*Originally posted by Canrenone *

**An adcom told me this week that the top 10% of applicants are currently holding 90% of the medical school positions. While I find this number a little hard to swallow, if it is even close to the truth well that definitely says something about whether people are holding onto a large number of acceptances or not.**

Do the math, it actually makes sense.

10% of the applicants is 10% of 35000= 3500

90% of the positions is 90% of 16000= 14400

so 14400 divided by 3500= 4.11 acceptances per applicant. I think that number is very plausible. I agree with the adcom. The top ten percent of the applicants have between 4 and 5 acceptances.

This is funny math.

I agree your analysis makes more sense, but even the TOP schools accept double the number, by the end. Some, more. I am assuming NYMC and other schools must accept more than this ... I mean, seriously.

There must be more than 16500 acceptances, given out initially, I think the number is more like 30,000+. So if your math is true, then the top 10% applicants, actually hold about 40% of the accpetances handed out. This is more realistic.

If 10% of the applicants, hold 90% of the spots as per your math, then the lower 90% of the applicants hopld 30,000 - 14,400 = 15,600 about 95% of the spots.

So overall, the top 10% plus the rest (90%) = 100% of the applicants hold 14,400 + 15,600 = 90% + 95% = 185% of the spots.

See, the math is fuzzy. I get your point, but I think you have to have a bizarre interpretation of what represents 90% of the spots (14,400) to arrive at that number. Obviously, more than 16,500 acceptances are given out so, this figure (90% of the spots) makes little sense.

CCW