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  1. johne

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    We all know that this site is the hands down best site for information and support for med school applicants. Not even advisors can supply some of the info circulating here.
    We also know that all serious med school applicants are rather inquisitive people who are hungry for any little piece of info they can get during this process of acceptance.
    Then would anybody venture to guess what percent of applicants are SDNers? Why would there be any discrepancy?
     
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    There's a discrepancy because a lot of applicants don't know SDN exists. Unfortunately, I was one of those people. I didn't know about SDN until a few months ago, when I was already done with my interviewing. For some reason our school's pre-med advisor didn't tell us about it.
     
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    So should we spread the word? I always have the fear we'll be overcome with trolls. Like I feel so bad for people on the TPR site who don't know anything, but I'm wary of posting for all of them to come over to SDN. I think I'll tell my premed advisor about it, but I won't go posting about it all over the internet. :p What do you think?
     
  5. johne

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    I really don't know how you can miss this site. If you do a search on google or something for "Finch waitlist" or "medical school interviews" this site comes up.
    I wish all applicants used this site. Then we would know for sure how waitlists are moving and which classes are overfilled.
     
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    ...which brings us back to the original question posed by this thread. Based on my experience (which isn't worth much <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> ), I'm guessing about 5-10%, that is, 5-10 SDNers for every 100 medical school applicants. Can't be much more than that, or we'd have 16,000 posts on Incendiary's thread. My guess also includes lurkers and VERY SHY SDNers.

    Any other estimates??? :p
     
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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 johne:
    <strong>I really don't know how you can miss this site. If you do a search on google or something for "Finch waitlist" or "medical school interviews" this site comes up.
    I wish all applicants used this site. Then we would know for sure how waitlists are moving and which classes are overfilled.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">What's even cooler is putting "Doctora Foxy" into a google search and finding SDN that way! :p

    I never thought of doing an internet search for med school stuff. I found SDN on a post on interviewfeedback.com and became interested.

    And analu, I think you're right. I also think there are a ton of lurkers who just read and don't contribute. C'mon guys, give back to the community some time. I know you're reading this! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
  8. johnM

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    I also found SDN from a post on interviewfeedback.com. I'm sure glad that website was up and running while I was interviewing, but unfortuinately I didn't find SDN until I was just about finished.

    I would guess that approximately 10% of applicants have some expereince with this site, but a lot never say anything and never even register. Nobody I knew in school ever mentioned it, and I really doubt that my advisor ever heard of it. Too bad, cause you guys are 1000X more knowledgable about this process than he is. :)
     
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    WOOW, I am an international student and I found this site after searching a lot of BOMBASTMENTS and blaaah on other sites. This is a reallllly AWESOME, IMPLEMENTAL, LABORSAVING, INTRUMENTAL, ASSISTIVE, COOPERATIVE, ENCOURAGING and ADJUVANT site !!!! I am glad that I found this site and am now a member !!
    THANKS GUYS !! keEP uP tHe gOOd work !!
     
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    I love adjectives too.
     
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    Check the date of the original posts.
     
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    5-10% actively post, but it's hard to tell how many people lurk around. Certianly there are many more people looking at the site than posting comments.
     
  13. Jolie South

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    yes, and they like to stalk "active" members on the interview trail.
     
  14. TheRealMD

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    I've had 3 people point me out while interviewing... If people want to see my mdapps now, they can PM me. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Jolie South

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    yea, i had this one chick come up to me and ask if i was jolie south. when i said yes, all she did was laugh creepily and walk away. WTF?!

    not to mention that she was wearing WAY too much perfume and makeup. whoa!
     
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    wow. scary. that might creep me out. hah.
     
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    At the time that I opened the front forum page (for all forums, not just pre-allo), the following number of IP's were viewing:

    1615 (417 members and 1198 guests)

    From those numbers it seems like only about a quarter of the readers are members, and most of those members aren't posting much at all. This (aged) thread was at 15 replies and 266 views when I opened it, so the 5-10% figure seems to make sense.

    I'm guessing that the number of views goes up each time a new IP accesses the page, so while it's not easy to tell how many times the same person has accessed said page, one could guess that a lot of silent people do read the posts.

    With that said, I can see you, lurker. You're not fooling anybody.
     
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    *runs*
     
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    I kind of like the idea of having SDN celebrities on the interview trail.
     
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    I'm not a big enough deal I guess-- nobody has pointed me out :laugh:
     
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    how did they know it was you?
     
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    It's neat seeing that one guy say he was a pre-med, not hes a resident. Interesting snapshot.
     
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    gosh im sooo thankful for this forum ....defin going to save me when I apply
     
  24. Jolie South

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    i have no idea. maybe, i mentioned Peace Corps at some point and she just guessed.
     
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    Also, a large part of this web site consists of med students, residents, attendings, etc. I would probably say a very small percentage of pre-meds know about this site or visit it.
     
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    The amount is probably very small - 1-2%.

    At this point, there are 400 people viewing a subforum of the premedical forums. That is about 400 out of 1700 people on the entire site right now. The others are spread out among pharmacy, dental, etc. Of those 400, a lot will not be premed students; they will be med students, residents, etc.

    So of the 1700 on the site right now, only (a guess) 300 or so are really premed students. The next question is whether or not they are applying this cycle or not. I would say half are and half may not be (maybe next year, like myself).

    So when you really break it down, the number of applicants who are active on SDN is very small. This works out well for those of us on here since we get the advice of everyone who has already gone through the process, Lizzy, etc.... a sort of artificial selection, if you will. We get to sway the chances of getting the dominant gene (acceptance) by purposely adding knowledge. :)

    The much more interesting question is how being a part of SDN (being informed) increases our chances of getting into med school. If half of all applicants get in with all things being equal, how does our knowledge fit in amount MCAT, GPA, ECs, etc. The reason I have taken ECs more seriously over the past year has had a lot to do with SDN (I realized it was imporant). That knowledge as well as the advice of applying early, knowing what to expect at interview, MCAT help, etc. is invaluable information. I would hypothesize that actively being a part of SDN (and actively taking heed to information and acting on it) greatly increases one's chance to get into med school.

    Before I had SDN, I didn't know anything about rolling admissions, the "why medicine" interview type questions, and the importance of different ECs. This has a big effect on admissions, thus SDN has a big effect on admissions. In my opinion, of course.
     
  27. Depakote

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    We did a poll regarding this a little earlier this year.

    Pre-Allo gets about 6800 unique hits a day.

    we had ~500 responders, ~300 were applying this cycle.

    Compare this to the ~39,000 applicants in the 2006 cycle.

    It's safe to estimate that we get roughly 10-15% of the applicant pool.
     
  28. Vihsadas

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    I think its also safe to say that 90% of this 10-15% are the neurotic/keener/gunner pre-meds (Myself included). :laugh:
     

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