had 5 interviews (7 interview invites) and no acceptances yet. I got waitlisted at one of the schools, and am still waiting to hear from the 4 others where I interviewed. I, too, am growing anxious and I don't know how much longer I can take all this waiting! <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" /> (But then,I don't really have any other alternative.) <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" />
     
  4. one interview coming up, have gone to five already. all late interviews (3 march, 2 feb)

    one waitlist (march school)
    one CCL (feb school)
    waiting for the other three since i haven't reached committee yet. i don't know how i feel specifically regarding THIS issue, but overall i don't feel good because i don't have an acceptance. i just want ONE. i'll go anywhere, just PLEASE don't do this to me again....

    last year i had 3 interviews (2 actually because the one at NUMS was a rejection before i even left their campus). so i count 2 legitimate chances to get in last year that failed, and will have 6 chances this year. i think i've done enough this year, but with my particular application, many bad things can happen. keep ya posted.
     
  5. westsidespartan

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by A. Caveman:
    <strong>
    last year i had 3 interviews (2 actually because the one at NUMS was a rejection before i even left their campus.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Wow, can I ask how you knew you were rejected before leaving the campus? Did they just tell you??
     
  6. LizardKing

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    Current applicant:

    7 interviews, 6 waitlists, and waiting for one last school (Hopkins).

    Yes, I'm a tad stressed.
     
  7. Papa Smurf

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by westsidespartan:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by A. Caveman:
    <strong>
    last year i had 3 interviews (2 actually because the one at NUMS was a rejection before i even left their campus.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Wow, can I ask how you knew you were rejected before leaving the campus? Did they just tell you??</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">No, don't make Caveman relive the painful experience of his Northwestern interview last year! That's just cruel bro. I cringed when I read that story Cavey. What you doing if you don't get in this year bro? Carribean or what? I think you'll prolly have the highest MCAT they've ever seen.
     
  8. Meizy

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    14 interview invites (went to 13 interviews) and NO NO NO NO NO acceptance yet!

    :( :) :( :)

    I feel a bit mixed and confused about all this!
     
  9. I got in

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    I have 7 interviews, all in march and feb (1 still to go). 1 post interview rejection (damn you Maryland) and three wailists so far. However, I am anticipating another post interview rejection soon from VCU/MCV.
    I also have 13 pre-interview rejections so far.
    These numbers are incredibly depressing and I don't anticipate getting in this year.
     
  10. souljah1

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    Meizy, check you PMs.
     
  11. westsidespartan

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
    <strong>No, don't make Caveman relive the painful experience of his Northwestern interview last year! That's just cruel bro. I cringed when I read that story Cavey. </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Ok, I did a search and found it. I thought maybe it was an official rejection at the interview.
     
  12. johnM

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by j2001:
    <strong>I have 7 interviews, all in march and feb (1 still to go). 1 post interview rejection (damn you Maryland) and three wailists so far. However, I am anticipating another post interview rejection soon from VCU/MCV.
    I also have 13 pre-interview rejections so far.
    These numbers are incredibly depressing and I don't anticipate getting in this year.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">stop crying, if you have 7 interviews, then you will almost certainly get in somewhere this year. and if you don't then there must be something really wierd about you in person.
     
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    Now I want to know what happened to Cave too, but I can't find his story when I search. To those that have found this story: what did you enter on the seach page to find it?
     
  15. johnM

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    caveman's northwestern story was the worst thing i ever read on SDN, but for those who really want to read it...

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by A. Caveman:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by locitamd:
    <strong>Cavey: you really don't want to share about Northwestern? It could be cathartic...
    :p </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">you know what..i'll tell you the freaking story. but it might make you cry but hopefully you laugh your ass off because it's in the past, and i'm only telling it to amuse and entertain you guys.

    basically, i was caught by surprise. i'd been doing horribly my senior year and got the NW interview in feb. i was so excited on interview day when i heard that 50% of interviewers got in. the panel interview rocked, and then the dean interviewed me. caught me off guard--i hadn't realized it would be so soon--thought it was later in the day..so i wasn't even in the interview frame of mind when she called me as i was talking with the other applicants. i turned around, adn there she was. i followed her into her office. anyway, my file was on her desk. after some BSing she asked me to look at my file and see if anythign was missing. immediately you know what rushed through my mind. i thumbed through it and said "yep. looks like everythings here" acting like i thought she just meant for me to look through it for no apparent reason. she then asked me if i could "update" the grades section with my fall grades. well, i took a long time to "remember" saying that i couldn't remember what classes i'd even taken, and saying "can i send official transcripts when i get back to miami" with her saying "well, just try to remember a few and give us those...i'll give you some time to think" so i slowly started coming out with course names and letter grades. two c's, one b, one withdrawal, one incomplete and a solitary A in musicology! i tried to space it out with the A in the middle to make it look a little nicer.
    <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> :( . anyway it got very pathetic at this point, because i couldn't remember one last course that i'd taken. but anyway as soon as i'd written down those first several courses her facial expression changed completely. her face and body no longer moved. the was still, and her eyes were looking down over her nose directly, and with a serious demeanor, at my crappy grades. i was trying to pretend i didn't notice the sudden change in "aura" in her office (she was the dean of admissions did i mention....). finally i "realized" that i'd folded up my grades and stuffed them into my wallet to carry them around as a reminder of my utter failure (yes, i told you it was sad). i'd actually realized that i had my grades with me before i "realized" it in front of her. but i was debating whether i should make it known to her that i'd realized i had the grades in my wallet. "is it worth it to look this bad"--to look like i'd lied about not remembering my grades and offering to send official transcripts--which i'd planned to "delay" sending anyway.

    eventually, when i pulled it out of my wallet the aura of the room fell to an even deeper level. like the audience suddenly went aaawww and all hopes for the hero had gone down the drain. i got the feeling she thought i'd lied and had those grades with me the whole time (and knew it) but had lied to hide my secret a little longer. i was like "oh actually wait, i just remembered i have my grades in my wallet. i carry them with me to remind me how bad i messed up. etc, etc." i was very uneasy as you can imagine. after filling in that last grade with was actually that incomplete that i mentioned above, i folded it back up and stuck it in my wallet. it was over. and i knew it. she bull****ted for a while more with me, like 3 more minutes. then it was over. she got up, i got up, she moved to the door saying some bs chit chat stuff. in my last desperate attempt to look like a decent guy and possibly rescue the interview (HA!) i offered to move back the chair to where it was (i had to pull it up to her desk), and bent down to move it and looked up at her and asked. she just looked at me like i was a dying piece of roadkill. like i was alrady screwed and i knew it, and i was scrambling for something...anything. i walked out eventually. i sat with the other candidates who were by now basically done with interviews also. people were surprised to hear that i thought the dean interviw (which is supposed to be a 5 minute getting to know you deal) was really tough for me. they were like "no way, it was so easy, all she wanted basically was to know my grades and that's it. it was totally stress free." everybody was saing that and looking at me puzzled. i wasn't about to tell them anything specific (my shoulders felt about 10,000 pounds heavy, and felt like they were down around my waist). the weight of the world was on me. like somebody had told me my mother just died and also beat the **** out of me. that's how powerful it felt. but it wasn't sadness that i felt, it was complete, complete embarassment. i felt pathetic. anyway, the day continued adn throughout the stupid financial aid talk that lasted like 2 hours and people were talking back and forth, i just felt like a huge boulder was pushing it's way through my skull. it was even worse because everyone there was a great applicant from a top school and I was a total scrub--not worthy of their time.

    i saw her at the end of the day passing through the office as all the applicants and I went into the admissions office to get our coats, etc. i looked up as she quickly passed by and tried to give her a smile. she saw me, but didn't turn her face towards me..just kept walking. at that point there was no doubt in my mind.

    as you can probably guess...this was not cathartic!! reliving this moment makes me cringe.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
  16. abefroman

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    Seven interviews. Five wait lists. One rejection. Still waiting to hear from one.

    Despite what johnM writes, it is still very stressful to have no acceptances at this point.
     
  17. oh how i love to reminisce.... that's my NUMS story..ain't it pitiful. i actually had a pretty interesting experience at one of my interviews this year, that i'll post maybe once i hear from them. it's not quite as humiliating, but still very funny.

    Papa, what do you recommend? friends in my grad program say i should reapply with the grad complete, but the home environment is pressuring me to get on with it. i don't know whether i'll reapply here or just go to St. George's. but i haven't even filled out their application yet (might be too late for this fall). but Ross sent me an application. it's never too late with those poor bastards. i heard as long as your heart's beating and you can sign a check, they'll let you enroll.
     
  18. otter

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    Caveman, I would never settle for a Caribbean school with a 3.4gpa, 3.8 grad gpa and a 34mcat, although losers like me may need to consider it. The only way I'd go to St. Georges next year (if i were you) is if you have the intention of reapplying WHILE attending St. George's. If you're going to do that, make sure you find out that concurrently attending St. Georges will HELP you with your reapplication efforts, not hurt you.

    My guess is that it's not going to help you. You know, if I were you, I'd just sit tight and focus on trying to get in this year. You've had 6 invites. You have great chance.
     
  19. Papa Smurf

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    Cavedogg, it's a tricky situation. I think that sandflea hit the nail on the head with his post about schools looking at the UG GPA moreso than the grad GPA. They'll prolly look at the UG SGPA when making the cutoffs which shouldn't hurt you too much given the 34, and then take a look at the whole package after the interview. That's when your freshmen and senior years may come back to haunt you. Also, no offense, but the school you're doing the master's at isn't a well known commodity, and even though 36 credits is a hell of a lot and I give you mad props for putting yourself through that, some of the elite schools may still look down on the institution. Sucks, but that's the way it is. Honestly, I think you'll get in this time, but if you don't, I'd give it one more shot b4 heading over to the islands. The thing is, don't apply to the dream schools just cause you got a 34. Apply to 2 or 3 of them. Your problem also lies in the fact that you turn **** in way too late. If you reapply, turn all that junk in early dawg, like June 1st early. That way, you'll be interviewing in September instead of March and raking in acceptances come November instead of hoping to come off waitlists in May and June. You can get a job in your year off so the parents don't feel like you're a burden, at least financially. My $.02.
     
  20. opel

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    I was wondering how come people who have a hard time getting into med school (such as myself) do not apply to the Puerto Rico schools which are all lcme accredited. For example, Ponce School of Medicine is ranked 98 out of the 120 something schools which means it is better than some schools in the mainland of the us. Also, their student match very well and get into very prestigous programs; however, in the Carribean school you are considered a foreign student like somebody lets say from china also when you come to the states you have to take the flex exam which is very hard. Anyways, that was my opinion I hope it is helpful.
     
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    I thought that PR schools hardly accept anyone outside of PR.

    Maybe I should move to PR. THREE med schools, yet small applicant pool. All three favor Puerto Rican residents. Nice beaches, chance to practice my Spanish...
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by opel:
    <strong>I was wondering how come people who have a hard time getting into med school (such as myself) do not apply to the Puerto Rico schools which are all lcme accredited. For example, Ponce School of Medicine is ranked 98 out of the 120 something schools which means it is better than some schools in the mainland of the us. Also, their student match very well and get into very prestigous programs; however, in the Carribean school you are considered a foreign student like somebody lets say from china also when you come to the states you have to take the flex exam which is very hard. Anyways, that was my opinion I hope it is helpful.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Where did you get the rankings? I thought US news only ranks the top 50 or something like that
     
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    Actually, the ranking I got was according to NIH funding. The thing that surprised me was that PSM was ranked than schools such as Rush... AAnd you are right they give prefernce to student with ties to PR (me personally all me family is in PR) however if you have an M-CAT around thirty especially if higher and can domenstrate some reason y you want to live in PR for four years you can surely get in.
     
  24. Jalby

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    I would definately reapply before going to the carribean. And like Papi said, your problem is you applied way to late. I think you will get in this year, but if not, don't wait til July to apply next time. (I personally would set a date of July 1st, and if your not in a school by then turn in the AMCAS primary. A month late isn't to bad)
    I think this is about the third time giving the same advice to you.
     
  25. </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Token White Guy:
    <strong>I think this is about the third time giving the same advice to you.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> well this is a big decision, and i'm in constant fear. i have the same exact thought over 300 times a day "what the hell am i gonna do?" i have answers, just like you do, but they don't do it for me. it's a REALLY tricky situation i'm in.

    As for barry, it's a no-name school as unknown as the smallest no-name school. but a guy in the 2 year program (with half the schedules 1-years have to take) has gotten invites to UCLA (he was a UCLA ugrad), UCSD, UCI, USC with a 29 mcat no less. so it's worth it to finish and reapply but yall don't understand my home situation. my parents graduated from a school in their native country, the Dominican Republic. they know many doctors here, who've had sons/daughters that have said screw it and gone to the carribbean and come back to practice here. so they see it as a real alternative. i do too. but i could do better and i've invested 21G (loans) into this program to not use it for anythign more than a "fall grade update" (what i did this year). anyway, it's the same old story i recount over and over again. no more posts about me please. this thread is about people with no acceptances and only waitlists. let's stay on the subject folks.
     
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    Oh yeah. Until last week, I was at 12 interviews with no acceptances. Now I have one acceptance (hooray)
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by opel:
    [QB]Actually, the ranking I got was according to NIH funding. The thing that surprised me was that PSM was ranked than schools such as Rush... [QB]</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">but see, once again, therein lies the deceptiveness of rankings. NIH funding has no bearing on the types of clinicians a med school turns out. it only matters if you're interested in academic medicine and thus want to go to a place that is doing a lot of great research--in that case, it's a big deal. but not all schools focus on cutting-edge research. rush has virtually zero research going on right now because they don't market themselves as that type of institution (although they are trying to change that) so hence, they have no NIH funding, because there is no need for it. as a result their ranking plummets. the same holds true for other schools that don't push the research aspect of medicine. it's just a different focus of medical education.

    anyway, this thread has gotten way off track, and i'm not helping. back to the original topic....
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by sandflea:
    <strong> anyway, this thread has gotten way off track, and i'm not helping. back to the original topic....</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Ok, getting back on track here...

    6 interviews (one to go still), one was in December, the rest after March

    I have not heard one thing post interview--no wait lists, no rejections, no acceptances, nada!

    But for some reason the nice lady at Finchy told me I'd hear in 2 weeks! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> That would be nice :)
     
  29. I'm glad someone started this thread, I've been thinking of it for a month or more now.

    Ten Interviews, 12 invites, not accepted to jack yet. :-\

    But I am looking at my one waitlist like rock-climber at his fraying rope!
     
  30. Acinetobacter

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    When I applied back in 1998, I applied to 20 schools, was rejected outright by 17 (but only after I had sent my secondary applications with the application fees.) Three schools actually dated their rejection letters the same day that my check cleared. Anyway, applied to 20, rejected by 17, interviewed at 3, and accepted at only 1.

    The whole process is random. I was accepted to UIC, was rejected from Rush after interviewing, and never even received an interview from Loyola.

    My college roomate never received interviews from UIC or Rush, but was accepted to Loyola.

    Another friend got into Rush, but was rejected by Loyola and UIC (after interviewing at both).

    The whole process is weird. But this May, we'll all be graduating and going to our first choice residencies at Northwestern, U Wash, and Michigan.

    Good Luck.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by opel:
    <strong>I was wondering how come people who have a hard time getting into med school (such as myself) do not apply to the Puerto Rico schools which are all lcme accredited. For example, Ponce School of Medicine is ranked 98 out of the 120 something schools which means it is better than some schools in the mainland of the us. Also, their student match very well and get into very prestigous programs; however, in the Carribean school you are considered a foreign student like somebody lets say from china also when you come to the states you have to take the flex exam which is very hard. Anyways, that was my opinion I hope it is helpful.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I think that it's partly because many of the classes taught at Ponce are done in Spanish, so you'd better be fluent in both Spanish and English. I don't know if they favor PR residents for admissions, but it wouldn't be very surprising.
     

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