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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by somemaybedoc, Feb 23, 2007.
Which would you choose for the Texas system in the future?
I think a version of what we did this year would be good, but with a cap on how many pre-match offers can be made. There should have been guaranteed spots in the match for every school. This year would have been good except for the lack of match spots.
I'm not at all clear on how a cap on pre-match spots would help. The people who get bad news would still get bad news, and some of the others would be in suspense longer. If this policy had been in place the last three months of my life would have been terrible -- which I couldn't complain about if even one of the people who didn't match would have gotten a spot as a result, but they wouldn't have. So why torture more people for longer?
If they go back to 100% match, they should move the match earlier -- Nov 15th or something like that. They can't make bad news suck any less, but at least they could deliver all the news as early as possible.
The waiting is a killer and the prematch offers did make life a lot more comfortable for some of us.
I felt like this year people really believed that there would be open spots for the match (of which there were VERY few), so while every year there will be people that don't get in, this year I think many people felt deceived, which I don't think is good. While med school stuff can be a crap shoot, there is a lot of it that I think needs to be more transparent so people aren't strung along.
First of all, it's more like many of the people who pre-match would have not have gotten offers pre-match or match. By saving more spots for match, more consideration is given to those who interviewed later and applied later who had stats equal to or better then students that pre-matched. So no, the results would not have been the same.
I think it should be completely rolling but I think they should force us to make a decision earlier than May 15th (like in March or so)... I just don't think it's fair to give us multiple offers but then not let us see finaid stuff before we make our decisions.
No argument there -- stringing people along is bad, and interviewing them later than you're really planning on giving them a real shot at anything other than a waitlist is bad.
So, given that late interview & late information (or none at all!) don't combine well with early acceptances, I'd rather they fixed the conflict by interviewing and communicating in a timely manner, not by delaying acceptances.
Edit: hrm, good thought about the finaid, Ana. How much difference do we really think there'll be from one to another (barring merit scholarhips?) Texas schools are pretty much dirt cheap anyway.
Not a lot - barring merit scholarships, of course. Who sent out prematch scholarship offers? I know UTMB and UT-H did. Any other Texas schools? San Antonio said they were waiting for the Spring. (I guess for me it would have been nice to know if San Antonio was going to be close to UT-H. As it was I had to go with the bird in the hand if you know what I mean)