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Do you feel that has influenced the process of you getting in? How do you think it'll influence your decision of where to go? What haver your parents/their colleagues given as advice? Do you think you have a different perspective than most pre-meds?
 

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Do you feel that has influenced the process of you getting in? How do you think it'll influence your decision of where to go? What haver your parents/their colleagues given as advice? Do you think you have a different perspective than most pre-meds?

1 - I don't think it influenced the process of me getting in. That being said, I heard adcoms like applicants whose parent(s) are physicians because they have been exposed to the field.

2 - It will influence where I go because my dad sees residents from a variety of schools and he will influence my decision -- though ultimately it will be my choince of course.

3 - Not much advice: apply early, be myself at interviews, and chill.

4 - Again, just being exposed to the medical field from a young age probably adds some perspective...but not much.
 

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Do you feel that has influenced the process of you getting in? How do you think it'll influence your decision of where to go? What haver your parents/their colleagues given as advice? Do you think you have a different perspective than most pre-meds?

Do you feel that has influenced the process of you getting in?
No

How do you think it'll influence your decision of where to go?
Yes. My father is a physician in Cincinnati. I would like to be around him during medical school and be close to my family (I am non trad and went away for college so being home doesnt bother me)

What haver your parents/their colleagues given as advice?
Go where you will be happy

Do you think you have a different perspective than most pre-meds?
Not really. I dont really see my dad in his professional life. He is just a father to me. I have never followed him around work or watched him do surgery. He is good at separating his work life from personal life.
 

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Do you feel that has influenced the process of you getting in? How do you think it'll influence your decision of where to go? What haver your parents/their colleagues given as advice? Do you think you have a different perspective than most pre-meds?

1) Maybe--he's given me tons of advice about how to structure my application and tons of confidence for when I go to my interviews. It's probably like having a very supportive parent but with just a little extra practical know-how.

2) Other than factoring in that I want to be near my parents, he only slightly influenced my decision. Out of the schools I chose to apply to he gave me some advice as to which would be a better fit with me. He was mostly right, but very wrong on some schools.

3) It's advice pretty specific to me...

4) Yes--I've worked with my dad full-time and have actually seen the effects of someone in the specialty with the most call and some of the longest hours.
 

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Both my parents are physicians. Even though they did not outrightly influence me to go into medicine (actually the opposite, I always sorta heard them complaining about certain stuff), I would be lying to say if them being doctors didnt affect my decision in some way (subconsciously or something).

Its pretty helpful actually because I've basically been hearing about medicine since I was a child sitting at the dinner table and have been in hopsital and private practice settings even before attending college because thats where they work.

I think you have to make it apparent to the adcoms/interviewers that your decision to enter the field is not based off pressure. Once you truthfully let them know that, I think most adcoms/interviewers view the fact that your parents are physicians favorably.
 

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Do you feel that has influenced the process of you getting in?
In the sense that adcoms see my exposure to the life of a doctor, yes. In the sense that I have genes that came from physicians (our talents and abilities are similar), yes.

How do you think it'll influence your decision of where to go?
I have ties to Cornell, but nothing significant. Medical school has changed a bit since the '60s. I don't think I'm too influenced

What have your parents/their colleagues given as advice?
While I have never felt any pressure to pursue any certain vocation, I am often told of the negative aspects: hours, whack system, call, pretentiousness of colleagues, etc..

Do you think you have a different perspective than most pre-meds?
Sure. Although professional matters are kept private (read: I don't really have much added insight into the daily life), I think this family situation is hard to simulate. I believe my expectations may be more realistic than others'.


I must say that having most medical questions answered and explained in depth has been an impressive, educational, and humbling experience.
 

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Do you feel that has influenced the process of you getting in? How do you think it'll influence your decision of where to go? What haver your parents/their colleagues given as advice? Do you think you have a different perspective than most pre-meds?

Both of my parents are physicians.
1) Not really - I didn't get into the school where my parents are both alums and current faculty - ouch.

2) My parents are both really particular about me going to medical school where they like the faculty they know there. In fact, I only applied to medical schools if my parents approved of their reputations and I think I could have done a better job of researching more schools that would have been a good fit for me instead of being ordered around my my parents. I guess they did pay for the whole process of applying to school though - so I'm not sure I had a whole lot of choice in the matter. Right now I'm deciding between two schools and I know my parents favor one over the other so that may play a role in where I end up.

3) Apply early, relax in interviews and just be myself.

4) Yes, I think my parents have taught me to be much less calculating as a pre-med than some of my classmates. They've obviously encouraged me to do things like get clinical exposure and do research - but to only be involved in things that are genuinely meaningful to me and to not go out of my way to do something just for the sake of it looking good on my application.
 

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Both of my parents are physicians.
1) Not really - I didn't get into the school where my parents are both alums and current faculty - ouch.

I'm sure the admissions committe was aware of this fact when they rendered their decision. I wouldn't be surprised at all to find out that this is precisely why you didn't get in. If I were an adcom, I wouldn't want the child of two of our physicians/staff to be going to the school - there would always be rumors of "preferential treatment," etc.
 

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Physician father and his partners at his sub-specialty practice convinced me not to go into medicine (even the one who graduated from residency 2 years ago). The kids of the physicians are doing dentistry or law.
 

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Physician father and his partners at his sub-specialty practice convinced me not to go into medicine (even the one who graduated from residency 2 years ago). The kids of the physicians are doing dentistry or law.

My wife and I are both physicians (internal medicine subspecialists) and our daughter is pre-dent.
 
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