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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by ilubse7en, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. ilubse7en

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    hi, this is my first time visiting this place, but it seems it is pre-med haven
    anyways, i want to purchase the MSAR, medical school admission requirements, but i don't know whether i should purchase the newly updated one, (expensive) or previous year one (cheap)
    to my opinion MSAR does not change drastically in one year, but i wasn't sure
    so if you think i could help me decide which one to purchase, it would be appreciated.
     
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  3. student1799

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    I think you're better off with the most current version. It will have up-to-date admissions stats from the previous year, plus the correct names of the current admissions staff (this can change from year to year). Plus, if a school changes its requirements or deadlines from year to year, you could get into trouble if you're using an outdated version.

    Since the new MSAR comes out in April, I would wait and buy that one rather than the version that's available right now.
     
  4. nontrdgsbuiucmd

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    I'd go with the new one, schools do update some info in the book and an applicant would look silly in an interview referencing info that's outdated, given the $28 or so price including shipping, it's worth it! Amazon.com I believe has this, when I bought it last time it was a few bucks cheaper than aamc.org
     
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    If what you learn from the MSAR reduces your list of schools to which you will apply by one, you will have saved far more than the cost of the book.
     
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    ^ Wow, so true. Definitely worth the investment.

    As far as I know, there's also an Excel spreadsheet floating around of the most recent edition. I believe it was discussed in the past in a thread or two.
     
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    you could also check out the library in your area which may have a copy just to get familiar with the format/schools, and whatnot. I am waiting for the April release of 2010-2011 but am using the current one for now at the library.
     
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    Some pre-med offices also keep a copy on hand for you to look through.
     
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    Our school has it in the reference section. I was also confused about editions. I guess 09-10 will not be the one the prospective class of 2014 will need but 2010-11. Which I understand comes out in April.
     
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    how is $25 "expensive"? that's less than the cost of sending only a primary app to one extra school! definitely get the new one when it comes out in april...getting the old one would be a waste of money.
     
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    Save your money and go to a library/book store with the latest MSAR and look at it without buying. Read through it and be done with it after choosing where to apply.
     
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    it some times comes in handy before an interview or when writing about why you want to go to a particular school. seriously, it's only 25 bucks...not a big deal
     

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