when are any of these schools going to make me feel special. i got a hardcore rejection today. whatever.. not my state school and i still applied (won't mention the school cuz i'm embarrassed)- but, the rejection was REALLY mean.
Actually, I was told by admissions officers that they do screen heavily. They are looking for a combination of GPA, MCATs, and great ECs. The adcom looks carefully at AMCAS before sending secondaries. (It's the reason they are one of the last secondaries to arrive...) OHSU tends to be less interested in your stellar GPA than they are you having participated in great programs or worked in underserved areas. Poloace, you should feel special about getting their secondary...especially out of state.
A word to the wise about applying here- they are dead serious about accepting those with strong clinical experiences. Paramedics, surgical technicians, and anyone else with a real investment in direct patient care do very well here. Oregon is all about slightly older students. Non-trads rock. It's fairly uncommon to be accepted straight away after graduation from college.
The other way to increase your chances for admission from out of state is to apply to the combined MD/PhD program or the MD/MPH program. Relatively few apply this way and it's a great way to go to this school if this kind of work is where your interests lie.
Thanks manicmaven, looks like I actually have a better chance than I might have thought. I was thinking that I would be a long shot at OHSU, but I guess I might far a little better. But I think that it still hurts since I'm as far from Oregon as a person possibly could be as far as residence goes. (Miami, FL) Portland is really the kind of city I would like to go to for med school, and even to practice medicine, and retire......
I've attended meetings with two admissions officers a few times now. They've never mentioned that they prefer west coast states to others (with the exception of the WICHE states). In fact, my MCAT review was taught by two east coasters who were MS1 at OHSU. Both of them had great ECs, but didn't have unbelievable MCATs (30-35 range). Oregon has recently been funded by several large grants and is now pushing to accept even more out of staters. You probably have a great shot. When you get an interview, I'd advise reading up on the Oregon Health Plan, the state's struggle to retain our right to die law, and the distribution of health care providers in the state (very limited on the east side of the mountains).
Beyond the "preference given to residents of Oregon", I'm sure they'd be thrilled to have out-of-staters from as far away as possible. I'm an Oregon resident, and I feel like at my east-coast interviews, people are enthusiastic about including an element of "geographic diversity" in their class, to break up the homogeneous New York-Pennsylvania-California-etc. majority they all tend to have. Theoretically, your origins in Florida should give you a better perspective on issues that others would never have - e.g., many Americans retire to Florida, how does this geriatric overload affect the regional health care systems?
I dunno; just a thought that you shouldn't feel unrealistically discouraged....